Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 23, 2011 7:20 AM

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In support of the pro-life supplement

I'm sure Human Life Alliance's pro-life advertising supplement is troubling and offensive to abortion-rights advocates. It gives voice to women who are haunted by their abortions, and it points out studies that purport to show the harmful long-term effects of abortion. It illustrates the physical development of the unborn child. It points out the eugenic history of Planned Parenthood and how abortion is so disproportionately high among black women.

It's meant to help protect women and their unborn children, and all the information in the supplement is extensively documented with footnotes, so readers are free to check the sources and judge for themselves. Perhaps that is what drives its detractors so crazy and causes them to make ad hominem attacks rather than well-reasoned arguments.

Jeanne Bryson
UI staff

Libyan conflict cynicism

Here we go again. Bombs over Libya to take out yet another crazed Muslim bad guy. If the aim of all of this is to make the other Islamic nations of the world fearful that they may be next, it is succeeding magnificently. It is rather hilarious to hear Republican Party supporters of Bush's wars complaining about the unconstitutionality of not consulting Congress. They are now whining that we do not have a king that can simply unleash the violence of our war machine at will. When is someone going to admit that "yes we do," and we like it like that because we have become numb and ignorant of most of what goes on in our name and with our money? March Madness basketball is much more fun. Please pass the popcorn.

The Arab League stunningly calls for intervention but then quickly says: "The situation looks dangerous; you go first" to America and friends. Everybody hates Qaddafi, but they turn to us as if we were the Lucca Brazzi hit man of the new world order.

It is really France that should take over the whole Libyan mess and put its boots and its noses back on the ground in North Africa. They are the ones who have decided that some high-level Libyan regime defectors plus a bunch of teenagers with shotguns in pickups constitute a legitimate government worthy of recognition and defense. But France will, of course, draw NATO into it — and on and on it goes.

Jim Julich
UI librarian emeritus

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