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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Terrorism
February 19, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Take the fight against the Islamic State to social media

I’m pleased to see the Obama administration make an effort to revamp and expand the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications as digital propaganda becomes more potent [“Hostage’s parents launch social-media bid to free son held in Syria,” Nation & World, Feb. 5]. However, I’m disappointed at the lack of initiative to do so…


Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: iraq, Islamic State, Lindsey Habenicht

January 16, 2015 at 4:52 PM

Charlie Hebdo attack: We cannot appease those who restrict speech

Frank Mitchell’s letter to the editor “We are learning the consequences of the excesses of free speech” [Northwest Voices, Jan. 12] suggests that the the victims at Charlie Hebdo were responsible for their own deaths because of “excesses of freedom of speech.” Beyond slander or yelling fire in a crowded theater, I was unaware…


Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: Charlie Hebdo, Free speech, Islam

January 8, 2015 at 5:22 PM

Charlie Hebdo attack: I believe that Islam champions freedom of speech

I condemn the cowardly and evil attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris by some who call themselves Muslims [“Cartoonists, economist among the dead in Paris terror attack,” Nation & World, Jan. 8]. I would like to pass on my condolences to the family of editor Stéphane Charbonnier’s and to the…


Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: Charlie Hebdo, Imran Ghumman, Islam

October 24, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Acts of terrorism: How can we address the problem before it becomes a problem?

As a Canadian citizen, I want to respond to the shootings that took place the morning of Wednesday, killing Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in Canada’s capital [“Canada to give slain soldier hero’s send-off,” Nation & World, Oct. 24]. As a former resident of Ottawa, I can say that I received the news of the…


Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: Canada, Michella Pagliaro, Nathan Cirillo

June 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM

9/11 affected Washington residents, but the statue isn’t right

The sculpture’s bronze figures were photographed recently above Dry Falls State Park near Coulee City, Grant County. (Courtesy of Dave Lewis)

I have to take exception to the statement by state officials that John Jackson’s statue “Spirit of America” didn’t fit with the other Heritage Park’s memorial statues because “9/11 happened on the East Coast and didn’t take a large toll on the state of Washington.” [“9/11 sculpture can’t carve out a home in Kirkland,” Local News, June 15]

9/11 was much more than an attack on the World Trade Center or the Pentagon. It was an attack on


Comments | More in Arts, Terrorism | Topics: 911, Gary Wallace, Heritage Park

May 17, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Abducted Nigerian girls: U.S. should give to partnership for education

Thank you for running Ann McFeatters’ syndicated column in the paper [“Evil must be confronted,” Opinion, May 14]. She rightly calls on all governments to do what’s right, when it comes to girls’ education — noting the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, and Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan. Girls who simply seek an education that will give…


Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: Ann McFeatters, Boko Haram, Global Partnership for Education

May 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Abducted Nigerian girls: No one has the military will to deal with the situation

Ann McFeatters’ syndicated column regarding the kidnapping and enslavement of more than 200 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram certainly states the problem [“Evil must be confronted,” Opinion, May 14]. However, I don’t see her offering any solution. She informs us that “all 20 women U.S. senators demand to know why it was taking so…


Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: Ann McFeatters, Boko Haram, Nigeria

May 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Africa: How to gain a better understanding of the continent

Thanks to syndicated columnist David Brooks for ‎his insightful piece “The real Africa,” [Opinion, May 11] putting the Boko Haram kidnappings in the context of a changing continent, largely unknown in the U.S. He attributes our stereotyped images to our predominant information sources: nature documentaries, fundraising appeals and mission trips. To this list I would…


Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: Africa, Boko Haram, David Brooks

March 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Bin Laden’s son’s trial: A fantasy world where civil and military courts coexist

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith enjoyed consideration under civil proceedings, but prior legal practice and the Geneva Conventions all regard terrorists as beyond the pale and outside civil laws [“US official: NY terror case a win for civil courts,” Nation & World, March 26]. According to Article 13 of the First and Second Geneva Conventions and…


Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: Geneva Conventions, Nolan Nelson, Osama bin Laden