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The U.S. isn't to blame for Syria's woes

The real culprit is the Islamic State's violent jihad.

Regarding Sabine Oishi's recent commentary on the Syrian refugee crisis, rarely have I seen such hateful comments from a naturalized American citizen ("Shame on America," Sept. 20).

While we bear considerable responsibility for the chaos in the Middle East, the true culprit is the Islamic State and its mandate of violent jihad.

Comparing the plight of the Jews during World War II with current Islamic fundamentalist aggression is unfair. ISIS and the rest are waging a war against the West.

Perhaps Ms. Oishi recalls recall the horror of Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington and the Boston Marathon bombing. Her negative view of America is dangerous, yet she never discusses the violence in the homelands the refugees are fleeing.

I urge Ms. Oishi to research these atrocities and discover just how ISIS and their ilk treat Christians and others in places like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

While America bears responsibility for toppling Saddam Hussein and Muammar Qaddafi, we do not engage in beheadings, public floggings or the sexual slavery of non-Muslim women.

The situation in Europe is a disaster, yet based on the images I've seen these refugees appear well-dressed and equipped with cell phones and GPS devices. The photo accompanying Ms. Oishi's commentary indicates many Syrians refugees are fleeing Turkey — a safe and secure nation.

Rosalind Heid, Baltimore

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