Trump’s Syria Strikes: A Les­son for As­sad

THE IS­SUE: US airstrikes on Syr­ian chem­i­cal weapons sites in re­tal­i­a­tion for re­cent chem­i­cal at­tacks on civil­ians.

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There were many peo­ple op­posed to the strikes on Syria, in­clud­ing me (“Don dou­bles down on ‘Mis­sion Ac­com­plished,’ ” April 16).

I was wor­ried that Pres­i­dent Trump was be­ing goaded into the at­tack. It doesn’t mat­ter now; it’s done. No US ser­vice­men died, and Syria’s chem­i­cal-weapons pro­duc­tion will slow. I can live with that.

The strike also proves to the Rus­sians that if they get too rad­i­cal, we will step on them. The Obama era of ap­pease­ment and cow­ardice is over. Rus­sia can squeal all it wants.

If the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in­deed con­demns Trump, as Rus­sia has called for, then it’s time to get out of the United Na­tions.

Michael Pacer Paso Robles, Calif.

Fi­nally, we have a pres­i­dent who is will­ing to stand up to Rus­sia’s Vladimir Putin and his good friend Bashar al-As­sad, who sprays poi­son on men, women and chil­dren.

It didn’t take long for some Democrats to nit­pick at ev­ery rea­son not to take out Syr­ian chem­i­cal-weapons fa­cil­i­ties.

Would the Democrats in Congress re­con­sider if their fam­i­lies were over­seas and be­ing threat­ened with chem­i­cals?

Kevin O’Leary Kew Gar­dens

I strongly ob­jected to bomb­ing Syria with­out UN autho­riza­tion be­cause it will only serve to fur­ther worsen re­la­tions with Rus­sia, risk­ing a rapid ex­pan­sion of the con­flict into World War III.

Rus­sia has more nu­clear weapons than any na­tion on Earth. Rus­sia is the largest na­tion in the world by area. What in the world are our lead­ers do­ing by pick­ing a fight with Rus­sia when we can’t even take on the far smaller Iran?

Rarely since the Cold War have we been so pre­cip­i­tously close to World War III, which no one will win. We will all lose. Two wrongs don’t make a right. We need to get out of Syria now.

Michael Prav­ica Hen­der­son, Nev.

Why are lib­er­als so up­set that the United States, Eng­land and France knocked out three Syr­ian chem­i­cal-weapons sites?

This will in­hibit a dic­ta­tor from gassing his cit­i­zens, and the strikes didn’t take out any in­no­cent lives. It sure beats the hell out of a red line.

John Van Acken Bellerose

If ever there was a time to fin­ish off the atroc­i­ties in Syria, this was it. Un­for­tu­nately, Trump missed his op­por­tu­nity.

These pre­ci­sion sur­gi­cal strikes are laugh­able and send a mes­sage to As­sad that we are up­set, but not that up­set.

This was the op­por­tu­nity to wipe out his en­tire chem­i­cal-mu­ni­tions stor­age and Syria’s air force.

As­sad has man­aged to kill close to 400,000 peo­ple; he’s used chem­i­cal weapons on his own peo­ple and dis­placed hun­dreds of thou­sands from their home­land. He is a war crim­i­nal.

Jonathan Shaatal Staten Is­land

Trump’s de­ci­sion to take mil­i­tary ac­tion against Syria came at the per­fect time.

It should send a clear sig­nal to North Korea that the United States is se­ri­ous be­fore Trump’s meet­ing with Kim Jong-un.

North Korea has been suc­cess­ful in tak­ing ad­van­tage of past ad­min­is­tra­tions. Trump’s de­ci­sion shows why he is such a great ne­go­tia­tor. He’s set­ting the tone.

Brian Keane Patchogue

Trump is lead­ing well, and I feel safer with him as pres­i­dent. I be­lieve he truly loves this coun­try.

He drew a line in the sand and fol­lowed through with the help of our al­lies. I would rather have our en­e­mies re­spect the United States than like us.

For­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama largely cre­ated the sit­u­a­tion in Syria with his lack of fol­lowthrough. Give Trump a chance.

Joann Mirone Old Green­wich, Conn.

There is al­ready too much sad­ness in Syria. It’s still the time for diplo­macy, even if it takes a long while.

Many lead­ers and tyrants have found you can­not beat peo­ple into agree­ment, only sub­mis­sion. We must all keep look­ing for peace­ful so­lu­tions.

Den­nis Fitzger­ald Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia

Bashar al-As­sad

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