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June 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

U.S. military involvement in Syria

The U.S. needs to step back

A protester demonstrating against western intervention in Syria, uses a Syrian national flag to protect himself from rain, outside the US embassy in central London, Saturday, June 15, 2013.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

A protester demonstrating against Western intervention in Syria, uses a Syrian national flag to protect himself from rain, outside the US embassy in central London, Saturday. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

A majority of Americans don’t want the United States to further involve itself in yet another Middle East mess by arming Syrian rebels with more sophisticated weapons. [“Military aid to rebels in Syria pulls U.S. deeper into conflict,” News, June 16.]

We are damned if we do, and damned if we don’t. There is a chance that a rebel victory will not be a plus for the U.S.

Like me, many of us probably wonder why it seems like it is always us that have to ride to the rescue. Especially in the Middle East, where today’s friend can easily be tomorrow’s enemy.

We need to step back this time. We got ourselves involved in a religious conflict in Iraq unnecessarily, in my opinion. There was some justification for invading Afghanistan, but that conflict has us wondering if it was worth it. Syria is, yet again, a clash between Sunni and Shia. We are not making any friends by involving ourselves in these conflicts. All we are doing is prolonging them.

Don Curtis, Clinton

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