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    Justanothernyer, Catte Nappe

    1) Any leader of an organization is responsible for the actions of that organization. Now, this doesn't mean that he is held personally responsible for each and every day-to-day action of each and every member. He IS held responsible for the structure, procedures, training, and recruitment of the organization.
    If a poorly trained member with vague procedures and minimal guidance does something stupid and wrong, it IS the fault of the entire organization, including the leader. On the other hand, if a well-trained member goes against good procedures by ignoring and subverting the guidance of his superiors, it is LESS the fault of the organization, and more the fault of the member. It depends on how well the leader set up his organization. We judge by competence or negligence.
    Assad should share responsibility for the use of chemical weapons. If he ordered it, he is directly responsible. If he created an organization so incompetent that it allowed unauthorized use, then he is still partially responsible.

    2) Note that neither the US or the Germans know for sure if Assad ordered the chemical strike. We have circumstantial evidence that supports either claim. This is quite common in intelligence work; you never know for sure. It's all circumstantial evidence and probability.

    The Germans put the odds one way based on the evidence that they trust (and they probably have conflicting evidence that they decided not to trust this time), and the Americans did exactly the same thing with different evidence leading to a different conclusion.

    Less "WAAAAH!", more progress.

    by IndyGlenn on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 06:48:16 AM PDT

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