Another monster rules a country

Some scenes make you want to weep. The pictures of children’s bodies killed in a chemical weapon attack last week in Syria were heartbreaking. Row after row of tiny frames wrapped in white cloth. No visible injuries – just an agonizing death from some sort of nerve gas.

Many of us preferred to think that the last of the monster dictators vanished from the planet with the deaths of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. But as Idi Amin and Saddam Hussein proved, evil still lurks in the hearts of some men.

Now comes Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president and the latest example of a monster in power.

What kind of man would sanction the killing of so many innocents? How could someone who is a father slaughter children?

More importantly, how can the world simply watch him commit such crimes against humanity?

As political philosopher Edmund Burke observed, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to stand by and do nothing.”

The United States must lead a global effort to stop this monster. To allow Assad to get away with using chemical weapons on his own people will embolden every tinhorn dictator in the world. It will certainly mark the beginning of a new – and even more dangerous – era in the Middle East.

The U.S. and its allies must act very soon to stop the slaughter and remove Assad from power.

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