To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Religion is what defines people and their culture. These beliefs can’t be changed by force for this will only incite and enrage their spirits. A perfect example was the Catholic Church and Muslim nations pitted in bloody conflicts known as the Crusades between 950 and 1250 A.D. Civil wars are even more costly as our own cost 600,000 Americans their lives over four years and while the North won and slavery was abolished, racial prejudice and hatred are still present today.
Our country tries to solve other countries’ civil wars. Vietnam probably would have become a united country sooner without our intervention. We invaded Iraq twice and while chemical stockpiles were never found, Saddam was and his regime fell. Did we actually make that country better with our intervention? Iraq is again in a civil conflict between Sunnis and Shiites, as has been the case in that region for thousands of years. We are soon to pull our troops out of Afghanistan, which will cause that nation to revert to the tribal customs they have lived by for thousands of years.
Most of the terrorists involved in the attacks of 9/11 were Saudi Arabian nationals, but did we impose sanctions? No, because they hold the knife of oil to our throats. Do we dare to put American boots on the ground in Ukraine, which is in a civil conflict? It’s difficult when you have another big dog (Russia) in the sandbox.
History has taught us that religious wars are unwinnable, civil conflicts are internal affairs and we should stop trying to police the actions of this world and turn our attention and resources to the problems within our own nation.
SCOTT R. THERRIEN