2002-04-13 / Letters

Grondal Is Wrong Again

Grondal Is Wrong Again

Dear Editor;

There are three ways of describing someone who says or does something: ignorant, where the person in question is not aware of the facts; stupid, where the person knows the facts, but displays a dullness of his/her mind; and a liar, where the person knows the facts and chooses to distort them, to deceive others. I'll leave it up to your readers to decide which best fits letter writer Grondal, as his letter speaks for itself. I do, however, want to thank him for reminding everyone about the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty during the 1967 war. The attack on 5/24/67 does point to an Israeli military blunder—purposeful, or otherwise (there has been much controversial evidence)—killing 34 US Naval personal and injuring many others. An inexcusable act no matter what the reason.

But the writer does, conveniently or otherwise, leave out atrocities, undeniably purposeful, committed by the same people he apparently favors over Israel: on 11/4/79Iranian â018students' seized the US Consulate holding US citizens hostage for months; on 10/23/83, 241 US Servicemen were murdered by a truck bomb in Lebanon; on 11/12/00 the USS Cole was attacked killing 17 US Naval personnel; and on 9/11/01 2,830 innocents gave their lives to cowardly murderers, and another 150 plus were lost in the Pentagon attack and Pennsylvania crash.   That adds up to 3,238 plus innocent victims who were murdered, not by Israelis, but by a group of fanatical Arab murderers and their (government) supporters. Israel, and now the United States, is the only nation that has the guts to call them out. And if writer Grondal doesn't think Israelis are brave fighters, let him review the previous Israeli/Arab wars, all instigated by the Arabs and won by the sheer bravery and determination of that small nation.
   As for the persecution of the Jews, it has nothing to do with arrogance or militarism, but there is a reason. The Persians, Greeks, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Romans were conquerors of the Jewish people and tried to convert them to their own religions, but the Jews refused. Early Christianity disliked the Jews because they refused to accept Jesus as the Messiah and, coupled with the church's ruling that Jewish practices need not be accepted by converts to Christianity and the Apostle Paul's preaching the same, non-Jews became the majority in the church. In time bitterness against the Jews arose and lies were magnified—it continues to this day.


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