NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

September 12, 2013

Civilians, not Assad, will suffer in 'surgical strike'


Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

With the president drumming up bipartisan support for a limited military air strike on Syria, it is important now for us to consider the downside risk and email our federal delegations.

This has been described as a “surgical strike.” Well, I am a board-certified surgeon and this would be malpractice. It will have nothing in common with surgery.

The only sure result of these limited air strikes will be additional civilian non-combatant innocent victims, who are caught in the middle of a civil war.

Assad will not suffer for one second.

If we must punish Assad, then the only correct action would be the way we took out Osama bin Laden.

Vincent J. Russo

Newbury