I fail to understand how "For This Palestinian Family, No Place Is Quite Home" (Feb. 6), on the Rahal family, merits front-page placement. The article attempts to cull sympathy for the members of a Palestinian family who, frankly, have aligned themselves repeatedly with the losing sides in the Middle East. According to the article, the family fled the lands of Israel during the fight for statehood, expecting the Jewish Israelis to lose; the father was a functionary of the Palestine Liberation Organization and an uncle was in Saddam Hussein's army.
The attempt to paint them as victims of circumstance shamefully negates their personal responsibility for the poor choices they made. I find it ironic that this family remains optimistic for Palestinian statehood when it has supported the use of force and done nothing for an equitable peace.