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A pay-as-you-go rescue in Lebanon?

July 19, 2006

Re "U.S. Rescue Bogs Down in Lebanon," July 18

Much as our government dragged its feet in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we see it predictably incapable of dealing with Israel's calculated assault on the Lebanese civilian infrastructure, placing scores of Americans (not to mention Lebanese and other civilians) in harm's way.

Interesting is the State Department's public announcement that if and when our fellow citizens are able to reach Cyprus, there will be no free ride home.

Not only were the Europeans able to evacuate sooner, but they didn't have to pay a single euro to get home.

ZOUHDI HAJJAJ

Plymouth, Mass.

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Americans have been told that they can't board a ship out of Lebanon unless they sign a contract agreeing to repay the U.S. government for the cost of evacuation.

Why is it we can help pay for the bombs Israel drops but not to get our own citizens out of harm's way?

KIM PEASLEY

Claremont

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