DON’T TAKE BIN LADEN CLAIMS AT FACE VALUE
David Klinghoffer posits that atheism is a greater threat than Islamic antisemitism ( Muslim antisemitism is becoming our fetish, November 9). He then — shockingly — aligns himself with bin Laden and the father of militant Islamicism, Sayyid Qutb, quoting bin Laden as evidence that the separation of state and religion was responsible for provoking 9/11.
If bin Laden had instead blamed Jewish religious freedom in the US as the provocation for 9/11, would Klinghoffer advocate the closure of US synagogues? Dan Susman Ospringe Road, NW5
It is hard to know where to begin to castigate David Klinghoffer’s arrant folly. His opposition of “truth vs tribe” might hold water if, as a rule, people chose to be Jewish rather than being born into it; if Jews numbered in the hundreds of millions and so Klinghoffer, like Stalin and Mao, could blithely shrug off a few million dead; if our enemies did not epitomise themselves by saying, “You love life, we love death”. But none of this is so.
Klinghoffer is wrong to call the Muslims “our traditional tribal enemies”. Antisemitism is our only enemy, whether it springs up in imperial Rome, Plantagenet England, Reconquista Spain, Nazi Germany or the Muslim Brotherhood. To spin a twisted reading of Judaism that attempts to persuade us that we have more in common with murdering Islamists than neo-conservative philosemites who want only to fight alongside us is a monstrous invitation to communal suicide. Richard Cooper St Helens Road, Gosport PO12