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Dropping bombs on empty buildings to send Syria a 'message' makes no sense

10:30 AM EDT, September 4, 2013

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One would think in the age live in our political leaders down the road in Washington would seriously seek answers to the debacle in Syria rather than "strategically" drop bombs on empty buildings. But here we go again ("Amid doubts, Obama and Cameron make a case for Syria strike," Aug. 29).

This is pathetic and unacceptable. When will we as a nation strive to diffuse international crises through real diplomacy and dialogue? As a supposedly advanced nation, why are we still perceived as the world's watchdog?

And why was everyone laughing when ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman met with the leader of North Korea? I did not see any of our political leaders doing the same. I tip my hat to Mr. Rodman; at least he had the determination to meet with the North's childlike leader, Kim Jong-un.

Dropping bombs on vacated buildings -- Syrian citizens have been well-forewarned of the bombings -- is such a primitive approach that it is embarrassing to me as an American citizen when our country chooses the most cowardly, vague way to attempt to resolve a crisis in a land that's in complete turmoil. We are simply adding gasoline to a wood fire. Someone please tell me how that makes us a better nation.

The United States has to look at things from a larger perspective. In what specific ways are we bound to protect the people of Syria, a non-oil producing nation in the oil-rich Middle East? And what is the spineless United Nations Security Council doing about the meltdown in Syria?

The chest-thumping mindset that some elected politicians hold out as a means of resolving the situation only reinforces my impression of how very far we still have to learn and grow as a nation.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham