I’m writing to express my concern about The Seattle Times’ coverage of the recent developments in Iraq [“Militants try to tighten their grip in Iraq, Syria,” nation & World, July 2]. Articles have highlighted the escalation of military aid, training and weapons to the region, but have failed to point out the shocking contradictions of U.S. policy.
In Syria, the Obama administration has been taking an anti-regime position, claiming to arm and support some of the armed opposition groups. In Iraq, the U.S. is taking a pro-regime position, funding and training the Iraqi government and its forces. The fact of the matter is that the U.S. is supporting opposing sides of the same cross-border conflict.
I would rather see the U.S. put its energy and influence toward a comprehensive ban on the transfer of weapons from outside powers and have the U.S. send more humanitarian assistance to the millions of displaced Iraqis. The U. S. should be collaborating with regional and international actors to address the root cause of the violence in Iraq and Syria.
Failure to learn the lessons that history offers — and to sustain the work of building the peace and shared security — makes future wars possible.
Edward Crouch, Seattle