Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Some Steps Missing in Plan to Help Rwanda

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Some Steps Missing in Plan to Help Rwanda

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In the opinion-page article "Ten Steps to Take Now to Avoid More Rwandas," Jan. 11, I was amazed that not one of the 10 steps mention family-planning information and services. Providing clean water, building classrooms, and reforming the United Nations will, in the long run, be of no avail unless a start is made now to provide the knowledge and means to encourage small families.

Surveys indicate that many women in the third world did not plan or want their last child. Better education for women, better health for women, the means to space children, the encouragement of later marriages, and the advantages to healthy, smaller families promoted by health and administrative officials in refugee camps, should be the first of 10 steps. Sarah G. Epstein, Washington US: Play even-handed role in Israel

The article "Jerusalem Palestinians Suffer While US Stands by Silently," Jan. 12, is to be cheered because Americans have so few media opportunities to hear that the United States government is supporting Israeli injustices toward Palestinians. For a long time it has seemed unreasonable that great sums of US tax dollars should support a foreign religious state that uses its conqueror status to force its will upon a captive population. And now, during the faltering peace process, it is time for the American government to show even-handedness; that is, fairness toward both the Arab and Jewish sides. Betsy Harrell, Arcata, Calif. US: Play even-handed role in Israel

Jewish settlements continue to be built on the West Bank as well as in Arab East Jerusalem even though the US government policy states "no more settlements" ("`Intifadah' Reignites in West Bank," Jan. 17).

It is time that our policy reflect an ultimatum to the Israeli government, such as cutting the $3 billion annual grant to the Israelis in half when the bulldozers show up for a new settlement. …

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