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April 18, 2013

Best course for US: Stay out of Middle East affairs

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Plato wrote, “Only the dead will have seen the end of war.” This humble American does not want this nation to get involved in any more wars in the Middle East. Syria is not a threat to our security — it’s a civil war that should be won or lost by the people of Syria. This is a problem for the nations of the Middle East.

Iran developing a nuclear bomb and a missile to carry it is not a threat to our national security. It’s a threat to the nations of the region and should be solved by them.

If the Middle East is a powder keg ready to explode into armed conflict, they should decide the future of the region themselves. We should not interfere and fight still another proxy war.

We had Korea and Vietnam fighting wars backed by China and Russia. We backed Saddam Hussein in his war with Iran. We supported the Taliban, Northern Alliance and Osama bin Laden in their war with the Russians. We put the shah in power in Iran and then deserted him as we’ve done in Egypt with Mubarak. We haven’t done well with Middle East foreign policy, have we, so let’s get out and let those it affects solve the problem.

I see these Wounded Warriors ads on television and I honestly get sick to my stomach. The men and women we sent into futile wars and now they come home destroyed with no hope of a normal life and I ask why — for an Iraqi nation still facing internal bombings; for those in Afghanistan who kill our loved ones dressed in Afghan police uniforms? This is madness and should not continue in any other nation of the Middle East.

William T. Sherman wrote in 1875, “Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.” This is exactly what has happened to our loved ones because we went to fight a political war expecting as victory new democracies from hellish nations.

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