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.
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