Israel's SurvivalIt is deeply disturbing to all civilized...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 31, 1993

Israel's Survival

It is deeply disturbing to all civilized people, especially Jews, that the most civilized and the only democratic nation in the Middle East has been driven by recent escalation of terror attacks from extreme fundamentalist Hamas and Islamic Jihad to resort to expulsion for two years of those committed feverishly to destroy Israel and to kill Jews.

Nevertheless, it is important to understand that the anguishing expulsion was a response, not an initiative, by the nation which venerates life, human rights and peace, and even rejects the death penalty (except for a convicted mass murderer like Adolph Eichmann).

Unlike most Palestinians, Hamas and Islamic Jihad are interested not in the national aspirations of the Palestinian people but in the physical destruction of Israel, down to the "last Jew" -- not rhetoric but reality.

They are not innocent victims of harsh punishment but murderers of Israeli policemen, soldiers and civilians, and terrifiers of children at play. (One of them broke into a children's party wielding a sword with which he killed two and slashed 20.)

They are enemies also of secular Arabs and Arab states which do not expel them, but execute them, as recently in Egypt, whose government imposed the death penalty on anyone belonging to a terrorist organization.

They are the same street gangsters who, in Allah's name, go around killing women suspected of prostitution or anyone who is drunk.

The media seemed quite uninterested in Egypt's quick, final disposal of its enemies. Executions are a one-shot news story that is soon forgotten, while the hardship of expelled terrorists is a continuing story that tugs at heartstrings.

It is not easy to be the only democracy in the Middle East striving simultaneously to pursue justice and to survive. It seeks only the peace it has been denied for 45 years by its neighbors, some of who still fantasize that it can, must and will be annihilated.

Jack L. Levin

Baltimore

Rosewood

I am writing in response to the news article Jan. 15 concerning the situation of Rosewood.

I do not see the so-called "rivalry" between Sen. Janice Piccinini and Sen. Paula Hollinger as an issue here. Senator Piccinini is the state senator representing District 10. The senator has been working diligently with the state officials and the community of Owings Mills to find an equitable solution to the problems at Rosewood.

The real issue here is a betrayal of public trust by state officials. We, as a community, have not been given the facts about the "new" people at Rosewood in order to take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and our children.

Potentially dangerous people have been housed at Rosewood for more than 18 months without the knowledge of the surrounding community and without adequate security.

Dr. Lois Meszaros has reported that she had given an option paper to the health and mental hygiene secretary, Nelson Sabatini, but would not reveal its contents. If there are options we deserve to know what they are. Spending taxpayers' money to make Rosewood a makeshift prison is not the answer.

As far as Mr. Sabatini's remarks about our being "a bunch of hysterics," nothing could be farther from the truth. The state is in the wrong here, and we are angry, frustrated and outraged at their behavior.

Mr. Sabatini is right about one thing -- the rights of these offenders need to be protected, but so do our rights as a community and the rights of the 300 "permanent" residents of Rosewood.

Vicki L. Almond

Owings Mills

No Reason For Iron Leg Traps

It is hard to believe that the iron leg trap is still in use in Maryland.

This is a cruel, painful method of trapping animals and unquestionably causes much suffering and anguish to the animal victim.

In "Fur trappers now find themselves caught between falling prices and a rising outcry" (The Sun, Jan. 13), reporter Scott Shane quoted trapper Lester Hackler as saying, "It is not always so easy. Some of 'em look up at you with these big eyes, and it makes you feel a little bad."

He was referring to clubbing the animal in the morning after it had sat overnight on the same frozen spot, unable to move with its leg caught in the sharp jaws of the iron leg trap. Some animals have been known to chew off a paw to free themselves.

How can anyone with any regard for the freedom and beauty of America's wildlife mutely accept such a cruel, despicable trapping method? Why hasn't legislation been passed to ban this ugly, appalling, inhumane contraption of misery and pain?

Annie Stein

Baltimore

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May I ask what possessed you to give front page coverage to Scott Shane's article covering the "pioneer" fur trapper Lester Hackler's experiences as a trapper? I have news for Mr. Hackler -- pioneer days are over, and we no longer need fur to keep us warm.

The article was tasteless and cruel. How can Mr. Hackler in good conscience kill these animals for so little money except to inflate his male ego?

My bumper sticker says it all -- "Real men don't need to hunt."

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