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Readers write about environmental-action lawsuits, Israel's human rights record, and schools in Iraq.

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Lawsuits are valid in forcing action on climate change

In response to your May 16 editorial, "A thin-ice way to save polar bears": You cannot make a causal connection between the environmental group's lawsuit and the Bush administration's "defensive posture." I wish I shared your view that we have the luxury of time for government to get its act together, but am afraid there is no proof or disproof on that score.

If I thought the suit was brought on by "ambulance chasers," I might be concerned, but I would not disparage people who are genuinely passionate and concerned about an issue for which we lack strong leadership and action, and to which they are willing to devote their life energy.

I applaud and support the lawsuit. Let's keep this issue foremost in our national and global dialogues in any way we can.


Israel is held up to harsher criticism

Regarding the April 25 article, "Israeli ex-soldiers expose abuse": This article is a prime example of the double standard that is constantly afflicting Israel. The article speaks of a report that presents the testimony of 39 former Israeli soldiers about the mistreatment of Palestinian civilians.

The article completely ignores the atrocities the Palestinians in Hebron have committed on Jewish settlers since they arrived. These go largely ignored by American human rights protectors, who focus on Israel's mishaps.

Concerning torture methods, such as placing suspects into "uncomfortable positions," Israel is one of the few countries whose Supreme Court has prohibited all forms of torture outright. Powerful democracies of our day, such as the United States, Britain, and Germany, openly use minor forms of torture such as uncomfortable positions, loud music, and sleep deprivation to attain information from terrorists. But Israel's official stance is against even the most minor forms of torture.

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