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Saturday, Nov 22, 2014
Letter of the Day

Is the stage set for a future crisis?

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If one reads the story of Solomon in the Bible, one can see how his policies planted the seeds for the division of Israel into two separate countries.

On the History Channel’s documentary about the two world wars, it showed how the end of WWI planted the seeds for WWII. The Versailles Treaty, drafted primarily by the European allies, was extremely harsh toward Germany and redesigned many borders of several countries. Japan came to the conference table to participate but was ignored. Wilson’s efforts to tone down the treaty were also ignored.

With billions demanded in reparations and the coming global depression, the stage was set for a charismatic speaker to take charge. His name was Adolf Hitler, and we know where that led.

The decision was made to go into Iraq to rid that nation of a tyrant and help the people rebuild into a democracy. Much blood and resources were spent there before the decision was made to pull out our troops. Now they are on the verge of a civil war, with the Taliban gaining control of several cities.

Recently, a prisoner exchange was arranged by President Obama and his administration, without the full knowledge of Congress or the American people: One soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, of questionable character, had walked away from his post into the arms of the Taliban, resulting in the deaths of others who went looking for him. One soldier for five high-level Islamic terrorists. It is said that America does not leave one of its own behind. It is also said that America does not deal with terrorists.

History tells us that the actions of others (and that includes ourselves) have consequences. What might be the consequences of this prisoner exchange? Does it play into the hands of the terrorists? Has Obama and his advisers set the stage for a future crisis?

Emily Hamilton

Spring Hill

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