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FIGHTING OURSELVES

Finally, someone who will say what has needed to be said since the Cheney/ Rumsfeld administration launched the U.S. on its moronic war on terror. Mr. Bacevich is absolutely right, and virtually everything this administration has done in response to 9/11 has been wrong (Feb. 27). If the truth be spoken, we cannot call this a war at all-and if it is a war, it is one in which we are only fighting ourselves.

While the U.S. spends billions of dollars transporting hundreds of thousands of troops and equipment halfway around the world, al-Qaeda and its supporters build homemade IEDs out of ordinary household products and deliver them on motorbikes for pennies. While the administration rants about American moral superiority and military supremacy, a bunch of mail-order electricians humiliate the great American military machine on a daily basis-except, that is, when it is busy humiliating itself by the slaughter of civilians.

Thus far this war on terror has only brought us chaos and death, increased the number of terrorists in the world, ratcheted up international tensions, exacerbated cultural and religious animosities, wasted enormous amounts of American wealth, driven America's standing in the world to levels somewhere below whale excrement, and rent the last tenuous strands of the American democracy. If this be American conservative governance, I'll take the liberals.

NORMAN MICHAEL HARMAN

Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

MUSLIM MANNERS

Mr. Buchanan's article captured and articulated the truth well (March 13). I truly appreciate his sensitivity. Please convey my appreciation.

Has anyone asked why Muslims have not mocked Jesus Christ or Moses in retaliation for Prophet Muhammad's caricature? The mobs burned embassies, flags, effigies, and chanted insults at Western nations but not a single word against Jesus Christ or Moses. When an Iranian newspaper decided to "get even," it did not invite any insulting depiction of Moses or Christ, which would have been the natural and logical response.

The reason is that both Moses and Christ are regarded as Muslim prophets and worthy of respect.Their insulting depiction would be as offensive to Muslims as is Muhammad's, though the reaction would not have been as strong since they would expect Christians and Jews to respond to that.

The caricatures were initially published in September 2005. At that time, they did not attract much attention. A concerted effort was undertaken to provoke Muslims. It had more to do with a cynical and calculated move to insult than with so-called freedom of speech.

S. NIZAMANI

via e-mail

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