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Letter: The Syrian civil war is a proxy war by Western nations

Editor:

Although an April 26 letter from John A. Bond implies otherwise, the recent Korean chest poundings are a joke. Allegations that Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons in Syria are not.

Many people following the Syrian civil war closely have speculated that, eventually, a false attribution of chemical weapons use by Assad would give justification for an escalation of U.S. involvement. That may now be happening.

On April 26, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi told reporters, “I think we have to take it to the next step ... we have tolerated for too long all of the assaults on the Syrian people made by its own government.”

“The next step” has little to do with “assaults on the Syrian people.” Some of the militias fighting Assad now would happily fight the U.S. later.

Much as rebellion in Afghanistan in the 1980s was a proxy war by Western nations against the USSR, the Syrian civil war is a proxy war by Western nations (along with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) against Iran. The U.S. has again been empowering potential enemies to fight a declared enemy. Arranging shipments of Libyan arms from Benghazi to Syrian rebels via Turkey was almost certainly discussed at Ambassador Stevens’s meeting with the Turkish Ambassador at the Benghazi compound (not a “consulate” as claimed by the State Department) where Stevens was murdered.

And so it goes.

David Perrell

Clarkdale

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