LETTER TO THE EDITOR: America the ostrich

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We say that we’re not at war with Islam. Yet it’s been abundantly clear since Sept. 11, 2001, that a contingent of Islam is at war with us (“5 Questions with Geert Wilders,” Web, Sept. 14).

Dutch Parliament member Geert Wilders quotes President Woodrow Wilson, who said, “America cannot afford to behave like an ostrich with its head in the sand.” The ostrich is not at war with Islam in Afghanistan, and Muslim brothers-in-arms shoot our soldiers in the back. The ostrich is not at war with Islam in Libya, and Muslim freedom fighters supported earlier by the ostrich destroyed the ostrich’s embassy and killed its ambassador. The ostrich is not at war with Islam in Egypt, yet the Egyptian military supported by the ostrich was a day late defending our embassy.

I don’t know whether to be glad or sad that the ostrich is not at war with Islam, but it’s clear to me that culture matters.

GEORGE F. STEEG

Potomac Falls, Va.

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