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respond to Syrian crisis as a LEGAL issue not a MILIARY one

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    Angry political and protester hawks pressuring the President to respond have mis-placed responsibility for dealing with Syria:
    1. as the President said it is a violation of international LAW . As such, it should be handled by LEGAL MEANS not militarily. America is the leading military super power. We have a moral responsibility to use it justly or be tempted to have a Macavalian ethic, that might is right. It looks like we already have a gut emotional reaction to crisis in the world to act militarily. Hopefully reason will win out in this crisis and we can take a look at ourselves and question where we are going as a nation.
    2. The UN is responsible for enforcing international law. They have a due process involving the international court at the Hague for trying perpetrators of crimes against humanity. They should take action to identify the responsible persons and detain them. America could work with them
    3. A strike in Syria is holding the people of Syria, who have suffered greatly, responsible, causing more hardship for them. Since the strike is limited without follow up with ground troops, how will the leaders get justice personally? What are the plans for justice after the strikes?
    4. The people of Syria need AID not BOMBS dropped on them. With the responsible leaders still in power, how can we be certain the people will get the aid and the leaders won't benefit?
    5. THE PROTESTERS SHOULD SET UP IN FRONT OF THE UN, NOT THE WHITE HOUSE. The President and Congress should put pressure on the UN to carry out its responsibility.
    Otherwise what is the purpose of international law? Is the message to despots leading countries around the world that they can commit crimes against humanity and not face PERSONAL consequences? ALL MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL must be held responsible for enforcing the law. They can't let political differences within the council keep them from doing their duty, as there is clear evidence that the crimes HAVE been committed and can't be in question.
    Where are the sequester hawks with apocalyptic warnings about our debt in this case? Do they prefer war to health care or supporting our seniors?
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    Ft.myers, FL
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    still progressive senior Wrote: Angry political and protester hawks pressuring the President to respond have mis-placed responsibility for dealing with Syria:
    1. as the President said it is a violation of international LAW . As such, it should be handled by LEGAL MEANS not militarily. America is the leading military super power. We have a moral responsibility to use it justly or be tempted to have a Macavalian ethic, that might is right. It looks like we already have a gut emotional reaction to crisis in the world to act militarily. Hopefully reason will win out in this crisis and we can take a look at ourselves and question where we are going as a nation.
    2. The UN is responsible for enforcing international law. They have a due process involving the international court at the Hague for trying perpetrators of crimes against humanity. They should take action to identify the responsible persons and detain them. America could work with them
    3. A strike in Syria is holding the people of Syria, who have suffered greatly, responsible, causing more hardship for them. Since the strike is limited without follow up with ground troops, how will the leaders get justice personally? What are the plans for justice after the strikes?
    4. The people of Syria need AID not BOMBS dropped on them. With the responsible leaders still in power, how can we be certain the people will get the aid and the leaders won't benefit?
    5. THE PROTESTERS SHOULD SET UP IN FRONT OF THE UN, NOT THE WHITE HOUSE. The President and Congress should put pressure on the UN to carry out its responsibility.
    Otherwise what is the purpose of international law? Is the message to despots leading countries around the world that they can commit crimes against humanity and not face PERSONAL consequences? ALL MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL must be held responsible for enforcing the law. They can't let political differences within the council keep them from doing their duty, as there is clear evidence that the crimes HAVE been committed and can't be in question.
    Where are the sequester hawks with apocalyptic warnings about our debt in this case? Do they prefer war to health care or supporting our seniors?
    Indeed totally correct; the UN has already stated that any action of the US is illegal; the ridiculous notion that the US can do in this world whatever they like is pure criminal. I guess the US would scream and protest if any other country would do the same things like that. A total bunch of hypocrites and little babies who can't wait to play with their expensive war toys, so the pockets of the war industry billionairs get filled even more including their buddies in Gongress. Fire them all !!
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    Nebraska
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    still progressive and Dutch correctly state that it is the UN not the USA which is responsible for policing the world. I am still waiting for the US to realize it.

    I think that the protestors should set up in front of the United Nations AND the White House. It is the White House and the president and his administration that is out of control.

    WAR WAR WAR is that ALL they think about?

    If President Obama goes ahead with this attack on Syria would that make him a war criminal?