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Syrian crisis shouldn’t be complicated

Published 12:08am Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What’s happened to America’s sense of right? In the 1950s and 1960s, that sense ultimately led our nation to defeat the oppressive, Jim Crow days.

In later years, that sense of right provided more equality for women and other downtrodden minority groups.

Yet from time to time we seem to have a blind spot to the obvious wrong despite having it slapped in our face.

Years ago, had we heard that someone was killing children with chemical weapons, we would not hesitate, we’d act.

Instead, America’s President and Congress want to debate the matter.

As they debate, could more Syrian children be at risk?

Doing what’s right isn’t a popularity contest, and it shouldn’t be up for debate.

America of long ago would simply do what needs to be done, without great debate.

If the rest of the world — including the United Nations — wants to sit on their hands and do nothing, we should let them.

But we should not let either their apathy or our meddling politics on the use of military force in Syria dissuade us from standing up for what’s right and standing up against what’s evil.

As the debate in Washington and throughout the world continues, we encourage leaders to simply cut through the rhetoric and do something to prevent further loss of life.