Tonawanda News


October 12, 2013

LETTER: Syria is history repeating itself


Tonawanda News — The real reason to go into Iraq was to take over the second largest oil reserves in the world and denationalize the oil industry which belonged to the people of Iraq and privatize it so as to lower the price to sell it to the world’s largest oil companies, like Exxon Mobile, Chevron and British Petroleum. The military industrial complex is one of the biggest consumers of oil.

In this war, the military contractors introduced something as deadly as chemical weapons to Iraq’s civilian population called depleted uranium ammunition for tanks and artillery.

So why are we taking the high moral ground about Syria using poison gas when we have been pushed by military contractors to violate the same laws that forbid the use of chemical agents? As for Bashal Al-Assad, he is cruel to his own people but no more a threat on the international scene as Saddam Hussein. Neither of them had or have the power to threaten the world that Adolph Hitler had during World War II. Why kill more Syrians with bullets to stop Al-Assad and add more pain to misery?

It is just another excuse to get into another war and give our money to the military contractors while our own needs are ignored here at home. I leave you with the words of wisdom of a WWII career soldier, general and later U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower who said, “When people speak to you about preventive war, you tell them to fight it themselves. I have come to hate war. War settles nothing.” Most Americans would agree with this statement.

Susan Wilke is a North Tonawanda resident.

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