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From sadanand@mail.ccsu.edu Fri Apr 19 13:00:09 2002
From: Sadanand, Nanjundiah (Physics) <sadanand@mail.ccsu.edu>
Subject: Lieberman asks Senate to support Sharon/ Bush calls Sharon Man of Peace/ and then there's Adam Shapiro...
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 12:49:53 -0400

Taking Issue With Lieberman's Mideast Stand

Letter to the Hartford Courant, from Justine McCabe, 18 April 2002

April 15 always brings the unpleasant reminder that an enormous chunk of my taxes will go to a grossly bloated defense budget. So, having just sent off my tax return, I found it vexing to read the description of the new moral standard demanded by our morals monitor, Sen. Lieberman, with regard to U.S. Mideast policy.

If the Lieberman standard were to prevail in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, even more of my hard-earned tax money would be spent by an American-armed and aid-dependent Israel to massacre more innocent Palestinian civilians, to demolish more of their homes and civil society, and to commit more violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war.

It is nothing but immorality that characterizes the views of U.S. leaders such as Sen. Lieberman who, for more than 35 years, have overwhelmingly supported the very source of the current violence - an illegal Israeli military occupation of Palestinian lands. Such leaders have dared to corrupt our American values of fairness and justice by using our tax dollars - $3 billion to $5 billion annually - to institutionalize brutal Israeli control over 3.2 million Palestinians, their land and water.

If Sen. Lieberman is sincere about wanting to point the way to the moral high ground in this conflict, surely he knows that the passage is not through tanks and money to Israel. It can only be found through justice: ending the occupation.

Justine McCabe
New Milford