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Middle East a hopeless case

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Syria's dictator used chemical agents on his own people, killing 1,400, of which 400 were small children. Looking at this Syrian crisis just in terms of killing of 400 kids, I can understand President Obama's desire to teach Syria's dictator a lesson.

But lobbing missiles into Syria will not teach Bashar Assad a lesson. Obama is incredibly naive. Such action will result only in blowback from the Muslim world as well as terrorist cells here in America.

If there is a lesson to be learned here, it is for the United States of America. And that lesson is quite simple: The Muslim Middle East is a hopeless case.

These people cannot effectively govern themselves. They have been fighting other people and among themselves since biblical times. The only person who thinks peace is possible in that part of the world is Jimmy Carter, who is as delusional and naive as our current president.

Given this correct assessment of the Middle East and its people, what should the U.S. do?

We should totally pull out of the Middle East. We should close every embassy we have in every Muslim country and close every American business in those countries too. We should cease all foreign aid to any Muslim country.

Unfortunately, we can't do this tomorrow because we need the Mideast's oil because we've failed to drill sufficiently for oil in our own country. If we start drilling tomorrow in our own country like our future security depends upon it — and it does — then in eight years at the most we can be totally and finally independent from the Middle East.

George Wesolosky

Leechburg

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