Re Trudy Rubin’s Sept. 14 Other Views column, How should U. S. respond?: It was a mistake to try to impose democracy in the Middle East on people who have lived for centuries under war lords and dictators. They have no cultural concepts of freedom of speech or freedom of religion.
The United States should remove its troops immediately, cease meddling in these countries’ internal political affairs and allow these countries to have their own civil wars and political systems. We should neither take sides, nor support or oppose one faction over another.
At the same time, the message should be loud and clear that if American physical interests such as embassies and missions are attacked, then we will spare no effort to hunt down and capture the perpetrators. They should be treated as criminals and given long prison sentences.
Arthur J. Levin, Miami