The case for a military strike against Syria and its President Bashar Hafez al-Assad for the use of chemical weapons on its own civilians has been made. The case was made not only by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, but also by President Bashar Hafez al-Assad.
The use of banned chemical weapons of war on civilians is indefensible.
The images are horrifically clear and the evidence is overwhelming. A response is necessary.
In announcing he would ask the Congress of the United States to support his decision to act against Syria, President Obama has called upon members of Congress and the American people to stand on a moral and righteous principle of decency.
Had the Syrian president used chemical weapons to kill defenseless animals, the outcry from humanitarians around the world, particularly in the United States for a response would be deafening.
Had the Syrian president used chemical weapons against journalists, especially American journalists, reporters would not be questioning the military response strategy of President Obama, but rather the moral compass of members of the United States Congress.
Moreover, American journalists who are urging the Congress of the United States to pass federal legislation protecting them from prosecution for publishing national secrets, but question the rationale for an intelligent military response here show their true moral sub-standards.
But in this instance case, the Syrian regime targeted innocent civilians and the idea the world would or should look away in the face of such horror is politically hypocritical and intellectually dishonest.
Those who claim to love peace, care about the treatment of women, children, and shout for their justice and compassion, but are silent to this immoral act by the Syrian regime will be held cheap by history.
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