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The Buck Stops Here

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.Sir, – There was a legendary sign on the desk in the Oval Office when Harry Truman was president of the United States. It said: The buck stops here.Slide149

Meaning: Responsibility is not passed on beyond this point.  It looks like President Barack Obama desperately needs to be reminded. To date, his inaction has disgraced the position of president.

Whoever took the sign away should put it back.

THELMA JACOBSON 
Petah Tikva 

Sir, – The solid justification for American action against Syria is the use of chemical weapons by the government against Syrian citizens. The result was the death some 1,500 innocent people.

Now the Russians are doing everything to destroy the credibility of this justification, saying the Assad regime never used such weapons, so an American attack would be unjustified and pure aggression. This line has been expressed not only by Russian diplomats, but by President Vladimir Putin himself.

Old habits never die. The Russians have gone back to the method they used with regard to their massacre of Polish officers at Katyn during World War II: Never admit, deny, deny; lie and lie until you die.

DAVID BARNER 
Rishon Lezion 

Sir, – President Obama has become a joke. The ayatollahs in Iran must be laughing their heads off.

For us in Israel, though, this is no laughing matter. Since neither the Europeans nor the US have the will to do anything, the time for Israel to act alone on Iran has come.

MLADEN ANDRIJASEVIC 
Beersheba

Sir, – For all the hooha about Syria, no one seems to be paying attention to the one country that poses an existential threat to the entire Middle East and, thereafter, to the world. The elephant in the room is Iran, whose nuclear centrifuges are spinning ever faster and more efficiently.

The bloodthirsty assertions by Iranian leaders of wiping Israel off the map should still be echoing worldwide. Except they are not.

President Obama seems content to placate, appease and procrastinate. He concerns himself with possible guarded action against Syria, whose chemical weapons might be ghastly although Assad’s forces have already killed tens of thousands and caused more than a million people to flee.

Where is the logic? Or is this a case of a 21st-century king with no clothes?

MIKE DAVIDSON 
Harrow on the Hill, UK 

Sir, – Once, we thought that sending someone into space was a fantasy. But it materialized.

Once, we thought that sending someone to the moon was a fantasy.

But it materialized.

Here is my fantasy. Instead of missile batteries destroying incoming missiles in midair, let them be programmed to instruct the missiles to make a U-turn and return to the place from whence they came. That should stop all missiles, conventional or chemical, once and for all.

I believe our brilliant minds can do this.

MARY POPPER 
Herzliya 

Sir, – The United States has made it evident to everyone who follows the news that it is not an ally to be relied on.

Whatever Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu thought about the value of the US commitment to Israel, he now has to wake up from his dream. He must at this moment understand that he has to do what is really best for Israel and not think of what the United States wants. The US doesn’t know what is best for itself, let alone for another country.

President Obama is not able to do anything in the Middle East except state loudly that new housing is a threat to his dream.

We now know that he is playing blind man’s bluff.

The US stands exposed as a dandelion in the wind, and Israel must never again think that the Americans will really come to her assistance in a dangerous situation.

TOBY WILLIG 
Jerusalem 

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Sept 01, 2013

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