Mac Deford May 2, 2013 05:25
Commentary: Islamists among the rebels pose a danger to the Middle East if Assad falls.
An anti-regime demonstration in the Syrian village of al-Qsair, 20 miles southwest of the flashpoint city Homs. (Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images)
Syria, which has been percolating in and out of public view for the last two years, exploded into full sight this past week as a result of revelations that the Assad government may have used nerve gas against rebel-controlled areas. With over 70,000 already dead -- the result of air strikes, heavy shelling of populated areas, and other deadly conventional military means, one can legitimately wonder why the possible deaths of an additional dozen or two Syrians would cause such concern in Washington.