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Sunday, September 15, 2013
This time, let’s not intervene futilely
Now that we have given President Bashar Assad ample time to protect his WMD and other weapons from damage, what would be the point of an attack on Syria that amounts to a slap on the wrist?
Without strong support from the worldwide community, to say nothing of America’s citizens, it would be seen only as a belated attempt at face-saving by President Obama.
How many billions would we blow up in those cruise missiles? How many civilians would we kill as collateral damage? What wonderful humanitarian aid could we give to the suffering people of Syria with that amount of money? What would Jesus do? It’s tough to love our enemies, isn’t it?
Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. Folk singer Pete Seger wrote a song about the futility of intervention back in 1960. It was called “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” He ends each verse with the question “When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?”
Fifty-three years, and we still haven’t learned.
VA should spend its money on veterans
Re: “Salem VA center will soon use solar power,” Sept. 6 news story:
Really? At $160,000 a year savings on their electrical bill, it will take more than 31 years to recoup the cost. How is this a good use of the Veterans Affairs money?
And in the meantime, there are thousands of veterans waiting for treatment and services that are delayed due to all the red tape and lack of resources.
Neither candidate should be governor
Right now, I will not be voting for either Ken Cuccinelli or Terry McAuliffe for governor. It’s bad enough that politicians get to be crooks after they are elected, but to vote for one?
What would it take to get Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to run as an independent?
WILLIAM G. WHITWORTH
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