I appreciate the articles Reynaldo Leal and the Standard-Examiner had on the front page of the Standard recently (March 11, "Syria: The American strategy"). I'm a retired office manager for the State Department of Foreign Service. Granted that's a lowly position, but for the last five years I've been going to Baghdad, Kabul, and other places in the Middle East and I see and hear from inside the embassy the obstacles we face. I'm also mother, mother-in-law and aunt to Air Force airmen. My life is consumed with the war situation and I can't believe what our government has done to our troops and then what they haven't done when they return.
Renaldo Leal is to be admired for putting himself in harm's way to find out what's really happening. I feel sad for the situation in Syria where innocent women and children are suffering. War is always hell. It's understandable why the doctor in the second article with family there is so concerned and wants the U.S. to step up and help ("Utah doctor pleads for aid to be sent to his home country before it's too late"). I know it's beyond the doctor's understanding as to why we can't give arms but there is no human or computer system that could track these. Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation was a good lesson, if our government learned and remembered. Flyovers may be plausible but even then, looking at Libya makes one wonder.
The Arab world will be the Arab world until the women are educated and can speak freely and make a difference. Will that ever happen? And our own military is tired and broken. We can't even provide help for the young people we've already destroyed with senseless wars. Should we once again barge in, help, stay, and then be hated for being the aggressor? And now North Korea as well as Iran? Where else can we barge in and save the world while at the same time destroy our own country and young troops? Wait a while, I'm sure someone will find another cause. Sorry Syria. America is very tired of war.