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Letter: Why not humanitarian aid?

Even now as Congress considers military action in Syria, it seems we’ve fallen victim to short-term memory loss. Everyone sees the choice as being between doing nothing and conducting military strikes. I submit that we have a third option: humanitarian aid.

We’ve faced down dictators before and dealt with rogue regimes without using the harsh instrument of military force; in 1948 the people of Berlin faced starvation as food and aid were cut off by the tyrannical dictates of Joseph Stalin. Instead of attacking, we led an international coalition to airlift over 2 million tons of desperately needed food and supplies to the civilian population who were suffering from the political and military posturing of the day. Truly we were a beacon of hope to all the free people of the world, the shining city upon a hill. So why did we stop?

Why is nobody in Congress considering a plan to airdrop food and medical supplies into Syria, instead of postulating that our response must be an attack of some kind? There was a time, not long ago, when people gathered in the streets to cheer when they saw American planes coming. We can have that again.



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