Letter: A Different Kind of War

To the Editor:

There has been considerable discussion of the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki by an American drone. We have seen a typical objection to this “extralegal” killing in a letter by John Karol in the Feb. 28 Valley News (“The Value of McCoy Cartoons”).

If an American had been driving a German tank in World War II, we would have blown it up anyway. If that American had been captured, he would have been executed for treason.

Awlaki, an American, was a leader in a new kind of war against America. He was a prominent leader of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, located in Yemen.

It was no accident that the destroyer Cole was the target of a suicide attack by an explosives-laden motor launch in the Yemen harbor of Aden, killing many American sailors and seriously damaging the guided-missile warship.

Osama bin Laden declared war with his 1993 fatwa, a religious declaration of war. The first attack on the Twin Towers soon followed. Awlaki was a leader in bin Laden’s army.

Jeffrey Hart



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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

To the Editor: Contrary to requests from readers, please continue publishing Glenn McCoy’s mean-spirited and often scurrilous right-wing political cartoons among the predominately liberal others. How else can readers understand the vindictive nastiness exercised by many of today’s so-called conservatives? That said, I agree with a recent McCoy cartoon depicting the Bible bursting into flames as President Obama swears to …

Letter: A Necessary Check on Power

Monday, March 18, 2013

To the Editor: This note corrects a misrepresentation in Jeffrey Hart’s March 13 letter to the Valley News (“A Different Kind of War”). In my earlier letter, I was not objecting to “extralegal” killing by American drones — although such assassinations may yet be declared illegal. I was objecting to “extra-judicial” assassinations whereby President Obama and his executive branch assume …