As a Jewish American who was born a few years after World War II ended I, like many other people, learned of the horror of six million Jews who were murdered, of which one million were children. We learned later that our government knew that Hitler was sending Jews to concentration camps and gassing them. We chose to do nothing. Almost fifty years later we knew what was going on in Rwanda and again chose to do nothing and 800,000 people were murdered. It is morally repugnant for anyone to claim that unless it is in our strategic interests we should look the other way as men, women, and children are tortured and murdered, with the Assad regime using jetfighter planes, tanks, and artillery to reduce his cities to rubble, and repeatedly using chemical weapons against them. It is disgusting to read comment after comment on America media websites saying "let them kill each other, it does not involve us." Mass killing of a civilian population anywhere in the world does involve America. We are the only country that has a military that can go anywhere in the world, not to wantonly attack another country, but to prevent genocide and mass murder. We sent our forces to Somalia to end a famine. We sent our airforce to stop genocide in Kosovo. We have used our military to help Haiti after the earthquake, and Japan after the devastating tsunami. America must act when it can to prevent mass murder and war. To close our eyes and ears to the deaths of innocents anywhere is not what America is or ever was about.
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