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Posted January 4, 2002

Fearless Essays

[Regarding Justin Raimondo's column of December 31, "Fasten Your Seatbelts":]

Thank you for yet another of Mr. Raimondo's fearless essays. They give me faith that journalistic integrity is still to be found in the U.S., and will be as long as there are reporters and news sites with character. Every so often I read letters asking what Israel could possibly have to gain by withholding information about the 9/11 attacks. It is difficult to understand how anyone could ask that question, given that we are now, more than ever, fighting their war for them – and for the most part, it seems, unquestioningly.

~ M. McCormick

India and Israel

[Regarding Justin Raimondo's column of December 31, "Fasten Your Seatbelts":]

I think you really missed the point by comparing India with Israel. Really, it was Muslim fundamentalists that forced the creation of Pakistan; fanatics that demanded a land of their own, based on their religion. Sounds familiar? India is and has always been a land of many religions. Indeed, unlike Islam, one of the main features of Hinduism is tolerance towards all religions. From the Hindu perspective there was no need for a separation with Pakistan; indeed, Gandhi foresaw the problem and based his entire movement on nonviolence. As in present Israel, the Muslims (a traditionally far more militant group) in those days knew they would benefit from violence. Ultimately, not Gandhi's monumental effort and the spiritual response of millions, but the ignorance of a few was rewarded. There will always be a few extremists misrepresenting any faith, but they are far from the norm with Hinduism. If you would study India more seriously you would find that the country offers the world a unique legacy of Christlike sages throughout the ages. In the US-proclaimed war against terrorism, India is fully justified to go after Pakistan. But the US is remarkably slow to acknowledge this. The decisions in the wake of World War II to create these countries were made without consideration of the consequences. They were made in the name of peace, but never put a halt on the hatred and violence.

Let's pray China stays out of it and the US looks after its defense first.

~ R.N.

National Interests

[Regarding Justin Raimondo's column of December 28, "Strange Symbiosis – Israel & Anti-Semitism":]

The US spies on its allies in Europe, France spies on Air France Concorde flights, China and Russia spy in the US and in Israel. We all do it so why be so unjustly appalled by news Israel is checking on the US? The US and Israel, like the US and Europe, have a strategic alliance, with the national interests coming first.

~ Arthur R., Israel

Melting Pot

[Regarding Ron Paul's guest column of December 21, "Against Another War on Iraq":]

When will people figure out that the idea of "the great melting pot" somehow doesn't quite stand in the 21st century? The perpetrators of September 11 trained here in our country! I readies that this melting pot has been a cornerstone of our nation, but I'm thinking it might be time for a little more self-preservation on our behalf.

I believe that the more we stick our nose in other countries' business the more probable it is for these countries to hate us, which they do. I served in the Navy during Desert Shield/Desert Storm and have seen these people and dealt with them. I realize the politics involved in everything now at this date and time; we need to come up with real solutions of who we allow in this country and why. I readily would accept any feedback on the statements I have made here.

~ Brad N.


[Regarding Justin Raimondo's column of December 28, "Strange Symbiosis – Israel & Anti-Semitism":]

The symbiosis is blatantly obvious and not "strange" except to people who don't understand Zionism and the birth of Israel.

The choice has always been between building a society and world that tolerate all religions and ethnicities or building a self-made concentration camp. I chose the former, Zionism (and other mono-ethnic philosophies) the latter.

~ Nat S. Lerner

Keep Writing

I am Canadian and antiwar too and I was on an American forum (that's where someone showed your url) chatting about the Middle East tension, and if you don't like them [Israel], effectively, you are an anti-Semite or a racist. So I quit. I just want to tell you after reading your article about "Strange Symbiosis – Israel & Anti-Semitism" – keep writing what you have to write, you're not an anti-Semite but someone writing the truth. Unfortunately, the truth is not revealed often enough.

~ Linda L., Canada


Thank you so much for your always up-to-date website and for your continuing efforts against violence and war in this most dangerous time for the world. Your site has been such a great resource for our organization's efforts for peace and disarmament. We have linked to your site on our main index page.

~ Winston Weeks, Downwinders

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