Mr. Obama's request to have Congress act on the question of attacking Syria -- I expect someone told him he might be impeached if he neglected to do this -- gives us all time to reach a conclusion on this question. There are, it seems to me, three parts to the question: is our moral superiority quotient so high that we should decide what kind of behavior is acceptable? If that question is resolved, can we be reasonably assured that our actions will have the results we want? And, finally, can we afford to do this? To cut to the chase, I feel it's clear that the answers are: maybe not, probably not, and NO.
Every voter should think these three questions through and decide if we should kill dozens of innocents (they did not decide to use nerve gas), because Sarin was used in a civil war to kill hundreds. In my view, even if we did have the cash (war is extremely expensive), the "maybe" and "probably not" answers are enough in themselves to keep us out of it. But, in any case, the last question in effect makes the others moot -- the USA is deeply in debt and yet we are not spending nearly enough to be humane to our own citizens.
John D. Palmer
Using chemical weapons cannot go unpunished
Over 1,000 Syrian children, women and men have been murdered with chemical weapons. These have been outlawed by consensus of the world. It is now critical that we respond for our own national defense and for the defense of untold numbers of innocent people. It is now critical that we use military force to send an unequivocal message to President Assad and to the world that use of chemical weapons will result in severe consequences. "Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it." In 1938, Hitler's Germany seized part of Czechoslovakia. The world did nothing. The result was World War II and the chemical weapons murder of millions. If we don't stop use of chemical weapons now, there will be much more such horror. Hopefully, Rep. Capito and Sens. Manchin and Rockefeller understand that a military response will deter such murdering of innocents.
Robert J. Schacht