Where does compassion for innocent Syrian civilians begin and end?

To the Editor:

After viewing pictures of the Syrian gas attack victims, President Trump demonstrated his outrage by bombing the airfield where the attack had originated. It was a measured, proportional response to an atrocity committed against innocent civilians.

I wonder, however, why he doesn’t show the same compassion for the thousands of innocents who have been killed by other means in Syria, and the thousands who have fled the country in fear for their lives.

Is genocide OK, as long as you don’t use gas? Does our compassion for Syrians stop at our borders? How can he draw a red line against poison gas while dismantling the regulations in our country that were designed to protect us from poisons in our own air and water?

Jane Boyer