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September 12, 2013

America must avoid involvement in Syria

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

If President Obama was truly concerned about the Syrian people, then he wouldn’t be inserting America into the middle of a civil and regional war, the impact of which will only serve to create further chaos and suffering.

Americans are skeptical about U.S. military intervention in Syria and rightfully so. There is, after all, no available evidence as to who is responsible for the heinous use of chemical gas in Syria. In addition, Syria clearly poses no national security threat to the U.S. And now, on top of the $1 trillion spent in Iraq and Afghanistan, the president wants to launch million-dollar Tomahawk cruise missiles on Syria.

For what purpose? Do you think such actions will solve the problems and end the conflict? And what happens after the 90-day timeline has been reached?

Moreover, who benefits from this proposed action? The president, I guess, as he saves face over his ill-advised red line comment. The arms merchants, for sure. And the various countries in and out of the region that are using Syria as a battleground for their grievances against Iran.

And lest we forget, what about al-Qaida and its ilk? Wouldn’t they benefit and be strengthened by weakening the Syrian government? Talk about unintended consequences.

No, we can’t win over there and that really shouldn’t be our role. We can’t, after all, be the world’s policeman.

The only way out is to find a political solution. And that begins with negotiations and diplomacy, something we seem to have abandoned in favor of bombs and bullets.

Perhaps, if enough of us contact our Congress members, we could make a difference and avoid a disaster waiting to happen in Syria.

Omar Abdoe

Joe’s Lane

New Castle

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