Aug 27, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM
My heart sinks with an ache as I read and hear language of:
Has there been a time in recent years when U.S. use of military force has not escalated the level of violence and death in a nation?
There seems little doubt that hundreds of people were victims of poisonous gas in Syria last week. There is evidence that the government of Syria holds such chemical weapons. However, can we prove without a doubt that it was the government that released the gas? Is there some chance that it was some rebel group hoping to escalate the violence, taking and using the weapons?
And, what will be accomplished by military action against Syria? Who will be harmed? Will those who made the decision be the ones harmed by our retaliation? I fear the victims of retaliation would be people such as those already killed by the chemical weapons.
What would really be accomplished?