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Stand up for humanity? In the case of Syria, Russia and China say no.
Stand up for humanity? In the case of Syria, Russia and China say no.

What does it take to be considered a war criminal these days? Member nations of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday sought to refer the Syrian government to the International Criminal Court over compelling evidence that President Bashar Assad’s troops have used chemical weapons in that country’s brutal civil war. But Assad, and his victims, will not get their day in court because both Russia — Assad’s longstanding ally — and China vetoed the measure. The vetoes were expected, but that doesn’t make the situation any less frustrating. That military forces can use chemical weapons with impunity is not a good precedent for the world....

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