Letter: Syrian rebels are thugs unworthy of U.S. support

September 9, 2013 

On Sept. 5, The New York Times published a photo of seven Syrian soldier prisoners being executed by their Syrian rebel captors. It was heart rending to think that a few moments later those breathing human beings would be lifeless corpses.

War is brutal enough without descending to this level. These rebels are fighting to defeat a dictator yet they engage in war crimes every bit as disgusting as those by the government forces they oppose. The U.S. government has come out supporting these same rebels. This is totally wrong.

The article stated that "there is a growing body of evidence of an increasingly criminal environment populated by gangs of highwaymen, kidnappers and killers" in the ranks of the rebels. Then you throw al Qaida into the mix. What a bunch of thugs. The "freedom fighters" have lost the moral high ground as a result of this despicable behavior.

These are not people the U.S. should be helping. We need to stay out of it, with the exception of giving aid to the Syrian citizens who are fleeing the country to escape the carnage of this war.

Does Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan sound familiar?

DALE HAYES, Richland

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