The Assad regime: They're war criminals. Our main job is to make sure the rest of the world knows that.
The most comprehensive and pertinent suggestion about what to do concerning the use of poisonous gas in Syria is made by Thomas Friedman. He says Obama is taking the wrong tack. I agree. As with many people, I have found no option for action that does not embroil the nation in another costly, life-killing situation over we can have little control. Friedman's idea answers the objections.
He acknowledges that Syria "is a wickedly complex problem." But, he states:
...only America can spearhead a credible response: Russia and China have rendered the United Nations Security Council meaningless; Europe is a military museum; the Arab League is worthless; all others are spectators. We are out front — alone. We may not want to be, but here we are. So we must lead.His plan:
The full explanation of his idea is at The New York Times.We need to use every diplomatic tool we have to shame Assad, his wife, Asma, his murderous brother Maher and every member of his cabinet or military whom we can identify as being involved in this gas attack. We need to bring their names before the United Nations Security Council for condemnation. We need to haul them before the International Criminal Court. We need to make them famous. We need to metaphorically put their pictures up in every post office in the world as people wanted for crimes against humanity.