Peter Rizzolo: Pressure, not attack, Syria

August 28, 2013 

Pressure Syria

Bashar al-Assad has deliberately challenged President Obama’s “red line” declaration by going ahead with a heinous chemical weapons attack. It would seem his assessment is that a limited American military response such as cruise missiles against targeted sites would prove ineffective and would gain him continued military and economic support from Iran and his other allies.

A more significant military response will involve taking out Syria’s robust air defense system – a move that will certainly cost American lives and result in further involvement in what is at this time a civil war involving several competing factions.

Rather than a military response, we should impose every possible diplomatic and economic pressure we can bring to bear on the Syrian regime, while continuing to extend humanitarian aid to the displaced and injured caught up in this tragic conflict.

Peter Rizzolo

Chapel Hill

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