I’m saddened that our president, who rode to election promising to end wars, has once again essentially called on us to go to war. I’m also saddened that there is so little protest. This is so different than during the Vietnam War, when the conscience of the American people, and especially our youth, rallied us to action that eventually led to peace.
This will have tragic consequences. The violence of terrorism cannot be eradicated by more violence, the wars of the past 13 years should have shown us the futility of taking up arms.
This new war will only bring need and suffering and produce millions of more refugees. It will also sow seeds of hatred in the hearts of a new generation of children and young people, who will see no other option than to resort to violence in the future.
We must pray for our country and for the men and women who fight to defend our freedom.
Johann Christoph Arnold, Rifton, NY