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Letter Of The Day: America’s interests must be protected

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Tribune reporter Howard Altman tells us where Florida’s senior elected officials stand on Syria in his front-page article, “State’s legislators divided on response” (Sept. 4).

I, for one, applaud U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s support of the president; tough decisions are not easy to make. Likewise, I register concern for U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s lack of support with her naive position, “without a direct threat to the United States,” and for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s waffling.

It seems like only yesterday that the United States and the world stood idly by while 6 million were led to death like sheep to slaughter. And now helpless children are being poisoned in similar fashion.

What’s the message the United States wishes to send to the world, and to Iran with its growing nuclear capability? One of weakness, or one of strength? America’s interests must be protected. As a nation we must follow through on our positions.

The message is clear. The stakes are high, but affording any nation the opportunity to use weapons of mass destruction, unconventional weapons, chemical, biological, or nuclear is something that can’t be tolerated.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said it best, “We cannot raise our children in a world where we will not follow through on the things we say, the accords we sign, and the values that define us.”

John Osterweil

Tampa

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