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September 19, 2013

Letter: Diplomacy after atrocity ineffective

To the editor:

As one of the “warrior-types,” an intended slight I personally don’t find offensive, I must ask Mr. Watson (“Syria has halted its use of gas,” Sept. 13) if we are really where we want to be. I do believe diplomacy should be the first course of action when the situation warrants its use. Unfortunately, after an atrocity has been committed, an atrocity Syria was warned against committing, the use of diplomacy is no longer warranted. Are we certain the message we are sending to the global community is the one we want to send; that it is OK to commit heinous crimes against your own people, as long as you hand over the instruments used to commit those crimes when you are through?

We may still have a dog in this fight, but his bark is worse than his bite, and everyone now knows it. I find this solution to be an ineffective deterrent, as well as an invitation for other nations to commit future atrocities with clear instructions on how to commit them with little or no consequences.

Capt George Abboud

U.S. Army National Guard

Salem

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