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Category: Middle East
September 28, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Chemicals weapons in Syria

U.S. should stay out Although I agree with the unethical nature of the use of chemical weapons, I do not agree with taking quick action with Syria. [“Diplomats reach deal on Syria’s chemical weapons,” page one, Sept. 27.] Despite much evidence indicating that President Bashar Assad was indeed behind the attacks, news coverage has also shown…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East | Topics: bashar assad, chemical weapons, Human rights

September 23, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Chemical weapons in Syria

U.S. has no credibility How is Syria’s alleged use of sarin gas different from the use of Agent Orange by the U.S. during the Vietnam War? [“Kerry calls on U.N. to move on Syria,” News, Sept. 20.] I submit there is little difference, aside from the lopsided scale of use, between a death by sarin gas…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, Politics | Topics: agent orange, chemical weapons, sarin

September 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Not the responsibility of the U.S. I am writing regarding Syria. This is a problem for NATO. [“U.N. probe shows link to Syrian government,” News, Sept. 17.] Rather than lob bombs at another country with unknown consequences and no clear idea of who the rebels are, how about a worldwide embargo and economic sanctions instead? All deaths…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military | Topics: bashar assad, rebels, russia

September 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Change begins at home “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…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: bombs, chemical weapons, Drones

September 12, 2013 at 7:02 PM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Exhibit democracy We should recognize the opportunity the United States has to set a positive example for many countries in the Middle East by expressing our popular will on the decision to bomb Syria over their use of chemical weapons. [“Syrians plead their case for, against U.S. military strikes,” page one, Sept. 9.] The Arab Spring…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: bomb, chemical weapons, democracy

September 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

The Syrian crisis

Punish chemical-weapons manufacturers If chemical weapons are outlawed to be used on planet Earth, why are companies still allowed to manufacture them? [“‘This is not a world we should accept,’” page one, Sept. 11.] Why not go after these organizations and put them out of business? If chemical weapons are illegal, then so are the companies…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Barack Obama, bashar assad, chemical weapons

September 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM

U.S. military involvement in Syria

Nonviolent solution My 10-year-old son suggested what might be a workable, nonviolent solution for Syrian citizens to deter and even survive Assad’s purported gas attacks: an airdrop of gas masks. [“Russia, U.S. raise hope on Syria,” page one, Sept. 10.] Israel has gas masks available for civilians, so we could ask them how many were required…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Barack Obama, bashar assad, humanitarian

September 10, 2013 at 6:54 AM

U.S. military involvement in Syria

Stay home As a country, we don’t have the resources or the will to enter into a conflict with Syria. [“Syrians plead their case for, against U.S. military strikes,” page one, Sept. 9.] We are not the world’s policemen. We are being sucked into a mess, and our less-than-presidential president has put us there. What little is…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Barack Obama, bashar assad, economy

September 9, 2013 at 7:22 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

U.N. and NATO: Step up Am I wrong in wondering why the United Nations and NATO haven’t been more vociferous and outspoken on the current use of chemical weapons in Syria? [“U.S. may set up training Syrian rebels,” page one, Sept. 6.] It seems to me that they, and other international groups, should be heading up,…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Barack Obama, bashar assad, chemical weapons

September 8, 2013 at 8:01 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Step by step The history of U.S. foreign policy is often of a very shortsighted view, resulting in decades of blowback and unintended consequences. [“U.S. may set up training Syrian rebels,” page one, Sept. 6.] Given this, what should be done in Syria? We should bring in U.N. peacekeepers to enforce an immediate cease-fire. Draw the lines…

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0 Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: bashar assad, chemical weapons, syria

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