Unite to overwhelm those who threaten American way of...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 09, 2001

Unite to overwhelm those who threaten American way of life

It is not surprising that some students are starting antiwar demonstrations, because there are always those who blame America first ("College students gather to oppose military strikes," Sept. 22).

War can always be avoided by appeasement and capitulation.

The Civil War could have been avoided had President Lincoln let the Southern states leave the Union. Of course, slavery would have continued and the united nation that we enjoy today would not exist.

World War II could have been avoided. Hitler only wanted to extend the borders of Germany into Eastern Europe. Of course, the death camps would have continued taking their toll on millions of Jews and others not deemed fit to live.

So what would the antiwar crowd have us do now? Drop our half-century of support for Israel? Renounce capitalism?

Should we give up our freedoms and have our way of life dictated to us?

There are really but two choices. We can do nothing and hope these fanatics will leave America alone, now that they've made their statement. Or we can root them out and destroy them.

A. L. Peterson, Edgewood

It's been just weeks since bloodthirsty terrorists slaughtered innocent Americans and already some would use this horrendous tragedy to peddle their politics.

You've heard them, making the ridiculous insinuations that these despicable attacks are in response to President Bush's policies. Further, there are those who say we should try to understand these terrorists rather than take action.

To those who want to get "inside the head" of the terrorists, I say "rubbish."

Terrorists hate us all equally - black or white, Republican or Democrat. Terrorists don't want peace; they abhor it.

Terrorists attacked American symbols in the hopes we would crack. They hope for chaos, demonstrations, internal strife.

However, they underestimated Americans. Clearly, we've united. A full 90 percent of Americans support the course of action announced by the president.

The fight against terrorism won't be easy or quick. We need to put our politics aside and maintain our resolve during the long battle ahead.

John A. Pozniak Jr.

Severn

War would give terrorists the confrontation they crave

War is not the answer to the attacks on innocent civilians in the United States. A war against Afghanistan or other alleged state sponsors of terrorism will only lead to deeper and wider suffering.

If the U.S. goes to war and war spreads throughout the region and across the globe, the hijackers will have won.

Instead of abandoning the rule of law for the rule of brute force and threatening more innocents through acts of war, we should exercise the rule of law to its full extent, in cooperation with other countries, to bring the individuals responsible for this atrocity to justice before a court of law.

Elizabeth DuVerlie

Baltimore

Drums beat for war, bells peal for death

If the drums beat for war, the bells will soon toll for death.

For every soul that perished a thousand may die. What is the price to quiet our anger?

Rick Shelley

Baltimore

Tragedy renders focus on fund-raising offensive

To call the terrorist massacre of Sept. 11 "a distraction" is the understatement of all time ("Central Maryland safety net," editorial, Oct. 1). Millions who watched the horrors of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon unfold on national television may never find the words to express sufficient grief and shock.

And I am offended at the way certain umbrella charities, such as the United Way, cannot wait for a month to pass before soliciting increased contributions.

Furthermore, there are many ways people can defeat terrorism besides making "our economy hum." The constant reference to money and the economy is a genuine turnoff. Personally, I find it offensive.

Rosalind Ellis

Baltimore

Why doesn't bin Laden sacrifice his own life?

If it is so glorious to die, why isn't Osama bin Laden offering his life in sacrifice, too?

Marjorie Neuman

Perry Hall

Armenian church never split with the Vatican

The Sun's article "Pope pays homage to 1.5 million killed in Armenia" (Sept. 27) inaccurately stated that the Armenian Apostolic Church "broke away from the Vatican in the sixth century."

The Armenian Apostolic Church was never part of the Vatican. What happened in the sixth century was that it broke away from the then-undivided Christian Church by not accepting the decision of the Fourth Ecumenical Council on the two natures of Christ.

The Great Schism in the Christian Church, which resulted in the Roman Catholic Church (the "Vatican") and the Orthodox churches, did not occur until 1054 - 500 years later.

Evan Alevizatos Chriss

Baltimore

BGE profits at expense of region's consumers

Finally, a Sun writer (Jay Hancock) unafraid to tell the public the truth about the sweetheart deal Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) arranged with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) last year ("Lapse by Md. regulators means higher electric bills," Oct. 3).

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