Big lie about Israel is repeated again

Curtis V. Manning's evocation of the Warsaw ghetto to describe the current situation in Gaza is yet another example of the outrageous Goebelsian tactic being employed by the extreme left in Berkeley to attempt to confuse Americans about what is really happening.

Josef Goebels was the master Nazi propagandist who asserted that if you repeat a lie often enough, it will come to be believed as the truth. Happily, most Americans are smarter than Manning gives them credit for.

When Hamas leaders plainly state they intend the destruction of the state of Israel, Americans understand that Israel is simply defending itself from an existential threat.

The surrounding Arab states have been attacking Israel from the moment of its coming into existence and it is truly a miracle that this tiny country has been able to survive and thrive. It deserves our continuing support as the only true democracy in the region.

Lewis A. Glenn

Danville

Column did not go far enough

Eugene Robinson's column, "World paying for Iraq invasion under Bush, Cheney," is absolutely correct but for one possibility.

After President George H. W. Bush defeated Saddam Hussein in his invasion of Kuwait in 1990, the United States placed a no-fly zone over the Kurdish area of northern Iraq and clamped down on its oil exports.


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No argument that Saddam was a bad-boy dictator, although the United States had already supported a lethal dictator in Chile.

What Robinson left out was the fact the United States had backed Saddam in his war with Iran. Thus, it is reasonable the United States could have bought off Saddam; e.g., control your repression ... control your nasty kids ... go after the Taliban and al-Qaida. Since Saddam hated those folks, we could have had an inexpensive deal instead of several trillion dollars and more than 4,000 dead American soldiers.

In most of the world, Dick Cheney is viewed as a war criminal and President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair as his lap dogs.

Steve Snyder

Walnut Creek

Destructive water policy must stop

The Aug. 26 editorial, "Groundwater bills essential for California," makes good sense -- as far as it goes.

However, no reference is made to the increase in fracking in California, which, from the limited information we see, is injecting poisonous wastes into that same depleted groundwater.

Why on earth is the state allowing this pollution to go ahead without a full understanding of its long-term consequences for the benefit of an already-rich industry that is simply extracting all the oil they can grab as quickly as they can for their overseas markets?

Our governor and all of our state representatives need to be held accountable for this short-term destructive policy.

Red Wetherill

Alameda

Young criminal was clearly one at fault

Why do we worship a 6-foot, 4-inch teen criminal who robbed a store, assaulted a store clerk and beat a cop?

The cop tried to protect himself from being physically attacked by this marijuana doped-up giant criminal. The cop shot him six times, mostly in the right arm, while the criminal was trying to get the cop's gun.

The media will not print the truth, thus, causing riots and looting.

Why do we elect a president who promotes this kind of violence?

Bruno Romano

El Cerrito

Agree that media treats Israel badly

Thanks to the Bay Area News Group for publishing the Aug. 28 letter "Report why Israel is on the defense."

I agree that the media is distorting the news and treating Israel unjustly.

Judy Maller

San Mateo

Should be reporting on Hamas execution

In the casualties reported from Gaza, all the media outlets failed to report the some 40 Palestinians who were executed by Hamas, without a trial or due diligence. Their unproven crime: informing Israel. Some of them were executed in the central square of Gaza, Palestine Square, and the executions were open to the cheering public, so it is impossible that the media network reporters were not aware of the executions.

To be accurate and fair, these casualties are also people. Their death is worth reporting, isn't it?

Gershon Luria

San Lorenzo