If we are to keep up the pretense that we really give a rat’s ass about the poor people in Syria who are being murdered by their own government, then we have to stop such ridiculous things as “strongly condemning” the shoot-down of a Turkish jet, and considering sanctions for the murders of innocent civilians. Among other things, indiscriminate shelling of civilian populations is a clear-cut violation of the Geneva conventions. Are we concerned about humanitarian rights, or are we just concerned with political posturing?
On the other hand, the last time we got deeply involved in this sort of thing, we managed to trash a modern, industrialized country and kill hundreds of thousands of civilians as “collateral damage.”
Maybe the only thing worse than political posturing is the idea that NATO might actually do something.