To the editor of THE EAGLE:

As described in Thomas Friedman’s op-ed of Sept. 5, the shaming of leaders of Syria as a response to their use of poison gas makes more sense as way to respond to that horrific act. Using shame to call for pressure by world citizens while arming the Free Syrian Army to protect itself has a chance of a sustained effort against Assad. "A one-time shock and awe missile attack against military targets" can cause more problems than it solves.

"Arm and Shame" can serve notice that use of poison gas will not be tolerated and also lead in assisting the Free Syrian Army. Thanks Tom Friedman for your thoughtful suggestion regarding this difficult matter.

GEORGE BISSELL

Dalton