To the editor of THE EAGLE:
We say a big NO to a military strike against Syria.
Donald and I just got back from the March on Washington, which we also attended 50 and 30 years ago. As we heard President Obama’s talk last Wednesday, we asked ourselves "Who would MLK bomb?" Obviously, nobody! How can the president give such a excellent speech at the very same place that Dr. King did 50 years ago, and then even consider bombing another country? This is hypocrisy in the extreme! Furthermore, if peace in the world is his goal, it is entirely misdirected thinking.
Involving our nation in Syria’s civil war does not directly serve our country’s strategic interest. There is no such thing as a "simple strike" in that part of the world. It could embroil us in many years of war, and a much wider one at that. We have made enough enemies. Chemical weapons are horrifying -- ALL weapons of war are horrible -- but so called "punishment" will not bring peace. There is no clear certainty even which side used chemical weapons -- and we have been led into devastating wars with lies before, as in Iraq and Vietnam.
Take Syria to the International Criminal Court if there is proof of its use of chemical weapons. No more American lives or dollars need to be lost for this cause. President Obama’s "line in the sand" was just a statement, whereas a war is an unthinkable and devastating action.
Dr. King, whom President Obama so admirably praised last Wednesday, once declared "I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism and the self-defeating effects of physical violence." Bombing Syria would clearly fall into the category of "self-defeating physical violence." We only hope our president can internalize this message from his moral mentor.