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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • To war or not to war?

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  • As our nation prepares to attack a country that has not attacked us, many of us are being forced to consider whether it is a good idea to launch missiles.
    The Syrian government stands accused of using chemical weapons against its own people – civilians who should not even be considered as combatants. To date, over 100,000 people have been killed in this war of attrition between the two parties. Christians are numbered among the government’s coalition in Syria because they oppose the Al Qaeda-filled ranks of the rebels. Our own government has stated that we have proof that the Syrian government used these chemical weapons on their own people.
    We naturally should not accept this as an absolute proof, particularly in light of their accuracy about the weapons of mass destruction in neighboring Iraq. Obama said that use of Chemical weapons would be a “red line” that should not be crossed. Now, Secretary of State John Kerry is backpedaling, denying that the administration defined the use of chemical weapons as a red line but that “the world set a red line.”
    Obama must use force and is trying to generate some international consensus. He won’t get it from the UN though, since the United Nations Secretary General has stated that use of force without a mandate from the UN would be illegal. Congress has demanded to be heard about this issue before shots are fired. A lot of Democrats and apparently even more Republicans demand the action in a war that we did not start and which ultra-liberal Congressman Grayson of Florida argues “is not our problem.”
    Reluctant to agree with someone of his temperament, I must heartily agree. We have a military for our own defense – not to take sides in a conflict that is foggy at best! In recent polls, ninety percent of Americans have rejected involvement in the conflict. That is prudent. Another writer has argued that the end of our republican form of government has ended when our representatives do not represent our will but only their own! The Conservative Party of the USA has taken the position to avoid this conflict. Please, contact all of your representatives in Congress (both Senators and your representative) and demand that they honor our will.  They work for us – let’s remind them of that fact!
    Dr. G.F Welch, Leavenworth

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