Israel sends Rwanda humanitarian aidIn the midst of...

LETTERS

December 16, 1996

Israel sends Rwanda humanitarian aid

In the midst of festivities, it is refreshing to see that the State of Israel perpetuates the Jewish tradition of ''repairing the world'' and ''acts of kindness'' by airlifting humanitarian aid to Rwanda.

The dedicated, helpful and rapid air dispatchment of personnel and supplies reinforced the assistance provided by many in the international community.

This mission of hope serves as a poignant lesson for all of us during this holiday season.

Joshua Mauer

Pikesville

Nullifying democracy by judicial means

I would like to call your attention to what appears to be a misprint in a recent edition. The "On the other hand . . ." box on Nov. 29, said: ''Serbs voted wrong so the courts corrected them.''

Should not this read:

''Californians voted wrong so the courts corrected them.''?

E. C. Peregoy

Baltimore

Red light means stop no matter who honks

This is in response to the Intrepid Commuter article of Dec. 9, about ''stoplight slip." In order to plumb the depths of this subject, we should question the legality of making right turns into traffic from a red light.

These two exercises seem to go hand in hand, and probably serve as a vested privilege to the aggressive driver, who by nature has little regard for his own or anyone else's life.

When stopped at a red light and in the right lane, it is rarely possible to see the traffic flow approaching because of the vehicles parked on your left; almost always a big truck.

To me, the red light means stop and stay stopped until the light turns green. And that means the guy in back of me can blow his horn 'til his hat blows off.

I'll wait, and probably live longer.

Gene Deyette

Abingdon

Remembering attack and what came after

Articles about Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, prompted me to write. I was 15 years old, with little concern about Germany, Italy, Japan and world events as a junior in high school.

Then, there as the big bang of ''infamy.'' It was a Sunday afternoon, Sunday school over, I was home with my parents when the news was broadcast on that Dec. 7. In a few short years, I was engineering on B-24s and B-17s.

Why this introduction? Because in 1962 and 1963 I had business reasons to correspond with Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida, the former commander of several hundred Japanese carrier-based aircraft, who led the first bombing strikes against the United States naval fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor.

When I met Captain Fuchida (of ''Tora, Tora, Tora'' fame) he was a missionary for the Pocket Testament League, traveled the world to give a reason for this remarkable change in his life brought about with the help of an American prisoner-of-war, and a desire to effect forgiveness and love.

Fluent in English (his letters revealed), Captain Fuchida died several years ago, a result of complications of a long-term illness. His book: "Midway, the battle that doomed Japan'' provides insight into the Japanese viewpoint of reality.

William F. Seip

Baltimore

No excuse to intern Japanese-Americans

I am astonished that Gregory Kane, in his Dec. 7 column, used the occasion of the Pearl Harbor anniversary to defend the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

However understandable the internment might be in the context of war hysteria, there is no legitimate excuse for this racist violation of the rights of innocent citizens and residents.

Were German-Americans interned? Were Italian-Americans interned? Of course not. They couldn't be easily sorted out by the shape of their features and the color of their skins.

Yet there were certainly Nazi and Fascist sympathizers among them, as there were in the board rooms of many major U.S. corporations.

To paraphrase Mr. Kane's most egregious argument, what was to keep Hitler from ''slipping English-speaking agents in among U.S.-born Germans?"

Many Japanese-American men went to war for the U.S. and fought loyally, in spite of the wrongs done to their families.

Mr. Kane's secondary argument, that the camps were established for the ''protection'' of the internees was advanced by equivocating politicians in the 1940s.

Was ''protection'' the motive for the confiscation of Japanese-Americans' businesses and personal property?

Mr. Kane has simply disregarded facts for the sake of shock value.

Tom Chalkley

Baltimore

Pub Date: 12/16/96

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