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Also a victim

Sir, — I differ with the views in your editorial, "Dangerous tactics" ( Oct. 7 ). Israel is always portrayed as an aggressor and never as a victim. One need not have intelligence inputs to know that Syria and Lebanon are involved in training militants on their soil to carry out strikes against Israel — it is plain understanding of the Middle East crisis.

Unmesh Chandran,
Kochi

Sir, — I do not see why the Prime Minister was in such a hurry to condemn the attack. The attack came after the Haifa suicide blast in which many civilians were killed. China and Japan asked both sides to show restraint — a sign of a good foreign policy.

S.R. Sharma,
New Delhi

Sir, — Israel's attitude would not have been what it is but for the United States' unconditional support to its unilateral and often arrogant actions. It came as no surprise when the U.S. vetoed a draft resolution by Syria at the U.N., citing petty reasons. And now the U.S. is advising restraint by both sides. This is a classic case of the devil quoting the scriptures.

S. Muralidhar,
Chennai

Sir, — The U.S.' open support to Israel through the years has been the main strength of Arial Sharon. But while the U.S. on the one hand supports Israel's attack on Syria, it is tight-lipped about Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. This shows the double standards of the U.S.

Sreedhar Ganji,
Hyderabad

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