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September 11, 2013

DUVALL: The lesson of 9/11 is being relearned in Syria

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Tonawanda News — But what does it really accomplish? Any agreement must come with an ironclad assurance that all of Syria’s weapons of mass destruction are turned over but just as we learned in Iraq in the converse, assurances about the destruction of WMD are no more ironclad than assurances they still exist.

It’s also worth asking an obvious question: Exactly how viable a solution is it when Vladimir Putin is the guy brokering the deal?

Furthermore, a diplomatic solution does nothing to punish the Assad regime for its brutal actions and the lack of military response by the world community shows brutal dictators in every corner of the world it’s possible to talk their way around committing crimes against humanity.

The last thing Americans want — this one very much included — is to involve our military in another quagmire in the Middle East. We’ve been caught in that sand trap for too long already.

But there’s one overarching reason why it is a necessity. It is — and always will be — the right thing to do to stop innocent people from being gassed to death and we’re the only ones who can do it.

The world bears the stains of the Holocaust when not enough was done to stop the systematic marching of Europe’s Jews to Hitler’s gas chambers. The horror that resulted set up generations of conflict in the Middle East and the Cold War.

The same can be said when Saddam Hussein’s gas attacks against his Kurds and against the Iranians in their eight-year war carried implicit American backing. Failure to stand on the right side of history has directly contributed to the Arab conflicts raging in the Middle East today.

There is a price for American military action and by now we know it well.

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