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September 26, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Fight against the Islamic State: Risk of collateral damage too high

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, is to be commended for his wise, albeit lonely, vote against $500 million in funding for training rebels to fight the Islamic State [“The messy campaign against the Islamic State,” Opinion, Sept. 19]. I urge him to also vote against any authorization for war, and ask Sens. Murray and Cantwell to do the same.

This current foray into arming and training rebels overlooks the way in which the CIA’s previous covert training of rebels boomeranged: Some U.S. trained fighters joined the Islamic State instead of fighting the Syrian government as directed by the U.S. It also dismisses the way that U.S. intervention and military might — as demonstrated over decades of war — has wreaked more harm than good.

In addition, the civilian carnage from our targeted airstrikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Pakistan inflict a heavy weight of grief for families across these nations. These lives, ending in terror for the children, women and men caught in our crosshairs, should not be dismissed as an acceptable cost in our pursuit of terrorists.

We would do best to develop diplomatic negotiations and partnerships with the United Nations and the global community. The Obama administration concedes there is no military solution. Let’s set military tactics aside, and seek nonviolent avenues towards peace.

Nancy Dickeman, Seattle

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