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letters | Showdown over Syria

Hard to accept US stand in face of own actions

The United States has accumulated a runaway portfolio of illegal wars and direct and proxy use of chemical and incendiary substances against civilians — to wit: Agent Orange, napalm, and white phosphorus. These and America’s conventional arms have wrought vast civilian collateral damage in our century of wars and in each individual conflict.

Is every American-inflicted civilian casualty deliberate? Of course not. But is there any remaining credibility to this government’s claim that it does not seek to terrorize certain populations in order to break them? Vietnam was merely the largest-scale and clearest example.

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