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Letter to the editor: No right to do air strike

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:01 am

Are “unconstitutional” and “empathy” obsolete words? Do they mean anything to Donald Trump or any who continue to support him?

While the Syrian civil war is an egregious conflict whose horror and tragedy I don't have the words to express, the United States had no right to get involved whatsoever with the recent air strikes on the country. Donald Trump did not consult Congress in his order for these unconstitutional air strikes. He did it as an act of cowardice, and the only real outcome of this will be the horrifying truth that is already evident to anyone with even an ounce of sympathy for fellow human beings: killing and terrorizing people who are suffering worse than many of us could possibly imagine and then refusing to accept them into the “land of opportunity” isn't “making America great again”; it's showing the world that the U.S. has become a cowardly country that uses flimsy “freedom for all” rhetoric as a mere front to justify the atrocities it so commits.

Effectively, these air strikes are recklessly escalating the situation in Syria without offering any assistance in in truly helping the people while simultaneously taking another step forward toward further global conflict.

Now is not the time to get riled up about partisan politics and take the blame out on the other party as we as Americans so often do.

Now we must see it in ourselves not as Republicans and Democrats, but as human beings for a just society to condemn the hypocrisy and injustice in this abominable act. The phone numbers to the offices of Sens. Donnelly and Young are (202) 224-4814 and (202) 224-5623, respectively. Please call them with your name and ZIP code to voice concerns and condemnations about the recent air strikes.

Ash Shukla


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