Discretion needed


About “Indecision on Syria may backfire on U.S.” (WJW, Sept. 5), quite apart from whatever long-term consequences an attack on Syria may bring, it is likely to entail losses in the U.S. armed forces. One would have thought that a certain discretion was incumbent upon Jewish commentators in view of the fact that Jewish participation in the armed forces is disproportionately low.

Perhaps one way the Jewish community can make a constructive contribution to the current debate is to call for the admission to the U.S. of some of the Syrian refugees. After all, at some point in the future, there might be a situation requiring a campaign to admit a great many Israelis to the U.S. on an emergency basis. A certain amount of imaginative generosity now is an investment in the future.


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