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January 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Gaza war

Time for change

Charles Krauthammer would abandon American interests in order to save Israel from its own self-destructive policies [“Allow Israel to complete its dismantling of Hamas,” syndicated columnist, Jan. 11]. His idea is to inflict so much death and pain on Gaza that Hamas will not be able to rule. Death and destruction has not worked for 60 years. There is no reason to think it will work now.

However, Krauthammer does clearly state the grossly misguided U.S. and Israeli policy toward Palestinians. Israel and the U.S. brought on the war in Gaza by imprisonment, torture, blockade, deprivation and assassination of Palestinians. Israel and the U.S. now use Hamas rockets as a pretext to exterminate Hamas and other Palestinians.

No one has killed more innocents in the Middle East in recent years than the United States in Iraq, and Israel in Lebanon and Palestine.

The U.S. and Israel demand that Hamas renounce violence, respect previous Palestinian agreements and recognize Israel’s right to exist. The world would be vastly better off if the U.S. and Israel renounced their own violence, their own violation of international agreements and their denial of the Palestinians’ right to exist.

Israel and the U.S. require Hamas to concede everything before negotiations; Israel and the U.S. are required to concede nothing. As a consequence, there is little choice for Palestinians except abject submission or resistance and war, which the U.S. and Israel seem to prefer in any case.

America is in serious trouble economically and internationally. We seem to have recognized the need for change is some areas. We need desperately to change our policy in the Middle East. If Israel and its lobbyists in the U.S. object, let them find another patron.

— Malcolm McPhee, Sequim

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