Did we learn nothing from claims on Iraq?

Before the United States acts as the prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner in the Syria, case we need a little retrospection. The Iraq War, based on fabricated charges of weapons of mass destruction should have taught us to be more thorough in investigation and thoughtful in retribution. I would be much more worried if it turns out that al-Qaida factions fighting the brutal Syrian regime have actually acquired and used chemical weapons. Why are we discounting that possibility?

Naveed Khan

Pleasanton

Mideast policy is disgraceful

John Kerry, shamelessly pushing attacks on Syria, is trying to kill the people that he is pretending to save. He already has his hands stained with the blood of the Vietnamese people.

The Syrian government would never bomb universities, libraries and use chemicals on its own people. The violence in Syria is orchestrated by the United States and the hired guns of Saudi Arabia and Qatar trying to break up the link for weapon shipments to Hezbollah and has nothing to do with democracy. They do not care about stopping poisonous gas. They want the gas that is used in automobiles. Weapons of mass destruction were claimed in Iraq and now chemical weapons in Syria. U.S. actions in the Middle East are a disgrace and must be stopped


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Yev Philipovitch

Pleasanton

Syria's business not America's

—... Obama ... argued that the United States has a moral responsibility to retaliate against Syria's use of chemical weapons. (Tri-Valley Times, Sept. 7)"

"Responsibility?" If something is done for us, or if we have caused harm, responsibility ensues. You fix my car, I am responsible for paying you. I damage your property, I am responsible for repairs. But Syria has done nothing for us, and we have done nothing to them.

Assad is not a nice man. But in his opinion he acted to hold his country together; in our opinion it was wrong. Why do we have a responsibility to attack a country based on our opinion of propriety? What right have we to force them to "do it our way?" At Tiananmen Square, China was mean. Should we declare war on China?

Other countries have declined to act like teachers in a schoolyard, admonishing little miscreants to play nicely. They have elected to not spend their taxpayers' money on a situation that is not in their national interest. Our leaders should do the same.

Patrick Dunlap

Pleasanton

Viewing 9/11 footage should be required

Yet another anniversary of 9/11 has passed and those horrific moments seem like yesterday. To this point, I believe it should be mandatory that scenes such as these be part of history classes throughout our nation by having every sixth-grader on up to 12th grade be required to view and study them.

These scenes were not produced in Hollywood but are actual moment-by-moment accounts. I would venture to say the majority of students know everything there is to know about rock stars and rappers yet very little concerning this event that changed the complexion of our country forever. Never in the history of our great nation, with the exception of Pearl Harbor, has such a dastardly, cowardly event taken place on our soil by such evil, subhuman monsters.

Calling to mind that our freedom should never be taken for granted, the attempts of madmen still lurk in our country and world and should be a reminder that we all need to be on guard, not living in fear, but being made aware of the likes of those who flew the four planes and whose main goal in their perverted life was to destroy us by attempting to take away our God-given freedom that they never experienced. Let us never forget that freedom does not come freely but on the backs of our heroes who strive to keep and maintain them. God Bless America!

LaVerne Walters

Dublin

Don't fall for the sales pitch to bomb Syria

Just say no to more acts of internal civil war. The Bankster Cabal wants to start their lusted-after World War III. Foster Gamble, producer of the free YouTube "Thrive -- The Movie" suggests emailing or calling your Congressional representative right now. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, puts it best -- stay out of Syria; the USA is tired of war.

Didn't you hear? Our government lies to everyone -- especially in war. The cabal-controlled mainstream media is suppressing a 10-minute video (YouTube -- "Shocking Story That Could Derail Attack on Syria") outlining evidence the rebels themselves ignorantly used Saudi-supplied, mislabeled chemical weapons that backfired. The rebels ignorantly fired a barrage of what they thought were high explosive rounds "into" the wind instead of "downwind".

Rich Buckley

Livermore

Obama opposed not on race but on principles

Reader Barbara McClain states in her recent letter that "Previous presidents have not been subjected to the extraordinary scrutiny and obstructive behavior practiced by those who hate him." I am wondering: Did she simply sleep through the eight years during which George W. Bush was president?!

Liberals simply must stop assuming that all those who oppose President Obama are racist. This belief, in itself, is actually a form of prejudicial bigotry! The same can be said for the common belief (promoted by our educational establishment and popular culture) that all conservatives are ignorant and/or evil. The truth is that most conservatives would love to have an African-American or other minority president (or a woman) who stands for our principles, unlike our current president.

Christopher Andrus

Dublin

Migrant drivers licenses plan is outrageous

After learning that California is going to give people that are in this country illegally a drivers license I would like to state my outrage that our government with total disregard for our immigration laws has passed this bill that Gov. Brown is expected to sign into law.

California will let people drive, and I assume be able to vote, even though they are here illegally and should be deported until they can come here legally. It is a slap in the face of every legal immigrant and every law-abiding U.S. citizen when a group of people get special treatment and do not need to obey our country's laws!

Ken Coffey

Pleasanton