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Conventional killings left out of Syria debate

WASHINGTON — Why is it worse for a government regime to kill 1,400 people by chemical weapons than to engage in a civil war in which more than 100,000 people have been killed by guns and bombs?

This is the question underlying the drive by the Obama administration to urgently pursue a diplomatic mission to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, even as the United States holds out the threat of a full-bore military strike.

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