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Mess in Syria

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
August 26, 2013 1:34:11 PM PDT
So what would you do if you were President? How would you handle the situation in Syria. And before you get all high and mighty about protecting civilians who have been killed with Sarin gas, think about what a U.S. strike in another Middle Eastern country would mean.

Secretary of State Kerry this afternoon calling last week's chemical weapons attack a "moral obscenity" that offense "basic humanity."

Kerry said the attack was "inexcusable and undeniable," and that the judgment on who is responsible is "very clear to the world."

It's a horrible situation ? both the civil war and the murdering of civilians, and how the world should react. The age-old question of good people not doing anything to prevent evil is raised once again, and it's hard not to make the case for action ? to at least prevent the Assad regime from killing its own people with chemical weapons.

But how do you do that? Send a warning shot via a missile into a bunker or storage facility? Send bombers and take sides in the war? We have already found that walking the thin lines in the Mideast can prove problematic. Can you say Libya? Or Egypt?

The U.N. has sent inspectors to Damascus ? and they were fired at by snipers. Many think that letting in the inspectors is something of a stall tactic, and it might not matter what they accomplish anyway. NATO and the U.S. might very well act on this, no matter what the U.N. finds or doesn't find.

But it's a mess.

We'll have the latest from Syria, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, what responsibility does a bar have when a customer gets drunk? That issue at the heart of a lawsuit filed against a bar in New Jersey, who allegedly kept serving a young woman drinks. She then gets in a car, and gets in a head-on crash. She dies, and the driver she hit has serious injuries. Carolina Leid is on the story for us tonight.

And we're following bad news for the Mets ? one of their two bright lights ? pitcher Matt Harvey ? is going to have "Tommy John" surgery that could sideline him, possibly, for next season as well as the remainder of the current season. Not good. Rob Powers has the latest at 11.

We're also in Washington, where Lori Stokes is prepping our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

And in the Sports world we are following the breaking story from this afternoon where the New York Mets have announced they are placing all-star pitcher Matt Harvey on the disabled list with a partially torn ligament in his elbow. The team has NOT ruled out the possibility of the NL strikeout leader needing Tommy John Surgery. Yikes!

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast. I hope you can join Diana Williams (in for Sade Baderinwa) and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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