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May 31, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Charity leaders’ prison sentence

Prosecute the real war criminals at the top

Leaders of the largest Muslim charity in the U.S., who were not “accused of violence but of bankrolling Hamas-controlled schools and social-welfare programs” get sentenced to 65 years in prison? [“Charity leaders to serve 65 years for aiding Hamas,” News, May 28]

Sixty-five years in prison for funding schools and social-welfare programs that help out some of the most downtrodden people on Earth? Last time I checked, violent criminals in the U.S. get sentenced to five or 10 years.

Hamas is the democratically elected government in Gaza. Israel just killed 1,400 people in Gaza (and 300 children). The right-wing American supporters of Israel (aka the neo-cons) conned us into an unnecessary war in Iraq.

These sentences need to be overturned (or drastically reduced).

Then we need to prosecute the real war criminals: Dick Cheney, Douglas Feith, David Addington, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and the gang.

— Aaron Thomas, Seattle

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