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Letter: Make amends over pain caused by U.S.

President Barack Obama talks on the South Lawn

President Barack Obama talks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. Photo Credit: AP

I disagree with President Barack Obama’s veto of the congressional bill supporting people’s right to sue countries for the war damage they cause [“Obama overridden on 9/11 bill,” News, Sept. 29].

I understand Obama’s reasons, but I believe that if we have that right, countries will be less inclined to try to resolve complex international problems via warfare.

Just think of when our use of drones to wipe out an enemy military installation instead destroys an innocent civilian’s home and kills his wife and children. “Collateral damage,” we call it, and ignore the pain and suffering we have caused. Perhaps we wouldn’t need a congressional bill to correct the error if we dropped the “might makes right” attitude and apologetically rebuilt the homes we destroyed. We would definitely make friends that way, and eventually disempower Islamic State terrorists. It would be less costly financially, and certainly in lives lost.

Robert Shorin, Syosset


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