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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Middle East
July 31, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Israel-Palestinian conflict: A mistaken belief that resolution would solve the conflict

AP reporter Dan Perry’s analysis of possible resolutions to the Gaza conflict addresses the conflict from a very limited perspective ["Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge," Nation & World, July 30]. There are broader issues than the current conflict that must be addressed in any resolution. First, Hamas is a terrorist organization committed to…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Bernie Fox, Dan Perry, Gaza

July 24, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Israel-Palestinian conflict: A re-imagined Middle East that would ensure peace

It is inconceivable that the situation in the Middle East will ever be resolved by negotiation with Israel, as is quite evident from all that has transpired since Israel’s formal establishment in 1948. There must be a comprehensive solution imposed upon the territory in a more equitable fashion. The problem arises from the arbitrary allocation of…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: christians, Israel, Jews

July 22, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Israel-Palestinian conflict: While Hamas spins story, Palestinians die

Maybe letter writer Michelle Ryder would feel better if the Israelis stayed outside so they might be killed by missiles instead of going into bomb shelters [“Israel has a massive, unfair advantage,” Northwest Voices, July 18]. Or shut down the Iron Dome till Israeli deaths equaled Palestinian deaths. Or build bomb shelters in…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Arthur DePalma, Gaza Strip, Israel

July 18, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Israel-Palestinian conflict: Israel has a massive, unfair advantage

An AP story about Israel’s Iron Dome mislead readers by claiming it gives Israel an “edge” in the conflict ["Israel's 'Iron Dome' changes the face of battle," Nation & World, July 10]. This word is a curious choice because it implies both sides are evenly matched. Nothing could be more wrong. Israel has not…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Iron Dome, Israel, Michelle Ryder

July 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Consider issues from both sides

I commend U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his condemnation of Hamas’ acts of firing missiles indiscriminately into Israel [“Despite offensive, Gaza rockets still hit Israel,” Nation & World, July 14]. However, I am concerned about his objections of Israel’s right to retaliate in force. Many so-called liberals (and I consider myself one) look at…

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Comments | More in Israel, Middle East | Topics: Hamas, Israel, Palestinians

May 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Arab Spring: We shouldn’t support minority abuse

Guest columnist Shadi Hamid’s piece on the U.S. attitude toward Muslim governments is fine but fails to acknowledge the other horn of the dilemma [“Does the U.S. truly support democracy in Egypt?” Opinion, April 30]. How should the U.S. respond to a democratically elected theocracy that systematically abuses the minority? The Egyptian military’s reaction…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Arab Spring, democracy, Egypt

September 28, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Chemicals weapons in Syria

U.S. should stay out Although I agree with the unethical nature of the use of chemical weapons, I do not agree with taking quick action with Syria. [“Diplomats reach deal on Syria’s chemical weapons,” page one, Sept. 27.] Despite much evidence indicating that President Bashar Assad was indeed behind the attacks, news coverage has also shown…

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Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East | Topics: bashar assad, chemical weapons, Human rights

September 23, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Chemical weapons in Syria

U.S. has no credibility How is Syria’s alleged use of sarin gas different from the use of Agent Orange by the U.S. during the Vietnam War? [“Kerry calls on U.N. to move on Syria,” News, Sept. 20.] I submit there is little difference, aside from the lopsided scale of use, between a death by sarin gas…

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Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, Politics | Topics: agent orange, chemical weapons, sarin

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