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Chan Lowe l South Florida Sun Sentinel

Non-intervention true power measure

I am not an overly religious person and generally not a proponent of President Barack Obama's policies, but as of late I find myself praying that our leader has the strength and courage to avoid conflict in Syria. To say that what has happened there is not worthy of intervention would be pure denial of facts. This time, however, things are different. Sometimes the strongest of leaders are those who know when not to exert their power and influence. This seems to be one of those times.

We have little support from the global community, including our strongest ally England, for action in Syria. The most resounding voices have been from the likes of Russia, China, Iran and others, all declaring their disagreement with U.S. intervention.

Even support in the form of arming the rebels in Syria should be avoided as there is a very high likelihood that that these arms will find their way to enemies of our nation.

We must learn when it is time to stand down. While the United Nations remains a cocktail party punch line, it is for dealing with events like the chemical warfare in Syria for which the U.N. was created.

The Assad regime has committed crimes against humanity and will be held accountable. Obama must understand that U.S. intervention at this time could be the catalyst for a series of events with horrific unintended consequences. This is a time when the greatness of United States should be measured by its compassion and not its strength.

JOHN RUMPZ Fort Wayne

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