Why military action in Syria would fail

2013-09-11T00:00:00Z Why military action in Syria would fail nwitimes.com
September 11, 2013 12:00 am

Military action against Syria to “punish” President Assad will fail because:

1. Assad will act quickly to publicize the harm bombing has done to the Syrian people to discredit the United States.

2. Bombing will irreversibly eliminate the chance for a humanitarian response to those tragically stricken.

3. Bombing Syria will permanently discredit the United States as the world will see it as “more of the same” from the self-appointed policeman of the Middle East.

4. Bombing Syria will raise questions of why we did not bomb North Korea. The world will see the United States as a bomber that picks its spots. Our credibility will suffer enormously.

It is time to stop the vicious mind-set of first response with military action. If the United States bombs Syria, it could become a marker in our nation’s history with consequences from which we — and the world — cannot recover.

- Mark Lindemer, Crown Point

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