Re "Treaty banning chemical weapons must be enforced" (Editorials, Sept. 8): The Bee failed to defend its position that the United States is justified in striking Syria militarily to punish the Assad regime.
Recent letters to the editor of The Bee, meanwhile, make key points that The Bee's editorial downplays.
Letter writers Michael Comer and Richard Conrad reminded us that since Syria has neither attacked nor threatened to attack the U.S., our government would violate international law by bombing that nation.
Letter writer William Platt reminded that, given our country's history of aggression in defiance of our Constitution and international law, the U.S. should quit lecturing other nations.
The Chemical Weapons treaty of 1993, which was not signed by Syria, says little about enforcement. Signatories are to bring serious violations to the attention of the United Nations Security Council. Unilateral attacks intended to punish a violator are nowhere discussed or authorized.
-- David Alan Barrett, Sacramento