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8 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 VIEWPOINTS cape Gazette Letters )) Continued from page 7 respectfully acknowledge that the decision regarding U.S. military action contemplated in response to Assad's use of chemi- cal weapons against his people presents a moral dilemma of gigantic proportions. Thus, I as a professor of ethics for 26 years in Pennsylvania and now in retire- ment continuing to teach for the University of Delaware's Osher Life Long Learning Institute in Lewes, I feel compelled to offer input for thought as you wrestle with your decisions regarding this volatile issue. On the one hand we must do something to indicate the world does not condone the actions, but on the other I believe go- ing to war, however limited it is intended, is not justified at this time. Since the days of St. Augustine ethical analysis of going to war has been addressed by Principles of Just War Theory. Much has changed in the world and some of the considerations of that theory are brought into ques- tion by changing circumstances of warfare today, but some have not. Those that have not are that military action be used only as a last resort when all other reason- able efforts have been exhausted. As your colleague Sen. Tom Udall has pointed out...we do not even have the report of the U.N. weapons' inspectors in hand. While evidence President Obama and Sec. Kerry have offered is convincing, why the rush to judgment when it is admitted by military strategists delay would not impact outcome? I recognize that because of divisions on the Security Coun- cil, efforts at the UN would not likely be productive, but it would if their inspectors confirm use by Assad and provide the world with strong evidence of the need to act. But is our military strike the only alternative? Inaddition to the UN, inter- national law provides avenues for dealing effectively with war crimes. Other Arab countries that also feel threatened could be con- sulted and called upon to assist in dealing with Assad's criminal behavior by organizing their allies in the area, several of which are suspect of American unilateral actions now. We have not been attacked by Assad and there is little threat to our national security to pursue alternative routes instead of near unilateral military attack. Just War actions require exhausting all the alternatives. Another Just War principle is that actions be not only limited but likely to succeed in meeting objectives. You may have, but I have not even heard the objec- tives other than we drew a line in the sand, you crossed it, now you pay the consequences. This is not a sandlot could be World War III if the cards line up in the wrong way. Given that we may have clear objectives we are not revealing for strategic reasons, the question then is how can "success" be achieved in 60 or 90 days. We have too much historical evidence that nearly every "limited" war, once started, cannot be stopped in the intended time frame. Finally, not specifically from Just War theory although it could be argued as an alternative, why not bomb them with food, medi- cal supplies and humanitarian aid to the people? My guess is that winning this battle is winning the hearts and minds of the Syrian people. Let's give it a try! At this point I do not support military action. Thank you for consider- ing these moral issues. A fellow Democrat who worked for Obama's campaign and want to see him succeed. Richard F. Kauffman Lewes J Griffiths decries U.S. foreign policies "It's a fine mess you've got us into now, Ollie." That classic line from old Lau- rel and Hardy films resulted in a good laugh. When our govern- ment leaders mess things up it is not so funny. I'm thinking about our lack of foreign policy. Our government's actions make me wonder what country it repre- sents. It doesn't appear to be America. According to the NY Times, U.S. leadership secretly approved arms sales for Libyan rebels. The arms were sent via Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. These countries released arms to jihadists in Libya, Syria and Mali. The current leadership in Libya characterizes this action as a destabilizing force. Our Ambas- sador Christopher Stevens was murdered by Muslim jihadists in Benghazi, Libya. But I'm sure there is no connection. On another front in foreign affairs blunders, the hunt for Edward Snowden gave new meaning to the word fiasco. One of our leaders, no one will say who, ordered, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal to forbid the over- flight of the president of Bolivia's plane. The pilot of the plane was forced to land in Vienna, Austria. Either the Austrian police or the Austrian military searched the plane looking for that archcrimi- nal Edward Snowden. We looked like absolute fools when it was 1 13 Union St. ' I i Milton, DE JOB FAIR ALL PRO MAIDS Friday, September 13 10-2 Friday, September 20 10-2  1546 Savannah Rd., Lewes, DE /\\;'-f On the spot interviews. Must have driver s license. Interviews in Spanish available. found that "killer" Snowden was not aboard. Until the above action no one had offered Snowden asylum. Now, Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicara- gua and ultimately Russia have all offered him asylum. Latin American leaders think we are idiots; our allies in Europe are looking like slave states; Austria came close to committing an act of war; our relations with Russia hit a new low; and Edward Snowden is safely ensconced in Moscow telling the world our secrets. And now Egypt! As dictators go, Hosni Mubarak wasn't so bad, at least from America's point of view. He maintained peace and stability and he kept his word, to us and Israel. Then we helped Egypt elect new leadership that was anti-American and anti- Israel. The newly elected president was Egypt's leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group histori- cally tied to jihad and Sharia Law. Guess what? The people of Egypt objected to Sharia Law. The Egyptian military staged a coup, backed by the Egyptian people and overthrew the Muslim Broth- erhood. What does this say about our leadership? Can you say dither? The Egyptian people openly say they are fed up with our interfer- ence in their affairs. We, in order to show our power and might, have cancelled joint military exercises with the Egyptian military. Russia and Saudi Arabia have jumped in and set up joint military exercises and aid. What a fine mess we've got into. When amiable Ollie got things in a fix it gave us good laugh. When our leaders do it, it's no joke. It could even cost us the Suez Canal. That is not funny. Chuck Griffiths Ocean View I I q ! t Donald J. 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