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3/20/2014 3:45:00 PM
America's 'gunpoint diplomacy' a deterrent to world peace

To the Editor:

The Gold Stars of World War II were still in our windows when America invaded Korea; a handful of years later we invaded Vietnam, followed by Lebanon, Somalia and Iraq.

These countries posed no threat to America and the wars were failures strategically, militarily and politically, certainly not for lack of our military to fight for their government – we’ve got tens of thousands of graves, along with thousands of disabled veterans to attest to their bravery.

Invading Afghanistan was just, but did it require a seemingly endless occupation? As soon as we leave that country it will be immersed in violence and civil war the same as we’re experiencing in Iraq.

The tragedy of it all is while our troops are dying and bleeding on foreign soil, America’s war profiteers and politicals are living large and amassing fortunes. As always, the elite of our country prosper while we bury our honored dead, neglect the impoverished and see our infrastructure rust out.

Despite Senator John McCain repeatedly accusing President Obama of “cut and run,” Obama concluded the Iraq war and by his decree our troops are scheduled to exit Afghanistan by 2014. With the usual political sleaze, McCain, Senator [Lindsey] Graham, Speaker [John] Boehner and the GOP st al., are reproaching Obama for “being weak, indecisive, feckless and showing no leadership” for not going to war in Syria and the Ukraine. In concert with [Israeli] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyuha, Graham is proclaiming, “bomb Iran now.”

For the past 60 years, America’s gunboat diplomacy has been a major deterrent to world peace. Our misguided quest for world dominance has killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of people, trashed several nations and created millions of refugees.

To what ends and for what gain?

Ed Hodges

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014
Article comment by: James Ihlenfeld

Ed's got his history a bit confused. He says, in "America's 'gunpoint diplomacy'...." that "....America invaded Korea..." I didn't know that. I always thought that the North Koreans invaded South Korea! So, to be sure of my FACTS, I did a simple check on line. Yes, on June 25th, 1950, North Koreans invaded South Korea by attacking over the 38th Parallel, which was set up as a dividing line in September, 1945, after World War II. With the Soviets boycotting the UN, the Security Council authorized military intervention. We responded, to the North's invasion & the UN resolution, by fighting back. With Ed's creditability completely lost to me, I figured the rest of his information was junk. I think most of it was. As has been said before, "we're all entitled to our own opinions, but we share only one set of facts". If Ed wants to make a point that folks will read with some belief, he should do his homework and provide FACTS.

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