Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Letters to the Editor

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Letters to the Editor

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Inaugural Odds

In his inaugural address, George W. Bush proclaimed: "All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you."

What, specifically, might he have in mind? There are two prominent possibilities:

1. The United States will be changing sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and will from now on oppose the oppressors and give unconditional support to the Palestinian people as they fight for their freedom from a 38-year-old occupation; or

2. He looks forward to attacking more countries that Israel dislikes and that Israel would like the United States to attack on Israel's behalf and for Israel's benefit.

Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets.

John V. Whitbeck, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

A Misreading of Americans

The content and tone of your past [donation] letter expressing disheartenment with the choice of the majority of Americans to continue to support "our President," George W. Bush, and the mission to bring peace through introduction of democracy to the Middle Bast was somewhat shocking. This is a complete misreading of the American people and their support....! saw this so many times in your magazine that I simply could not continue to support you with another subscription renewal...I'm going to forward an interesting article you need to read to get some balance to your "left-leaning political view"....Also, there's a great book out there that I recommend for you and your readers by Mr. Natan Sharansky, The case for Democracy...! know these comments require a complete re-evaluation of your own personal views and policies and come to see that one just might be out of touch with the populace of the Nation...My hope and prayers are with you, nothing is impossible !!!!!!!!!

Mitchell G. Abraham, Jr., via e-mail

The Washington Report is not concerned with a president's party, but with how his policies promote a just peace in the Middle East. If you've been with us long enough, you'll recall that we were similarly disappointed with the Clinton/Gore administration. We hope you're right that "nothing is impossible"-and that one day Israel will decide to abide by international law, including the Geneva Conventions and the Declaration of Human Rights.

Eitan and Pollard

Hey folks, please help me with a question.

If memory serves (and that's a big "if"), Rafael Eitan was reported to be Jonathan Pollard's "handler" at the Israeli Embassy in DC and quickly fled to Israel when Pollard was arrested.

Do you know that to be true or false? 'Many thanks!

If that is true, it should have been included in the article on p. 21 of your Jan./Peb. issue.

Robert L. Gabler, Kingwood, TX

Not only does your memory serve you correctly, but you probably read it in this very magazine! As "People Watch" reported on p. 45 of the July/August 1994 issue: "Rafael Eitan, a Mossad official who was forced to step down after the U.S. accused him of approving the recruitment of U.S. Navy counter-intelligence specialist Jonathan Pollard to spy on the U.S. for Israel, now heads a major Israeli citrus project in Cuba." (He did get around, didn't he?) Unfortunately, the above item did not appear on "Google" when Eitan s name was entered. We shall try to determine why and rectify that situation for future researchers.

Negroponte Redux

When Bush appointed John Negroponte to be our ambassador to Iraq in April 2004, it sounded fishy. According to a detailed investigation in 1995 by the Baltimore Sun, while Negroponte was the U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985 he supervised a CIA-trained, Honduran army death squad. Known as Battalion 3-16, it kidnapped, tortured and killed hundreds of political opponents of the right-wing Honduran government, including U.S. missionaries.

Negroponte also supervised the creation of the El Aguacate air base, which Honduran critics claimed was used by the CIA and the Honduran military as a secret detention and torture center during the 1980s. …

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