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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 24, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Islamic State: Isolationism isn’t an option for the U.S.

The letter writer encouraging the U.S. to stay out of the Middle East conflict [“Other countries are smart to not become involved,” Northwest Voices, Sept. 18] claims that other countries such as Japan and China, which are neither militarily nor politically involved in the Middle East conflict, are instead busy “educating their youths.”

I beg to differ. All through the middle to late 1930s, the same thinking was used by Americans who discouraged us from getting involved in the German (i.e. European) conflict. Well, the problem didn’t go away back then; it eventually necessitated the D-Day invasion.

And the problem isn’t going to magically disappear today. Some international problems can only be resolved by superior military force.

And speaking of educating our youth, George Santayana create the admonishment that “Those who do not know history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat them.” It’s the isolationists themselves who are in serious need of education.

Richard Askren, Seattle

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