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Letter: Give diplomacy a chance in Syria

Thank you for your article "Opposition on Syria" [News, Sept. 6]. While most of the media is focusing on support for U.S. military action in Syria, it is refreshing to read about those in the international community who say that although they condemn the use of chemical weapons, a military attack is not the answer to peace.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Syria, who have lost loved ones during this long conflict. Our world community must take action, but the solution is not a military one. We must urge President Barack Obama and Congress to join our religious leaders and others who are calling for peace in Syria through dialogue and diplomacy.

Violence begets violence. We encourage Obama and Congress to work closely with the United Nations and the rest of the international community to stop the flow of weapons, have a cease-fire, call a summit of all heads of state in the region, and press the UN Security Council to take responsibility. The International Criminal Court must investigate these war crimes in Syria.

Nancy Fackner, Brentwood

Editor's note: The writer is a nun with the Sisters of St. Joseph.

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