Letters to the Editor
Readers write about Bush's diplomacy, Benazir Bhutto's will, racial bias in soccer, and the overload of information in schools.
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Regarding the Feb. 6 article "Under Bush's budget, number of diplomats gets a boost": The article starts with the barb "George W. Bush may be tagged the 'undiplomatic' president in some circles," which reinforces a false perception that the president did not sufficiently use diplomacy before taking down the evil regime of Saddam Hussein.
It is worth recalling that at the time when the United States was debating war, President Bush and his administration made strenuous diplomatic efforts to get Hussein to comply with UN resolutions. Likewise, the Bush administration tried mightily to gain the support and cooperation of our major European allies. However, as is well known, several of those allies had improper financial deals with the dictator. Naturally, those allies were unsympathetic to Bush's diplomatic efforts.
Despite seven years of the mainstream press's grind against Bush, the approval rating of the Democratic-controlled Congress is lower than that of the president. It is reassuring that the American public can still think for itself.
Bhutto's will dissapoints democratic hopes
The Feb. 6 article, "Bhutto's party releases her will to bolster PPP support" brings into sharp focus Benazir Bhutto's legacy as an icon of democracy.
Bhutto's handwritten will bears testimony that her commitment to dynastic politics was paramount in her desire to rule. That she had declared herself life chairperson of the Pakistan People's Party often led Pakistanis to wonder if others in the party would ever have the opportunity to come to the forefront in her lifetime, especially while she was in self-imposed exile.
It is disappointing, nay, depressing, that in her death she closed the doors for other key leaders to come to power by naming her husband, Asif Zardari, and 19-year-old son, Bilawal, as most capable of taking the party forward.
The will, which is being touted by the PPP as validating Zardari's right to become Pakistan's next prime minister, reduces the party's stature to that of a family enterprise, belying its oft-stated commitment to democracy.
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