December 24, 2001
Letter writer Jane El Farra (Dec. 19) thinks she has the simple key for Middle East peace: for Israel to unilaterally withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza. Yet she ignores the fact that Israel only gained control of those areas after it was attacked by its Arab neighbors for the third time, as they attempted to wipe Israel off the map. She should look to the Arab world, not Israel, as the perpetrators of Palestinian suffering. Calling for unilateral concessions from Israel after 15 months of Palestinian terrorism would only send the message that terrorism pays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1986
I would like to bring to the attention of American travelers that we have a way of showing support of our government in the battle against terrorism. By simply not traveling to Europe this year (we have canceled our trip) and traveling in the United States, Mexico or Canada. We accomplish several things by doing this. We will be away from the terrorists; we will show our support with our government; we will help strengthen the economy in our country as well as Mexico and Canada.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1988
I would like to address two assumptions of Jerome Segal's column which bothered me ("PLO Terrorism Is the PLO's Albatross," Op-Ed Page, March 23). The first is that Yasser Arafat initiated the tactic where "guns were not to be used against Israeli soldiers." Arafat's role in issuing this statement was not that of a policy maker. It was the new leadership that is emerging in the occupied territories which started this policy and the uprising. The PLO was taken off guard by the success of this locally developed policy, and Arafat's statement was the endorsement of an effective, ongoing policy.
May 5, 2010
Are shoe bombers and car bombers facts of American life now? Sadly, they probably are, just as school shootings, gang violence and the occasional rampage by a knife-wielding mental patient at Target are lamentable features of contemporary society. Citizen vigilance and the incompetence of would-be bombers have spared American lives on a couple of occasions now, most recently in Times Square . Nimble police work and improved coordination among law enforcement agencies have saved untold more.