Why Obama Won't Help

Fabio Bucciarelli

A rebel fighter prepares for battle in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla neighborhood

When Barack Obama ordered U.S. air strikes over Libya just over two years ago, he said the threat to innocent life in that country's civil war had compelled him to act. "Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries," the President said. "The [U.S.] is different ... I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action."

Two years later, the civil war in Syria has claimed some 70,000 lives. The atrocities, slaughter and mass graves have been visible for...

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