September 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM
U.S. involvement in Syria
Change begins at home
“This is not a world we should accept,” exclaims President Obama from the front-page headline. [“‘This is not a world we should accept,’” page one, Sept. 11.]
Yes, we should not accept chemical warfare. By the same token, we also should not accept diplomacy through destruction and death.
We should not accept blasting impoverished Pakistani villagers from above with drones in video games made horrifically real, including game language such as Predators, Reapers, Hellfire. A minority of the people we kill are “suspected” terrorists, and the others include children. Where are the news media pictures of those killings, Mr. President?
We should not accept the proposition that killing those children is acceptable because it was done with bombs instead of gas. We should not accept a government which collects and stores communications between all its citizens.
Yes, Mr. President, this is a world we should not accept.
Change should begin at home.
Sam Furgason, Medina
Think like a humanitarian
Today’s headline in The Seattle Times quotes President Obama as saying “This is not a world we should accept.”
What many Americans cannot accept is another war, more bombing or possibly provoking a wider war in the Middle East.
Violence begets violence as demonstrated by the president’s instant response and insistence on bombing Syria.
The wiser response would be to think in humanitarian terms and work toward peace-building, instead of pretending this is a video game and we can just press buttons that deliver drones and missiles.
Kathryn Keve, Bainbridge Island
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