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Six years after the chemical attack in Ghouta, have we learned its lessons?

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In the aftermath of the chemical massacre in Ghouta, David Cameron, the former Prime Minister of the UK remarked that “Our inaction in Syria shows we have not learned the lessons of the Holocaust” and “the lessons of not standing by”. The words he and others have used were deliberate; the scale and systematic manner of the slaughter of Syrian civilians are akin to some of the most repressive regimes of the 20th century. The chemical massacre that took place was only one aspect of the brutality that the Assad regime was capable of.

The massacre which left more than 1,400 dead and countless more wounded, took place in real-time. Its coverage reached around the world, and it was quickly confirmed by independent human rights organisations including Human Rights Watch and was verified by the United Nations chemical weapons report.

The attack stunned the world. The Syrian government is a signatory to the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and had flagrantly........

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