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posted: 7/12/2012 4:05 PM

War in Syria needs careful management

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There is deep concern by world leaders and ordinary citizens of the world that the civil war in Syria could lead to a Third World War if events are not properly managed by the world's great powers.

World War I took place following an event in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and the United States became involved along with European powers. The U.S. became involved in World War II after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, and it ended after President Truman ordered the use of atomic bomb.

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The world has seen other wars in Korea and Vietnam but without the use of nuclear weapons. If the civil war in Syria gets out of hand it could bring other nations including Iran, Russia, China and the United States in the conflict. A Third World War would be a disaster, especially since it would possibly lead to the use of nuclear weapons.

The civil war in Syria should be managed with great diplomacy lest it result in an event that turns out to be a disaster of incalculable proportions for the world.

William Becic

World War II veteran

Oak Park

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