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September 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

The Syrian crisis

Punish chemical-weapons manufacturers

Hundreds of demonstrators protested against the U.S. intervention in Syria outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7, 2013. [Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT.]

Hundreds of demonstrators protested against the U.S. intervention in Syria outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7, 2013. [Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT.]

If chemical weapons are outlawed to be used on planet Earth, why are companies still allowed to manufacture them? [“‘This is not a world we should accept,’” page one, Sept. 11.]

Why not go after these organizations and put them out of business? If chemical weapons are illegal, then so are the companies that make them.

Alexander Sasonoff, Burien

Déjà vu

John Kerry on Syria sounds a lot like Colin Powell did on why we had to kill thousands in Iraq. [“Kerry reasserts Syria charge despite Assad denial,” seattletimes.com, Sept. 9.]

This excuse, saying that these countries have chemical weapons (or weapons of mass destruction) and that it is in the interest of our national security that we go to war is just plain criminal.

I urge everyone out there to call, email and write to our elected officials, and stop this stupid, unnecessary involvement by the United States of America in Syria.

We don’t even know if gas was really used or by whom.

This country has lost too many men and women in our military on foreign land only to keep our military manufacturers rich and make presidents and their administrations look strong.

Joe Walkenhauer, Yakima

Follow the money

The problem, as Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai so eloquently put it a couple of years ago, is that “They’re here for their own purposes, for their own goals and they’re using our soil for that.”

What all those Middle Eastern wars have in common is Western corporate greed.

As President Obama tries to talk Americans into yet another criminal invasion, remember what the police say, and “follow the money.”

Brian Conkle, Seattle

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