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Challenging Communist Rule

February 17, 1986

How interesting to see what Podhoretz reveals about himself in his article. He ends with a particularly fine example of what one has learned to expect from him: " . . . the cancerous spread of pacifist inclinations that now pervade our political culture."

If, according to this view, the "cancerous" illness is pacifism, does it not follow that the author considers war to be the "norm"? (No pun intended, although the temptation is strong.)

What is to be said about a mind capable of such distortion? I am grateful to The Times for permitting Podhoretz to expose the extent of his moral disorientation.

DAVID RAKSIN

Van Nuys

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