Sunday's headline, "Obama's dilemma: Avoiding retaliation" and the comments in the "From our readers" section once again point to the fact that finding consensus on moral issues can be divisive. World War I and World War II illustrate this point well.
We as a country have a long history of doing the "right thing," when other nations choose to do little or nothing. It is evident to me that any response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons, which killed civilian innocents, including 400 children, will cause enormous repercussions in the United States, the region and the world. Like many of us, God will be watching, too.
As a teenager during World War II, I was appalled by the fact that 6 million Jews were tortured and murdered in the Holocaust. It was for me an astounding figure. Then, too, God was watching.
Since 1973's Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion, more than 54 million American babies have died violent and gruesome deaths. This should be a stupefying number for all of us, as the number grows each year. Planned Parenthood reported more than 30,000 abortions in 2012, and a three-year total of more than 990,000 babies aborted.
Are we standing on high moral ground on this important issue, as individuals and as a nation?
God is watching.
Gordon A. Jaecks