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Sep. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Killing innocents doesn't help Syria

I can't think of any good reason why we should shoot missiles into Syria. One thing is for sure. We'll kill innocent civilians. Does that bother anyone else besides me?

Most of the wars we've entered into during my lifetime have been disasters. World War II was an exception. Hitler was the dictator of a major industrial power who would have taken over Europe and influenced much of the rest of world in a very negative way.

Korea ended up a tie after 44,692 U.S. soldiers were killed or missing in action. On the positive side, South Korea turned out to be a prosperous, vibrant democracy.

Vietnam, my generation's war, was sold based on the domino effect.

If Vietnam falls to the communists, all of the other countries in the region will follow suit. Well it didn't happen that way. At that time I was stationed in Thailand, and it has remained independent to this day.

Afghanistan and Iraq were sold based on the idea that if we don't fight them over there, we'll have to fight them over here. It looks like we're in the process of losing both wars, but we've stirred up such a hornet's nest that we'll be fighting terrorists over here for the rest of my life.

So when should we decide to enter war in the future? As reluctant as I am, I guess we'd have to respond with overwhelming force if one of our major allies was attacked.

Of course there are some situations that are no-brainers.

At 70 years old, I am long-in-the-tooth, but sign me up if the British decide to burn the White House again or the Canadians try to retake Detroit or a headstrong Mexican general drives north to reoccupy the Alamo.

John Schurman




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