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Letter: We can’t turn our back

What if, hypothetically speaking, oil-producing nations in the Mid East were to nationalize their oil and withhold selling any to the United States, causing our manufacturing wheels to grind to a halt and cause a surge in gas prizes at the pump? Would Americans just shrug their shoulders and mutter “Oh well”? I think you know the answer to that question.

Then how can we not rally behind those in the administration and especially our allies in the region like Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Bahrain and others when they are asking of us to stop a despot from murdering thousands of innocent people for the sake of retaining his personal empire and willing to use any means at his disposal? We can choose to turn our backs on the situation in Syria, but we cannot run from our conscience!

BILL PAUL

Chicopee

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