Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Peacefulness at Jerusalem's Western Wall

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Peacefulness at Jerusalem's Western Wall

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Your photo spread "A Monitor Year-End Album," Dec. 26, contained some beautiful and compelling pictures, including the one of a child at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. I was curious as to why the caption referred to the area as "hostile."

The Western Wall area has always been a tranquil and serene area. Visitors from all over the world visit and pray at the wall in complete freedom and openness. The tragic incident of violence on the Temple Mount last year was the exception to the prevailing atmosphere in Jerusalem, not the norm. Bluma Zuckerbrot, New York, Director, Middle Eastern Affairs, Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith Advice for Brazil

Regarding the Opinion page article "The Brazilians Deserve Better," Dec. 27: I lived in Brazil for five years, and I believe that it was not by chance that Brazil chose "Progress and Order" as a national motto.

Like any emerging nation, there is the inevitable chaos of youth. The United States went through this and endured a Civil War. I hope Brazil will read our history and avoid the same trap. William L. Adams, Bay Minette, Ala. No praise for Gorbachev

The Opinion page column "An Appreciation of Gorbachev," Dec. 19, suggests that Mikhail Gorbachev may have been a visionary.

Mr. Gorbachev was forced to any vision he had by the stark reality that there was no other possible solution to the mess in which he and his three predecessors placed the USSR.

Gorbachev was given the Nobel Peace Prize, while at the same time he continued the cold war. The Peace Prize should have gone to former President Ronald Reagan, the one person who had the foresight to build our military, offensively as well as defensively, to the point that Gorbachev could not match us and still feed his people. …

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