I was at a garden party in Lincolnshire last week, at a charity fund raiser, and I spoke to a very intelligent and experienced retired businessman who, like most of us, was appalled to see the horror that chemical weapons cause to the innocent. But beyond that natural human reaction this charming man lost all sense of rationality.
"We must do something. We cannot let this bestial behaviour go unpunished."
"Whom do we punish?" I asked him.
"Well, Assad of course."
The western press and intelligence services have already pre-judged any report or inspection. Assad is to blame and there is the end to it. Yet if you watch Russia Today the exact opposite is the view. The long and short of it is we do not know and probably will never know beyond 'reasonable doubt' - the least that is demanded by the British legal system for just shop lifting, never mind massive air strikes on another country with all that entails.
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