Breaking News Bar
posted: 9/10/2013 5:00 AM

Tell your reps to vote no on Syria strike

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 

Please contact your congressional representative and Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk as soon as possible to prevent imminent, armed U.S. intervention in Syria. Certainly, Syria's use of chemical weapons against its own people was abominable and contrary to international convention and all civilized behavior. Consequently, the Assad regime's acts require a severe and rapid response from the world community. But a U.S. military strike is not the answer, at this juncture.

There are many compelling reasons for a timeout on our Tomahawk missile threat. Here are two:

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

• the lack of any evidence that the administration's proposed limited strike would accomplish any strategic U.S. goal or send any political message to Assad. In fact, there is reason to believe that such an attack would deepen his resolve and gain him new, and/or more militarily supportive, allies.

• the complete dearth of data that the proposed surgical strike would not be met with repeated and resolute military and terrorist attacks against U.S. interests or set ablaze the entire Mideast tinderbox. (Many, many more innocent lives could be lost than those via the chemical attack.)

Ask your congressional representatives to push the administration, with its allies, to demand that Assad publicly declare a ban on the use of chemical weapons and that he pursue an aggressive campaign to destroy Syrian chemical weapons, under U.N. or U.S.-led inspection. Failure to agree, before a very short deadline, would lead to a freezing of Syrian assets, bans on the travel of Syrian officials and their families worldwide, a goods embargo like that in effect on Iran, a (symbolic, at least) move to expel Syria from the United Nations, and charges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague against Assad and his lieutenants. Let's use our wits before our Tomahawks!

Chris Ellis

Palatine

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here