On December 17, 2009, the U. S. Navy launched a Tomahawk cruise missile on an alleged al-Qa’ida training camp in the Abyan region of Yemen. The Yemeni government insisted their forces alone carried out the strike and US authorities backed the claim that insurgents had been attacked but officially denied direct involvement in the attack. However, human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, released photographs of missile parts from the attack which show that it was a BGM-109D Tomahawk cruise missile designed to be launched from a warship or submarine. The images reveal BLU 97 A/B cluster munitions which spray steel fragments for 150 meters along with burning zirconium for igniting buildings. The Yemeni government does not possess cruise missiles, which are part of the arsenal of the US Navy vessels patrolling off the coast of Syria.

According to Amnesty International, the strike resulted in the deaths of 52 people, more than half of them women and children.

ANDREW SCHOERKE

Shaftsbury

Syria and Congress

The U. S. has condemned the use of chemcial weapons being used in Syria.

Many of our leaders, from both parties, want this great evil stopped immediately. Now if only they could all agree on stopping the cruel and inhumane treatment on some of our own people, the world would be a better place.

When U. S. Senators come back from summer break, they will be confronted with the Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act, which already passed the House. This Act would essentially ban most abortions after 20-weeks gestation (the period when it’s believed babies can feel pain). So just how will your Senator vote? I’m fully expecting the Senate to reject the bill. Not all will be lost, however, because we will know exactly which Senators failed to protect unborn babies from torture! I’m thinking that most U. S. Senators who will reject the aforementioned Act, are those who oppose waterboarding terrorists. What this says is that simulating drowning of terrorists should be banned but not torturing an innocent baby after 20-weeks.

So if the U. S. wants to have any merit in condemning chemical weapon use in Syria, it first needs to ban all late-term abortions, and all abortions in general!

MIKE RACHIELE

Pittsfield, Mass.