Letters to the Editor

Let Arab world solve its own problems

Have no doubt that President Bush feels the United States is the deciding power to be reckoned with in the Middle East, and in Iraq in particular.

An article on the Internet suggests the rest of the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia, does not see this administration possessing omniscient powers and does not support the Nouri al-Maliki government in Iraq as willingly as Bush does.

The Shiites and Sunnis are not in agreement on many points and only they can decide on anything of a reconciliatory nature. Other Arab states may have influences here and the United States should not try to run the entire world.

We are, after all, not perceived to be — and have not shown ourselves to be — even-handed in our diplomatic approaches under this administration. We will never be the decision-makers for the Arab world, so we should back off and let them settle the issues for themselves.

RON JESKE

Modesto

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