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A key distinction

September 18, 2007

Re "Reconciliation needed -- in D.C.," Opinion, Sept. 12

Ronald Brownstein's article asking how can we expect political reconciliation between the Sunnis and the Shiites in Iraq if we don't have it between Democrats and Republicans in Washington overlooks a key point: Reconciliation does not mean agreeing with each other, it means talking with each other toward a common goal. We have peaceful, albeit sometimes acrimonious, talking in our capital; we have violence and wanton murder in Iraq. That is the critical difference that Brownstein sweeps under the rug.

Ray Newman

Sparta, N.J.

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