Imagine you are walking through the streets with your family, all happy one moment, and then all of a sudden chaos strikes.
This is what is happening in Syria as I write this column.
Let me explain.  This country has been controlled by the Assad regime for decades, and is currently facing a civil war.
We have reason to believe that Assad is bombing his own people with chemical weapons.
So you ask, “What does the U.S. have to do with anything?”
Well, National/International teacher Chris Varvel this is a difficult situation for the President in terms of what is our legal authority to take action.
His speech was given  on Sept. 10, and he will avoid war if possilbe.
However, if Syria were to bomb Turkey (a bordering country to Syria and a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization), we could invoke Article 5 of the NATO charter.
Article 5 states, “An attack upon one is an attack upon all.”
This would give us the legal right to go to war with Syria, even though they have not DIRECTLY threatened the United States.
Most of you will probably not find this shocking when I say that the simple solution is to just bomb them:  not the civilians or the government, but the chemical weapon supply.
I know doing so would cause some danger; however, during the explosion, most of the chemicals would be incinerated.
It may not be the best idea, but this way we could help and cause less damage...unless Assad decides to “use them or lose them,” to quote Mr. Varvel.
What a mess.
I hope our government makes the right decision.

Deana Pearson, Opinion Editor

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