Tonawanda News — In response to the recent editorials concerning our need to go into Syria, I offer some different viewpoints. This is history repeating itself starting with another country in a civil war in the ’60s and ’70s, Vietnam.
We were convinced that it was the Chinese who were aiding the North Vietnamese and would eventually take over the rest of Southeast Asia. It turned out it was not true but we stayed in this protracted conflict for years continuing to kill tens of thousands of civilians and our own troops.
We also introduced our own chemical weapons in this war. Napalm burns skin on contact, and Agent Orange, a defoliate used to destroy food crops, that also contained dioxins that caused cancer in the civilian population as well horrendous birth defects that are still being seen today three generations later. Agent Orange has also affected our troops and some of their children as well.
Agent Orange was made by a chemical company, Monsanto, just one partner in a group of military contractors of the military industrial complex.
Fast forward after the tragedy of 9/11 in 2001. Who was to blame? Instead of treating the bombing of the World Trade Center as a criminal conspiracy and using stealth and intelligence information to locate and capture Osama Bin Laden to bring him to justice, we end up bombing Afghanistan killing innocent civilians. In addition, we are now using drones that supposedly only kill Taliban and not innocent civilians, pure hubris.
If that was not enough, George W. Bush wanted to finish what his father couldn’t finish, part two of the war with Iraq. The excuse was made that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in Iraqi territory even after UN inspectors went into the country and found none. We invaded anyways. The people and entities who made out big time, again at the expense of the U.S. taxpayers and the misery of the Iraqi civilians, were the military contractors.