Letters to the editor

July 30, 2006

Nurturing Armageddon

To the editor:

I am a Jewish American. Relatives of mine died in the Holocaust. I believe in a justly drawn, two-state solution in the region of Israel-Palestine. And I must say:

Just as we, the U.S., made use of the pretext of Sept. 11, 2001, to carry out the pre-planned invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, so does Israel make use of the kidnapping of three soldiers to carry out the pre-planned invasions of Gaza and Lebanon.

Just as we continue to refer to people resisting the military occupation and economic domination of their homelands as "terrorists," so does Israel, as if conventionally challenging the most advanced militaries in the world is an option.


Just as we continue to intensively bomb civilians - children, the elderly, innocent men and women - and the infrastructure upon which their lives depend, so does Israel, causing much, much more death and destruction than any retort.

And so it is no wonder that we have vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel's invasion of Gaza, and that we continue to refuse to join in the Palestinians,' Lebanon's, the world's desperate plea for a cease-fire so that negotiations can take the place of violence.

Israel's military depends on weaponry manufactured in our country - Lockheed's F-16s, Raytheon's Sidewinder missiles, Boeing's Apache helicopters, etc. - and on billions of our dollars - $3 billion per year in military aid. Congress says and does nothing about the fact that the weaponry is being used in violation of our Arms Export Control Act.

We are nurturing Armageddon.

Barry Kissin is running as a Democrat for Congress from the 6th District of Maryland.

Blindly following Bush, Israel, a destructive path

To the editor:

I am responding to Phillip M. Snider's slogan-filled letter.

We have an incompetent, lunatic fringe running the government. Every arrogant miscalculation only leads them to more disastrous blunders.

This has been proven repeatedly in Iraq. Bush's Iraq war was supposed to display American power, force-feed democracy and secure Israel. Instead, the quagmire demonstrated the humiliating limits of U.S. military power, gave birth to civil war and anarchy, recruited countless Islamic extremists and strengthened a more radicalized Iran.

The "War President" rushed into war based on fabrications. The evidence that Sept. 11, 2001, was initiated by rouge elements in our government is overwhelming. Just because the facts are not reported, does not mean they do not exist.

Watch Loose Change 9/11 on the Internet - it is free. Google "Dancing Israelis" or any phrase related to 9/11. It's a disgrace that the media have allowed themselves to become a propaganda chamber for the Bush administration. Without an unbiased media, Mr. Snider and most Americans are unable to make truly informed decisions.

Cynical fear-mongering politicians are now lovingly embracing the term "World War III." The media now ignore the current aggressions of Israel as it paints Israel as the victim. Let us not forget that Israel falsely claimed Arabs kidnapped a soldier by digging a long tunnel in sand, a tunnel that would have taken a half year and 300 tons of shoring materials.

The tank was not there long enough! Forgotten is the shelling attack by Israel on civilians and the assassination of the police chief. News reports no longer even mention that soldier, only the two who were captured in the town of Ata Al Chaab inside Lebanon. The tank story was fabricated, as was the 19 hijackers and the Gulf of Tonkin lies.

Does it make you a proud American that "your" president gave Israel the green light to drop bombs on convoys of innocent villagers fleeing from Israeli shelling, on residential neighborhoods throughout Lebanon, on hospitals, on power plants, on food production and storage, on ports, on civilian airports, on bridges, on roads, on every piece of infrastructure on which civilized life depends?

And no, it is not anti-Semitic to be anti-Zionist. Let us not forget that the last sovereign country to attack the United States was Israel when on June 8, 1967, the USS Liberty was attacked for 75 minutes in international waters by Israeli jets, bombers and torpedo boats.

Thirty-four men died and 174 were wounded. The USS Liberty was clearly marked and the attack was not a case of mistaken identity. Yes, Mr. Snider, history does conveniently get rewritten.

I ask readers: Are you really ready for a nuclear war with Iran, Syria, Russia, and China, brought to you by the same people who started the Iraq war? This is truly the worst government that money can buy and they are rushing toward their most disastrous blunder yet.

Eugene Davis
Chambersburg, Pa.

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