On Tuesday Assad dropped an atrocity of a chemical attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Northern Syria that killed 85 people, 20 of them children.
On Wednesday Donald Trump saw images on television of dead Syrian children.
And so on Thursday he sent 59 American missiles to blow up a Syrian air field, informing the world in a televised address that he'd changed his mind about Syria because "Beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack."
2. He cares enough about Syrian children to bomb a mostly empty air field but not to save their lives by allowing Syrian refugees safety and asylum in the United States.
Or, as one tweeter so succinctly put it:
US ambassador Nikki Haley shot back that Donald Trump is prepared to "take further steps if needed." Taking in Syrian refugee families doesn't appear to be one of those steps.
In the meantime the runway of the Syrian air field that we spent 49 million dollars worth of Tomahawk missiles trying to dent has already been repaired by the Syrian government and two jets have taken off from it this evening to carry out more strikes against the rebels. Or maybe against civilians. Maybe children. And Russia has committed to replacing the twenty Syrian jets that were destroyed in that expensive American missile strike.
So now, along with the government forces and over 1100 different rebel factions that have been feeding Syria's civil war its life's blood, the war may be on the verge of receiving a massive transfusion, a fresh, new, colossal lease on life from two super-powers whose weaponry and resources can provide that the war goes on indefinitely, maybe even morphing into a proxy-war between the two powers, to be fought on Syrian soil, of course.
Suffer the little children. But not to come unto us.