227. Editorial sides with the oppressor

Congratulations for printing such a one-sided and biased editorial on March 29. You chose to align yourself with the oppressor against the oppressed. You deserve to be complimented for the approach you have taken, condemning the suicide bombing and ignoring its causes.

Not only have you tried to lay the blame at the feet of the occupied, but by neglecting to mention the occupation even once you seem to have absolved the occupier, absolved him of the greatest sin he has committed, building illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land.

Unlike your remarkably slanted editorial, Zbigniew Brzenzinsky, a former national security adviser, made the mistake on PBS Newshour (April 1) of criticizing both sides. There is no need to elaborate on his criticism of the Palestinians; your editorial did an excellent job in this regard. As for the Israelis he said, they "are becoming increasingly like the white supremacist South Africans, viewing the Palestinians as a lower form of life, not hesitating to kill a great many of them."

There can be no moral equivalence between the occupier and the occupied. The occupier is not defending himself as the media keep parroting; rather he is defending occupation with the most sophisticated and lethal weapons at his disposal. The occupied, on the other hand, is trying to get back his freedom with the only weapon he has--his body.

Although no one approves such actions, one must ponder what has driven sane people to such desperate acts.

April 11, 2002