Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters

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UN's role in postwar IraqRegarding the April 9 opinion column "US, with help from friends, must lead in rebuilding Iraq": Now it is more urgent than ever to listen to other nations who see the outcome of this war differently.John Hughes said, "The divisive French action has caused something of a train wreck at the UN...." Were the French divisive to oppose war, or was the US divisive to reject the Security Council?The world carried out an incredible dialogue and decided that this war was not called for. The good news is that this dialogue took place, and it must continue. The United Nations need not await dictates from the US. The US may have guns controlling Iraq, but it does not have authority to decide the UN's role.For the future of humanity, there must be dialogue, respect for other views, and cooperation. We find our nation isolated, cut off from goodwill, and in a very tenuous place. Improvement can only come from a return to listening to others, accepting with respect the participation of all nations in the next urgent dialogue. Otherwise, one has to ask, "What democracy?" Grace Braley Yonkers, N.Y.The April 11 editorial cartoon defies logic. It is the freed Iraqi people who are tearing down symbols of Saddam Hussein's self- idolatry. American fighters made this possible.The cartoon is also illogical in alleging that President Bush tore down the United Nations. It is he who has given the UN new relevance by putting teeth into the UN resolutions on Iraq.Why American liberals would want to maintain the UN as a hollow debating society is beyond me. It is equally illogical that some individuals on the American left would see a moral equivalence between the US administration and Hussein's regime. Normie Capenegro Keansbury, N.J.A taxing problemThe IRS's inability to fairly collect all the taxes Congress levies often leads supporters of this monstrous system to suggest that we need more and tougher laws. These laws and the ham-handed enforcement that follows frequently offend common sense. …

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