War can’t be fine-tuned
We are again being fed nonsense: The CIA is trying “to provide enough support to help ensure that politically moderate, U.S.-supported militias don’t lose but not enough for them to win” so that a political settlement can be arrived at in the Syrian conflict. Nonsense.
No entity can fine-tune the outcome of a war. One can regulate the temperature of bathwater, but not the outcome of a gigantic, violent struggle.
Geza Simon, Minneapolis
Responsibilities to shoulder
Regarding a prospective U.S. attack on Syria, I would use the quote “To whom much is given, much is expected.” We are the most powerful nation in the world. Do we not have a moral responsibility to aid the persecuted people of our planet? To sit back and watch them being murdered by chemical agents, and to read their signs asking “Why has the world abandoned us?” is reprehensible. What you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me.
Sheryl Steinman, Maple Grove
Just a few questions …
I have some questions 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, 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 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
Our hypocrisy is showing
Perhaps the world would listen to us on the subject of chemical weapons had we not scorched Vietnam with Agent Orange.
INGRID STOCKING, Minneapolis
Tell the whole story
I suspect that two stories in the May 1 newspaper — “Hezbollah pledges [Syrian] rebels won’t win” and “Americans feeling isolationist” — are related.
I believe that Americans’ “feeling isolationist” is fueled by the media’s coverage of conflicts, as in Syria, in a slanted way — toward the views and threats of terrorist groups. When we Americans hear only this message, why wouldn’t we want to “stay out of it?”
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