Disputing KALEditor: The KAL cartoon in The Sun on Feb. 19...


March 05, 1992

Disputing KAL

Editor: The KAL cartoon in The Sun on Feb. 19 shows that its author has a deep ignorance of what is going on in the Middle East. The cartoonist seems to indicate that by Israel's actions in Lebanon, i.e., the killing of Hezbollah leader Sheik Abbas Musawi, it was undermining the efforts of Secretary of State James Baker to build peace in the Middle East.

In fact, since 1982 Israel has been involved in ongoing guerrilla warfare with Hezbollah, which has called for the destruction of Israel and the transformation of Lebanon into an Islamic state modeled on Iran.

Beginning in October 1991, the Hezbollah, under Sheik Musawi's leadership, escalated the war against Israel in an effort to demonstrate its opposition to the Middle East peace process. In doing this, he was acting as an agent of Iran, which also has strongly opposed the peace process.

Consequently, to draw the conclusion that the elimination of Sheik Musawi would endanger the peace process, is an erroneous one.

There are many genuine obstacles to the peace process, including the Israeli government's construction of settlements in the occupied territories, Palestinian acts of terrorism against Israeli civilians and Syria's unwillingness to participate in the multi-lateral segment of the peace talks, something that strengthens the position of those in Israel who feel that Syria is not interested in peace.

The killing of Sheik Musawi, who strongly opposed the peace process, is not such an obstacle.

`Robert O. Freedman. Baltimore.

The writer is dean of graduate studies and professor of political science at the Baltimore Hebrew University.

Keep the Border

Editor: A recent letter in The Sun calls the U.S.-Canadian boundary a useless border and calls for its elimination. The world is a dangerous place, says the writer. The U.S. must expand constantly so it can control events in everyone's best interest. Canada is a good place to start.

My message to Canadians is: keep that border in place. You have effective universal health care and a peaceable kingdom. We have drugs, dial-a-porn, bullets flying in the streets and the right to sell guns. The world may be a dangerous place, but there's no place in Canada that's as dangerous as Baltimore.

If I thought erasing the U.S.-Canadian border would lead to Canadians controlling events in everyone's best interest, I'd say go ahead. But since that's unlikely, I have another message. Long live the U.S.-Canadian border!

Paul Romney. Baltimore.

Wrong Place

Editor: I am writing in response to your Feb. 25 article, ''Many envision rebirth of empty Hutzler's building as arts center.''

The information concerning the Baltimore Museum of Art renting gallery space in the proposed complex is entirely erroneous. Although the BMA has a large and dedicated membership and visitor base in Baltimore County, the museum is focusing all energies on the most creative and efficient use of our collections and site on Art Museum Drive.

Arnold L. Lehman. Baltimore.

The writer is director of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Amphibious Experiences

Editor: M. Willis Case Rowe's letter criticizing the Marine Corps is not only ill-tempered but inaccurate, particularly, regarding Army vs. Marine amphibious invasions. In World War II there were less than a dozen amphibious invasions in which one division or more were used:

Guadalcanal (1st Marine Division, Army division in reserve), Tarawa (2nd Marine Division), Peleliu (1st Marine Division), Saipan-Guam (two Marine divisions, two Army divisions), Iwo Jima (three Marine divisions, no Army divisions) and Okinawa (three Marine divisions, three Army divisions). Only in the invasion of the Philippines was an all-Army amphibious invasion mounted.

The first amphibious landing on the European continent was at ** Salerno (Operation Avalanche). In this hotly contested amphibious assault there were 30,000 men -- four assault divisions, which included two British and only two U.S. (the 36th and 45th Infantry) divisions.

The European theater had only two major landings in which three or more Army divisions conducted amphibious assaults: Sicily and Normandy. In both cases there were supporting British troops. Both of these invasions were matched by the three-division assaults on Iwo Jima and Okinawa by the Marines. the end of World War II, the Marine Corps had six divisions and supporting air for a total of 600,000 men.

It is worthy of note that when General MacArthur needed an amphibious force during the Korean War, he called on the Marines. As a result, on Sept. 14, 1950, an assault at Inchon on the West Coast of Korea transformed a victorious military situation into a defeat for North Korean forces. Army troops provided back-up support.

Some propaganda force.

' Frank A. Cappiello. Baltimore.

The writer was a Marine lieutenant during the Korean conflict, part of President Truman's little police force.

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