LIKELY CONSEQUENCES: Will we invite retaliation? Will we put nations friendly to us at undue risk? If we succeed in a regime change, will the alternative to Assad be any more just? Would we be helping terrorist organizations and advancing the cause of Al Qaeda? Would we be igniting bigger and more serious conflicts?
Catholics in Syria have urged against military intervention. They do not believe it will help. Reports are that Assad gives more protection to Christians than do members of the opposition. We have seen what the Muslim Brotherhood is doing to Christians in Egypt; we have reason to believe the same will happen in Syria and is already happening.
The justification for the war, whether or not all possible remedies have been pursued, the likelihood of success, whether or not greater harm than good would ensue, are extremely important issues. Until there are answers to the questions raised that satisfy the criteria for a just war, there should be no military action against Syria.