The Dec. 18 editorial “A day in Syria” was a needed reminder of the awful disaster unfolding in Syria, where the Assad government continues to bomb, starve and murder its own citizens while denying the urgent needs of the surviving population and interfering with international efforts to provide humanitarian assistance.

In the same edition, an article described President Obama’s decision to send openly gay athletes as part of the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics “in an apparent bid to highlight opposition to Russia’s anti-gay laws” [“In snub to Putin, Obamas and Biden will skip Winter Olympics in Russia,” news]. The president said, “Nobody is more offended than me by some of the anti-gay and lesbian legislation that you’ve been seeing in Russia.”

It would be remarkable if the president were at least as equally “offended” by the ongoing butchery of women and children and the awful suffering of human beings caused by the Russia-supported Assad regime’s campaign of terror against the Syrian people. Apparently, politically correct posturing regarding the Winter Olympics is more important to this administration than saving lives in Syria.

L. Leonard Wolner, Springfield