Letters to the Editor
Israelis aren't victims
To the editor:
It is evident from Lema Mousilli's article
in Thursday's Daily Cougar ("Israel disobeys international laws") that
Mousilli and I agree about one thing —
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has "no parallels in the chronicles of
apartheid or colonialism."
Colonialism implies a desire or intention
to annex territory. Israel has no desire to keep the Gaza Strip and the
West Bank and has made no pretense of
As for apartheid, the 1 million-plus Arabs
currently living as Israeli citizens are more than enough answer to that.
will be the first to recognize that some
of Israel's citizens do receive different treatment than others, as is
unfortunately, here in America.
While we here in the United States strive
to improve equality of life for all, Israel does the same on the other
Imagine for a moment waking up to find
that Mexico has attacked and is trying to re-annex the State of Texas.
analogy helps us appreciate what it is
like for Israelis. Wherever you may go, a pizza shop or a dance club, there
always the threat of a terrorist attack
from people living at most a few miles away from your home.
Would we not demand the American government
take action to defend our citizens? I find ironic claims made by
Mousilli that Israel is using American
weapons on a "defenseless civilian population."
You might not see them on CNN, but there
are armed men with Molotov cocktails and machine guns behind the
boys with rocks (try FOX News). Do the
guns you see fired in funerals for terrorists and in celebrations after
11 just disappear? Those guns were actually
supplied to the Palestinian Authority (PA) police forces by Israel in
an attempt to help it set up a police
force to increase its autonomy (so much for colonialism).
In regards to the "unfair" portrayal of
Palestinians in the media, Mousilli states "It is not they (Palestinians)
use death squads and assassinations; it
is not they who imposed collective punishment on innocent civilians." If
that was even remotely true, then how
do you describe the almost daily attacks on Israeli civilians? What are
other than, to use Mousilli's words, "collective
punishments on innocent civilians?" Tell the families of the nearly
20 teenagers killed by a Palestinian suicide
bomber outside a Tel Aviv disco that their children deserved that. And
as for assassinations, there is no comparison
between what Israel does (killing people who are on the way to
committing acts of terror) and the deliberate
assassination of democratically elected tourism minister Rehavam
Superiority of weapons and tactics do not
make one party the aggressor and the weaker party the victim. The
decisive victory of the American-led forces
in Afghanistan over the weaker Taliban does not negate the just nature
of the American cause.
So too, Israeli military superiority over
those terrorist elements among the Palestinians supported by Mr. Arafat's
Palestinian Authority does not mean that
Israel is the aggressor. Does anyone doubt that given the opportunity,
armed Palestinians would overrun Israel
and massacre her citizens?
I respect Mousilli's right to have an opinion
and the initiative to share it. The fact remains that only one country
the Middle East would allow an article
similarly critical of itself to be published: the only true democracy in
To the editor:
This is to thank Joshua DeLano for pointing
out such an obvious misuse of the "race card" by the Democratic
Party ("Democrats often make race an issue,"
Opinion, Thursday). The fact that Democrats hope to use hate-crime
legislation to finger Republicans as the
"white party" is enough to make my blood boil.
I have never been a fan of hate-crime legislation,
for the precise reason that people should be judged for the
crimes they commit and not for their motives.
DeLano exposed the truth behind hate-crime legislation, a mere
political tactic of the Democratic Party.
On the topic of the Rev. Jesse Jackson,
I could not agree with him more. In my personal opinion, he is nothing
more than a money-hungry camera-hog exploiting
black Americans for popularity and personal advancement.
Thank you for giving us the truth on such
a controversial topic, and for praising President Bush when no one else
wants to acknowledge the job he is doing.
Joseph T. Guajardo
freshman, university studies
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