Any other newspapers/websites are welcome to cut and paste my letter (below is the full version, untitled), which provides my condensed viewpoint/statement, with the condition that any newspapers/websites publishing this use my name as the author:
Letter to the Editor/Statement:
I am a West Virginian/Morgantown area resident. I volunteered for service in the U.S. Army after 9-11, served in the combat zone in Iraq 2003-2004 and Kuwait, 2004-2005, having been honorably discharged.
As a West Virginian, as a veteran, as an American, I unequivocally DO NOT support a corrupt, misguided, counter-productive so-called "foreign policy" of continuous "interventionism" in the Middle East.
After more than a decade of war, we, meaning all Americans, must now work together to solve our deepest issues/problems here at home, while doing our part to provide equal opportunity to working folks here in America, so that "We, the People" can have REAL opportunity to live fully and freely.
Among the hard realities that we, as a nation, must fully face is the vast majority of working people are working ourselves further into poverty, while a corrupt continuous "interventionism" in the Middle East and unchecked growth of unconstitutional surveillance of the citizenry is fueling the inappropriate concentration of wealth/power in the hands of the few.
I urge all of us to recognize the massive costs of blood, time, labor and out-of-control national debt from the prolonged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, costs which have landed squarely on the overburdened shoulders of "We, the People."
A third unnecessary war of choice in the Middle East is unsustainable, counter-productive and could quickly spread like wildfire beyond Syria's borders, leading to escalating/prolonging the conflict and even more unnecessary bloodshed.
Who will pay these massive costs? Who will be sent to die this time in the Middle East?
I strongly urge everyone to fully exercise their citizenship, to speak out in every forum possible against any attack on Syria and to contact your representative to vote "no" on any military action.
I am with the thousands of West Virginians and millions of Americans who absolutely do NOT support ANY so-called "intervention" in Syria's civil war.
God bless the United States of America and the people of the world.