Readers Write: (Sept. 10): Syria, Minnesota Orchestra

  • Updated: September 9, 2013 - 9:10 PM

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Resolve the following before proceeding

I have some questions that I would like you to answer before the irreversible step of attacking Syria is taken:

The argument for airstrikes is supported by a video that shows dramatic scenes of children gasping for breath because they had been exposed to nerve gas. If the video had been of children missing arms and legs or mangled by shrapnel, would it be just as effective?

How many innocent lives were taken by the United States in the air war before the invasions of Iraq either time?

How many innocent lives are we taking in the drone war in Pakistan?

If Bashar Assad were on death row in the United States, it would take 15 to 20 years before justice would allow us to execute him. The principle of American justice is that it is better for 10 guilty people to go free rather than for one innocent person to be punished.

Why is it OK to destroy innocent lives in Syria to punish a war criminal?

CALVIN DE JONG, St. Anthony Village

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What if our missiles kill innocent women and children?

What if Syria retaliates and hits one of our ships? Will we still have “no boots on the ground”?

What if Mitt Romney were president? Would many Democrats still back war?

What if our missiles kill some Russians?

What if Assad falls and jihadists take control? Who will we fight then?

What if we spent the millions in war costs on peace, such as education here at home?

Why haven’t we learned from Iraq and Afghanistan?

This is insane. Let’s pack up and go home.

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