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'Reagan as 41st Hostage'

June 29, 1985

Conrad got his facts mixed up. It is not Israel who is holding our President hostage. Conrad should direct his wrath against the Shias who hijacked an American plane with American passengers and are holding American hostages while the masses shout: "Death to America!"

It is by no means certain that this crisis will be resolved when Israel releases the Lebanese prisoners, which she had planned even before the hijacking. America will still be the No. 1 enemy of the Shias and their friends in Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Libya.

To drive a wedge between the United States and Israel is their goal. Conrad is, unwittingly, playing their game. Let us not forget for one moment who are our friends and who are our enemies!

JOSEPH H. KINGSLEY

Pacific Palisades

\o7 The Times has received 85 letters on the cartoon; all but 3 were critical.

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