Magazine article Newsweek International

The Mail: March 28 and April 4, 2011

Magazine article Newsweek International

The Mail: March 28 and April 4, 2011

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'Apocalypse Now'

Your coverage of Japan in this issue was impressive. I'd like to thank the U.S. Army for helping the people in Tohoku through Operation Tomodachi. I also thank the more than 100,000 people of the Japan Self-Defense Force who've worked hard from the beginning of these disasters. We will stand up again soon.

Takaichiro Niiyama, Tokyo, Japan

'The Big Dither'

Niall Ferguson says President Obama should have inter-vened in Libya "weeks ago"--evidently without the allies and without the U.N. resolution authorizing enforcement of a no-fly zone. But if the president had acted alone, Ferguson would have been the first to accuse him of throwing caution to the wind. It's not acting quickly but acting responsibly that is important in these situations. I am glad Obama is not trigger-happy. I like my president to think twice before entering another conflict when we are still fighting two wars.

Paulos Natnael, South Riding, Virginia

Let's not pat ourselves on the back too quickly about finally intervening in Libya. In the news uproar about the missile strikes and no-fly zone that are aiding the rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi's regime, I've seen little cover-age of the fact that many of these rebels are not fighting for a free Libya, but are radical Islamists with a Talibanesque vision for their country. The media need to tone down the cheerleading and portray this issue in its complexity.

David Nurenberg, Somerville, Massachusetts

'The Manhattan Meltdown Scenario'

Helen Caldicott's piece on the Indian Point nuclear reactor is nothing but a "what if" scenario and is clearly meant to scare, not inform, readers. …

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