Iraq’s religious refugees

08/14/2014 8:18 PM

08/14/2014 8:19 PM

The United States and our allies face a grave moral choice when it comes to the tens of thousands of Yazidi trapped on Mount Sinjar.

The intrepidity we and the British showed during the Berlin Airlift is a relevant model. Thirty-one American airmen died to sustain the freedom of West Berlin.

Obviously, there is a big difference between airplanes landing supplies at an airport and helicopters, presumably, rescuing people from the wilderness, but there’s no compelling reason not to try. We have to brave the risk in getting the most vulnerable to safety while an overland relief mission is underway.

No one can guarantee a timeline for securing a cordon for a land evacuation. Turkey has airbases and the Kurds have shown themselves willing to take in anyone fleeing the Islamic State.

The U.S. has the most advanced military logistics system in the world.

Hopefully, there is some spark of daring and courage left in the West for such an undertaking.

This is not just another “humanitarian crisis,” it is the design of evil men. We must take our stand against evil, or we can no longer go on considering ourselves to be good.

— Michael B. Connell, Fort Worth

Submit a Letter or Cheer/Jeer

Verification: Letters must include author's full name, address and day and home phone numbers for verification purposes only.

Frequency: Writers are limited to one letter every 30 days.

Content: Suggested letter length is 200 words or less. Please limit your Cheer or Jeer to 50 words or less.

Items may be edited. All submissions to the Star-Telegram will become the property of the Star-Telegram.

Questions: Call 817-390-7830 or contact Mike Norman, Editorial Page Director​ at mnorman@star-telegram.com​

Submit here

Join the Discussion

Fort Worth Star-Telegram is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQ | Terms of Service