Syria doesn’t need more bombs, at­tacks

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Framed as a re­ac­tion to a chem­i­cal weapons at­tack likely con­ducted by the regime of Bashar As­sad in the Syr­ian town of Douma just one week prior, Pres­i­dent Trump, U.K. Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May and French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron have all deemed this strike nec­es­sary to show that the use of chem­i­cal weapons is in­tol­er­a­ble.

Al­though it seems very un­likely that this lim­ited at­tack will re­sult in an­other world war, this does ap­pear to sug­gest that the West is not yet will­ing to give up on the 7-year-old con­flict. Us­ing chem­i­cal weapons is ab­hor­rent and against in­ter­na­tional norms. Yet one should not for­get that more “con­ven­tional” weapons (i.e. guns and bombs) are the main weapons used to kill the vast ma­jor­ity of an es­ti­mated 500,000 Syr­i­ans since the civil war be­gan. As the car­nage con­tin­ues, the U.S., as a global leader, should more deeply con­sider how it will re­spond — not only in terms of mil­i­tary ac­tion but also diplo­macy, refugee pol­icy and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid.

Neil De­cen­te­ceo Gainesville, Fla.

Even though I am no fan of Pres­i­dent Trump, I’m glad that he is stand­ing up to both bul­lies — Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. Af­ter all, when it comes to bul­ly­ing, Trump is no am­a­teur. And it’s no won­der why Putin de­fends As­sad. Just as As­sad kills his own peo­ple, Putin poi­sons his en­e­mies. Both Putin and As­sad are two peas in a pod.

JoAnn Lee Frank Clear­wa­ter, Fla.

The U.S. and its al­lies un­der the or­der of Pres­i­dent Trump have struck Syria. We strongly con­demn this act of war, which was not ap­proved by the U.S. Congress. The best way for­ward for the Syr­ian peo­ple is to bring every­one to the ta­ble and work on a res­o­lu­tion. Too many in­no­cent lives have been lost. If the pres­i­dent does want to help the Syr­ian peo­ple, let’s start by bring­ing more Syr­ian refugees into the U.S. and pro­vid­ing a haven for them — only 11 have been al­lowed into the U.S. this year.

Shan Hamid, pres­i­dent Coun­cil on PAK-U.S. re­la­tions Hicksville, N.Y.

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