Soon after 9/11, 2001, I wrote a letter stating that I was sure that the majority of the Arabi nations didn‘t condone the terrorist atrocities. I also stated that I thought Islam would police themselves. I was wrong. They have done practically nothing.
I would think that all legitimate nations of Islam would instigate a concerted effort to eliminate the terrorists from their own boundaries. There is an element in this country protesting the Bush admistration preparations for war with Iraq, yet Saddam Hussein is a terrorist and a very influential dictator. If we think Hitler was a person who influenced a certain segment of people to inflict atrocities on society, he may have been a small time operator compared to what could develop with a start by Saddam. Hitler was confined mostly to Europe and North Africa; Saddam and his fellow terrorists, Osama bin Laden, etc. will not be limited to only the Middle East. Think about Chechnya, Kosovo, Sudan, a large part of Africa, the Philippines, and Indonesia. World War II was small potatoes compared with what could develop worldwide.
The war protesters should take this into consideration. Had we eliminated Hitler and his cronies in the 1930s, there might not have been a WW II. The same could develop with Saddam. He has enough of an influence with terrorists that he should be controlled (or eliminated) now. The sooner the better. Why do you think the Bush administration is so eager to start the procedure? The longer the delay the easier it will be for Saddam to develop a following with all kinds of war material and weapons of mass destruction.
I don‘t believe we are so naive as to think this can take place only in Iraq. Iran, Syria and several other Arab nations are close enough to Iraq to move operations in no time whatsoever.
I hope all war protestors take this into consideration. Fifty years from now I hope you will not have to look back and say what should have been. History has always been a good teacher. The free world hates war, but if it comes to the time when we must act, we should not hesitate.
Robert E. Lucas Arcadia
Blinded by glitz & glamour
Thanks for the great front page story about Songs of the Lakes! Excellent choice of reading material for Northern Michigan.
I do have to admit that I do not feel the same way about your recent front page of the trials and tribulations of Patty Sutherland (“One Woman‘s Perilous Journey“). While I do feel that her separation and subsequent journey to get her children back was painful as only a mother would understand, I can‘t help but wonder about her sense of responsiblity for the situation as a whole and her true motives, not only in falling “in love“ with this “monster“ but the values she is teaching her children. What I heard in this article was that Ms. Sutherland may have been blinded from any truth about this man by the glitz, glamour, money, power and real estate of some stranger she met in a foreign country. Your statement that she found herself pregnant, a Muslim and married? Did that happen to be in that exact order?
Hum... isn‘t that interesting? Maybe snagging a prince was important, just as important as encouraging her children to keep in contact with the father who might just leave them an island someday!? Honestly, I really question what your magazine was trying to convey to us common people.
Amber Waterson Cedar