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Richard Cohen / U.S. failure to act in Syria was a travesty

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:01 am

There are two kinds of wars, we are told - wars of choice and wars of necessity. The former are to be avoided and the latter fought with appropriate reluctance. World War II was a good and necessary war, but Vietnam was not. The war in Iraq was a matter of choice (also of imbecility), but Afghanistan was not - although it now may be. Wars can change over time. The one in Syria certainly has. It has gone from a war of choice to a war of necessity that President Barack Obama did not choose to fight. A mountain of dead testifies to his mistake.

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