THE EDITOR, Sir:
If CARICOM is serious in its concern over the United States' (US) plan to carry out a strike against the Assad regime in Syria, should it not be seeking a special session of the General Assembly of the United Nations to consider and vote on the matter? This assembly could also try afresh for a political solution to the civil war.
I heard an American woman make this General Assembly proposal in a panel discussion and it seems like a good one. One would think that the impasse in the Security Council gives grounds for such a step. Like the American woman, the General Assembly would worry about the 'collateral damage' that the American strike could inflict. 'Collateral damage' here is a euphemism for death to non-combatant civilians, young and old. The number could be huge in this instance.
How much mention does this aspect get from those arguing for strike action against Syria? Or from US authorities, who gloss over the killing of innocent people by drones in Pakistan? It has been considerable, deeply angering that country - and rightly so.