Letters to the Editor

Weapons sales to Middle East are a bad idea

I was dismayed to read in The Bee ("Arms sales will help secure Middle East, Rice says," July 31, Page A-10) that the Bush administration has decided to sell $30 billion worth of high-tech weapons — including our most advanced fighter, the F-22 Raptor — to those peace-loving nations of the Arab world: Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia (home to 19 of the 20 Sept. 11 hijackers).

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, she of the straight face and honest appeal during the pitch to the United Nations on the importance of invading Iraq and destroying their weapons of mass destruction (are they still looking for them?), has called the sale of American arms a way to "bolster forces of moderation" and "help to strengthen the defensive capabilities of our partners." Huh? Will we see an Arab army rise up to turn those weapons on us?

MIKE HAMIEL

Modesto

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