We'll continue to believe that the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons, while hardly unique and unprecedented in modern times, is morally reprehensible and cannot be shrugged off without endangering the future security of the U.S. To argue that we don't have a dog in this fight is short-sighted.
As The Journal goes to press this week, the possibility of a negotiated settlement brokered in part by Syria's Russian allies that would take their remaining chemical weapon stockpile and place it under international control is under discussion. If this proves a genuine offer, certainly such a disposition and diplomatic settlement would be preferable to a military strike. We'll have to wait and see. Clearly though, any impetus towards that outcome is directly tied to the threat of force, and it's hard to picture such an offer being placed on the table without the prospect of a military strike.
And while we're on the subject of Syria, we should note the passing anniversary of the pivotal event that shapes so much of the thinking around this issue.