The recent military strike on President Assad's chemical weapon capabilities in Syria has caused a lot of debate and a number of residents have contacted me either supporting the decision or opposing it.
I am supportive of the decision to take action as it was clear that Assad had used chemical weapons against his own people despite having accepted the terms of an international agreement in 2013 to destroy his weapons, which was guaranteed by the Russians. There has to be punishment for a regime that so flagrantly breaks international law.
It is also important that we act where we can to alleviate humanitarian suffering. The children who have been gassed in Syria are not interested in endless debates about UN directives or parliamentary debates, they want action to stop their own government from trying to kill them.