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September 9, 2013 at 7:22 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

U.N. and NATO: Step up

Turkish paramedics stand in front of a decontamination unit tent set up to treat victims of chemical weapons in Reyhanli, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. World leaders are venting over Syria's civil war but look no closer to agreeing on international military intervention to stop it as of Sept. 6. [AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia]

Turkish paramedics stand in front of a decontamination unit tent set up to treat victims of chemical weapons in Reyhanli, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. World leaders are venting over Syria’s civil war but look no closer to agreeing on international military intervention to stop it as of Sept. 6. [AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia]

Am I wrong in wondering why the United Nations and NATO haven’t been more vociferous and outspoken on the current use of chemical weapons in Syria? [“U.S. may set up training Syrian rebels,” page one, Sept. 6.]

It seems to me that they, and other international groups, should be heading up, speaking out and being the collective-decision makers.

Following the Nuremberg Trials of “crimes against humanity,” protocol should become an established worldwide concept and understanding.

Lucille Berkowitz, Bellevue

Cyberattack is logical

The toxic-gas attacks of President Bashar Assad’s regime are without doubt terrible atrocities and deserve severe punitive response.

A ballistic-missile response might destroy strategic real estate and perhaps personnel. The downside is that it is unlikely to spare innocents; not likely to endear the U.S. in the hearts and minds among a population across the Middle East, where we are already detested by many.

An initial, forceful cyberattack on military centers, followed by repeated cyberattacks against other sites to cripple the infrastructure could make the point without direct human mortality.

Thank you, Professor John Yoder, for a well-reasoned proposition. [“Guest column: U.S. should launch cyberattack on Syria, not military strike,” Opinion, Sept. 5.]

Bill Collins, Sequim

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