Topic: Human rights
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September 28, 2013 at 6:53 AM
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 that Russia has reason to believe that Syrian rebels, not the president’s troops, were responsible for the attack — evidence that Sen. Kerry is, for the most part, denying.
By moving on Syria rather impulsively, the U.S. fuels its reputation for quickly exercising hard power on other countries. Moreover, despite this action seeming justified by the human-rights abuses in Syria, the U.S. is forgoing a primary objective: the protection and success of the state.
While an invasion may have quelled domestic paranoia and propagated the Middle East as a place of eternal conflict, resources are expended that could be used for the U.S. itself, a detrimental effect, especially while we are already running on virtual credit.
That being said, the U.S. may need to retire its role as international sheriff and focus its efforts internally, for we cannot give what we do not have.
Nicholas Louie, Tacoma
February 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM
Yasmin Christopher has an enlightening story
I am writing in response to “Putting a face on human trafficking” [page one, Feb. 17]. I’m extremely appreciative of reporter Christine Clarridge shedding light on the reality of human trafficking. Such articles are integral to an informed and morally just society.
Most people visualize human trafficking occurring in regions of the world that are either underdeveloped or politically traumatized. I had never imagined my peaceful Washington state being host to the kinds of horror experienced by Yasmin Christopher. The Seattle Times made the idea of human trafficking easier to visualize. By providing an example of trafficking so close in proximity to my home, the article is extremely effective in enforcing the notion that cruelty toward humanity isn’t restricted to foreign countries.
I also find this article very empowering. Yasmin’s passion for justice is a testament to the fact that every single one of us has the power to make the changes necessary for a world devoid of crimes against humanity. With motivation and courage, the power of each individual is limitless.
Thank you for publishing this article in The Seattle Times. Passages like these are crucial to the foundation of a just society and social justice.
–Max Julian Johnson, Vashon
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