The news reports today are depressing:

1) The U.S. and Israel are going all out to support al Fatah and to freeze out Hamas.  However, Daniel Levy in an early morning interview maintains that such simply will not work.  Rather we must somehow reel in Hamas if peace is to be achieved.  Levy is one of the most perceptive commentators on such things:

2) The U.S. has mounted yet another attack on an alleged al Qaeda-dominated city in Iraq — ten thousand U.S. troops on the move and the death toll already mounting:

Yesterday apparently well over 100 Iraqis were killed in Baghdad.
One assumes that the death toll of our troops will be reported with a time delay.

3) An Afghan governmental minister is begging for help in suppressing the drug trade which is corrupting local governments across Afghanistan — how else is one to make a living?  And the death toll is rising there, too.  Such things get to me, as I have had students recently from virtually all of these places.

4) Seymour Hersch reports that we have moved our renditions for prisoners to Mauritania, taken over by a military coup supported by the U.S. two years back.  Yes, they have just had an election, but see Hersch’s comments either in his New Yorker article or in one of his interviews (e.g. Amy Goodman repeat tonight on CUNY TV (75) at 6;30).  Hersch maintains that we are continuing on with torture and assassinations.

As a child of WW2 I never would have imagined that our country could sink so low.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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