Israel’s leadership


The May 5 letter Tread lightly in Mideast hypothesizes that if Syria has chemical weapons and if Islamic terrorists get them and use them on their own people “in order to blame Assad,” then the world might help depose him and set up another Islamic state. Therefore, the writer concludes, the U.S. administration should not interfere, drawing a parallel to our intervention in Iraq after 9/11.

What a convoluted theory! There’s no need to theorize: Syria has chemical weapons, and the Assad regime has used them against its own people.

Meanwhile, the United States, the supposed superpower of the West, sits back and does nothing, while little Israel takes out Syria’s chemical-weapons factories, not only because those weapons could be used against Israel, but also because they pose a real threat to the entire West, including the United States.

Preemptive action is the sign of real leadership.

Isolationism is not the correct way to deal with real-world problems.

Robert E. Pickard, South Miami

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