, Salem, MA

September 12, 2013

Letter: Seek alternatives for Syria

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

I agree with President Barack Obama that he should seek congressional approval before invading Syria. If in fact President Bashar Assad did commit these acts of atrocity, I believe there are other options regarding this conflict other than an all-out assault. Going back to 1962, when President Kennedy was informed through U2 flights over Cuba that Russia was installing offensive and defensive missiles aimed at the U.S., instead of authorizing the immediate invasion of Cuba, he sought other alternatives to defuse the crisis.

Through the input of his cabinet, they decided a naval blockage might work. The Kennedy administration was right. Upon reaching the blockade, the incoming Russian transport ships that were carrying additional missiles and hardware turned around and headed back to Moscow. I always believed that history repeats itself. I would hope that President Obama would take a page from history and resort to alternative ways to dissolve this tension between the U.S. and Syria. I do not want our young military force comprised of men and women to become involved in a military and ethnic conflict that has no ultimate solution.

Going back to 1988 under President George H.W. Bush, Saddam Hussein attacked his own people, the Shiites in northern Iraq and killed 100,000 civilians using a lethal gas. President Bush did not invade. It was when Iraq attacked Kuwait that we invaded Iraq and liberated Kuwait. In my opinion we should have driven Saddam Hussain’s military back to Baghdad and captured Hussein and brought him to trial. I hope and I pray that our president takes a page from history and seeks alternative measures to resolve this serious crisis.

Nick Daley