Re "U.S. readies evidence on Syria attack" (Page A1, Aug. 28): Lobbing missiles into other countries is never a good idea. Killing civilians is never a good way to protest the killing of civilians. Rather than the usual rubber-stamping of the hawks' desires, Congress should use its constitutional power to debate alternatives to the usual ill-considered rush for further death and dismemberment.
The alternatives include at least an attempt to cut off the oxygen that keeps this fire burning: supply of arms by Saudia Arabia and Turkey for the rebels, and by Russia and Iran for the Assad regime.
Cynics may hold out little hope for success with diplomacy, nevertheless it must be given a chance. Assad will get his comeuppance, but that must not come at the price of our own principles.
-- Stephen J. Hardy, Woodland