Letter: Strikes won’t resolve crisis

September 5, 2013 

The United States should not conduct military operations in Syria simply to demonstrate that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.

Targeted missile strikes may be a strong statement of reprimand to the Assad regime for its use of chemical weapons but these strikes will not bring down the regime, they will not ensure that chemical weapons are not used in the future and they will most certainly not expedite a resolution in the ongoing Syrian crisis. 

Politicians who support military action claim to be outraged by the atrocities of the Assad regime. Ironically, the ultimate end of any U.S military action would be precisely that which they have so boldly denounced: more civilian deaths, more bloodshed and an escalation of the horrific violence.

— Chantal Akcuaz

Anchorage

 

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