On Gitmo, Chavez, and War

Re: Et Tu, Gitmo?

To the Editor:

I have just read “Et Tu, Gitmo?” and it was quite interesting. I do not believe in torture; I think it is wrong. But I have been thinking — instead of loud music being played 24 hours a day, 7 days a week why not play a CD of the New Testament in their [the detainees’] dominant language whether it be Arabic, Kurdish, Assyrian, Armenian etc. Who knows, maybe we could convert some of them to Christianity and they would no longer want to kill us.

Kenneth Leyanna
Dunnellon, Fla.

Re: The 'Miracle' of Cuba; Chavez Proposed for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize

To the Editor:

I am one American who is delighted to hear that Hugo Chavez is a [proposed, if not an actual] candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. I have admired him since seeing the Irish documentary, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” a couple of years ago.

Would that our government, instead of bad-mouthing a leader who puts human rights and needs first, would learn from him that their job, too, requires that they consider “the general welfare” (see the U.S. constitution) rather than the enrichment of the rich and the effort to build what can only be called empire.

Bernice Vetsch
St. Paul, Minn.

Re: The Republican War

To the Editor:

“Make no mistake — despite the Democratic floundering, this is a Republican War, not an American War. If dissent is the highest form of patriotism as Thomas Jefferson once said, then American citizens need to send a message to their government before the drum beat of war leads to Iran.”

We ARE the American people. This IS an American war.

What you have seemed to miss is that we had an election, and the American people voted for President Bush. Same as your country has elections and votes by majority. You seem to miss that point.

Nick Jackson
Redmond, Wash.