Letter: The key to solving the problems we caused

In 1921 and 1922 Herbert Hoover directed a food and medicine project to prevent mass starvation in the then Soviet Union. The undertaking saved over ten million lives at the sacrifice of some of the lives of Americans who administered the rescue effort. Mass starvation still took place but the segment of Hoovers efforts with the support of the United States proved a success.

Once again we are facing the horror of starvation in Afghanistan. However in this instance we bear some responsibility for its development. While the world decries the absence of military support to that poor country, we have also withdrawn economic support upon which much of the country depended.  Now the price for our failed policies must be paid. We can not justify abandoning the country to mass starvation when we have the relief supplies in abundance. In this instance we created the problem. Now we can do the right thing and save lives.

— Larry Baumbach, Chico

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