Arab incitement is the root cause of Mideast violence...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 12, 2001

Arab incitement is the root cause of Mideast violence

The column by Neil Hicks could not have been more wrongheaded ("U.S. must help in Arab-Israel conflict," Opinion * Commentary, April 6).

Mr. Hicks posits that the United States should remain intimately involved in the current Middle East conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. How America could be more involved than during the Clinton years beggars the imagination.

Can anyone say with a straight face that the situation there is better today for all those years of U.S. engagement?

The opposite is true and President Bush is correct in saying that the parties to the conflict are the only ones who can make the difficult choices to avert continued bloodshed.

But what Mr. Hicks really means is that America should do more to pressure Israel to make the apparently endless concessions needed to mollify the Arabs. "U.S. involvement" is a code-phrase recognized by everyone on either side of the issue to mean leaning on Israel.

The clear statement by Mr. Bush that Yasser Arafat should stop the violence correctly lays at the feet of the Palestinians the blame for the current trouble.

On the day that Arab incitement ends, so, too, will the violence end.

David Kross

Columbia

When Israelis are killed, no one seems to care

It's clear The Sun is a reflection of the world at large. A 12-year-old Arab child is shot and killed and the photo appears and reappears. A 10-month-old Jewish infant is assassinated, and no one cares ("Young West Bank victims mourned," April 2).

When will the world (and The Sun) realize that all life is precious and the loss of it a tragedy?

When will the world (and The Sun) realize that it is the Palestinian Authority that perpetuates the violence, and that Israel just responds to protect its citizens?

Helen R. Mashbaum

Baltimore

Would a faster response have saved a local actress?

Learning of the death of homegrown actress Elauna Griffin, I was, needless to say, saddened ("Actress dies after matinee at Everyman," April 2). She was only 28.

My sadness was interrupted when I read further that her friends in Waverly had to call 911 three times before an ambulance arrived.

I am left to wonder if Ms. Griffin's untimely death could have been avoided. How many calls would it have taken to get an ambulance in Roland Park or Guilford?

OK, let's remove race, what about Hunting Ridge or Ashburton? Unfortunately, evidence relates a community's socio-economic status to the services available and the timeliness of those services.

Baltimore lost a talent. More poignantly, Baltimore lost a life and a family lost a member. We are left to question if we all matter.

Wendell F. Phillips

Baltimore

The writer represents the 41st District in the House of Delegates.

Public sentiment won't sway decision on indicting Geckles

As a business owner in Glyndon, I empathize immediately with the Geckle brothers and other victims of the increasing rate of burglaries in the area.

However, whether the shooting resulting from the break-in incident was justifiable or not will not be determined by the court of public opinion ("Friends rise to brothers' defense," April 1).

Armed with all of the relevant facts available, the state's attorney's office will decide whether there are sufficient grounds to seek an indictment. No public pressure on the legal system should influence the outcome in this nation of laws.

Ross Smith

Glyndon

Midshipman's effort to aid friend made an uplifting story

How great it was to read the heartwarming story about Jeff Greene's effort to help his Naval Academy friend, James Tanyi, raise enough money to fly his family to his graduation ("Unicycle may help reunite family," March 31).

Mr. Greene's effort to help his friend offsets a lot of the troubles we are constantly bombarded with in the media.

Please print a follow-up story on the outcome of Mr. Greene's effort and, I hope, the elation of Mr. Tanyi's family in witnessing his graduation.

Gary E. Johnson

Reisterstown

Bush throws a spotlight on America's gluttony

Not since the Reagan presidency has it been so embarrassing to be a U.S. citizen.

Former President Clinton's personal scandals embarrassed him, but President Bush's rejection of the Kyoto Protocols shows Americans for what we are: Gluttonous, lazy consumers who care more for powering our TVs, air conditioners and gas-guzzling SUVs than for the health of the global ecosystem that supports all life.

Carl Aron

Baltimore

President Bush isn't callous, but energy is now top priority

The fact that President Bush has recently relaxed carbon dioxide emissions regulations does not mean he is anti-environment ("Breaking campaign promises is a family tradition," letters, March 23).

Our president has good intentions and does care about the environment. However, his immediate concern is dealing with the energy crisis in the West. And, as air conditioners are soon to be used, the energy shortage will be even more of an issue unless he takes action now.

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