The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 12, 2013

Syria attacks would result in backlash

The Mankato Free Press

---- — The Obama administration is presently considering intervening in the Syrian civil war.

The majority of Americans oppose this. Some 56 percent of those surveyed said the United States should not intervene in Syria, while only 19 percent supported action.

There’s no vital national security involved. We should not be the world’s police force, judge and jury. The primary issues in the U.S. are presently overwhelming, being neglected and need to be addressed as our first priority. We have a major leadership shortage and a critical national debt crisis.

The death of civilians is always regrettable, and civil war is regrettable, but no Americans have been attacked, and no American allies have been attacked. The British Parliament understandably has voted not to join in any attack.

Putin warns Russia could come to Syria’s aid over U.S. strikes. Putin said that if the United States and its allies could provide sufficient evidence that Assad’s forces carried out a chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21 in a Damascus suburb, Russia would consider allowing United Nations action against Syria.

Military attacks on Syria will backlash and result in adverse consequences.

Wayne Comstock

North Mankato