Re "Obama faces skepticism in making case on Syria" (Page A1, Aug. 29): We seem to have a dilemma on our hands. Either we do nothing about this chemical attack in Syria, or we attack the presumed perpetrator, in the process killing a lot of non-combatants (as war inevitably does).
Instead of threatening and planning to bomb Syria, why don't we instead take its leaders to the International Criminal Court for committing a war crime or a crime against humanity? Because the ICC has jurisdiction only in countries that have accepted its jurisdiction. Most of the world has. Exactly three countries have announced they have no intention of doing so: Israel, Sudan and the United States. Because we've placed ourselves outside international law, we have no standing to bring charges against another country.
However this atrocity plays out, let's avoid such dilemmas in the future by joining the ICC.
-- Billy Ray Boyd, Chico