Only a few weeks ago, the US threatened “consequences” to Syria for killing another 1,425 people with chemical weapons.           

I know things are upsetting in Ukraine’s Crimea, but aren’t those 125,000 Syrian men, women and children of some serious concern as well as the reported million plus people driven into exile?

Even worse, the Syrian government savage bombardments we said were bad enough even before those chemical weapons assaults ... why they’re still going on.

Yes, I do know that the Russians and the Ukrainians are locked in what might seem to many an intramural dispute.  But we got very hot and bothered about those folks in Syria. 

So, now that we’ve gotten ourselves into some tits for tats no one seems much to care about on the Ukraine situation, ought we not at least look as if we really did care about those tens of thousands killed, maimed and more exiled back there in Syria?

After all, does anyone really care?

I recall a convention long ago when someone was wearing a badge that read: “You Mistook Me For Someone Who Gives a Damn.” That’s pretty much what we have today, despite all the chatter.

Specifically: Does anyone really think Putin gives a hoot about sanctions?            

As to Putin, we remember he carried off two Olympics recently, and there are rumors some major resort and hotel outfits are laying out plans for expansion in Sochi where those events were held.

And now there is the disappearance of the Maylasian flight with 239 passengers, and all the world’s experts, with all the big time technology can’t even find the plane. 

There are rumors the incident may prove to be the biggest air piracy in history, with major ransom demands still to come.

So, there you have it: with hundreds of thousands of people in various countries being slaughtered, exiled and otherwise assaulted, millions in America still struggling economically, two conflicts we invested in massively still to be concluded ... does anyone really care?

Finally, as the nation is confronted with a challenge from the Russian dictator, we look more than foolish as Obama calls for more “consequences” and the opposition party violates its own pledge that “we only have one president at a time.”

Is there any wonder the big time PR firms are busy making millions representing people like the president of Iran and Mr. Putin?

Stay tuned, if you can hear what’s happening over the static.

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Joseph J. Honick is president of GMA International in Bainbridge Island, Wash.