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No war in Syria

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

First we have not been attacked.

If we want to stop barbarism, before we start another war in Syria, we should ban all torture ourselves. Not until then, we should, and not ever, start another war.

We secretly waterboarded, and electric needle pricked other helpless victims. We have tortured people in Guantanamo, Nicaragua and El Salvador, and even backed the torturous Chilean dictator Gen. Pinochet after the CIA led to overthrowing President Allende for nationalizing copper.

We perpetually have been the world’s policeman. Let oil-rich Middle Easterners such as Saudi Arabia be the policeman.

If war sophisticated weapons profit most, and that has been our course, corporations such as Haliburton, war suppliers or plane companies prefer a guaranteed customer (U.S. government) and huge profits.

To start a war, sympathy must be found for it. To start a war in Iraq, former President Bush got intelligence to find WMDs there. After the Iraq war, admittedly no WMDs were ever there.

Choosing children as war victims is ploy to start another war. Children are going hungry and homeless.

Bernice Russell

Crystal Lake

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