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.

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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.