I commend Congressman John Garamendi’s strong stand for congressional hearings before approving a military response in Syria. I hope Sens. Barbara Box and Dianne Feinstein and the rest of the California congressional delegation will support this oversight.
I urge them also to speak out for an international judicial approach, rather than a mini-war, to the possible use of chemical weapons. This approach should include:
* An investigation by an independent international body to compile evidence about the crime and to identify the perpetrators, followed by
* An international effort to arrest and detain those who commanded and those who carried out the attack, and
* A public trial in the World Court.
Our country should serve as a model of respect for the law, not of vigilante action outside the law. War is not the answer to war crimes, in Syria or elsewhere.