LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Why no outrage over atrocities Arabs commit?

James J. Zogby, an Arab-American, offers his "constructive criticism" of the U.S. military's efforts at the Guantanamo Bay prison. The Sun reinforces Mr. Zogby's rant by including a cartoon about Uncle Sam falling from the "moral high ground" ("Constructive criticism," Opinion * Commentary, June 22).

Moral high ground? Where is Mr. Zogby's outrage at some of his fellow Arabs - the Muslim suicide bombers who have killed thousands of Iraqi women and children during the past two years?

The Sun reports that Muslim suicide bombers have killed almost 1,200 Iraqis since April 28 ("New U.S. envoy to Iraq 'horrified' by attacks," June 22).

If underwear on the head, dog leashes and water dripped on the body are torture, what would Mr. Zogby call the beheading of Nick Berg, the daily suicide bombings that kill Iraqi civilians and the burning of the American corpses in Fallujah?

Why is Mr. Zogby silent about the daily atrocities of Arabs?

Michael Holden

Chestertown

Rights policy isn't reason for the hate

I have one question for The Sun, for human rights activists and, especially, for James J. Zogby: If the Arab world thought so highly of the United States prior to its current human rights policies, why did the 9/11 attacks happen ("Constructive criticism," Opinion * Commentary, June 22)?

I suggest that regardless of our human rights policies, past or present, the radical Muslims in this world will continue their hateful and destructive practices against us, relentlessly.

Gail Householder

Marriottsville

Cut U.S. aid to force Israel to seek peace

Abu Murad Manasra is exactly right in his column "Israeli land seizures undercut hopes for peace" (Opinion * Commentary, June 23).

Mr. Manasra describes how Israel continues to build a monstrous wall miles into Palestinian territory, which cuts Palestinians off from their fields, work, schools and neighboring towns.

In effect, this Israeli wall is creating the world's largest prison.

Meanwhile, Israel also continues to build illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, which defies international law and the "road map" to peace.

This is further proof that Israel is not interested in a just, two-state settlement with the Palestinians, now or ever.

Unfortunately, the United States has enabled Israel to occupy and oppress the Palestinians for decades by giving it billions in aid every year, our newest military weapons systems and blind, uncritical political support.

We must immediately cut off all tax dollars to Israel, and become an honest broker for peace in the Middle East.

Only then will Israel get serious about peace with the Palestinians.

Ray Gordon

Baltimore

Claims of 'progress' in Iraq defy belief

Tuesday's Sun featured an article headlined "Bush says progress being made in Iraq" (June 21). However, my grandson is in a Marine scout sniper platoon based in Fallujah, Iraq, and that is not the information I am getting at all.

When he arrived in early March, he said it was easy and that they were not doing much. Right now, his unit is out on patrols for a week at a time and only back for a couple of days to recover and go out again.

My grandson reports that the situation is bad and getting worse every day.

I wonder where the president is getting his information? Probably from the same people who assured him he was right about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

Robert Schulze

Elkridge

Harsher sentences, prisons stop crime

I couldn't agree more with the writer of the letter "Liberal responses to crime fail city" (June 17) .

We definitely need harsher sentences for convicted criminals. The revolving door of justice must come to an end.

We also need to build more prisons and jails to house these criminals. And we need to hire more corrections officers and police.

Major tax increases need to be passed by local and state governments to pay for these conservative mandates.

David James

Aberdeen

Defibrillators save lives of children

I read with sadness about the death of 4-year-old Benjamin Huxtable from cardiac arrhythmia after being struck in the chest with a softball ("A vibrant child, a shocking accident," June 22).

As the article noted, a defibrillator may shock the heart back into a normal rhythm if it is applied within one or two minutes of the arrest. Thus the presence of a defibrillator at the ball field might have saved young Benjamin's life.

In response to a similar incident on a lacrosse field in New York that resulted in the death of their son, Louis Acampora, Karen and John Acampora successfully fought to pass legislation requiring all public schools in New York State to have an on-site defibrillator.

Since "Louis' law" was enacted in May 2002, nine children have had their lives saved on the ball fields of New York.

The only thing worse than watching your child die in your arms after an athletic event must be knowing that your child might still be alive if a defibrillator had been available.

We may not be able to anticipate or prevent cardiac arrest on the playing field, but we can often reverse it with a defibrillator.

It is time to consider legislation in Maryland to require defibrillators in as many athletic settings as possible.

Dr. Henry Jampel

Baltimore

The writer is a professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Don't belittle harm to Asian-Americans

Our government has failed groups of citizens in the past. It failed African-Americans when it did not pass laws outlawing lynching, and it failed Japanese-Americans when it interned more than 100,000 of them during World War II.

Why does Gregory Kane feel that he needs to belittle the government's apology and reparations to Japanese-Americans who were imprisoned by their own government ("Senate should've included money with apology for lynching inaction," June 22).

Stating that "the denizens of political correctness all but coerced an apology from the U.S. government" makes it sound as if the suffering endured by Japanese-American families who were interned was inconsequential.

Lynching people is wrong. Imprisoning innocent U.S. citizens and taking their property is wrong.

Surely, the wrongness of lynching and the wrongness of the internment are not mutually exclusive.

Diana Sugiuchi

Baltimore

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