and Ignorance of Islam
you for your article! It is well written and true in its substance. It means
that you understand very well the religion of Islam.
I wish there were
more people like you and that your article finds a wider audience. The dialogues
of interfaith start with the knowledge of the other religions and, as you said
it, Muslims understand and in fact revere all prophets, including Jesus Christ
of Christianity and Moses of Judaism.
Agron Kaci, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York
the above-referenced article, Patrick J. Buchanan writes, "As for the presidential
candidates, it is hard to find a single one willing to stand up and say: If
Bush plans to take us into another war in the Mideast, he must first come to
Congress for authorization. And if he goes to war without authorization, that
will be impeachable."
Allow me to draw
your attention to the following, "Kucinich
Opposed to Attack on Iran":
insist the administration come forward now with facts, not fiction, regarding
Iran. We must not allow the President to remain unchallenged while he continues
to use the media to create a pretext for an illegal war.
insist the President come to the full Congress for permission to take any action
against Iran. If the President proceeds to attack Iran after an express congressional
authorization under article I, section 8, both he and the Vice President should
be subject to impeachment.
take a stand against aggressive war or we will lose our democracy."
~ Jim Morse, Weybridge,
'Outings': Damage Control
As an adherent
of the principles of Antiwar.com, I have benefited from Gordon Prather's knowledge
relating to nuclear matters. It is, therefore, with some disappointment that
I read in his March 17 article on Antiwar.com references to Bob Novak that I
believe are beneath Mr. Prather's usual standard for relaying information –
"the conventional wisdom is the WHIG somehow got Novak to out CIA operative
I know of no Washington
newsman who so strongly bucked the overwhelming "conventional wisdom" supporting
the invasion of Iraq than Bob Novak. In column after column and on TV in the
months before the U.S. invasion, he expressed opposition.
Later, in July,
he was doing what any professional journalist would do – wondering why
the CIA dispatched a well-known Clinton appointee to make an "investigation"
of what turned out to be a misleading statement by Bush (among many misleading,
deliberate or otherwise, statements). Novak reported what he had learned.
Mr. Prather may
continue to attribute malice to Bob Novak, but he should not be misled by that
~ Frank Sullivan
I should have said, "it appears on the basis of evidence introduced in the trial
of Scooter Libby that WHIG members tried – but were unable – to get Judith Miller,
Bob Woodward, Tim Russert, Walter Pincus, Matthew Cooper, et al. to reveal that
'Wilson's wife' worked at the CIA. However, they did somehow get Bob Novak to
'out' CIA operative Valerie Plame."
Is that better?
Players in the CIA Leak Investigation.")
Last Days of Constitutional Rule?
congressional Democrats are currently doing the right thing. As a Vietnam veteran,
I deeply regret that our soldiers' lives are at stake, but you must realize
what effect an ongoing Iraq war will have on the election next year. Remember
the recent midterm elections? If congressional Democrats tamper with the war
in any way, including a reduction of funding or setting a withdrawal date, the
desperate Republicans will seize on this for an excuse as to why we're losing.
The Republicans "broke" Iraq, now they own it!
the right thing for whom? The Democrats' 2008 presidential chances? Hardly an
honorable or credible standard for the public. If this is what the Democrats
are doing, it is a miscalculation. They were given Congress last November to
bring the war to an end. Who will trust them a second time?
Craig Roberts' comparison of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's surreal confession to
those obtained at Stalin's show trials is absolutely accurate. Antiwar conservatives
should abandon the contention that neocons carried their Trotsky portfolios
with them into the conservative camp and call them what they are, American Stalinists.
Stalin took power in the USSR and in the European Communist parties in very
much the same way that neocons edged aside paleocons: by promoting naive or
unprincipled neophytes, co-opting many willing to turn a blind eye to corruption
and accumulation of power in order to defeat old enemies, and slandering those
who sought to impede their march as unpatriotic and defeatist. They even come
with their own version of Pravda, Fox, whose chief function is to glorify
Krauthammer, Kristol, Coulter, and the whole crew as the Stalinist Right is
not only accurate, it would better serve to isolate, defang, and expel them
forever from the ranks of American conservatism.
~ J.R. Hochstedt
reader has a good point. Stalin was perhaps the most personally hegemonic person
ever, but in the end he declared "socialism in one country" over the Trotskyists.
The French Jacobins and Hitler had world-hegemonic intentions. Call them what
you will, the neocons are terrible people.
U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president. Bill Clinton fired 93
at one time. The outrage of the Senate was not seen when he did that. Phony
is phony regardless if a D or an R.
Ron Paul for president.
reader does not understand the issue. As U.S. attorneys are political appointees,
like assistant secretaries, undersecretaries, and secretaries, they are changed
with new administrations. The current scandal is about why a Republican administration
fired its own appointees. The reason apparently is that the U.S. attorneys were
fired because they refused to be politicized and prosecute only Democrats for