The US needs to strike Syria’s air force to cripple its means of delivering further chemical weapon attacks, argues Roy Gutman in The Daily Beast. The Assad regime has used the civil war to murder scores of innocent civilians. According to some estimates, 500,000 people are dead. America and the international community should put an end to this. Past foreign policy failures, which allowed Syria to cozy up to Iran and Russia, need to be corrected with a show of strength. This would demonstrate to the regime that it can no longer get away with the terrors it commits. Reducing the civilian death toll should be the priority now.
The notion that US intervention in Syria would be beneficial is wrong, believes Damon Linker of The Week. Military strikes would just end more lives and improve little about the ongoing disaster. American foreign policy has too long centered around the idea that we can change things for the better. Notwithstanding the huge support for overthrowing Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, these turned out to be colossal mistakes. Doing the same with Bashar al-Assad would not bring peace to Syria. Neither will targeted strikes. The sooner America realizes that it should stop trying to police the world, the better.