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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 22, 2014

U.S. should avoid war with Syria

By John C. Miller | Sep 12, 2013

To the editor:

As a member of Service Academy Graduates Against The War, I oppose the Obama government’s plan to bomb Syria. Its use of chemical weapons remains highly speculative. We fear that self-serving evidence combined with expedient reasoning will lead to yet another immoral campaign of death and destruction. And the majority of victims will again be innocent civilians, this time Syrians.

The president tries to sugarcoat its effects. He assures Americans that there will be no “boots on the ground.” But how many feet-on-the-ground were destroyed in Iraq? We remember well the picture of the Iraqi girl in Basra whose feet were obliterated along with her life. There were millions like her, maimed, murdered, displaced from their homes, sent from this world. Millions!

Equally troubling is that, aside from proof that chemical weapons were indeed used, which no one disputes, there is little evidence that indicates the Syrian government did so. Logic alone would indicate that it did not.

The risk of committing war crimes is high. We remember well Colin Powell’s dissembling performance. We oppose all efforts to launch an attack on Syria based on flimsy evidence and political bombast.

It is widely known that the United States, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been sponsoring the insurgents in Syria. These opposition forces are composed of Jihadists, Islamist militias and elements of Al-Qaeda, such as Jabhat al-Nusra. Specializing in sectarian beheadings, rapes and murder, is this an army to inspire democracy, American style? Will they win the hearts of the Syrian people? Doubtful.

Some say the United States must act against the dictatorial brutality of using poison gas, yet unproven. Others say that the president’s credibility is on the line. In our view, no matter what course is taken, to bomb or not to bomb, the United States loses. And the “moral high ground?” We remember well who helped Saddam Hussein launch his poison gas attacks against Iran. And we also remember Agent Orange.

There is no strategic or tactical or humanitarian or moral benefit for bombing Syria. There is also the enormous risk of fueling a vastly wider conflict. We refuse to accept another political adventure into the same carnage of war under the same tired misrepresentations. We spoke out for the innocent victims of the Iraq war and today we speak for all the innocent Syrians. In all aspects, bombing Syria is exactly the wrong thing to do. Now is the time for dialogue not dynamite.

 

– John C. Miller, Fairfield

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