Does the manner of death really matter when the victim is a child? Should children killed by sarin gas be treated differently from a child killed by an AK-47, a machete, an artillery shell, a drone or a motor vehicle operated by a hit-and-run driver? What do the relatives of the victims want? Revenge or justice?
The U.S. military should not be the instrument of revenge. It should be the instrument of justice.
I urge Congress and President Obama to collect all of the intelligence along with the facts developed by the UN Inspectors and present them to the World Court in The Hague, Netherlands. Let the Court try Mr. Assad, in absentia if necessary, for war crimes or crimes against humanity. Let’s demonstrate to the world that the U.S. is not the heavy hand of death but a light of reason in one of the darkness areas of the world.
We should not use our military — otherwise we become the very thing we oppose. Almost any military target has civilian employees, janitors, security guards, cafeteria workers, drivers and secretaries who did not participate in the decision to gas non-combatant women and children. They should not be acceptable collateral damage. It would not be unusual for some of these civilians to be accompanied by their children. We will never know if the deaths of these children robbed the world of the next great physician, scientist, writer, politician or Nobel Prize winner. The U.S should not add to the loss.
Bill Boyle Marietta