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October 14, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Middle East: Nothing to be gained by continued involvement in conflict

A recent editorial stated the need to debate further military action in the Middle East [“Middle East flareup requires diplomacy, humility,” Opinion, Sept. 18]. I agree. The result of the debate should be the refusal by the U.S. House to support such action.

The U.S. cannot win a war in the Middle East because war there will never end. While we might be able to “destroy” a particular group of Islamic extremists, we cannot alter centuries of history. The conflict between Sunni and Shiite factions of Islam is centuries old. Defeating any single group would not end this conflict. As one group is defeated another would replace it. It may be a Shiite group or another Sunni group. Most assuredly, it would kill members of the opposing faction, and cause hate for the U.S. We should have learned this by now.

Contrary to the editorial, the Islamic State does not represent a security threat to the U.S. or its interests. Clearly, it cannot directly attack the U.S. It might be training American and European citizens to engage in terrorist activities within the U.S., but even if  it is successful in this endeavor , it would not cause significant, material damage to the U.S.

There are far greater threats to U.S. interests than the Islamic States or any other Middle Eastern terrorists. Among them are neglected military members damaged by previous wars, failing infrastructures, a failing educational system, widening economic inequality, immigration, homeless families and, most certainly, global warming, to list just a few. Failure to address these issues would hurt us far more than any terrorists group ever would or could.  Congress needs to address these issues now.

Campbell Kintz, Bellingham

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