Three cheers to President Trump
Three cheers to President Donald Trump for his order to withdraw troops from Syria!
These days it takes a lot more courage to end a war than to start one. I understand that not only Defense Secretary Mattis, but National Security Advisor John Bolton, and others, strongly pressured him in favor of the British-backed “regime change” policy to stay in Syria and confront Russia and Iran.
I also applaud the Democrats in the Congress who have had the courage to support the president in this matter, such as Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, Ro Khanna and our own Barbara Lee. This is a time to put partisanship aside and be thankful that we have a president who has the strength to stand up to “the establishment” and do what’s right.
In 1993 Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who had been an Israeli hard-liner, shook hands with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and noted that peace required “those with the courage to change axioms.” The lack of immediate action on economic development and the subsequent assassination of Rabin by an Israeli extremist doomed that hopeful moment.
Let’s act now to assure that this hopeful moment is not sabotaged. With a bit of support, we may see peace in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and the Koreas in the not-too-distant future.