Military action to establish humanitarian corridors and what Anne-Marie Slaughter proposes as “no-kill” zones should be an active option, in place and ready to be executed swiftly within the next few days, to stop the terror and killing by Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. Slaughter is a distinguished international lawyer and former head of the State Department’s Policy Planning Department. See
Anne-Marie Slaughter, “How to Halt the Butchery in Syria,” New York Times, February 23, 2012 (February 24 print edition).
Kanan Makiya, “Intervention In Syria is a Moral and Human Imperative, The New Republic, February 24, 2012.
Amnesty International, “Syria: Humanitarian access urged in Homs,” February 24, 2012.
President Obama is quick to assert that “all options are on the table” when referring to Iran or other problem countries such as Syria. It is now time to take the military option from the table, and to use it to halt the ongoing commission of crimes against humanity on a massive scale. Kanan Makiya in the article cited above describes what is likely to happen if al-Assad is not stopped. Makiya is the author of The Republic of Fear, the classic study of the terror employed by Sadam Hussein during his government.
It is time to act decisively to halt al-Assad’s crimes against humanity.
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