Your Views: Mr. President, do not take country to war in Syria or Iran

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Monday, September 23, 2013

The situation in Syria and President Obama's handling of it change every day, and I have to keep modifying my letter equally often.

Mr. President, don't take the country into one more war, either with Syria or Iran, no matter what the House and the Senate decide. Do you remember Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated in Los Angeles in 1968? I remember him because he was my favorite presidential candidate. During the California primary, he said he would stand by Israel if elected. That is all. He was gunned down by the Syrian immigrant, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. It is sad that for an American president to live his full life, he has to promise the Palestinians a second holocaust.

This is the type of religious fanaticism with which we will be dealing. Is fanaticism in the Middle East worse than fanaticism elsewhere? You must be joking! “My God is more tolerant than your God. If you don't agree, I will kill you.” This has been a theme of religious fanatics since time immemorial.

Mr. President, if you are itching to take the country to war with another country, let us invade Grenada once more. That tiny, impoverished country makes a living by selling nutmeg to the connoisseurs of cake. It will be another “lovely little war,” as one correspondent called it in 1983. The war will be over in a few days, and you can leave your job in a trail of glory.



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