We mustn't strike Syria

I want to register my opposition to any U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war, including retaliatory military strikes being considered by President Obama because of Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his people.

Our nation is war-weary. We have been at war in the Mideast since 2003.

The goals of U.S. foreign policy have not been met in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and our involvement in Afghanistan.

Thousands of Iraqi civilians have been killed in extremist attacks since the U.S. military left. Afghanistan is not much better. Al-Qaida has not been neutered in spite of the blood spilled and the thousands maimed physically and mentally who have bravely served in the U.S. military.

Our civilians working in the Defense Department recently had six unpaid furlough days because of lack of funds from the government. We cannot afford to send cruise missiles into Syria at $690,000 a shot or fund even a limited military strike.

Assad’s use of chemical weapons last month is not a threat to global peace and security, as Obama says. It is a threat only to the Syrian people.

There is no guarantee that a quick, convincing strike on Syria will end with that strike. Radical Muslims have proved they will retaliate through terrorism that could again reach the United States. Other nations such as Iran have promised retaliation, possibly attacking Israel to get back at the United States. After the cruise missiles are fired, the potential terrible consequences by radical Muslim terrorists and Muslim nations that are hostile to the United States are out of Obama’s control.

The involvement of the United States in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia that resulted in regime changes did not bring the desired democracy to these people as the Obama administration had hoped. The United States cannot control outcomes.

I am sorry about all of the people killed in the chemical attacks, but it is not our business to get our military involved again in a Mideast conflict. It is not in the best interest of the United States.

I hope and pray that Congress will not authorize the use of military retaliation against Assad, and that Obama will back off his desire to use the U.S. military against Syria.

The Rev. Dan White

Appling

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