I hope that Scott Abramson isn’t endorsing the Iraq War as a resounding success in his letter to the editor “Who are the Syrian anti-war protesters?” (Sept. 3 edition of the Daily Journal.) The billions of dollars and thousands of lives lost have not achieved anything similar to what we were promised. Saddam Hussein is gone. Despite all of the sacrifices made by Americans, we don’t have a pro-Western government in Iraq. The wake of this disaster, brought to us by George Bush and friends, is making people of all political persuasions cautious of getting involved in Syria. This includes left-wing politicians and tea-party conservatives. It is understandable, and it is a result of the disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I support limited action in Syria, but there are no good guys there. Overthrowing Assad will not stop the killing. Most minority sects, such as Christians, Druze and Shiite Muslims, support Assad because they fear that, if he loses, the rebels will go after them. If Assad goes, we could end up with al-Qaida taking over. We need to send a clear message to Assad as well as the rebels that there are certain things, such as use of chemical warfare that will not be tolerated. Beyond that, we should stay out.