2001-10-06 / Letters

Don’t Place Blame

Don’t Place Blame

Dear Editor;

In response to those who feel the United States was attacked by extremist terrorists groups because America has taken sides in the struggle between the Israelis and the Palestinians, nothing could be further from the truth. Islamic fundamentalists who planned the attack consider all non-Muslims as infidels. That includes Christians and Jews alike. Although all three major religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam all preach love, it is only a small group of fundamentalists in each religion who subvert their personal ideology to hatred of "others".

The Untied States was not attacked because we stood by Israel. We were attacked because these terrorists harbor a resentment of American power and hatred of our value of freedom. Also because of American military presence in the Persian Gulf. History reveals that Muslim countries have known the most violence in the name of Islam. Syria, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia have all faced a mortal threat from Islamic extremists. This had nothing to do with Israel. Even if the United States succeeded in bringing the Palestinians and Israelis together, Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda terrorist network would still hate our democratic values. Sunday’s New York Times, on it’s front page, describes cells operating in Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Britain some of whom are certainly no friends of Israel.

Bringing the above reasons out into the open is absolutely necessary. instead of placing blame, we must all stand behind the President in the war against terrorism so that those who died at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and on the airplanes will not have died in vain.

MURIEL & BERNARD ROMANOFF


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