Tonawanda News

Opinion

September 1, 2013

DUVALL: No good options remain in Syrian civil war

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Tonawanda News — Our interjection into the conflict could prompt a retaliatory strike on Israel by Syria or its allies in Lebanon, Hezbollah. If that retaliation is large enough it will require an Israeli response, at which point the fight between two guys in the bar turns into an all-out melee. Then the reticent Brits and other NATO allies will be compelled to get off the sidelines, as would Iran. Russia, already arming the Assad regime, could be drawn in, too.

And then it’s quite literally World War III.

To admit Assad gassed his people and fail to act relegates the Unites States to the league of ordinary nations. To respond could set in motion a series of events the entire world will come to regret.

I don’t envy the president for having to make this decision given the potential consequences but I agree, the moral imperative is too important not to act.

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I’ve got a double-dose of sad news to report from our newsroom. Veteran photographer Doug Benz and our stalwart city editor, Neale Gulley, will be leaving the News at the end of the week. Both are pursuing new careers but leave behind an impressive legacy of high quality journalism and commitment to this community.

Their departures aren’t related, though the timing is certainly something of a gut punch for the staff here. 

On a personal level, Neale and Doug are not just valued employees — they’re good friends, each. I’ll miss the daily interactions, thought-provoking conversations and goofball antics that helped fill up the hours we’ve spent together all these years doing the news.

It’s an astonishing list of things we’ve covered together in what just earlier this month was my six-year anniversary of being hired to run this paper: two presidential elections, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the crash of Flight 3407, NT’s run to a state football title and special projects that delved into waterfront redevelopment, domestic violence and prescription drug abuse — to recall but a few.

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