Monday, November 19, 2007


As a frequently published letter writer, I cherish freedom of speech, public debate and honest interchange of ideas, which are the foundation of our democracy. I was, however, appalled to read the recent letter that advocated bombing Pakistan's nuclear facilities including its nuclear bombs "if it appears that [Pakistani President Pervez] Musharraf is losing control of Pakistan" ("Acting on Musharraf," Voice of the people, Nov. 9). That is an insane recipe of catastrophe for Pakistan, America and, indeed, the world. We have suffered through nearly seven years of hideous governmental policy of bombing and then invading countries like Afghanistan and Iraq that upset our leaders by not doing exactly as they are required. Is it any wonder we are reviled around the world as a rogue state that uses lies, fear, thuggery and duplicity to either attack or threaten to attack countries that do not threaten us but fail to do our bidding?

Our current leaders have no qualms throwing around phases like "every military option is on the table" and "Iran learning how to develop nuclear weapons will lead to World War III." As of yet Pakistan has remained out of their cross hairs.

I will forever defend the right of anyone to write a public letter on any subject. But please, Charles Bloom, don't encourage more madness from these fools in their last months of self-destruction.

Originally published in Chicago Tribune, November 19, 2007