May 7, 2013

Letters to the Editor: May 7, 2013


---- — Chemicalweapons

TO THE EDITOR: There is evidence that Syria has used Sarin gas against the rebels we are backing there.

The “game-changer” the president alluded to in his tough rhetoric late last year has apparently occurred.

Incredibly, some have suggested that it may still be inappropriate to do something about the problem.

There are some in the administration who think we don’t have enough proof. Some have suggested the rebels are using the weapons of mass destruction. One former general even suggested that it may be too early to act because Syria’s use of chemical weapons was not as big as Saddam’s against Iraqi Kurds.

The fact that fewer people have been hurt by one dictator’s use of these weapons than the other is tertiary intelligence at best. Whether the rebels are using the WMDs, or a rogue general, or Bullwinkle the Moose, they’re Syria’s weapons, they’re out of the box now, and we don’t have enough manpower or resources to prevent someone from bringing them to our shores by boat or plane or train, if they’re bound and determined to do so.

Furthermore, recent revelations that terrorists in Canada planned to travel by train to New York City to conduct attacks should bring this matter home for all of us, as one of the most prominent trains used for travel from Canada to the Big Apple travels right through our community.

Please consider contacting our leaders and asking them to support intervention in Syria for the purpose of destroying its chemical-weapon stockpiles.

A former member of the 2nd WMD-CST, I have expertise in computer-aided modeling of the effects of WMDs. I have advised and taught domestic and international terrorism response for first-responders and decision-makers at every level of government.