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Letters to the Editor

June 13, 2005

Never apologize!

To the editor:

John Wayne in an old movie told a junior officer "Never apologize, it is a sign of weakness."

That is the way I feel about the United States constantly apologizing to the foreign nations for everything. The latest is squishing out to the Muslim terrorists in Iraq and their sympathizers. These sympathizers now include not just rioters on Pakistani streets but Newsweek magazine and Amnesty International. The more we kiss their tushes, the more they denounce us, and the less they respect us. The Department of Defense has established procedures for handling the Korans that we would not believe how impossibly respectful and careful our people must be. What good does it do us? The terrorists tell lies, which are believed by Jimmy Carter, ABC, NBC, CBS, the newspapers and about a third of Americans, all of the Muslim world and about half of the rest of the world. We get lawsuits and riots.

Following is part of the speech Hack Wheeler wrote in his column: "Neither this administration nor the American military nor the American people owe an apology whatsoever to the religion of Islam and its believers. The American people have every right to take enormous pride in the respect which our military treats believers in Islam, and in the fact that the American military is not just the most powerful but the most humanitarian fighting force in the history of humankind. It is the Islamic terrorists and their followers who owe an apology for making war on us and owe an apology to their fellow believers in Islam for making war on them."

The United States did not start this war; it started on 11 September 2001 by Muslims. All Muslims are not terrorists, but all of the terrorists involved in the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were Muslims.

I, for one, am proud to be an American, I believe that the United States of America is the greatest country that God has ever created on this Earth, and other nations just have to get used to that fact. If that is arrogant on my part, so be it. May God continue to bless America.

WILLIAM E. MITCHELL,

Lake City