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Other points of view should be considered | Letters | July 16

It is extremely encouraging to find a young person like Aaron Covert become so passionately involved in his political concerns and then to sit down and communicate those concerns. I wish more people young and otherwise would do that.

Reading his lengthy letter, he must have known that not everyone would agree completely on the factual side of his letter. He does need to do a little more analytical research on history and what events or administrations may have tripped certain results. For example, FDR's frustration of the Japanese oil efforts did not trigger Pearl Harbor all by itself if at all since the Axis powers were quite busy gobbling up Europe and had made Japan a part of that Axis.

As to "isolationist" policies, numerous circumstances prevailed that would take a year's history class to review. There was, if Mr Covert might discover, a rather deep depression. Plus, early on President Roosevelt was confronted with an actual attempt to overthrow the United States government led by some hefty conservatives whose names included duPont and a few others.

They almost launched the deal, which is documented in the 74th Congress records, had the former Marine Corps commandant they solicited to lead the coup not blown the whistle on the deal.

I am certainly no fan then or now of Jimmy Carter, but he was hardly alone in actions that may or may not have resulted in rebellious folks making us look foolish. Carter did of course exhibit other weaknesses, but do recall it was President Reagan, a good and decent man, who sent 300 Marines to their untimely deaths in Lebanon for no perceivable gain and also loaded up Saddam Hussein at one point with billions in arms, intelligence and money when Hussein was confronting Iran; Johnson's Tonkin Gulf thing that expanded the Vietnam conflict.

The idea that Clinton diddled while Al-Qaeda simply and smoothly put together 9/11 is more an indictment of our intelligence and security operations.

The real concern here is that a stimulated and good writer like Mr. Covert has sought to imbue people with one set of political thinking with more patriotism and religious commitment than those who may disagree with him, and that is contrary to what those folks who started the country talked about.

As to our being a Christian or anti-Christian nation, he may have forgotten that one of the Sons of Liberty was an interesting gentleman named Haym Solomon and that people of all faiths and ethnicities have fought and died to preserve Mr. Covert's right to take his stands.

However, I would rather see more assertive, though uninformed, young people get into the mix and write letters so long as they are willing to accept other points of view.

Joseph J. Honick

Bainbridge Island

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