Ellen Sauerbrey

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Refugees need mattresses more than missiles

While the nation’s attention is focused on the debate over whether to lob cruise missiles into Syria, millions of Syrians have abandoned their homes with little but the clothes on their back, fleeing the violence and chaos engulfing their communities.

They set out on a dangerous trek to reach neighboring countries but sometimes are stuck inside Syria because borders are closed to them. Thousands are trapped in appalling conditions, living in tents or under tarps, lacking food, medical supplies and sanitation. Little aid reaches them.

Instead of wasting hundreds of millions — perhaps billions — of dollars raining missiles and misery on the Syrian people, America should put its resources into helping these desperate souls.…  Seguir leyendo »

Are we certain Assad, and not the rebels, used chemical weapons?

The slaughter of hundreds of innocent civilians with chemical weapons “shocks the conscience of the world.” It has provoked a debate that is dominating our press on how the United States should respond to punish the Assad regime. It appears that we are preparing to take some kind of action. However, before we commit American lives and treasure, I hope we know the answer to a basic question that no one is discussing. What is the evidence that it was Syrian President Bashar Assad who used the weapons and not the rebels?…  Seguir leyendo »