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Letter: Intervention fuels hatred of the U.S.

A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon

A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon as he watches a Syrian Army jet in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo province, Syria. (Dec. 11, 2012) Credit: AP

Given the rise of Islamic terrorist groups, including al-Qaida in Syria, I find columnist Ted R. Bromund's severe criticism of President Barack Obama's policy of disengagement in Syria appalling ["Obama's red line is back to trip him," Opinion, April 28].

Almost acknowledging that the United States never had any viable choice in this conflict, Bromund nonetheless advocates a strong interventionist policy throughout the Middle East, suggesting that Iran is watching to see what it can get away with.

Bromund and other misguided right-wing advocates of intervention in the Middle East, no matter the cost to our country, seem oblivious to the fact that our policies have actually strengthened the hand of Islamic terrorists and have destabilized countries like Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya -- even Iraq -- that were no threat to the United States.

Let us remember that predecessors of the Taliban were referred to as "freedom fighters" by president Ronald Reagan. U.S. intervention in the Middle East has been an disaster; we have lost credibility in the region because of our interventionist doctrine, not because of the kind of guided restraint that Obama has tried to pursue.

Harry Katz, Southold