Letters to the Editor 

A waste of space

I find it appalling that Jack Lessenberry’s column is allowed to take up such expensive space in Metro Times (Politics & Prejudices, Metro Times, April 16-22). I would expect nothing less from a city that is plagued with American-born extremists, building pipe bombs in their basements, and laying one sucker punch after another on the United States, a nation that can’t find the intellect to convict or find its own people for brutal acts of terrorism, domestically and abroad.

Your suggestion that the Iraqi people will be better off now that thousands of their innocent men, womyn and children lay dead, dismembered, and bleeding in overcrowded Iraqi hospitals is the root of American state-sponsored terrorism. Saddam is not the answer for the Iraqi people. Neither are America’s leading white supremacists, who are on record for co-mingling with the KKK, the KGB, Osama bin Laden, Colombian warlords and Saudi terrorists!

Print that on one of your expensive pages, or eat your own words as Gerber baby food! It’s you, Lessenberry, who needs to grow up! —Amrit Kohli, info@blueski.com, Detroit

There was a war?

I usually agree with Jack Lessenberry, but his latest column is a reciprocal statement to the diligent anti-war message he was presenting. Is he admitting the war is OK now?

Jack, there was no war in Iraq. The exercise in Iraq was an annihilation of a defenseless people. Attacking tanks with pickup trucks was not very smart? We should have just bribed them and we would have saved a lot of lives.

The sad part is that our nation is reveling in this “great victory” before the actual endgame is played. What is next? Is civil war brewing in Iraq? Do we invade Syria? Is Russia going to sit back while we pick apart the Middle East?

Well, it remains to be seen what will happen. Let me know when Iraq is our 51st state. After all, they are a democracy now. —Ken Farhat, kdf160@aol.com, Sterling Heights

The wrong target

Thank you very much, Jack Lessenberry, for your unsolicited opinion regarding our efforts to protest the war, and your half-assed explanations of our purpose and meaning. You might be better off spending more time making sure your own house is in order before you choose to utilize ours to achieve your goals and objectives as a journalist.

I would ask you to consider your statement that “The world, and Iraq in particular, will be much better off with Saddam dead or disappeared.” I would answer that just maybe the world, Iraq, and the United States would be better off with Saddam alive and on trial for war crimes, as opposed to being summarily executed at the discretion of the U.S. military. Then, we might have a chance to fully probe the depths of his relationship with various governments and power brokers, not to mention a better understanding of exactly how and why he was able to control Iraq in the manner that he did.

If you need a target for your rhetoric that embodies the confusion and complexity of the time at hand, you really don’t have to look far from your own computer screen, do you? —Bill Hazel, williamh61@hotmail.com, Ferndale

Klein’s fine

I was very pleased with the story Sarah Klein wrote about my company (“Kidnapping — the game,” Metro Times, April 16-22). The feature was well written and really brought out the essence of many aspects of Extreme Kidnapping. Sometimes the media attempts to put a negative spin on stories about my company, but that was not the case here. This story was fair and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Everyone I know liked the article, and the cover picture was so “in your face,” you just had to pick up a copy to find out what it was all about.

Klein is a talented writer and was a pleasure to work with. Her detailed narrative and insight mixed with humor and description really painted an intriguing picture so those who didn’t know could get a glimpse into what we do. —Adam Thick, Warren

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