On Syria, tread carefully

 

Americans who are critical of our government’s seemingly slow response to aiding the Syrian rebels need to step back and consider why such steps must be taken carefully.

Intervention in a government’s response to unrest sets a precedent to future actions. There will always be groups who are opposed to some of their government policies, even in our country.

The choice to involve ourselves is a serious one. During the unrest in this country during the ’50s and ’60s, we had groups that other countries felt were being persecuted. If they had felt justified in intervening with military assistance, the results would not have been pleasant.

Who can say if one day we may not face a similar situation?

Our actions in intervening in another countries’ internal situations will determine how other countries justify their actions toward us.

This probably is unthinkable to most people in the United States, but it is something our leaders have to consider. We are considered a major power in the world, and our example influences how other countries will act in the future.

David Anderson, Miami Beach

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