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We must stay out of this Arab affair
There appears to have been some sort of large chemical attack on men, women and children on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, and hundreds of people seem to have died or been severely hurt.
However, nothing has as yet been verified and no one knows who launched the attack.
Already, many people throughout the world are calling for direct action by the likes of the US, Britain, France, the UN, Russia and China.
A year ago, President Obama said if chemical weapons were used in Syria, the United States would act and be more involved. But what does he mean and how could “we” act militarily in a way that would actually help the people on the ground in Syria ?
Taking out airfields, supplying arms to the rebels and sending warships would only escalate the horrors and deaths. If we were to get more involved directly, as in Iraq and Afghanistan, we then become responsible for what happens.
Civil wars are the worst type of wars and we do not fully understand countries like Syria, or know who is in the right. We should allow Iran to be involved. We could help with even more humanitarian aid in the numerous refugee camps, and we should exert diplomatic pressure to get the UN inspectors into the areas of horror and alleged chemical attacks.
As far as possible, despite the horrific pictures, we must stay out of this Arab affair and learn from our previous mistakes.
David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Holgate, York.
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