Editorial: "Tough One"

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The decision before our President and now Congress regarding Syria is very complicated and very emotional.   Our country, already fatigued from war, is now being asked by our elected leader to support him in response to the atrocities committed by the Syrian government on its own people.

The pictures of Syrian men, women and children killed and maimed by chemical weapons emotes strong feelings of anger, sadness and empathy.

The President and Secretary of State are on record that no American boots will touch Syrian soil as this action would be handled via airstrike alone.  But let's not be naïve enough to think not having a ground attack will alleviate the emotional, economic and unforeseen issues that come with any military action.

This is a tough one because the U.S. should not have to be the police of the world, but how do we do nothing when a leader of a country is massacring his people and defying international laws.  Leaving this action unchecked is akin to watching a bully beating someone up in school yard and just walking away.  But, let me be clear … this does not mean the U.S. alone should take action on Syria.

We call upon the United Nations and the countries it represents to live up to their mandate to "maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations and promote social progress, better living standards and human rights." This Syrian issue is world problem that all nations of the world, including the U.S. should participate in ending – together.

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