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De Morgen - Belgium | Thursday, August 22, 2013

As in Rwanda, the world looks away

The international community must not remain indifferent to the possibility that a toxic gas attack was carried out in Syria, the left-liberal daily De Morgen writes: "Observers warn of hasty conclusions and want to wait for the results of an international enquiry. ... Nevertheless US President Barack Obama has always repeated that chemical weapons constitute a red line, and that he and the international community must intervene as soon as Assad crossed it. But once again an enquiry serves as an excuse not to act. ... In truth this is about something completely different: nothing is happening now because the international community is deeply divided, and Washington has long lacked the means to open up yet another front. Syria is the worst humanitarian disaster since the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Back then, too, we stood back and did nothing. The toxic gas flows, but in international policy equanimity seems to have the upper hand."

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