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SYRIA: Middle Eastern quicksand ahead

Letter by Roderick B. Bertoncini, Tacoma on Aug. 27, 2013 at 11:00 am with No Comments »
August 28, 2013 9:29 am

As a U.S. Army veteran, seeing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s and other national leaders’ chest thumping about Syria is upsetting. Plenty of my friends have died overseas, and the American people should take a deep breath before involving ourselves in a conflict with the potential to boil over into a regional war drawing possibly Iran and Russia into, both of which are firm allies of Syria.

We should recall the warnings of both George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower and work to avoid all manner of foreign entanglements, more so as we work to divest ourselves of our entanglements in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the usefulness of our military and the integrity of our soldiers are beyond question, it’s wise to remember that real people die when we launch missiles and real families are broken by war.

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