An attack against Syria

feeds cycle of retaliation

Are we really going to sit back and let President Barack Obama follow through with airstrikes against Syria? Can he really not know that this is a well-orchestrated plot to bury him? Does he believe Bashar al-Assad is stupid enough to cross the "red line" and risk the lives of his countrymen, not to mention his own family?

The inflammatory videos showing dead children in the street are meant to galvanize the American public into believing that we must not let this atrocity go unanswered. We are fed what the media wants us to see and hear. And will we also see the films of the children who will be killed by our strike?

Retaliating against Syria places us in a never-ending cycle. Retaliation begets retaliation. All the warlike actions that take place are merely retaliation for some past aggression.

We have created these haters of America. What would we do if the tables were turned? If a foreign country invaded the United States and blew up our military installations and killed all whom they believed to be terrorists and used drones on suspected insurgent strongholds, what would we be doing?

The unrest in the Middle East has been going on forever. No amount of money or munitions will settle anything over there. They do not know the meaning of peace. Bring our troops home and stop feeding this insatiable beast.

WINIFRED M. KROHN

Northfield

Attack on Syria

just a diversion

Much of the talk surrounding the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons event makes me wonder what is really in play here.

Secretary of State John Kerry says Syria has violated an international norm almost 100 years old. Apparently he is unaware of the use of gas by the Italian government in the 1930s to kill Ethiopian troops. Or that gas was used in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. Or that it was used by Saddam Hussein in the 1990s.

Don't forget the other governments that have used extreme violence against their own people on a massive scale.

This crisis is being used by this administration to divert attention away from its current problems.

The realities of the Affordable Care Act are becoming apparent. We are approaching another debt ceiling, this time north of $17 trillion. We have the Internal Revenue Service's misuse of power, domestic spying by the National Security Agency and the lies about the attack in Benghazi.

Remember the words of Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama's former chief of staff, "Never let a good crisis go to waste." A bunch of poor people were gassed in Syria, but be assured this administration will make the best of it.

RICHARD VOGL

Galloway Township

LoBiondo should vote

to authorize bombing

The people in the 2nd Congressional District have spoken: The overwhelming majority are against limited involvement in Syria.

And the one individual from the district who sits on the House Armed Services Committee and is privy to all the intelligence reports - U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo - has said the president has not made his case.

I hope LoBiondo will change his mind and support the president on Syria. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions, such as punishing Bashar al-Assad's regime for the use of poison gas, a weapon of mass destruction. And if that is not adequate reason for authorizing limited bombing against Syria, let's not forget the proxy in Syria's civil war, the terrorist state of Iran, the folks on the verge of completing a nuclear weapon.

GARY STEIN

Egg Harbor City

Gary Stein is an independent candidate for state Assembly in the 2nd District.