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From: Steve Audretch
Received: Sept. 6
Our congressional representative, Luke Messer, should not vote to start another war, especially one halfway around the globe. On the CNN website on Sept. 5 in its table of “U.S. House: How they’ll vote on Syria,” Messer is the only representative from Indiana to be on record as supporting action in Syria, which ultimately can only lead to another war no matter what our leaders and generals say.
He appears to be the leading hawk in our state. CNN quotes him as saying in a congressional hearing on Sept. 4, “Clearly our allies like Israel in the region believe action is needed; clearly evil dictators in Iran, North Korea and elsewhere are watching.”
The 1½ billion Muslims won’t see it so clearly. They’ll see this about the United States: “They invade other sovereign nations. They did in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Syria. These countries were no real threat to them. They must be against our heart-felt religion.”
There has been no discussion of how to deal with Syria, and he is already on record. Messer needs to open his mind and get creative. We must find other ways to deal with rogue leaders and nations than to invade or bomb them. Creativity is the real American way, but it seems like weapons are the only answers we know.
Remember the old, wise saying that John Lyly coined around the time of Shakespeare. “All’s fair in love and war.” Treaties and agreements couldn’t prevent the use of spears and arrows when armies fought with clubs, and they couldn’t stop gunpowder, bullets and bombs when swords and bows were the obsolete powerful weapons.
New, “better” weapons will always be the bane of war. We cannot stop their use and police the whole world. And yes, that includes nuclear weapons, which are now being kept by nine nations. Everyone fears that they will ultimately get used at some point in the future unless we develop better methods and strategies for international relations. This situation in Syria is an opportunity to find new solutions.
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