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Attacking Syria is the right thing to do

Kosovo may offer the moral model for attacking the Syrian regime. To save ethnic Albanians under attack from Serbs, U.S. and European allies bombed Yugoslavia for 78 days in 1999 after bypassing the U.N. Security Council. A promised Russian veto would have stymied intervention.

Kosovo is similar to the current U.N. standoff about Syria in many ways. Just like Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, Syrian President Bashar Assad is carrying out genocide. Russia’s action, which rendered the United Nations impotent in both cases, was a disgrace. In 1999, President Bill Clinton turned to NATO, which supported the war and did so unanimously, as NATO rules require.

Assad’s actions most closely parallel Milosevic’s conduct in Kosovo. Assad is a war criminal and has killed over 100,000 Syrians, including women and children. His most gruesome offense was his Aug. 21 gas and chemical attacks on the suburbs of Damascus. Milosevic and other Serb leaders were brought to justice and went on trial for war crimes related to that very period.

More time, in this case, means more genocide. It means more preparation of chemical-spraying drones. Those weapons, which are a threat to U.S. allies and interests in the region, should be destroyed. Even relatively short, successful wars can be messy for a long time. Syria will not be different, but it is the right thing to do.

Samer Safadi, D.M.D.

Buffalo