Proposal makes sense to avoid conflict in Syria

The prospect of war has a way of encouraging the bipartisanship so many Americans say they want to see in Washington. So it has been regarding President Barack Obama’s request that Congress approve military action against Syria.

Both Democrats and Republicans are among thoughtful lawmakers not inclined to start a war if it can be avoided.

Now there is an opportunity to avoid it. Syria may agree to scrap its chemical weapons, it was reported this week.

That would dovetail nicely with a proposed Senate resolution co-sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. In effect, their resolution gives Syria 45 days to destroy its chemical weapons and facilities.

Senators of both parties should approve the resolution – because it is a chance to avoid war.