Letters to the Editor

Aid and Comfort

To the Editor:

Never let it be said that The Memphis Flyer lets any rational sense of perspective enter into its nonstop weekly attempts to bring back the Democratic Party in 2004. It's five months after we went to war in Iraq and all of the problems in the Middle East aren't solved. I don't recall anyone saying that they would be.

Operation Iraqi Freedom is one of the many ongoing battles in the much larger war on terror. Even if your purpose is not to give aid and comfort to the enemy but to bash the president weekly until the next round of elections, the result is pretty much the same. You can certainly count on more and more terrorist attacks in the Middle East -- and perhaps in America -- since the terrorists get a lot of mileage out of them with "progressive" papers such as the Flyer. There are those who realize that while they can't win against the United States on the battlefield, they can count on division at home -- led by progressive leftists -- to help them win the war.

This could very well be a self-fulfilling prophecy that acts to prolong the war because the enemy counts on Americans giving up rather than doing what it takes to win. A Flyer editorial from the 1990s on another war summed this fact up nicely: "A ground offensive was never in the cards, not because it was a bad military strategy, but because America is now a country whose people find combat fatalities completely and utterly unacceptable. Once upon a time, our government could mobilize the nation to confront aggression, to knock the stuffing out of Hitler, to stifle the expansionist ambitions of the Japanese empire. But times have changed. Nobody wants to die to 'make the world safe for democracy' anymore."

So what does President Bush do now? Does it really matter to the Flyer? Five months after Pearl Harbor, America was still getting its proverbial clock cleaned all across the Pacific. The British had been fighting World War II for three years before they had a victory in 1942 at El-Alamein. Fortunately for the world, FDR didn't have papers like The Memphis Flyer demanding to know how long the war would last, how much it would cost, or whether or not he lied to or misled the American people for personal gain.

Chris Leek


The Leaven of the Pharisees

To the Editor:

When I hear of a government official who wants to post the Ten Commandments, I am reminded of the admonition by Jesus Christ: "Beware the leaven of the Pharisees." The Pharisees were known for praying loudly in the streets so everyone could see and admire their devotion. I am greatly distressed by the hypocrisy of a man who cloaks himself in self-righteousness by waving around the commandments of our Lord while repeatedly violating one of them by condemning human beings to death.

If you must post the Ten Commandments, at least have the decency to comply with all 10.

Robert Sutton


Live Bands Only, Please

To the Editor:

Your After Dark "Live Music Schedule" should contain the names, addresses, and telephone numbers only of those venues that are hiring a live band that week and, for those venues, should only list activities for the nights a live band will be playing.

Moving DJ, karaoke, and "call for listings" clubs to another section (or dropping them altogether) would allow you to feature more prominently those venues that are helping real musicians make a living, practice their craft, and enhance our city's entertainment, tourism, and music-production industries to the utmost.

Stephen Tapp


Rest Easy

To the Editor:

Well, we can all rest easier knowing that President Bush has announced his plans to investigate the cause of the huge power outage that affected a large segment of the United States and parts of Canada on August 14th.

We can be confident that Mr. Bush will assign the same crack team of investigators that uncovered that uranium purchase in Niger, the links between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, and the huge stockpile of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

B. Keith English


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