Strive for peace


Glenn Garvin is right in his June 4 column, War Party beats drums for action in Syria. The drums of war are seducing Republicans and Democrats alike. Openly intervening in Syria, including the no-fly zone, means getting involved in what really are periodic, violent struggles of the centuries old conflict between two religious factions, Sunnis and Shiites.

The perception by some that this civil war is a fight for freedom from Assad dictatorship is misleading. Helping the rebels may well end in a new tyrannical Sunni regime. Our role is to continue striving for a peace agreement between the warring parties while helping the displaced.

Ronald Reagan was wise enough to avoid intervening in the Middle East. He knew how fragile, explosive and unpredictable that region was. Let’s hope that President Obama follows his example.

Felipe Fernandez, Miami

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