To a Man With a Hammer…

Say, I got a letter published in this past Sunday’s LATimes. And not about global warming! (Instead, it’s a reaction to a column by Max Boot, discussing military strategies in Iraq.) Don’t call me a one-trick pony…

To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Boot is a military analyst and naturally looks for a military solution in Iraq. But he ignores the bigger truth, which is that no one in Iraq — not the U.S. military, not the Shiite militias, not the Sunni insurgents, not the Kurdish separatists and certainly not the Iraqi government — has a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence in that nation.

Until there is a political entity accepted by all parties in Iraq as the rightful government, the stalemate and the violence will continue. The U.S. cannot solve this problem with any number of troops. It is time to pull back.

KIT STOLZ

Upper Ojai

2 thoughts on “To a Man With a Hammer…

  1. Ah, you’re a brilliant mind with beautiful prose wasting it on a going-down-the-drain paper (though it’s still leagues better than my “San Francisco Chronicle” which has never really been out of the drain).

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  2. It’s horrifying to me what is happening to the LA Times, and even more horrifying that so few seem to care…for reporting, there’s little real alternative to newspapers. (For opinion, it’s a different story these days.) The paper shrinks daily in our hands. It’s painful to witness, almost painful as the news from Iraq. Which the LA Times, perhaps not coincidentally, is downplaying these days.

    When I was growing up in the Bay Area, the Chron used to drive me crazy. I do think their enviro reporting is better than it used to be, from what I see (mostly via links). And the paper has always loved columnists, some of whom are pretty good, although I personally think that is part of the problem–too much opinion, not enough news. But it’s sad that a region as literate and smart as the Bay Area has never had (at least in my time) a really good newspaper.

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