Letters Week of Oct. 20, 2005

Blame President Bush for the Current Situation

Let's face the facts: Our current president has placed us in an untenable and unwinnable situation as it now exists (A Matter of Opinion: "Apologies Aren't Necessary," Oct. 6).

What I can see about these insane Islamic fascists is that no amount of diplomacy or bribery will ever get them off point. They are religious fanatics, acting as religious fanatics have throughout history.

Unless we're willing to wipe them out, traditional warfare seems pointless. The one thing soldiers are able to count on is that the enemy does not want to die any more than they do.

Not so with these lunatics.
Howard Gleichenhaus
Delray Beach, Fla.

Futile Cause Supported by a Dismal P.R. Strategy

I've been looking at comparisons between Vietnam and Iraq (A Matter of Opinion: "Apologies Aren't Necessary," Oct. 6).

There are the same slogans that support freedom against tyranny (replace communism with Saddam Hussein's dictatorship), as well as the same difficulties, since neither the South Vietnamese or the Iraqis wanted to fight "the bad guys."

So American leaders, guided by their public-relations advisors, began a campaign of deception. They didn't pass misinformation to the enemy, whose intelligence was accurate; they deceived Congress and the American people.
Rabbi Saul Goldman
Deerfield Beach, Fla.

The Iraq Conflict: It's Made America Less Safe

Jonathan Tobin's column was a nice attempt to distract from the real issues at hand in Iraq (A Matter of Opinion: "Apologies Aren't Necessary," Oct. 6).

There's no need to address what I think of his worldview, because regardless of what he thinks of Islam, terrorists or American liberals, the facts are:

• The United States started a war in Iraq on either false or incorrect pretenses (to find weapons of mass destruction).

• Either our administration lied to us or was incompetent enough to start a war on incorrect assumptions.

Either way, the leaders involved with this war do not deserve to remain in power.

Considering there were no terrorists in Iraq prior to our arrival – and there'd almost certainly not be any in Iraq today had we not invaded – where is Tobin's proof that we've achieved any progress toward this end? It would seem, if anything, quite the opposite goal has been achieved.

If anyone is really mad at Islamic fundamentalists, then you should also be mad at President Bush, because he created the current situation that enables terrorists to thrive.

He's made America less safe – and made terrorists more powerful.
Ben Larson
Dublin, Ohio

There's Nothing Wrong With a Love That's Real

As a former student at Abrams Hebrew Academy, I read with sadness and disappointment the comments of principal Rabbi Ira Budow regarding my marriage to Mohamed Ismail (Letters: "Interfaith Couple's Story: Antithetical to Teaching," Sept. 29).

While I understand and appreciate his concerns, I do not share the rabbi's opinion that the Jewish Exponent article that featured me and my husband was irresponsible and sensationalized. My love for Mohamed and his love for me is an example of God's lovingkindness for all human beings.

This is the lesson I learned as a student at Abrams.

Rabbi Budow failed to mention that Mohamed takes part in our Chanukah celebrations and Passover seders, and that we will raise our children as Jews. My continuing commitment to Judaism also includes my love of Israel and our plans to visit in the near future, as the article stated.

Jews and Muslims are both the children of Abraham, and our traditions have much in common. The Exponent is to be applauded – not chastised -for its sensitivity and courage in reporting a story about real love between two people.
Lisa Pliskin-Ismail

He Brought It Up, So Now He Must Follow Through

In his column, Jonathan Tobin claims that Harriet Miers' "faith should not be used as a reason to grant her a seat on the Supreme Court. Nor is it sufficient reason to oppose her" (A Matter of Opinion: "Religious Tests and the Court," Oct. 12).

It's a shame that President Bush doesn't agree with him.

According to an Associated Press story, "President Bush said Wednesday that Harriet Miers' religious beliefs figured into her nomination to the Supreme Court."

The article goes on to say that James Dobson, whose hints about Miers' opinions were mentioned in Tobin's piece, had discussed her religious views with presidential aide Karl Rove.

When the president makes one's religious beliefs a reason to nominate a person for the Supreme Court, the Senate is then obligated to explore that person's beliefs.
Charles A. Block, M.D.

No Place on High Court for Another Bush Crony

Harriet Miers does not have the qualifications to sit on the Supreme Court (A Matter of Opinion: "Religious Tests and the Court," Oct. 12).

Her only qualification is her loyalty to President George W. Bush. This is another one of Bush's political favors for those in his inner circle.

When he puts his cronies in FEMA or the Department of Homeland Security, the country is ill-served. They should be accountable for any mistakes, even fired, if necessary.

Just remember: We could be stuck with Miers for a very, very long time. Rachel Amdur



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