Syrian civil war / A coalition of countries should intervene

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Position: A coalition of countries should intervene

This position addresses the topic Syrian civil war.


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Quotes-start.png The U.S. must respond. But it must act in concert with other nations, reflecting the massive violation of international norms this horror represents. And it must temper Americans' expectations for the result. If we've learned nothing else in more than a decade of war in the Middle East, it's that the U.S. cannot impose democracy and must face the fact that in some conflicts, there may be no good outcome. Quotes-end.png
From Nerve gas attack in Syria calls for U.S. response, by San Jose Mercury News editorial board (San Jose Mercury News, August 28, 2013) (view)
Quotes-start.png If the United States can't in good conscience stand by and do nothing in Syria, a limited airstrike would be the least bad option. Though the chemical attack has given Obama strong ground to respond, the United States shouldn't go it alone. Obama should assemble an international coalition to go along, including particularly some of Syria's Arab neighbors. Quotes-end.png
From On Syria, there are red lines and bad options, by Newsday editorial board (Newsday, August 28, 2013) (view)
Quotes-start.png Yet all diplomatic avenues have failed. Now it falls to the world’s superpower to punish a regime that violates all semblance of international law by employing rockets loaded with chemical warheads. No civilized nation could — or should — sanction such behavior, especially when directed at a country’s own citizens. Quotes-end.png
From Time for consequences in Syria, by The Dallas Morning News editorial board (The Dallas Morning News, August 28, 2013) (view)
Quotes-start.png A sharp military retaliation by the U.S. and its allies will show not only the Syrian strongman but other dictators around the globe that they cannot deploy such terrible weapons with impunity. That anyone who dares use these weapons will pay a steep price. That the world will not shrug and look away. Quotes-end.png
From Syrian showdown, by Chicago Tribune editorial board (Chicago Tribune, August 27, 2013) (view)
Quotes-start.png If Mr. Obama does forgo the U.N., he will need strong endorsements from the Arab League and the European Union, and more countries than just Turkey, Britain and France should join the effort. And if he does proceed with military action, it should be carefully targeted at Syrian air assets and military units involved in chemical weapons use. This, too, will not be easy, but the aim is to punish Mr. Assad for slaughtering his people with chemical arms, not to be drawn into another civil war. Quotes-end.png
From Responding to Syrian Atrocities, by The New York Times editorial board (The New York Times, August 26, 2013) (view)

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