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USA can’t afford another drawn-out military conflict

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As was witnessed in NATO’s illegal and vicious war against Serbia, unilateral interventi­on in civil wars is very dangerous, could result in untold civilian casualties, and will likely create enmity that might linger for decades (“Gadhafi promises ‘long war’ after allies strike Libya,” USATODAY.com, Saturday).

The Libyan rebels will nowbe emboldened to fight on and less inclined to negotiate with Col. Moammar Gadhafi because they have air support from the West. On top of that, Tomahawk missiles cost at least $1 million a piece.

Given the enormity of our nation’s economic crisis, can we really afford this hasty and irreversib­le and probably long, drawn-out action that will make the world only less safe and open yet another Pandora’s box in Africa? On top of this, have we given any serious thought to who would replace Libya’s dictator? This caused us no end of headaches in Iraq. Michael Pravica Henderson, Nev.

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States, Great Britain and France in this effort to protect Libyan citizens?

President Obamawas correct in explaining the United States’ role in Libya. Attacking by sea and air with no ground forces, and acting together with our allies, is certainly the right procedure to follow.

I will not listen to members of the extreme right who will discredit any move by our president to use minimal but effective force. To them I say back off and back up our president’s strategy. After all, we’re in this mess, including other conflicts in the Middle East, thanks to the disastrous “our way or no way” foreign policy decisions made by former president George W. Bush and former vice president Dick Cheney, which cost so many lives — for what?

And where are the Arab so-called allies that OK’d the attack but have yet to join the United

Herb Stark Massapequa, N.Y.

Misguided intentions

If you hear a large sucking sound, it is the USA sticking its nose into a fight it cannot win. We have enough problems in Afghanista­n and Iraq, and terrible economic problemsat home. Now, with our misguided intentions, we are in a fight in Libya. The intentions are noble, but this crusade is not ours.

Let someone else fight the fight. We are not the world’s police.

Gene Hendel West Chester, Ohio

Be wary of rebels

You very rarely see anything in the news today about Iraq or Afghanista­n. But now we have decided to take military action to assist the so-called rebels seeking to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi. Does anyone actually know who these people are, and what political aspiration­s they truly represent? Apparently, it doesn’t matter which political party is in the White House, as we are steadfastl­y determined to be the world’s police in regard to foreign policy. We are informed that this military campaign will last only days. Sounds familiar?

A simple principle in business is return on investment. Our previous investment­s have accounted for thousands of lives lost and billions of dollars spent. There seems to be no definitive end in sight as the age-old, cultural conflicts within these countries always seem to prevail. These investment­s have shown a minuscule return directly benefiting the American people. Thomas Denny Pittsburgh

 ?? By Mahmud Turkia, AFP/Getty Images ?? Near Libyan capital: Anavy base outside Tripoli is bombed Tuesday.
By Mahmud Turkia, AFP/Getty Images Near Libyan capital: Anavy base outside Tripoli is bombed Tuesday.

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