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No, the Use of Tear Gas is Not a War Crime

The Left has reacted in outrage over the incident at the border yesterday—not at the migrants storming the border, of course, but at the U.S. response. There really is no border enforcement that they will support—not deporting illegal immigrants who have been here for years, not turning around and sending home illegal immigrants who just showed up, not even border agents defending themselves from a rock-throwing mob.

This has become “gassing women and children” that supposedly lumps us in with the world’s worst regimes. Never mind that it was able-bodied males who stormed the border (the women and children present were part of a protest that devolved into the mob action). Never mind that the Obama administration used similar means of dispersing crowds or disorderly actors at the border when necessary. Never mind that we use tear gas frequently for crowd control here at home.

The caravan has been exposing the radicalism of our immigration debate—among the people who can’t bring themselves to say a discouraging word about it in any circumstance.

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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