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August 29, 2013 at 7:37 AM

War crimes in Syria

Follow legal procedure

A soldier prepares ammunition as Israeli troops start preparations at a deployment area during a military exercise on Aug. 28 near the border with Syria. [Uriel Sinai/Getty Images]

A soldier prepares ammunition as Israeli troops start preparations at a deployment area during a military exercise on Aug. 28 near the border with Syria. [Uriel Sinai/Getty Images]

Please urge President Barack Obama to respond to the war crimes in Syria through the lawful channels of the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. [“U.S. preparing evidence trail of chemical attack in Syria,” page one, Aug. 28.]

We should also use this as an occasion to propose the strengthening of the ability of the U.N. to respond by eliminating the veto power of permanent members of the Security Council, which often delays effective international peacekeeping action.

Further unilateral military action by the United States outside international legal channels would be the greatest crime of all.

Daniel Clark, Walla Walla

Learn from past mistakes

Any U.S. military intervention in Syria would be a disaster.

History will tell us that if we intervene in Syria, no matter who wins, they will hate us. Let them fight it out among themselves. We will find a way to work with the victor, just as we have with the present regime that we now find so intolerable.

More than twice as many American lives were lost in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than on Sept. 11.

Afghanistan will never change, and Iraq went from being Iran’s worse enemy to one of its best friends. No American oil company wants to risk investment there, so Iraqi oil now flows into China.

Iraq has already reached the status of the worse foreign-policy disaster in American history, and it is going to get worse. Let us not repeat the same mistake with Syria.

Marshall Dunlap, Kent

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