3 statements on syria - which resonates with you? http://t.co/mBHxLPSLLP, http://t.co/SFy5zZ0AqL, or http://t.co/XtPdxgkLMW. shabbat shalom!— Rabbi Jeffrey Brown (@RabbiJBrown) September 20, 2013
3 statements on syria - which resonates with you? http://t.co/mBHxLPSLLP, http://t.co/SFy5zZ0AqL, or http://t.co/XtPdxgkLMW. shabbat shalom!
Bombing in Syria should be the last desparate measure undertaken only after all other means to end the conflict have failed. We have not turned to the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, NATO, nor even the Arab League to try to end the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
To reach for the sword is the oldest means of conflict resolution and the most horrific. Our failure of leadership and attention to the escalating use of chemical weapons does not justify, nor even permit, turning to bombing as solution. We cannot weep over pictures of dead children killed by chlorine gas and then create new pictures of children killed by American bombs.
As the old anti-war song goes "They're rolling out the guns again." We are turning to guns only because the generals have just awakened from their naps. Our President, the Secretary of State and our UN Ambassador have all been silent while these weapons were used and are now over-reacting. We deserve better.
Putin is a tyrant and deserves no praise, but he has been the better statesman in this instance. The source of an idea does not undermine the validity of its premises. We should support documented surrender of chemical weapons by Assad, not bombs.