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Israeli Advice on Iraq Might Not Help U.S.

November 25, 2003

The fact that the U.S. military is reportedly seeking advice from the Israeli defense and security forces as to how to deal with "insurgents" in Iraq is not very reassuring (Nov. 22). The Israeli army chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, and other army commanders have recently warned that the Israeli hard line against the Palestinians is becoming counterproductive and may well be strengthening Hamas. Furthermore, the Israeli military has been unable to completely stop suicide bombers.

Ashley Robinson

Claremont

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I can't understand why we would want to follow the Israeli method of dealing with terrorists; their tactics have failed them for about 30 years. Their superior weaponry has not been effective against people fighting for their land, and neither will our military superiority serve us any better. I'm also disturbed by the way the article says the guerrillas label our troops as "occupiers," as if we're not. Since we were not invited into Iraq, Iraqis did not harm us, and they were only a remote danger to us, we did march into their country as illegal invaders and occupiers.

Burt Becker

Encino

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