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Readers write about nuclear weapons, how Israelis can build peace with Palestinians, and what students really need to learn

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Candidates should discuss threat of nuclear weapons

In regard to the Sept. 25 editorial, "Fifteen questions for the first debate": Your otherwise excellent piece had a glaring omission. You failed to pose a question about one of the gravest threats facing humanity: nuclear weapons.

Over the past two years, a growing chorus has called for bold international leadership to ensure that more nations or terrorists do not acquire nuclear weapons. Some statesmen, such as former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and former Sen. Sam Nunn, have even called on the next US president to take specific steps to move toward "a world free of nuclear weapons."

The good news is both John McCain and Barack Obama take the nuclear threat seriously and have outlined policies that are close to what Mr. Shultz and his colleagues have prescribed. But campaign rhetoric is a far cry from reality.


Israel can still become a paradise

Regarding the Sept. 24 Opinion piece, "Israel's slipping democracy": This commentary reminds me of a young Palestinian high school teacher I met in a West Bank town 15 years ago.

"We Palestinians and the Israelis understand democracy," he told me, "the other Arabs do not. I cannot push the Israeli into the sea; he cannot drive me into the desert. Together we could make this a Garden of Eden."


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