- - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I have a serious problem with jumping aboard the Obama train to war with Syria, and I disagree with Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly, who supports a strike on that country to show the world we are taking the moral high ground to defend the innocent.

I was born and raised in New England and brought up with the same moral values as Mr. O’Reilly. My father was a cop, so from the time my feet hit the ground, I was taught to do the right thing. I joined the Marine Corps, went to Vietnam, got wounded five times, came back home, healed and became a cop. I ended my law-enforcement career on a 100 percent disability from a combination of injuries in both fields.

One of my biggest beefs with those agreeing to a “minor” strike on Syria is that there is nothing minor about war. To put it into perspective, if you trespass on someone’s property, it’s a criminal violation. If you throw a hand grenade on the property, and it hits a house, you could be charged with attempted murder. If you kill someone, you will be charged with murder.

If we bomb a sovereign country when it is not a direct threat to the United States, it’s an act of war, which makes us guilty of violating the law under our own Constitution.


As for looking weak in the eyes of the world, when you are the toughest kid on the block, you don’t have to prove it. I was taught that if attacked, then respond and defend yourself. President Obama and all the armchair warriors should stand down.

GREGORY J. TOPLIFF

Warrenville, S.C.