Recently I've read two letters to the Times regarding Benjamin Netanyahu's appearance before the United States Congress.

I watched the address with interest, and it must have worked out to his advantage since he has just won re-election in Israel by a sizable margin. Fifty U.S. legislators, all Democrats I believe, boycotted the address, apparently because of the negotiations between Iran and the Obama administration, negotiations that would convince Iran not to build a nuclear weapon. The Democrats were also upset that 47 Senators sent a letter to the Iranian government concerning the negotiations.


County Commissioner Richard Rothschild liked Netanyahu's address and particularly liked the line, "the greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons." Neither do I have a problem with that statement.

When we consider how some people of the Islamic faith are murdering those who disagree with them, I can appreciate why it would be so worrisome if they had a nuclear weapon. I believe the operative sentence is "convert or die." Before it is assumed that I'm pinning the same label on every Muslim, I'm not. It won't take all the Muslims to kill the many millions of Christians and Jews. It didn't take that many Nazis to kill their millions of victims. Joseph Stalin had untold millions killed and didn't pull one trigger. As for the WWII Japanese, they sort of remind me of militant Muslims. They loved lopping heads off. Ask the Chinese who survived WWII.

Raymond Bosworth's March 17 letter took issue with Rothschild's views, although he seems to be taking issue with Rothschild himself. Some of Bosworth's letter seems out of place with the subjects being discussed. What does Rothschild's type of praying have to do with the overall subject matter? And I doubt Rothschild needs a history lesson on Judaism, Islam or Christianity; nor do I believe he is ignorantly prejudiced against Muslims.

Whenever the conversation gets around to nuclear weapons, it seems liberals can't let it pass that the U.S. was the first to use the bomb. We sure did, and I'm darn glad. It meant relatives I hadn't seen for a long time would be coming home. I also don't believe the Japanese militarists who started the war with the United States were of the Shinto religion.

Also, I do unconditionally love the USA. My country, right or wrong.

Don Haines