Pointless deaths at Kabul airport
Photojournalists have given us some indelible pictures of our often-intractable wars. Many people keep in mind the enduring picture of the determined retreat from our Saigon embassy, as evacuees climbed that stairway to security in a helicopter on the roof on April 29, 1975.
We now have one other picture now that will likely be onerous to neglect: On Aug. 16, 2021, determined Afghans clinging to a army transport airplane held onto to the edges even because the airplane took off from the Kabul airport, and a few of them have been recorded dropping like a lot baggage from the sky to their deaths.
Our nation appears to get misplaced in “the fog of battle” regularly, not being certain of the aim or ultimate consequence of our army adventures. However who was in cost on the airport in Kabul that day? Did these individuals see human beings in imminent hazard?
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Shouldn’t the airplane have been commanded to cease whereas order was restored with the 1000’s of troops we nonetheless have there?
Joe Biden, the fourth president to should make choices about leaving Afghanistan, isn’t any extra chargeable for these final chaotic days than the earlier ones. However who on the bottom let that occur?
Richard Lindner, North Port
No classes discovered from U.S. defeats
President Joe Biden’s issues did not begin with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Our nation’s issues began in 1947 when the Chilly Warfare started and the conservatives discovered a communist underneath each liberal’s mattress. We had fought aspect by aspect with the Soviets to defeat Adolf Hitler, however we did not belief Joseph Stalin and he did not belief us.
We started backing regimes all around the world that have been both corrupt or inept (or each), beginning with South Korea and persevering with via South Vietnam, Iraq and eventually Afghanistan.
We did not should embrace communism, however the governments we tried to prop up have been by no means well-liked with the individuals they have been supposed to manipulate. Since we failed in all these circumstances, one would suppose that some studying would happen, nevertheless it does not appear so.
If we aren’t sensible sufficient to find out about these different societies, we should always provide assist from the sidelines and keep away from army involvement.
Invoice Wolfers, Venice
Professional-business governor hurting financial system
Evidently, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t care whether or not Floridians stay or die, however I believed he cared in regards to the financial system. What does he suppose is going on to our financial system now that Florida is a COVID-19 sizzling spot, rating on the high nationwide within the variety of circumstances and hospitalizations?
The truth that crimson tide is killing manatees and thousands and thousands of different marine animals, and stinking up the seashores, isn’t serving to both.
I’ve a credit score on Superstar Cruises, which has had my cash for over two years and refuses to concern a refund for a March 13, 2020, 10-day cruise. However do you suppose I’m occurring a cruise until everyone seems to be vaccinated?
Do you suppose I’m going to eating places and theaters now that the coronavirus has mutated to the purpose that vaccinated people and even kids are being contaminated?
I hope individuals will come to their senses and get vaccinated regardless of our governor’s lack of management on this concern, in addition to on different points, comparable to crimson tide. Within the meantime, individuals are dying and being impacted with long-lasting results, and the financial system can be struggling.
Laraine Bortner, Venice
Contradictory views about local weather change
The Herald-Tribune offered two dramatically opposed articles to its readers on Aug. 16: George Will’s column, “With a more in-depth look, certainty about ‘existential’ local weather risk melts away,” versus futurist David Houle’s “Local weather disaster: From denial to disconnection.”
I used to be shocked, even amazed, by Will’s phrases for the reason that media are reporting simply the other: The local weather risk is no longer only a risk – it is going on now. Uncommon, drastic climate is inflicting havoc all over the world.
Will bases his argument on one guide: “Unsettled: What Local weather Science Tells Us, What It Would not, and Why It Issues” by Steven E. Koonin.
Houle quotes the current report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Change, which he calls “essentially the most complete report on local weather change in historical past.”
Houle writes of the tons of useless fish within the Gulf, 1,000-year floods in Germany and Belgium, forest fires in Greece and Turkey, unprecedented glacial soften and lethal warmth waves in areas such because the Northwest which have by no means earlier than wanted air conditioners.
He says, “The explanation for the local weather disaster is us. The concern is just not about ‘saving the planet’ however ‘saving ourselves from ourselves.’ The planet will likely be round for a number of billion extra years.”
Martha Osborn Vinick, Sarasota