The U.S. outrage over the use of poison gas in Syria is some reassurance that our moral compass isn’t completely skewed; although there is still the memory of silence from the Reagan administration when Saddam attacked with Serin gas killin more than 20,000 Iranians and then used the gas to kill thousands of Kurds – his own people. We have a national amnesia when it comes to these incidents, but much of the world remembers.

U.S. influence and our long held moral high ground was damaged in our attacking and occupying Iraq and Afghanistan – both unjust wars. So much of the world’s current slant on the Bush-Obama interventionist policies seems to be – fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

Maxine Dexter