Julius Moster's suggestion (Letters, July 11) to deal with Arab terrorists through retaliatory aid to Israel is the cause of our troubles in the Middle East, not the solution. It is through such aid that the United States has become the target of terrorists' attention by aligning itself with the Arabs' avowed enemy.
As it has in the past, our Congress has voted foreign aid (now at $25.2 billion) partly to those countries whose relations with their neighbors are patently inimical to our citizens' safety. By providing Israel and El Salvador (to name but two) with military aid, we provoked the local opposition to retaliate against such U.S. interference.
Are we so proud that we can't walk away from a fight, particularly one not of our doing? It takes a strong person to do that.
As a test of this premise, perhaps we should close our embassies and withdraw or withhold our support of those countries whose law and order are distributed from the barrels of guns, not by the niceties of parliamentary debate. If the Middle East settled down after we ended our unquestioned support of Israel, we might conclude that our presence there had been the catalyst of unrest, not the bulwark of democracy we continually espouse.