Letters to the Editor

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21, 2013

Don’t trust anyone

In the Sept. 14 article “Odd criticism of Israel,” the author states, “No American boots have suffered harm on Israeli soil.” While technically true, American boots have been killed by Israel elsewhere.

Per Wikipedia: “The USS Liberty was a U.S. Navy technical research ship that was attacked on June, 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Navy motor torpedo boats. The attack killed 34 crew members, wounded 171 crew members and severely damaged the ship. At the time, the ship was in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula 29.3 miles; northwest from the Egyptian city of Arish.”

Israel is an ally, but like all our allies puts their own interests first. The adage “keep your friends close but your enemies closer” should be a cornerstone of our foreign policy. The U.S. should not implicitly trust its allies any more than its enemies.

Frank Puschak

Spokane



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