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From page A12 | September 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

The following is a copy of a letter to U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein:

This email is to persuade you to vote against the president’s proposal to bomb Syria for the use of chemical weapons against innocent people.

1. Is there concrete evidence that, in fact, the Syrian government committed this atrocity? How do we know that the Syrian rebels did not pull this off to make it look like the Syrian government was behind this action — to encourage support by the U.S?

2. Is bombing Syria an emotional/political response that does not justify the potential escalation of war in the region?

3. By what authority does the U.S. have to punish those involved?

4. What international laws were violated when the U.S. invaded Iraq on false pretenses and then decimated its population with the use of depleted uranium projectiles? Who should punish the U.S. for the radioactive fallout that will be blowing around Iraq, creating massive birth defects, for billions of years? See radioactive half-life of depleted uranium projectiles.

5. The credibility of the U.S. was lost long ago when the world was told that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction as a justification to invade and destroy a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11.

6. Finally, given the potential for loss of life, and the escalation of war in the region, it seems only prudent to fallow the Powell Doctrine with all eight questions answered with a yes.

I hope that you and your colleagues give these points serious consideration. The future of American prosperity is in your vote.

Mark LaFreniere
Davis

P.S.: I do not accept that you have special knowledge on this subject that would allow you to vote against your constituency. It is the job of the government to keep the constituency informed with the truth. We cannot be informed voters, nor can we have a republic, if our government keeps foreign relations secrets.

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  • Rich RifkinSeptember 27, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    With the understanding that there is now no chance that the U.S. will punish Assad for bombing his citizens with chemical weapons and with my presumption that it likely would not have done much good, I will answer your three Syria questions. ....... "1. Is there concrete evidence that, in fact, the Syrian government committed this atrocity?" ....... Yes. The U.N. report makes this completely clear. Not only was the target area of Assad's attack a stronghold of the rebellion, but the delivery vehicle was an Iranian rocket, something only the government in that conflict has. ....... "How do we know that the Syrian rebels did not pull this off to make it look like the Syrian government was behind this action — to encourage support by the U.S?" ....... That is the story that the KGB is telling. It is not credible. First, the U.N. report makes it clear how Assad devlivered this attack on that neighborhood. Second, there is no evidence that the rebels have any chemical weapons or have ever used or had them. Third, this was the worst chemical attack yet, but it was far from the first. Assad has used chemical weapons against the rebels multiple times in the past, according to the U.N., the E.U. and the U.S. And in each case, Assad used the same agent to murder civilians, Sarin gas. ....... 2. Is bombing Syria an emotional/political response that does not justify the potential escalation of war in the region?" ....... It would be an emotional and political response. However, there is no reason to think that it would escalate the war itself. If anything, it would be an attempt to stop the chemical attack escalation that has been going on. By doing nothing, the status quo should hold. That likely means the death of another half million or so civilians and the displacement of millions more. ....... "3. By what authority does the U.S. have to punish those involved?" ....... It's a question of moral authority. It's essentially the same authority as we had when we stopped the Serbians from killing the Kosovar Muslims. Or, had we chosen to do so in the Holocaust or in the Killing Fields of Cambodia, it would have been again on the grounds of moral authority. It should be added that, because Russian under Putin and Communist China have economic and military ties to Syria, all attempts at going through the U.N. will be vetoed. Thus, there cannot be such international sanction. But for those actors, like the U.S., who have a history of defeating tyrants for moral reasons--as we have done many times--morality is our authority.

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