But, no matter how long you live or how much you've seen you never ever get used to children's bodies. Whether it's an urban war zone at home or a combat war zone half a world away nobody should ever have to see the bodies of small kids.
That's why the latest video coming out of Syria is so awful. Hundreds of people were apparently killed in what seems to be a Syrian government rocket attack on a rebel-held area in the Damascus suburbs. A very large number are children. From what experts know from looking at past results of chemical weapons attacks this looks like it could very well be the biggest nerve gas attack since Saddam Hussein wiped out 5,000 people in a village back in 1988.
Which is why this latest attack will be a test of exactly how sick and tired Americans are of the Middle East and adventures in the Islamic world. We're exhausted after Iraq and Afghanistan. President Obama's policies on Syria are about as effective as hitting Bashar al Assad with a purse. From Egypt to Syria the leaders are all betting the US won't do squat.
Critics say the Obama administration has been weak and ineffective. But, maybe the White House is just reflecting what people want.
They've seen enough of their own kids dead in Baghdad and Fallujah and Kandahar and Jalalabad. Because of that Americans seems to be in no mood for any more intervention anywhere.
Maybe they're right. After all the Clinton administration managed to ignore genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia. And we can ignore what's going on in Syria, too. Just as long as we don't look too closely at those pictures of dead kids.
I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.