The majority of Americans oppose military intervention in Syria. That does not mean they believe the use of poison gas is acceptable. It means dropping bombs on Syria isn't the answer. Putin's editorial in the New York Times does a good job explaining why the United States must not attack Syria. He also addresses the issue of American "exceptionalism" which has, unfortunately, become a philosophy used to justify whatever this country chooses to do.
America's decision to "liberate" Iraq was a violation of international law with tragic consequences. Only the most naive among us continue to believe is was about anything but oil. So many brave American soldiers sent to their death and tens of thousands wounded. The death toll in Iraq estimated to be over 200,000 men, women and children with as many as 2,000,000 people forced from their homes. And the violence continues.
Some fault President Obama for not immediately striking Syria when the news of the use of chemical weapons became public. How many of these critics turned a blind eye when Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against the Iranians and his own people. Weapons provided by the United States.
I thank God President Obama paused to carefully weigh the evidence and options before authorizing military force against Syria. Doing so showed wisdom, not weakness. It's time for America to stop making enemies and join the world community to resolve the problems facing mankind.
Putin Warns Against Attack Syria