Sun, May 16, 2004 - Page 8 News List

Unrepentant and proud

By Jack Chua

Your recently published letter by Ghulam Muhammed of India [Hatemongers usurping US, May 12, page 8] shows the distorted view of the world so often found prevalent among Muslims. Muhammad claims he saw no contrition in the faces of US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and General Richard Myers.

I have a differing view, a view shared by more than 60 percent of the American public. Recent polls taken show more than 60 percent of Americans do not believe Rumsfeld has to resign over this Iraqi prison episode.

They know what the few soldiers did was probably wrong, but they also say that it is unfair to blame Rusmfeld or anyone in the higher echelon of the U.S. government. Americans do not put much credence in the animated outrage from the rest of the world, more especially from the Arab world. These much publicized cries of anguish from Muslims do not win our sympathy because we do not see the same outcry for the much worse atrocities committed by former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's followers on Westerners working in Iraq. Muhammed's version of the Iraq war is also distorted. US forces went into Iraq to bring down Saddam, not to suppress the Iraqis. Saddam for more than 20 years had been brutalizing the Iraqis. Where was the outrage from the world for his crime? Muhammed claims President George W. Bush's policies on Iraq is wrong. If the Muslims so love their Iraqi brothers, where are their efforts to help rebuild Iraq? We have not seen any Muslim country sending anything of value to help the Iraqis. The vast portion of this burden is being borne by the American people. Perhaps Muhammed wants Rumsfeld and Myers to get on their knees and beg for forgiveness. The American public will have none of this. When we see senior clerics and imams come out openly to decry the atrocities being committed by Saddam's followers, we will start to believe that the grief over the treatment of these Iraqi prisoners are real. Until such time, you can forget about it. We are sorry these things happen and we know the government will punish those responsible. But you will not get an apology from any one of us.

Jack Chua

South Plainfield, New Jersey

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