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What It Takes To Fight Terrorism


Finally, someone spells it out. Terrorism is not an American problem; it is an international problem ("One nation can't stop the fanatics," Editorials, Sept. 20). Fighting terrorism is not about fighting one country, such as Iraq; it's about fighting religious fanatics who live in and have access to all countries. Americans must understand that international collaboration and forging strong, united, and unshakable international relationships is the only way this fight will ever be won.

The international ties that President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney damaged will need mending. The world needs leaders who will act as responsible global citizens, who will seek international consensus and support before using military power, and who will put human interests before profit. Albert Einstein said: "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them." I hope, as the Canadian wife of U.S. Infantry soldier headed for Iraq, that people will think of this when they vote in November.

Christianne Cusin

Montreal

Your editorial claims that Islamic extremists "have but one demand -- the destruction of modern secular society." Really? Chechen terrorists don't care about Chechnya becoming independent? Palestinian terrorists don't care about getting Israel out of the West Bank and Gaza? Iraqi insurgents don't care about the American occupation of Iraq? Islamic extremists no doubt do despise modern secular society. To claim that is all that motivates them is dangerous nonsense. It implies that the only thing we can do about Islamic terrorists is kill them. In fact, if ordinary Muslims have legitimate grievances against the U.S. and other Western countries and we fail to address them, we strengthen the terrorists' support and act as their recruiter.

Is that what you want?

John Harllee Jr.

Washington

The Boeing-Airbus controversy is not over subsidies ("Boeing vs. Airbus: It's getting ugly," European Business, Sept. 20). Boeing (BA) is seeing its market share drop year after year because Boeing has not been well run for the past 10 years. History tells us that airplane companies that could not read the market were driven out of business: Convair with its 880, Lockheed with its 1011, and McDonnellDouglas with its DC-10. Airbus moved ahead of Boeing with its A380, the cargo plane of the future, with a predicted run of 1,500 units by 2020. There is no way for Boeing to win in the commercial aviation field.

David Chigos

Point Loma, Calif.

Catherine Yang's article about Blackboard ("Big program on campus," Science & Technology, Sept. 20) is a timely reflection on the most important pedagogical innovation involving the Internet: effective online distance learning. I am awed whenever I become aware that a student enrolled in one of my online classes is serving abroad in our nation's military, working toward a degree while off duty. Blackboard not only enables them to continue their academic studies, it also affords them to stay in contact with other students from "home" -- wherever that may be.

James W. Gabberty

Pace University

New York

With interest, I read the table "The wage divide" claiming that women get paid less than men ("Sex-bias suits: The fight gets ugly," European Business, Sept. 6-13). James Mill, the British historian, economist, and philosopher, claimed in his Essay on Government that any person should own and consume only what he produces himself. If he consumes more, it has to be taken from another person's production. And this person now has less than what he produces.

Some time ago, as president of a local school board, I compared the lifetime wages of male and female teachers. In this case, monthly wages were the same. But because women live considerably longer than men and total retirement income was therefore considerably higher, the women's monthly income needs to be 17% lower than the income of the men.

According to the European Union average in your table (16%), women are paid just right! The fairy tale of underpaid women, mostly propagated by female politicians and journalists, is uninformed or dishonest.

Rudolf Beer

Gerlafingen, Switzerland


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