Don't attack Syria IV
I have seen the videos of nerve gas victims — including children — dying in Syria. I have imagined the horror of my own child being among them.
Such mass murder is barbaric and a war crime, and it is right that we want to punish those responsible.
But bombing Syria will not bring those men to justice. It will only mean more innocent lives taken, more children killed, more families devastated.
War is a very blunt instrument, and most or all of the price will be paid by ordinary Syrians who had nothing to do with this atrocity.
If we are serious about seeing justice for the victims of this attack, we must go after the people responsible. Let the International Criminal Court investigate these murders like the crimes they are.
Let the men behind these murders stand trial in The Hague. Bringing the perpetrators to justice individually will do far more for the victims — and far more to create a meaningful deterrent — than a symbolic collective punishment.
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