January 14, 2014

Syria's Horrors Are Beyond Our Control

Daniel Hannan, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

All the MPs heard stories like the ones I described – and, believe me, listening to them at first hand is not the same as reading them in a newspaper. Naturally enough, our reaction was that something must be done: something big enough and decisive enough to be adequate the tragedy.

That equation is understandable, but misplaced. Public policy should be proportionate to an achievable goal, not to how upset we feel.

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