In 1967 Martin Luther King Jr. in his speech “Beyond Vietnam” said; “The United States is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” That statement is as true today as it was then. This saddens me as a human being, citizen of the world and as an American.
It is my belief that the out-of-control spiraling violence in the Middle East region will not be solved by reacting with more violence. That failed with the two wars we started in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Here’s what I think would offer a good start to end this regional conflagration. All United States’ troops should be withdrawn from the Middle East and we should call upon our allies to do the same. The U.S. and its allied governments should apologize for the wars and the destruction inflicted upon the peoples of Afghanistan, Iraq and others in the region.
To address the region’s current crises, the United Nations should immediately call a regional conference of all involved, including Israel. The U.S. and its allies should provide humanitarian aid to the region now and diplomatic help only when called upon to do so.
John Lucas, Modesto