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Why Are We Witnessing This Middle East Humanitarian Crisis? Ask the U.S. Government

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We the people of this country must, though it will be painful for many, stop accepting and condoning these totally misguided and unjustified military actions. We can't remain in this state of denial and continue to believe that no matter what this government does militarily, no matter how wrong it may be, that we must support it because that's what Americans are supposed to do.

If it's wrong it's wrong and it must be stopped. Here are several quotes from Thomas Jefferson, one of the greatest of Americans. He wasn't against war when it was absolutely necessary and he proved that when he and his fellow founders put their lives on the line many years ago; but he knew the difference between wars of necessity and what he called, "The follies of war." Here's what he said about war:

"I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind."

"If there be one principle more deeply rooted than any other in the mind of every American it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest."

"Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government."

Now, considering this increased military action by the Western nations it's not surprising that we are hearing reports that indicate that Russia is in the process of preparing to deploy military weaponry, but not troops, into Syria to bolster President Assad's position. If the U.S. leadership had any sense of reason it would understand that if it continues on its current path it will lead to further massive confrontations with Russia.

If logic, reason and rationality ruled, the U.S. would realize that the only way to end this bloodbath is for it to show strong leadership in working with other major powers to discuss this entire crisis situation on a non-stop basis to come up with various ways to bring it under control. These powers must realize the enormity of the crisis and that it has the potential to eventually lead to a massive war such as the world has not seen since World War II.

To be a truly great nation America, that is its government, needs to come to the realization that it can no longer pursue these misguided, overly aggressive military operations around the world and, in particular, the Middle East; that it can no longer justify the massive associated costs that have severely weakened the major foundations of this nation. It's time to put a stop to this agenda of endless war and destruction and begin the process of rebuilding America.

Michael Payne

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