Letter: Past mistakes do not excuse lack of action
We are reluctant about Syria because we don’t trust our conscience, because we trusted it when we went to Iraq 10 years ago.
But the moral imperative was not wrong. We were wrong because we misunderstood credibility — and still do.
The Syria mass murder is different from Iraq, because we already proved that Syria has and is using WMDs right now.
Excuses about America’s past will not alleviate our guilt for not acting proportionally now. We do not judge the quality of death; we judge that Assad’s use of sarin gas is against international law and therefore intervention is reasonable to the international forum.
Arthur Blenheim, via email