Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 01, 2006

With U.S. aid, Israel terrorizes civilians

The United States' failure to insist on an immediate cease fire in the Middle East crisis has been an outrage. Our nation has the power to do so and should have strong leverage with at least one of the warring parties, Israel ("Israel halts airstrikes," July 31).

If we insisted that Israel stop its military action, we would find very strong partners to help us stop Hezbollah.

In the eyes of much of the world, Israel's disproportionate response to the current crisis and its slaughter of innocent civilians makes it little different from a terrorist organization.

Please spare me the explanation that Israel does not mean to kill civilians.

The Israelis know exactly what they are doing and apparently they find civilian deaths and casualties "acceptable." This is deeply disturbing.

The American unwillingness to do anything meaningful to stop the killing is equally disturbing.

To give tacit approval to Israeli actions is essentially condoning acts of terror.

To many objective observers, we are just as responsible for the carnage as the "terrorists."

We give billions in aid and military hardware to the Israelis and they engage in "targeted killings" and slaughter innocent civilians.

Syria and Iran give aid and arms to Hezbollah "freedom fighters" and they engage in "targeted killings" and the slaughter of innocent civilians.

What's the difference?

The difference is we give more aid to Israel than Iran and Syria give Hezbollah and the Israelis kill more innocent people than Hezbollah does.

So who are the terrorists?

Bill Gillespie

Baltimore

Hezbollah's tactics cause the carnage

What is the world's reaction when innocent Israeli women and children are killed by Hezbollah rockets? Not surprisingly, it is not outrage but deafening silence ("Israel halts airstrikes," July 31).

Clearly, Hezbollah rockets have been targeting Israeli civilian population centers to terrorize and indiscriminately kill as many civilians as possible.

Where's the world's condemnation? Oh, yes, that's reserved only for Israel.

Hezbollah operates in the heart of population centers, fully aware that it is endangering the lives of innocent civilians.

The civilian casualties which result add to the world's unjustified outrage against Israel.

And undoubtedly, they are welcomed by Hezbollah as much as Israeli civilian casualties are.

Civilian deaths are regrettable but they are totally Hezbollah's responsibility.

Hezbollah should not be allowed to benefit from their policy of hiding behind civilians.

Israel's survival depends on eliminating Hezbollah as a fighting force.

Never has the picture been so clear. Why does it still seem that it is too cloudy for much of the civilized world to see?

Deborah Land

Baltimore

U.N. troops needed to patrol Lebanon

The Sun deserves a vote of thanks for publishing Thomas Sowell's column "Cease-fire calls ring hollow in light of WWII history" (Opinion

Commentary, July 27). He really spelled out clearly what might have happened during World War II if the allies would have agreed to a cease-fire of the kind that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan suggests now between Israel and the terrorist group Hezbollah in Lebanon.

No one wants to see civilian casualties.

However, as the terrorists are often hiding rocket-launching bases in the midst of civilian villages, and shooting those rockets at Israeli towns, the response to those attacks often affects Lebanese civilians.

The United Nations passed a resolution six years ago, after Israel pulled its forces out of Lebanon, calling for Lebanon to have its troops take over patrolling that country's southern border and disarm the terrorists.

But little was done about this by the Lebanese government, thus allowing the terrorists to re-arm and grow stronger, until now.

A multi-national U.N. force is needed at once in Lebanon to fulfill the earlier U.N. resolution before any peace can occur.

Donald Sussman

Owings Mills

Blue-collar heritage is Pigtown's pride

As an ex-Pigtown guy from many, many years ago, it pleases me that some people are trying to rehabilitate the neighborhood ("A Pigtown by any other name would please some," July 26).

However, I would like to remind the current Pigtown-Washington Village rehabbers of that old adage: "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear" - and add, so why try?

My mom grew up on South Poppleton Street near Washington Boulevard, and I lived in and around Pigtown for 17 years until late 1949 - an experience I would not trade for any other.

The area was decidedly blue-collar, but solid. Except for some obvious seediness, it looks much the same today.

If the Pigtown rehabbers want to revitalize and solidify the area, they should never reject its blue-collar history by even thinking about bringing in vegan eateries or embracing a wimpy, upscale name like "Washington Village."

I don't just tell people I grew up in old Pigtown; I brag that I did.

C.B. Nieberding

Baltimore

Pigtown produces genuine affection

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