Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

September 4, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Politicians send others off  to war

Syria’s and the United States’ involvement in their civil war has been in the news this week. It occurred to me that none of those who are pushing our intervention, regardless of how much or where it will lead, have a stake in the intervention.

None of the politicians will have to go fight. None of their children or grandchildren will have to go. It is easy to advocate some sort of action when you are safely in Washington and know there is no draft, and even if there were, their political buddies could keep their young from having to go fight.

It is the average, hard-working man or woman that sees her son or daughter go off to war and all too often return physically or mentally damaged, if they return alive at all. It is these people, not the politicians nor those who advocate such actions, that will be attending the funerals.

I believe war could almost be eliminated if the young would tell the old, fat, bureaucrats to go fight their own wars. They are too busy trying to build the country and make a life for themselves and their families.

Those that advocate sending the young off to die, whether by decree or voting for certain politicians policies, have blood on hands. I am told that blood is very difficult to wash off one's hands. We shall see. We shall certainly see.

Gaylord Cooper, South Shore

Attack on Syria endangers Israel

Our country is on the verge of a military strike on Syria because of Syria’s use of poison gas on its own people.

No doubt Syria deserves to be severely punished for the atrocities it committed, and its dictator driven from office and prosecuted.

There is a ramification here though. Iran has threatened to strike Israel if the U.S. should bomb the Syrian cictator’s forces. Now is the time for all God-fearing people to pray for the safety and peace of Israel, for Israel is God’s chosen people and we are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem which is God’s holy city.   

Charles W. Holbrook, Flatwoods

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