War crimes and punishment

English: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . ...

English: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . Original background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe that the US should seek a UN-sponsored solution to Syria‘s use of chemical weapons. If a trial of Assad is warranted for war crimes, then he should be indicted and tried. If Assad will not surrender to a trial, a UN-authorized raid under US leadership would follow to bring Assad to justice. The raid would be a multi-national version of the raid that killed bin Laden. I realize that a larger raid would be necessary and it could be costly in western lives, but that would be better than lobbing a few cruise missiles at targets in Syria that killed more civilians. After the Assad trial if he is found guilty and is punished, the UN should sponsor a peace conference to which all sides in Syria are invited.

An eye for an eye

English: States parties to the Chemical Weapon...

English: States parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Parties of the Chemical weapons Convention Parties which have declared chemical weapon stockpiles and/or have known chemical weapon facilities (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“If Syria used chemical weapons on its people, then the Syrian rebels are justified in using chemical weapons to defend themselves, and the US will supply them from our vast stockpiles of chemical weapons.”

Actually I believe that we should stay out of another conflict in the Middle-East. Syria’s allies, Russia and Iran, could make the war a regional one, endangering the world’s supply of oil.


John McCain waits to deliver speech in Denver,...

John McCain waits to deliver speech in Denver, Colorado on May 27, 2008 regarding nuclear security.http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/News/Speeches/e9c72a28-c05c-4928-ae29-51f54de08df3.htm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the John McCain version.

The category is small countries.

The answer is bomb it.

The question is how do you solve any conflict in a small country?

On Meet the Press yesterday, John McCain advocated military action in Syria because Assad has WMDs and if he hasn’t used Sarin against his own people, John McCain knows that he will. Since McCain is opposed to boots on the ground, he supports aerial attacks in support of the rebels. Since that is what he knows and what he did in the US Navy, that is what McCain always supports.

McCain is against the atrocities in Syria. What about closer to home such as the atrocities in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut? McCain opposes increased gun safety. And when it comes to democracy, McCain and the GOP favor democracy abroad imposed by our military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he and many members of the GOP support making democracy harder for some right here in the US.