道德轰炸

纽约——语言天赋向来是美国总统奥巴马的强项。不过现在看来他是被自己说过的话困住了。

奥巴马今年三月曾表示美国“不会容忍使用化学武器袭击叙利亚平民”,他在去年也曾说过有一条“红线”是不能逾越的。如果奥巴马未能对叙利亚政权使用沙林毒气杀害1,000多名平民的行为做出有力反应他将会颜面扫地。当然,不能仅仅因为怕丢面子就向其他国家发动进攻。

但奥巴马当时为什么要用这样的豪言壮语作茧自缚?划定这条红线究竟有没有合理性?国务卿约翰·克里将使用毒气称为“道德沦丧”无疑是对的,但同样道德沦丧的还有折磨儿童,而这恰恰是两年前叙利亚内战爆发的原因。用化学武器杀害平民是否真的比炮轰、枪击或任由他们活活饿死更不道德?

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