To the Daily Sun,
London-based Airwars reports at least 459 civilians killed in air strikes in Iraq and Syria. Airwars is a group of independent journalists pursuing " a collaborative not-for-profit transparency project." The U.S. has run thousands of sorties and carried out hundreds of strikes monthly which are responsible for most of these deaths! Why?
"Why" is the predominate question that should be asked of each of the candidates and of every American. Why are we bombing Middle Eastern countries? If the answer is, "Because they (whoever) are a threat to our national security." I would ask again "Why?" Hasn't that same unsubstantiated answer ever been proven true? Didn't the same irrational excuse make the rounds about the threat of al-Qaida and the Taliban? We have never been attacked in 12 years. Doesn't that fact make our case null and void? Are we arrogant by refusing to concede our ill-placed fears on non-existent dangers. Do we allow the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians to be the price of our own insecurities? Shame on us.
These long and costly wars will continue as long as the United States is controlled by the armaments industry which beckons every U.S. senator to do their dirty work in the halls of Congress. Wars would cease to exist if the president took immediate and decisive action determined to have these factious nations solve their own long-standing problems. We have no legal right to be there.
"He was wounded by our iniquities: He was bruised for our sins."
Leon R. Albushies
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