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'Missing the Point' on Hostages, Iran and Reagan

December 21, 1986

As a comparative newcomer to this country, I have been increasingly puzzled by recent events. Perhaps language difficulties cloud my understanding of the word hero, but would someone please explain why one is hailed as a hero by a wide range of people from the President on down, and extolled in verse and fawned upon by certain members of Congress when one has, crippled and nearly paralyzed that same President; violated important laws passed by Congress; prolonged and heated up a Middle East war which has already raged for more than six years; flouted exchange control regulations which forbid transmission abroad of funds in excess of $10,000 without notifying the authorities; thrown this country's allies into confusion; poured millions of taxpayer dollars into the pockets of assorted killers on two continents?

This is heroism?

ALAN G. ODDIE

Santa Monica

The Times is receiving about 50 Reagan-Iran-contra letters a day; the sentiment is 10 to 1 against Reagan.

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