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September 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM

U.S. military involvement in Syria

Nonviolent solution

Syrian demonstrators  carry an image of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a demonstration against US military action in Syria, Sept. 9, 2013, outside of Capitol Hill, in Washington. [AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana]

Syrian demonstrators carry an image of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a demonstration against US military action in Syria, Sept. 9, 2013, outside of Capitol Hill, in Washington. [AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana]

My 10-year-old son suggested what might be a workable, nonviolent solution for Syrian citizens to deter and even survive Assad’s purported gas attacks: an airdrop of gas masks. [“Russia, U.S. raise hope on Syria,” page one, Sept. 10.]

Israel has gas masks available for civilians, so we could ask them how many were required and what instructions to include with them.

The cost of dropping several hundred thousand gas masks is probably less than the initial cruise missile and bombing campaign, and certainly less than the follow-up campaigns that would be required.

An additional benefit would be that President Obama would get to save face with undeniably effective action, which couldn’t be vetoed by Congress or Russian President Vladimir Putin, because it would count as inexpensive humanitarian aid.

There are implementation challenges, such as how to effectively disperse them while in hostile airspace. But a more fundamental point here is that adults seem unable to come up with nonviolent solutions in these situations.

We need to be as creative as our kids when it really counts.

Bard Richmond, Seattle

Voice your opinion

If you have an opinion about what this country should do about Syria, now is the time to contact our senators and your congressional representative.

I did on Friday. All their offices have answering machines.

Let them know how they should represent you.

Mark Wilson, Seattle

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