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Letters: U.S. role as cop, moral leader

Independent U. S. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut,

Independent U. S. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, left, and Republican Sen. John McCain, of Arizona are seen with Syrian refugee at a camp in Yayladagi, Turkey, Tuesday, April 10, 2012. McCain and Lieberman toured a refugee camp at the Turkish border with Syria on Tuesday and met Syrians who have fled the violence in their country. Speaking to reporters at the Turkish camp in the southern province of Hatay, McCain had strong words for Damascus allies, Russia and China. (AP Photo/Umit Bektas, Pool) Credit: AP Photo/Umit Bektas

Even with congressional approval, a U.S. attack on Syria would still be a war of aggression against a sovereign nation that does not pose an imminent threat to the United States. Such an attack would be a war crime, the supreme international crime of aggressive, not defensive, war.

Syria's government is involved in civil war against its own people, but so are Egypt's and Bahrain's, two U.S. allies that the United States still gives aid. Conventional weapons used by Egypt and Bahrain are as lethal and murderous as the chemical weapons allegedly used by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces. Why have Egypt and Bahrain not crossed President Barack Obama's "red line"?

And who appointed the United States the world's policeman, especially now, when we have so many dire needs at home?

Ed Ciaccio, Douglaston
 

Before we point angry fingers at other sovereign nations like Syria for grotesque, immoral trespasses against human beings, America must close the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and restore normal American habeas corpus.

The United States has deliberately and with grotesque arrogance abandoned its high moral ground with the detainees at Guantánamo. We must sincerely step away from our own past imprudent dishonor, and maybe then we can point fingers.

Until then, no!

William Granfield Murphy, Southampton

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