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[casi] Response to NY Times Friedman

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Here's my latest submission to Letters at The New York Times:

To the Editor:

Thomas L. Friedman rightly laments the upstaging of the plans of Arab
liberals for modernization, particularly in Jordan, by live coverage of
the "Israeli crackdown on Palestinians in the West Bank" as shown on
proliferating Arab satellite TV stations (column, "The Hidden Victims,"
May 1).

But Friedman seems to suggest that Arabs can get back to thinking about
such things as computer education for their people only by censoring
Arab TV.   He does not refute the violence done to Palestinians but
wants only to sweep it under the rug so Arabs can return to nicer
subjects.  Are the images shown by Arab TV true or not?

Iraq can hardly be said to be using the violence seen on Arab satellite
TV as "an excuse why not to reform" as Friedman suggests.  Because of
sanctions, the proceeds of all Iraq's oil sales go directly into the
Iraq account administered by the United Nations Treasury, where, after
many deductions, the money is doled back out to Iraq in what  amounts to
less than $300 per year per Iraqi.


Suzy T. Kane

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