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Debate Over Bush's Actions in Persian Gulf

August 30, 1990

It is remarkable that the reasonable Casey Kasem and many in the Arab community accuse the United States of a double standard when we sent troops to Saudi Arabia and instituted an economic blockade against Iraq but did nothing when "Israel invaded Lebanon." Did Kuwait attack Iraq or even threaten Iraq? Israel tolerated being harassed and shot at with missiles from PLO bases in Lebanon for a long time before it went into Lebanon.

He also said the United States practices a double standard since we do not force Israel out of the West Bank and Gaza. How can he disregard the fact that the Arab nations had all those territories until they staged their invasions and were defeated? Except for Egypt, they refuse to negotiate and are still in a state of war against Israel. What kind of a logical equation is this?

MARCIA DRELL

Sherman Oaks

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