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Breeding more violence

The anti-terrorist tactic suggested in an Aug. 19 letter [“Execute the families”] is called “collective punishment.” Israelis and Palestinians have used it against each other since the 1900s. We used it against the natives of this country and against Japanese citizens who had the misfortune to be here during WWII.

Can this writer imagine looking into the eyes of a child (one just like his own) and pulling a trigger? Would this be gratifying, as his letter suggests? Better to push a button and reduce an entire city to ashes. From a distance, its people look like ants. It’s easy to squash an ant.

The letter says the Torah and Qur’an support violence. Indeed?



“What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.” – Torah.

“No one is a believer until he desires for his brother what he desires for himself.” – Qur’an




Were we to employ “collective punishment,” we’d be no better than those we despise and would only breed more violence. The letter advocated stopping terrorism “by whatever means are most effective.” The means is to get to the root of our enemy’s hatred and fear and do whatever is necessary to lay them to rest.

Maya Bohnhoff

Nevada City


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