Raymond C. OffenheiserJuly 21, 2013 08:10
Commentary: More must be done to end fighting and address suffering.
A Syrian girl next to the debris of her house in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib on Thursday. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)
To send arms or not to send arms? That is not the question the United States should be asking to end the tragedy unfolding in Syria. Why? Consider Reema, a 12-year-old refugees. "I was at school when it was bombed,” she said. “Some of the children were killed. We all ran away." After her school was destroyed, she fled to Lebanon with her parents and four siblings. They live in a single room in an unfinished, rubble-strewn building. Wrenched from her home and confronted by horrific acts violence, Reema is my window into Syria. Like millions of Syrian children affected by this escalating war, Reema’s future is at risk—and she is why we must demand better from our leaders.