Assad is not using chemical weapons on his own people. He is using them on those people who are trying to oust him from office. In our Civil war we fought and killed other Americans, including women and children, who were only trying to get out of a contract (Constitution) that in essence bound them to the Northern mercantile states through taxes. In the Spanish American War we attacked Cuba over the sinking of the Maine which turned out to be a self inflicted accident. In World War I we exposed American soldiers to mustard gas and when the war was over did not punish the loser's leaders by charging them with crimes against humanity. In World War II we bombed "innocent" civilians unmercifully often using phosphorus bombs on targets within Germany. We dropped two atomic weapons on Japan killing hundreds of thousands of "innocent" civilians. In World War II our troops used flame throwers on the enemy. When the Chinese we aided to oust the Japanese were under onslaught by members of their own population under Mao Tse Tung, we lifted not a finger in support, not because our forces were spent but because we had no commercial interest to protect. In Korea we chased the North Koreans back, including their Chinese supporters but failed to stop the Chinese from aiding their surrogates. In Viet Nam we used "agent orange" to destroy the food supply of the North Vietnamese but when they fled to Laos we failed to follow for fear to win would remove our dependents need for us.
After World War I the powerful nations of the World got together and established the Geneva Convention that changed the rules of war. Germany signed on to those rules and the demilitarization they required as a part of the agreement. The punishment (reparation payments) imposed on Germany resulted in several changes in government until finally Adolph Hitler came to power and the payments were stopped with Germany in a shambles but free of foreign debt. Hitler, in order to get his country out of bankruptcy and back into the black sold bonds to do so. Where do you think he got the money? American banks who sold them to the American public because banks have no money of their own, only the money given them by their depositors.
Things look quite a bit different when you know the full story, which the Progressives don't want you to know because it would expose them as hypocrites. Its easier to do what you are told so long as it benefits.
The saying goes, he who has the gold makes the rules. If that is the case, why are those with the gold telling you that you should buy gold as a hedge on the future? Its because they have changed the rule and it now is he who has the dollars makes the rules.