The New York Times reports that John Kerry has finally explained why the United States wants to lob Cruise missiles at Syria:
“This matters also beyond the limits of Syria’s borders,” Mr. Kerry said. “It is about whether Iran, which itself has been a victim of chemical weapons attacks, will now feel emboldened in the absence of action to obtain nuclear weapons.”
Now we understand. The United States will kill people in Syria as a message to Iran not to get nuclear weapons which they might someday use to kill other people. As my father the playwright used to say, "If you want to send a message, send a telegram." Use your words, Mr. Kerry.
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Rebecca Gordon is a member of the War Times/Tiempo de Guerras organizing committee. She has been a political activist for more years than she cares to remember, working on issues of feminism, war and peace, economic and racial justice, and specifically torture in the post-9/11 United States. Rebecca's new book, Mainstreaming Torture comes out in May 2014 from Oxford University Press. She's also the author of Letters From Nicaragua, a record of six months spent in the war zones during the contra war.
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