Letters To The Editor


April 24, 2006

Pakistan is striving to stop terrorists

The suggestion in the article "U.S. military data for sale in Bagram" (April 13) that there are contacts between Pakistan's military and the militants in Afghanistan is totally incorrect.

Indeed, it is as a result of the wholehearted efforts of Pakistan's intelligence and law enforcement agencies that hundreds of al-Qaida activists have been apprehended and deported from Pakistan, with many of them killed.

The anti-terrorism campaign has met with considerable success inside Pakistan, and we have arrested some of al-Qaida's top leaders.

And the heavy casualties suffered by Pakistan's law enforcement agencies indicate that there is no nexus between these agencies and the al-Qaida network.

Pakistan is committed to combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

This commitment has been reaffirmed by the president and the prime minister of Pakistan, because terrorism poses a serious threat not only to the vital national interests of Pakistan but also to the peace and security of the world.

M. Akram Shaheedi


The writer is press minister for Pakistan's embassy to the United States.

No need to punish poor immigrants

I fail to understand what would be gained by punishing the many illegal immigrants who have come over our southern border in recent years ("Many illegal immigrants shun protest," April 17).

These people are basically very poor, can't find jobs at home and are trying to support their families.

Their lives must be very difficult.

If we want to punish someone, let's try punishing the many greedy Americans who hire them at slave wages.

Following that, let's put the immigrants in the line for citizenship.

Frederick A. Schumann


Control of borders key to our security

Having personally observed three domestic riots and one foreign nationalist civil war (in the former South Vietnam in 1966 and 1967), I am convinced that any nation that fails to adequately protect its frontiers and citizens will ultimately fall - and perhaps deserves to.

This is nowhere more true than in our own case, with millions of illegal Mexican immigrants now daring to take on the United States government in our own streets and even displaying Mexican flags while doing so.

This is yet another sound military reason to bring our troops back home from our current and now planned future overseas imperialist adventures so that they can "promote domestic tranquillity."

The president and all state governors need our men and women in uniform to secure our borders, with Mexico and Canada.

If we cannot do that, we shall collapse from within no matter how many wars we wage and "win" overseas.

And at the Mexican border, we should erect whatever wall of troops, steel, barbed wire and concrete is necessary to secure the enforcement of our immigration laws.

Blaine Taylor


O'Malley overlooked other sprawl source

Bravo to Mayor Martin O'Malley for making a visit to St. Mary's County to highlight the Ehrlich administration's attempted sale of a parcel of state land to Willard Hackerman ("O'Malley visits land Ehrlich tried to sell," April 19).

Mr. O'Malley did, however, miss out on a wonderful opportunity to prove how committed he is to the environment and to open space.

The mayor could have taken additional time to highlight the disappearance of Southern Maryland's tobacco farms.

The development of this valuable farmland was fueled by former Gov. Parris N. Glendening's buyout program of Maryland tobacco farmers.

After being bought out, many of these farmers sold out. And now their once-productive land is sprouting many strip malls and McMansions.

The acreage lost in the tobacco buyout far exceeds the 836 acres that was highlighted during the mayor's visit.

Perhaps partisan politics played a role in the mayor's environmental myopia.

Michael D. Rausa

Forest Hill

Diversity underlies partisan rancor

The claim that Democrats do not care about the citizens of Maryland is an ignorant statement ("Governor calls Assembly session extremely partisan," April 12).

Our state is diverse in its people and in their political ideas. The fact that the Assembly is partisan is a representation of the diversity of our state.

But as a Republican, I do not believe that Democrats do not care about the citizens. I believe that both parties care for the citizens.

The disagreement between the Republicans and the Democrats is about how to run the government.

But you cannot fault a party for trying to win an election. That is how it can put its ideas into action.

Mackey Hughes


Mayor and governor should end the feud

The feud between Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Mayor Martin O'Malley has gone on long enough.

There's a passage in the Bible that states: "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things" (1 Corinthians 13:11).

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