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Comparing France's intervention in America's Revolution to our involvement with the anti-Assad rebels in Syria is a stretch. I can find many holes in it ("Lessons from Hermione," June 19).

However, it might interest The Sun's readers to know there is a fabulous mural of the British surrender at the Battle of Yorktown at the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse. It's in The Museum of Baltimore Legal History right across from the Jury Assembly Room. The painting was done in France specifically for that old courtroom and it shows the French being part of our team. Without their help, George Washington and the revolutionaries never would have succeeded.

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But what a price France paid for their intervention. A bloody, vicious revolution followed a few years later and not much after that, "land animal" Napoleon Bonaparte galvanized the nation in his attempt to conquer Europe. Millions of people died in the futile quest. Incidentally, June 18 was the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and France's defeat by the British. Another lesson to cite.

And don't forget George Washington's farewell address of 1796 when he spoke about the dangers of alliances between the United States and others. He warned against the hazards of "foreign entanglements." Two centuries later, I believe he's still correct!

Nester Heid, Baltimore

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