“One young boy was filmed slowly suffocating on the ground, his chest heaving and his mouth opening and closing like a fish out of water. Photographs show dead children lined up in rows on the floor or piled in heaps in the back of a vehicle, their clothes ripped from them by rescuers who used hoses to try to wash the chemicals from their bodies. Other images show victims foaming from their mouths or writhing on the ground as they struggle for air. Hours after the attack began, witnesses say regime warplanes circled back over the area and dropped bombs on a clinic treating survivors.” The Economist on the chemical attack in Syria: A dictator defies the world.

+ “As Trump and his advisers go through the options for a potential military strike, they will no doubt be thinking the same thing: If Assad falls, what comes after?” Dexter Filkins on Trump’s Moment Of Terrible Truth In Syria.

+ “That attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. My attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much … I’m not saying I’m doing anything one way or another, but I’m certainly not going to be telling you.” Trump says the chemical attack crossed many, many lines.