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Bashar Assad's Latest Atrocity

After the sarin gas attack on a town in Syria's northern Idib province that killed at least 11 civilians — most of them children — President Trump called it a consequence of President Obama's refusal to follow through on his 2012 "red line" warning to Syria if Syria ever used chemical weapons again.

Since 2012, there have been innumerable chemical attacks carried out by the Syrian air force against Syrian civilians.

"Today's chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world," said President Trump. "These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a "red line" against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable attack."

According to Mohammed Rasoul, the head of a Syrian ambulance service, first responders found people choking in the streets.

"While we continue to monitor the terrible situation, it is clear that this is how Bashar al-Assad operates: with brutal, unabashed barbarism," added Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "Those who defend and support him, including Russia and Iran, should have no illusions about Assad or his intentions. Anyone who uses chemical weapons to attack his own people shows a fundamental disregard for human decency and must be held accountable."

According to Mohammed Rasoul, the head of a Syrian ambulance service, first responders found people choking in the streets.

"Our team is still there, moving patients from one place to another because of overcrowded hospitals," he recounted. "I am speaking to my team and they are doing fine, but the situation over there is very bad and most of those who are suffering are children."

There was no comment from Syrian government or any international agency.

After the gas attack, Syrian or Russian planes bombed local hospitals.

Assad's preferred chemical in the past has been chlorine, but observers on the ground now say it's likely that there was more than one chemical used in the attack — possibly also sarin gas, which strikes the nervous system and not just breathing.

Every one of these new Syrian casualties is traceable to the former American president.

Obama's failure to follow through on his threat is a stark example of what happens when a U.S. president puts his huge power and prestige on the line in threatening military action if a red line is crossed. Assad crossed that line without hesitation in 2012, and got away with it. Because of Obama's failure, Assad continued using chemical weapons against the rebel-sympathizing populace.

No better demonstration of what happens when a president loses credibility can be found in recent history.

The left can scream and howl all it wants. Trump is still absolutely 100% correct. This week's chemical attack is a direct result of President Obama's terrible weakness in the face of clear and unmistakable violations of international law, to say nothing of common decency. Every one of these new Syrian casualties is traceable to the former American president.

Trump was right to call him out for it.