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September 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Change begins at home

A Syrian elderly man who lost his toe during the civil war rests under shade, at a temporary refugee camp, in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour in the Bekaa valley, near the border with Syria. They are a few of Syria's refugees in Lebanon, driven out of their homes by a civil war that has killed more than 100,000 and displaced millions.[AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty]

A Syrian elderly man who lost his toe during the civil war rests under shade, at a temporary refugee camp, in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour in the Bekaa valley, near the border with Syria. They are a few of Syria’s refugees in Lebanon, driven out of their homes by a civil war that has killed more than 100,000 and displaced millions. [AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty]

“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

Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja'afari speaks to reporters at UN headquarters on September 12, 2013 in New York City.  Ja'afari said that Syria has now become a full member of the global anti-chemical weapons treaty. [Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images]

Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja’afari speaks to reporters at UN headquarters on September 12, 2013 in New York City. Ja’afari said that Syria has now become a full member of the global anti-chemical weapons treaty. [Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images]

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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