Letters to the editor

With this letter I will be an apologist for Syrian President Assad.

Assad’s government could not still be in power after eight years of everything we threw at it without the support of the great majority of the Syrian people.

That is with the exception of invading and occupying Syria. The upside of backing an insurgency rather than invading and occupying is far fewer American casualties. The downside is we have to make our deals with the dark forces. The claim that we only back “moderate rebels” was just for public relations.

The other fact that proves where righteousness lies is that as the Syrian military retook territory from the groups we backed, the Syrian refugees began to return home.

Of course the Syrian government could not have withstood the onslaught without the support of its allies. As President Trump tweeted, “… Russia, Iran, Syria and others are the local enemy of ISIS.”

The rest of the world knows we backed ISIS by setting up Turkey in the oil business with the terrorist group. That group’s oil tanker trucks moved safely through the open desert across the border into Turkey until the Russian Air Force came into play and put a stop to it.

Our backing of dark forces will continue as long as we are committed to these regime change wars.

The only presidential candidate to absolutely oppose these wars is Tulsi Gabbard.

She knows their dark side and their true cost.

She deserves our support.

Gregg Brown, Bloomington

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