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September 4, 2013

Letter to the Editor: Vote no on military move

I urge you to contact Senators Grassley and Harkin and Representative Loebsack to ask them to vote no to any U.S. military action against Syria.

As a life-long Democrat and firm supporter of President Obama, I have to part company with him on this issue. While I accept that a terrible crime against civilians has been committed, and that it is probably the doing of the Syrian government, I disagree strongly that we can “punish” the Assad administration by lobbing a few – or a few hundred – missiles into Syria and by that accomplish anything of benefit to the Syrian people, to U.S. interests, or to the world in general.

You know all the reasons this issue is impossibly difficult: a proxy war with Iran and the Shiite government we established in Iraq on one side, Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni nations on the other, but not too close to us lest their citizens see them as our puppets; an awful humanitarian crisis as millions of Syrian citizens try to get out of the way of the fighting; the cost to us of these endless wars for no good reason; the danger of all the unintended consequences; and the fact that a civil war thousands of miles away is not our responsibility.

I am not an isolationist; I firmly believe in diplomacy and mediation and political solutions to political problems. The United States should be cooperating with the United Nations in doing everything possible to bring sanity and common sense to these issues. I reject the contention that diplomacy won’t work; it has not been seriously attempted. More violence will just make everything worse.

Pierrette Wolfe,

Clinton

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