letters to the editor.
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Fairness not always right
Sir, – Regarding “Accused child-killer ruled fit for
prison” (July 29), we do not need any more boards of inquiry into how to avoid
tragedies that befall, with utmost regularity, the weak in our society,
especially women and children. All we need is for those in authority, be they
judges, the police, social service personnel or medical personnel, to exercise
extreme caution and err on the side of maximum conservatism when there is even
the slightest possible doubt that the weak will be in danger.
constant concern in our society to lean over backwards to protect the rights of
the strong and be ever so fair to all sides has resulted in too many tragedies.
Those in authority have to harden their “Jewish hearts” when making decisions
that may be very unpopular.
When lives are at stake there is no
Kiryat Ono Muddling continues
Sir, – I wish to
respond to the opinion piece by Ehud Ya’ari (“The US revamps its ‘Muddle East’
policy,” July 28).
At a time when Great Britain still had an empire, its
Foreign Office liked to say it had been achieved, not by a clearly constructed
and thoughtout foreign policy, but by muddling through – for example, by
amassing armies far away from home, conquering peoples that did not know where
Britain was, and setting up puppet governments under the slogan “Might is
It seems to me that the United States has, since the first Iraq
war in 1991, gone down that same British road, no matter how much it might claim
it is renewing democracy.
Indeed, where is the proof? Winning an election
means nothing when the government is too weak to protect the people from
constant corruption and unending terrorism.
While I agree with Ya’ari
that it is imperative for the US to prevent Iraq’s neighbor, Iran, from
acquiring a nuclear weapon, the question remains: What can it do when sanctions
cannot be imposed hermetically due to Russian and Chinese opposition? Hence, it
seems to me that if the US has decided, as Ya’ari claims, to “reclench her
fist,” it should reinstate a policy of massive retaliation should Iran continue
its nuclear program. That is a policy with a real chance of deterring the
Iranians.DR. LILY POLLIACK
Jerusalem Strike the hateful language
Back in December, my cousin Mario was invested at the Vatican as a Catholic
priest. I have put together a letter for him to give to the pope, calling for
the abolishment of ungodly language directed toward Jews in our sacred
At the very least, my cousin will have something to
The letter, in part, is as follows: Humanity, at the dawn of the
21th century, is in need of a Christian demonstration of the Royal Law, as
applied to James, the Lord’s brother, in Galatians 1:19, and the Law-orientated
Jews who follow him (Acts15:13 and Acts 21:18-20).
The Book of James
(2:8) reminds us what the scripture commands: Thou shall love thy neighbor as
In this spirit, let us reconcile our differences with our Jewish
brothers by erasing the hostile and pejorative language written of them in our
sacred literature so as not to justify or condone such behavior. The modern
incarnation of Israel would benefit in its public relations with the world from
the removal of contemptuous imagery written in the New Testament toward
In the interest of the responsible use of literature in
molding public perceptions, let us read these mean-spirited words no more so as
not to give credence to the less critically minded who may mistake these verses
and passages as divine demonstrations of acceptable behavior toward the Jewish
May the fruit of our labors in brotherly love be a “fragrance of
righteousness pleasing to God.”RALPH D. PRESTON III