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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Diplomacy helps U.S. dodge a messy war
In a recent letter (“Obama ceded U.S. influence to the Russians,” Sept. 14 Pick of the day), Ed Lynch opines that in 1962, President Kennedy “used diplomacy to avert a military strike on Cuba,” which led to an increase in the Soviet Union’s influence in the Western Hemisphere. The clear implication is that a military strike would have been a better choice.
This event was the Cuban Missile Crisis, and many historians believe that it was the time when the world came closest to a thermonuclear exchange, with the unimaginable horrors such an event would have entailed. In my judgment, and that of many others, this was not a bad use of diplomacy.
Lynch goes on to suggest that President Obama has similarly used diplomacy to avoid a military strike in Syria. One presumes that the effect of such a strike in Lynch’s mind would be the elimination of the evil Bashar al-Assad regime. Our recent efforts at regime change in Iraq and Afghanistan might suggest that such changes are complicated, as we have no assurances that a replacement regime wouldn’t be equally vicious and anti-American. Perhaps diplomacy is once again a better choice.
WAYNE G. REILLY
Demonstrator tickled to make the front page
I want to thank Rebecca Barnett for taking my picture, and your editor for putting it on the front page (“Labor Day parade kicks off stretch run,” Sept. 3 news story). I am 85 and was walking to demonstrate my concern that our nation is abandoning its Judeo-Christian heritage.
I support Christian candidates: Ken Cuccinelli for governor, E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor and Mark Obenshain for attorney general. Obenshain and Jackson are friends of mine and have absolute integrity that will enable them to provide the leadership needed today.
Cuccinelli has proven his passion for constitutional government as attorney general by challenging our federal government’s infringement on our personal constitutional rights, as well as our constitutional rights as a sovereign state.
I am concerned that my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will not be able to live as free citizens as guaranteed by our Constitution if our personal, family’s and state’s rights are not restored.
My wife, Barbara, 81, is also in the picture on the right. We are doing all we can to restore our country’s Christian heritage as the land of the free and the home of the brave.
DR. LAWRENCE W. ROLLER
Ethics should be focus of election
Is political morality an oxymoron?
Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli both ran for office touting their right-wing Christian values and seeking to impose those personal values on everyone in the commonwealth.
It would seem that their interpretation of those values includes corruption, as most people see clearly, no matter how much our legislators try to make sure that all such behavior is perfectly legal. It is the height of hypocrisy to claim to be a beacon of morality when one’s opposite behavior is exposed.
Cuccinelli’s donations to charity in lieu of returning the “gifts” he has received is only political expediency. Why does he not return the money to its source? Do we really want to elect another governor whose ethics are as clearly questionable as the one we have now?
Based on his record, we know what Cuccinelli would do if elected. Can we disregard his right-wing agenda and, more importantly, his morals? Can we have any respect for ourselves if we vote for him?
Justice is in the eye of the beholder
Like most of us, I wish Sandy Mumaw’s suggestion would work (“World needs a global system of justice,” Sept. 13 letter), but I have to refer her to Peter Galbraith’s commentary (“A dilemma for Syria’s minorities,” Sept. 11) on the many very different factions fighting for control in Syria.
I’ve worked in fewer than two dozen countries and only a few along the Persian Gulf, but I’m sorry to report that homo sapiens have widely divergent ideas of what justice should be.
I’m sure Mumaw has read of rape victims being beheaded, just to cite an example.
Anxious about homegrown ills
There are many problems in the United States that need to be addressed and corrected over here. So why are we more worried about Syria than the violence and the like going on in America?
The use of chemical weapons is bad, but the United States must turn its attention inward and fix itself before it is too late.
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