Ques­tion pres­i­dents’ words

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

This year is the 100-year an­niver­sary of U.S. en­try into World War I. We must never for­get this war. As war rav­aged Europe, Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son pub­licly adopted neu­tral­ity — while se­cretly sup­ply­ing Great Bri­tain with weapons. Wil­son knew the Lusi­ta­nia was haul­ing weapons to Great Bri­tain and us­ing civil­ians as cover. The Ger­mans were aware, too, that the United States was se­cretly arm­ing the Al­lies, and thus tar­geted U.S. ships, lead­ing to Amer­ica’s in­volve­ment in the war.

Time and time again, U.S. pres­i­dents have lied to Americans. Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, who sup­plied al­lies with weapons prior to U.S. en­try into World War II, vi­o­lat­ing U.S. neu­tral­ity, also sent U.S. ships into Ja­panese waters prior to Pearl Har­bor to pro­voke a Ja­panese re­sponse. Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son fab­ri­cated the Gulf of Tonkin in­ci­dent to elicit U.S. ground troops in Viet­nam. Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush in­vaded a sov­er­eign na­tion, Iraq, on to­tally fab­ri­cated weapons-of-mass-de­struc­tion charges, mur­der­ing over a mil­lion Iraqis (of which nearly 200,000 were civil­ians).

Now Pres­i­dent Trump has at­tacked Syria for emo­tional rea­sons, as he claims (view­ing pic­tures of Syr­i­ans killed in a chem­i­cal at­tack). War ac­tion should never de­cided by emotions.

Americans and the press must ques­tion all U.S. war de­ci­sions and neu­tral­ity claims be­cause as his­tory has shown us, all pres­i­dents lie, some more than others. We must de­mand facts, not hy­per­bole.

MARK KILYK Birm­ing­ham, Ala.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.