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September 7, 2013

Letter: 'No' vote urged on Syria

To the editor:

This is an open letter to U.S. Rep. John Tierney:

I cannot urge you strongly enough to vote no on the air strike/war on Syria.

I have a hard time believing one word that Secretary of State John Kerry says. It sounds so much like Colin Powell, a much-respected and militarily decorated man, and the “yellow cake” in Iraq. He too said we have the evidence that ultimately did not exist. A good man played for a fool.

There is every reason to suspect that it was the rebels who used gas. These rebels, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, extremists that we have fought for more than 10 years, are now our allies? Please, they have killed, maimed and left countless Americans mentally and physically disabled.

These rebels have killed civilians, destroyed Christian churches, sawed, not cut, the heads off priests and ate the heart and livers of Assad supporters. They want Sharia Law. I read this morning that they executed seven men who were on their hands and knees with their hands tied behind them.

Also today, that 75,000 troops are on the ready and cannot take leave until after October. Does this scare you? It sure scares me.

My dad fought in Okinawa, as did my uncle, who was shot and received the Purple Heart. Another uncle was a submariner during the Korean War. My cousin lost his only son as an Air Force test pilot when his plane went down. My boyfriends fought in Viet Nam as did many cousins. My sister, an Air Force master sergeant served with Storming Norman in Desert Storm. We have fought as have many American families. How much more can America give of its sons and daughters?

We cannot commit to another war for Obama’s credibility. Kerry has had his dramatic or theatrical day in the sun before the Foreign Relations Committee. I remember, as you can, when he threw his medals/dog tags over the White House fence. I have no respect for Kerry, the warmonger Bomb Bomb McCain or Lindsey Graham.

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