Your articles are from 2016, 2017, 2014 and 2012, respectively, which is precisely my point. He was never portrayed as a sadistic brute who delights in human suffering until he started pushing back against the US power establishment. We’re meant to believe that Bashar al-Assad suddenly transformed into a sadist who gasses children just to be evil right around the time he began favoring Russian interests in his resource policy. You’ll get no argument from me about Bashar’s father being needlessly oppressive, but that isn’t the contention here.
And Iraq did just happen. You remember it. You remember the lies. That’s my point.