Letters to the Editor

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FOREIGN POLICY: Are we the world’s guardian?

Re: “Obama’s miscues reveals his ignorance” (letter, 3-30).

From my understanding of the writer’s intent, I believe he is suggesting that because of the president’s “ignorance regarding foreign affairs,” we “aren’t working in the best interests of our country” when we refuse to deploy troops wherever the Islamic world is in conflict with other factions of Islam or nonbelievers, whoever they may be.

If we accept the writer’s premise, we would probably have troops (with U.S.-supplied weapons) deployed in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Turkey, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Indonesia, Chechnya, Gaza, Lebanon and a few I missed.

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TERRORISM: Let’s understand who friends, enemies really are

Last summer the air raid sirens in Israel repeatedly rang out. More than 300 rockets were launched from Gaza into towns like Tel Aviv, Beersheba, Jerusalem and Haifa. More than 20 Israeli citizens were killed. Thousands of families were in constant scramble to bomb shelters. The Israeli citizens lived in terror.

The Israeli military began to systematically search for and destroy the rocket-launching equipment in the terrorist-controlled Gaza Strip. They also discovered 31 tunnels designed to send terrorists and equipment into Israel to kill more citizens.

As the Israelis began taking steps to defend themselves by destroying the launchers and tunnels, anti-Semitic

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MIDEAST: Israel exerts right of conquerers

Conquerors uproot natives from their homeland, forcing them to live on reservations, denying them the right to enter or exit the prison camp, controlling with an embargo what flows in or out.

The conqueror assumes that the native will be docile and subservient, never questioning the conqueror’s cultural superiority. When a native dares to resist, the conqueror labels him “criminal” and “terrorist.”

We could be describing South American tribes facing Spanish conquistadors, Native Americans of the United States, South African blacks under apartheid or Palestinians in Gaza. This is the double standard of historical colonialism.

Why are indigenous people who

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MIDDLE EAST: War is producing more victims of hate and violence

The reason why people support Palestine is simply, as the director of the bombed hospital in Gaza cried in agony: “We are human beings!” And as human beings, they deserve to be invited to peace talks; they deserve water, food, power, their coastline unblockaded, their schools and hospitals unbombed, compensation for their usurped homes.

Violence begets violence, and hatred begets hatred. One would think that Israelis have had enough cruelty in their history, but they inflict more, and with U.S. money and weapons. This doesn’t give them the peace they need. Isn’t it written: “Thou shalt not kill”?

This war

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MIDEAST: Seek balance in TNT headlines

Similar tactics were used in articles from July 9 through 14 about the Hamas-Israel conflict. Of course, these reports originate from other sources, but surely your paper has control over the headlines.

I take issue with the fact that, without exception, only Israel is named in the bold headlines that catch people’s attention and is all many people read.

The articles mostly emphasize and detail the damages and casualties in Gaza. But there are two reasons for limited casualties in Israel. One is its superior Iron Dome defense system deployed throughout the country to shoot down rockets headed for residential

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SYRIA: Does it matter who the victims are?

There is an eerie similarity to the number of Syrians allegedly killed by the Assad regime using chemical weapons, 1,429, and the number of Gazans, more than 1,400, killed in 2008-2009 when Israeli forces deployed white phosphorus.

Is white phosphorus a “chemical weapon”? It is described by what appears to be a chemical formula, is known as “diphosphorus pentoxide,” burns in air, inflicts gruesome wounds and lingering death, and has been banned by several international conventions. Israel first denied, then acknowledged use of a “chemical compound.” It was supplied by the U.S.

Secretary of State John Kerry rightly says of

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AID: Put strings on Israeli aid, too

Re: “When handing out foreign aid, tie it to political concessions” (Charles Krauthammer column, 3-8).

Krauthammer chides Secretary of State John Kerry for offering Egypt $250 million with no strings attached. A letter writer (TNT, 3-10) claims that the U.S. should apply that $250 million to our own debt, not give it away. Neither Krauthammer nor the writer notes that the U.S. gives Israel an annual entitlement of $3.5 billion: billion, not million.

After the 1978 Carter-Sadat-Begin agreement at Camp David, the U.S. began supplying Egypt with annual aid, tacit payoff for maintaining peace with Israel. We should

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ISRAEL: Are Palestinians open to co-existing in peace?

Re: “Policies do qualify as apartheid” (letter, 1-8).

The Israeli military occupation of the West Bank cannot be compared to the racism of South African apartheid. Palestinians are treated different from Israeli Jews and Arabs because of legal differences between Israeli vs. non-Israeli. It has nothing to do with race.

So why there is an occupation in the first place? In 1967, Israel won a defensive war against the Egyptian occupiers of Gaza and the Jordanian occupiers of the West Bank. Attempts to trade land for peace were met with “no peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel, no

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