Is violin harder than cello?

That’s a different question,” a source close to the production said. “The cello has an infinite range of notes that make it so easy to control the note, and we take the time to master those notes, whereas the violin tends to be based on three or four notes. That’s the difference.”

“There’s never a better question,” said Michael Poulsen, chief executive officer of the American Chamber Music Society—which plays the Béla Bartók repertoire for the general public at venues throughout the country—on his blog recently.

For a long time, U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron and other politicians and the press have said that they were trying to reach an agreement on what was essentially a political deadline for Syria. At the time, this was not the case. If we had known what “political deadline” there was, the White House and the State Department and the British government could have worked together to reach a more durable peace agreement between the Syrian government and the opposition forces.

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And yet today, we find Assad threatening to send terrorists to America, and a U.S. senator and another member of Congress saying that the U.S. should send a “small Navy” to a Syrian air base to stop Syria’s chemical weapons. And, in the process, Assad is saying that he doesn’t want to lose Syrian territory to the rebels or the U.S. because he isn’t seeking to take part in the war there with the U.S., but to avoid another American ground invasion.

And that is just the first chapter. For that to happen, the U.S. Congress would have had to pass a law authorizing President Obama to use military force. It doesn’t matter if a U.S. congressional authorization exists: President Obama could still go ahead and use military force against the Syrian regime—without Congressional authorization—even if Congress did not have the strength to stop him. And there isn’t a law in place providing congressional review on these kinds of orders.

The first step in trying to stop Assad from using chemical weapons is to stop him in the air. If he uses chemical weapons, it will be the Syrian civil war that ends with chemical weapons—not the war the Syrian government is waging at sea with its allies in Iran, Hezbollah, Russia and its proxies—which is now the world’s No. 1 enemy of civilized life. And by then Assad will also be in the process of destroying all of his chemical weapons,