Letter: On Syria, least lethal action is best
President Obama has the chance to distinguish his actions from past presidents who were keen to rush us to war and often on false pretexts. He also has an opportunity to show what kind of a person he is. The president has three options in Syria: avoid military action and step up diplomacy by directing world attention to Russian President Vladimir Putin who has abetted a dictator guilty of slaughtering children; conduct a directed strike that will eliminate some of the bad guys; or more indiscriminately bomb a number of more general targets and risk killing innocent civilians including children, while the ruling thugs remain safe in their bunkers.
We should all take this opportunity to contact our federal representatives and ask that they counsel the least lethal action. Let us keep in mind that this Syrian situation is very complicated with civil wars breaking out within larger civil war.