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Letter: Military intervention is fueling fanaticism

Military intervention is fueling fanaticism

Pogo for president! And why not? The late, great comic strip author penned the forever famous one liner, “We have met the enemy and he is us,” which is perfectly accurate for this campaign season.

As the tragedy in Paris unfolds, the story lines are the same. The French president vows “merciless” revenge while far right-wing Marine Le Pen looks to sharpen the guillotine for all those radical Islamists, whoever they are. President Obama sheds tears with tightened lips and Hillary Clinton may be sharpening her hawkish history for American military action.

Sincere as the grieving may be, and I have no doubt about anyone’s sense of loss and rage, our power to end this madness has more to do with Pogo than our bombing in the Middle East. Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, military intervention has not lessened the Middle East crisis but fueled it.

Our Middle East ally, Saudi Arabia, whose Wahhabi Sunni fundamentalists have given us Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida, al-Nusra Front and some of the “moderate” insurgents fighting Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria, are linked by beliefs to ISIS. Along with Qatar, Turkey and Israel’s oppression of Palestinians, Middle East violence only increases the self-righteous fanaticism of the fundamentalists.

But it can’t happen here; or will it?

Ray Peterson