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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…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Campbell Kintz, iraq, Islamic State

October 10, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Islamic State: Sunni Arabs, not Kurds, are the ultimate solution to the problem

If Wednesday’s headline “Embattled Kurds are key in fight against Islamic State” [Nation & World, Oct. 7] is correct then U.S. efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State are doomed to failure. The Kurds are not the key, Sunni Arabs are. The Islamic State exists because Sunnis in Eastern Syria and Western…

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Comments | More in Islamic State | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, Kurds

October 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Islamic State: The U.S. has a hypocritical policy on human rights

I find it harder and harder to take the president seriously on matters of foreign policy [“Egyptian extremists may be copying Islamic State’s brutal methods,” Nation & World, Sept. 28]. He wants me to be outraged about something he calls Islamic State, and he doesn’t want me to be outraged about something we all…

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Comments | More in Islamic State, Middle East | Topics: Egypt, iraq, Islamic State

September 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Fight against Islamic State: U.S. is caught in balancing act

Our latest war in Iraq and Syria is indeed a strange operation [“Weapons use in Syria airstrikes outpaces raids on Islamic State in Iraq,” Nation & World, Sept. 24]. We bomb, but there seems to be no attempt at stopping other countries in the Middle East from supplying funds or to stop them…

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Comments | More in Islamic State | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, middle east

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…

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Comments | More in Islamic State | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, jim mcdermott

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…

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Comments | More in Islamic State | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, isolationists

September 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Fight against the Islamic State: Other countries are smart to not become involved

Do you hear the countries of Japan, India and China’s mentioned in all this talk about the Middle East, when it comes to eradicating the world of the Islamic State [“Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq,” Nation & World, Sept. 15]? While our money and time is spent on this unattainable goal, they’re…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Barb Kelley, iraq, Islamic State

September 16, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Middle East: Build democratic civil society to prevent war

So now we have emerging plans to bomb Syria and Iraq, in an effort to blunt the power of the Islamic State. This is madness once again. How much worse do things have to get, for us to realize just how horrendous the effects are of our past military actions — and multiple wars — in that area…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Denny Duffell, iraq, Islamic State

September 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Response to Islamic State: Rely on humanitarian solutions instead

President Obama spoke this week of what he believes to be a viable strategy to eliminate the Islamic State, but for me his speech raised more questions than solutions. I remain skeptical and concerned about our rush back to war in Iraq [“President Obama is the man with a plan for Islamic State,”…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, middle east

September 12, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Iraq: Killing an ideology is nearly impossible

As we prepare yet again for military intervention in Iraq, it’s clear we have not matured as a result of our previous experiences and are about to step into another mess. U.S. foreign policy since World War II has often failed to accomplish its objectives. The so-called War on Terror has failed, as terrorism is a tactic used by individuals…

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Comments | More in Iraq war | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, John Kosterman

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