NOW should look in mirror
re cnn's secret memo (now, november 8-14). We appreciate your "courage" in taking a quantum leap and telling us the media is manipulated. All sarcasm aside, your focus on the obvious keeps you from the journalistic integrity you espouse.
The only way you could be doing less is by adding to the "confusion" with stories about the heroes of doomed Flight 93.
The only thing more ridiculous than Jeremy Glick, a hero from Flight 93, telling his wife to "take care of" their newborn daughter and "have a good life" is the "investigation" into the doomed airliner.
No black box data for public consumption. No recorded "contact" between air traffic control, pilots or hijackers. Korans, Arabic flight manuals and instructive suicide notes for everyone in the back of hijackers' cars.
Senator Arlen Spector visited the site of the crash Friday, November 9. The same Spector who 38 years ago formulated one of the grossest lies ever to the American people -- the "magic bullet" theory that formed the basis of the Warren Commission's report on the death of John F. Kennedy.
Media manipulation? Maybe NOW should look in the mirror before it points the finger.
Luis Figo, Toronto
Reading between the lines
re cnn's secret memo (now, november 8-14). Enzo Di Matteo is bang on with his exposé of the U.S. TV news networks, especially CNN, who've turned grovelling puppets and boot-lickers of Washington propaganda in America's war on the Afghan people.
Of course, Canadian news organizations were waving the Maple Leaf long before September 11.
It has become so bad that now I rely exclusively on BBC for my information. I am fed up to here with the contextual half-truths and artful disinformation spouted by the Dr. Strangeloves at the Pentagon and the state department.
O.G. Pamp Tweed
The left's faulty logic
reading the current issue (now,November 8-14), I find the following: Rudolf Manook writes in to complain of U.S. cruelty in attacking "a defenceless, half-starved country half the size of Ontario."
Michael T. Klare, on the other hand, complains of the foolishness of the U.S. in fighting two wars, when "it is doubtful that victory can be achieved in both." I find it interesting that the left-wing critique of the current war includes both the idea that Afghanistan is helpless and also that it is too powerful to defeat.
Of course, the left wing has no difficulty with this contradiction, living on an elevated moral plane that is above mere logic (much like the Taliban, who are also lost in strange delusions of morality that defy logic).
Further, Klare asserts that the purpose of the war is to "gain tighter control over the Persian Gulf and its abundant oil supplies," thus perpetuating the myth so enthusiastically promulgated during the Gulf War. Come on, everybody, let's chant: No blood for oil.
David Palter, Toronto
Why the Taliban rules
to answer jaspal gill's question NOW, November 8-14) -- why do thousands of people in Muslim countries support the Taliban, or even Osama bin Laden himself? Because they see the Taliban as the only "government" out there that is willing to stand up to the U.S.
Do I think supporting the Taliban is a good idea, or have any sympathy for them or their supporters?
No. But in the absence of any real leadership, people will take what they can get. By the way, for the record, I'm a she, not a he.
Amal Ahmed, Mississauga
Sign of the times
i've heard several times since September 11 that "irony is dead."
Well, pockets of it are still alive and well all over. Take a walk through the short tunnel connecting the Yonge-Eglinton Centre with the subway.
Am I the only person to find irony in the bad timing of the ad campaign for Teletoon's newest cartoon? No fewer than 12 backlit posters proclaim: "A Top Secret Military Weapon... now available in Sheepskin. Sheep In The Big City.... New This Fall.... It's Unreal."
No kidding. The fact that anthrax can be found naturally in the hides of some animals, including sheep, is not a secret any more.
Jamie Browning, Toronto
U.S. spoils remembrance
i was offended to see the american flag flying in our Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Canada must avoid associating itself with American aggression. It isolates us from the rest of the world in a manner that the U.S. seems to have no problem with.
It is a typical action of a desperate and fading empire. What would possess Canada to associate itself with such destruction ?
Kevin D. Peck Toronto
Selling out the moraine
save the rouge valley president Glenn DeBaeremaeker has applauded the Tory government's Oak Ridges Moraine conservation plan.
DeBaeremaeker called the plan "a gift to my children and to my children's children." He then proceeded to open a bottle of champagne he bought in 1995, on the day of Mike Harris's election victory.
Blinded by his unabashed pursuit of seeing his name in the paper and his face on TV, the Save the Rouge president has sold out to a government that needs to improve its poll numbers in the 905 area.
He has also publicly bashed his colleagues in the environmental community who sat on the advisory panel trying to buffer the government's position. A great man, a leader, a suburban sage? Or just a sellout?
Jack Mitchell, Toronto
A councillor out of touch
re don wins one (now, november 8-14). Councillor Paul Sutherland's contemptuous, and contemptible, comment on being defeated on the plan to "study" building another four lanes on the DVP is highly revealing: "This was a leadership issue, and it was turned down by a council that doesn't know what is going on in the real world."
It's precisely because of what's happening in the "real world" that council turned Sutherland's idea down. It's what's left of the real Don Valley world (described in Sheila Gostick's Gimme Ducks, Not Cars) that should be preserved, and not in some museum diorama. Perhaps that's where Mr. Sutherland belongs.
Geoff Rytell Toronto
Raising Jewish objections
ellie kirzner hears a rabbi advocating (in my opinion) a war against the Palestinian people and objects (NOW, November 1-7), and the Canadian Jewish Congress writes a letter because it doesn't like what she has to say. Now there's a story.
Naseer Ahmad, Toronto
Israel's terror doublespeak
in yet another hysterical attack against anyone who dares question the brutality of the Israeli occupation, the Canadian Jewish Congress's Simon Rosenblum rebukes Ellie Kirzner for her criticism of Israeli policies.
In doing so, he utilizes the same shopworn arguments employed by the Israeli government since the beginning of the current Palestinian uprising -- most notably that the Palestinians missed an historic opportunity when they rejected the "initiatives put forward by Ehud Barak and Bill Clinton."
In reality, most Palestinians understood very clearly that a compromise that allowed Israeli control over electricity, gas and water, the right to run computer checks on all persons leaving and entering the country, and no dismantling of Jewish settlements was not an historic opportunity but, rather, a road to permanent subjugation.
Rosenblum then disingenuously attempts to compare Yasser Arafat to Osama bin Laden.
Palestinians hardly need lectures on terrorism from Israel, a master of state terror on a daily basis.
Blair Kuntz, Toronto
Harkness's warped view
i find it both humorous and pathetic that John Harkness, while complaining of being "hit over the head" with Arthur Miller's message in Focus (NOW, November 8-14), so readily misses the point.
His major beef with what is, in my opinion, a well-crafted and well-performed film, lies in the casting of William H. Macy in the title role for the reason that he looks more like "a midwestern goy" than a Jew.
What, then, does a "Jew," look like, Mr. Harkness? Or has Miller's simple and obvious message still not sunk in?
Italian, not Jewish, and still offended
Red Rocket blues
i live at queen and sumach,ostensibly on one of the most frequently serviced streetcar routes in the city. I work one day a week at Bay and Bloor in an office that takes me 35 minutes to walk to and anywhere from 20 to 50 minutes to get to by public transit (one streetcar, one subway).
Every week, I experience some type of inconvenience. This morning, I waited on Queen for 15 minutes for a streetcar at rush hour, and when one finally did arrive, it was packed to capacity. There were no cars following closely behind, so I had no choice.
Perhaps it's time to call a boycott of the TTC to send a message. Something has to be done about our "world-class transit system."
Jason Allen, Toronto