Diplo­macy nec­es­sary in Mid­dle East

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

In­herOp-Ed­col­umn,“Unitin­ga­gain­stau­ni­ver­sal en­emy,” (Com­men­tary, Nov. 27 edi­tion) Suzan­neField­sem­bracesBen­jam­inNe­tanyahu’s viewthatIran­rep­re­sents­the­samedan­ger­to­day that Ger­many did in 1938. Is it her opin­ion that theUnit­edS­tatesshouldem­barkuponWorldWar III to de­fend Is­rael?

Amer­i­can sup­port­ers of Is­rael and its in­ter­estsintheMid­dleEastarecon­cernedlestaback­lasha­gain­st­themde­velop.Itisthat­con­cern­that feed­s­the“IranasNaz­iGer­many”anal­ogy.How­ever, as Amer­i­cans con­tinue to die in Iraq and the Mid­dle East con­tin­ues to be a boil­ing caul­dron, Amer­i­can in­ter­ests must be paramount, and scare tac­tics will not change that re­al­ity.

The world ac­knowl­edges that the Is­raeliPales­tini­an­con­flict­must­bere­solved­ifweareto at­tain any peace­ful so­lu­tion in the Mid­dle East. Bri­tishPrimeMin­is­terTonyBlair,thes­taunch­est ally of Pres­i­dent Bush and the neo­cons in their march­to­war,now­call­sloudlyand­dai­ly­foraset­tle­ment of the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian prob­lem. He sees no peace in the area be­fore that is un­der­taken. If friends of Is­rael are con­cerned for its fu­ture,th­ey­can­not­pro­mote­war.There­mustbe a fair and diplo­matic so­lu­tion for Is­rael’s fu­ture to be se­cure. Joan Salemi West Spring­field, Vir­ginia

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