I'm annoyed by the implications and editorializing of William Tuohy's May 18 article concerning an American couple's recent three weeks abroad. Tuohy reviews the travels of two Altadenans, fine people, and reports their trip as if Americans unwilling to travel overseas are cowardly, should have a guilt complex, un-American, not in keeping with his idea of our virility and manhood.
I'm not a Sylvester Stallone fan. I gave up on celluloid heroes when I learned years ago that John Wayne and Van Johnson didn't win World War II. Why attack Stallone for not showing up in France for the Cannes Film Festival? Tuohy's charge of cowardice suggests that Tuohy's hero may have suffered the realities of life.
But let's forget our fallen heroes and get back to the American traveler and guys like me. I resent the implication of cowardice. Frankly, by my not going overseas this year I'm one of the thousands who are forcing entire nations to provide the services and protection they pooh-poohed when our government initially requested their cooperation against terrorism.
The mighty dollar, the lack of, has accomplished what diplomacy has failed to do. We individual American citizens have hit them where it hurts. Losses of 40%-plus in tourist revenues have forced entire governments to come to attention, reacting to the demands of their businessmen demanding they do something to protect tourists.