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Issue: "Rockwell's resurgence," Nov. 24, 2001

Confused no more

A few weeks ago I began learning about Islam at my public high school. My teachers left me quite confused as to what Muslims truly believe, with statements like, "Islam's Allah is Christianity's God." Then your Sept. 27 special issue on Islam and terrorism arrived in the mail, and I read it cover to cover. I now feel that I have a realistic view of Islam in general and the threat of terrorism posed by its extremists. I am very grateful for your clear and decisive reporting from a Christian perspective, without which I would have been very confused. - Abigail Hostetter, Dacula, Ga.

Deep enough

I have seen pictures involving young boys being brainwashed in training to be suicide bombers, the forced genital mutilation of young girls, and the cutting off of hands as a punishment for stealing. But not until I saw the photo of the proud Shi'ite Muslim mother, holding a symbolic knife and her bleeding baby, did the full depth of the horror come together. - Doris Dennis, Oakland, Ore.

Certainty, certainly

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Your special issue was outstanding. Thank you for being a certain voice in a time of increasing uncertainty. - Madelyn Higby, Towaco, N.J.

In love and truth

I just read "Tolerance vs. pluralism" and I say, "Amen." I think there is a similar form of thinking among Christians that says we should all set aside our differences and be unified. That leads to about the same thing as pluralism and waters down Christianity. Rather, what we need is love for our fellow man when speaking the truth. - Mike McKinley, Decatur, Ga.

Ignorance unaddressed

I found your summary of world terrorist events over the last few decades very interesting, but was astounded that in all that time you could mention only two IRA atrocities, the first of these only in 1979 ("Appetite for evil," Oct. 27). The IRA has been the prototype for terrorism through most of the 20th century, intensifying its activities after 1968. Even bombs that devastated large sectors of the city of London, or the appalling Omagh bomb of three years ago, are ignored in your summary, let alone the steady procession of sectarian killings and murders of innocent people and security forces. The American people, with whom I stand wholeheartedly in the present "war" on terrorism, bear a dreadful responsibility (shared with British governments, especially this one, in their determination to show that terrorism pays) for financing the Irish terror machine, which has provided such an example to the world. This is in great measure down to ignorance: It is a pity to see this ignorance unaddressed. - Dugald Barr, London, England

Keeping track

I think your "30 Muslim leaders worth knowing about" in the Oct. 27 issue is an invaluable scorecard in keeping up with some of them who now appear on television with such increasing regularity. - David W. McCullough, Asheville, N.C.

Writing into their hands

I was very disappointed by "Twin-engine terror?" (Oct. 13). While terrorist attacks from small planes are a concern, such articles promote the fear and paranoia that terrorists want to spread. - Kyle S. Smith, Jackson, Calif.

Just asking

Andre Seu is unable to call the war on terrorism "Good vs. Evil" ("True patriotism," Oct. 13). To those who object, I ask, Osama is evil but are we good? Forty million abortions, homosexuality promoted in public schools and in media, materialism driving our society, and we call ourselves good and Osama evil? Does political and religious freedom or oil and profits define our relationships with China, Northern Sudan, Saudi Arabia? Were we "good" when, at President Bush's urging, Congress abandoned the legislation to oppose the genocide, famine, and religious persecution in Sudan? - Barry Dean Williams, Eugene, Ore.

Apt comparison

Your special issue on Islam did much to dispel the misconceptions that many of the media have been spreading since the War of September 11 started. You highlighted the vast differences between a Christian and even a "moderate" Islamic worldview, differences other media have chosen to miss. We do not seek a conflict between Western and Islamic civilizations, but I fear that we have been slow to realize that many Muslims are seeking one with us. As in Cold War I, there are too many on our side who, falsely believing in the innate goodness of mankind and therefore the general benignity of Islam, would weaken our resolve to contain, and when needed, fiercely combat Islamic totalitarianism. Likewise, while it is true that some of the Islamic complaints about Western society are justified, what your issue points out so well is that in terms of freedom and compassion, a corrupted and fading Christendom is still far, far superior to anything the Islamic worldview even wants to produce, much less has. On this score, the comparison of Islam and Communism is apt indeed. - Chris Hutchinson, Statesboro, Ga.


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