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Everyone should be outraged

Doesn't everyone think it is absolutely outrageous that this country is considering building prisons outside our borders to detain suspected terrorists for undetermined amounts of time, up to life, with no legal protections? This is such an assault on American values that it boggles the mind that it is even being considered. Every American should be outraged by this and if you're not, you should be! ' E.S. Curtius, Medford

Guess he forgot the women

U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert says, In this Congress, big plans will stir men's blood, (Mail Tribune Jan. 5). Did he leave out the 79 women in Congress on purpose? And how about the 147 million female Americans (51 percent of the population)?

In the last two years, the government has stirred, and spilled, too much blood. In the 109th Congress, let's have plans that stir our hearts and minds instead. ' Elizabeth Brauer, Medford

A powerful message

At 7 tonight in the Rogue River Room, Southern Oregon University is hosting and co-sponsoring a talk by a special woman. Her name is Nonie Darwish and she founded an organization called Arabs for Israel ().

Nonie has a powerful message to share based upon her life in Egypt, Gaza and the United States. A street in Cairo is named for her father, who organized the Egyptian infiltrators into Israel. He died a martyr.

Since 9/11 she has spoken widely here and abroad. Recently, at an international summit in Jerusalem dedicated to finding a way to peace in the Middle East and beyond, she received the only standing ovation. Nonie is gracious, modest and engaging.

— As I helped organize the SOU event, John Darling (whose story about the event appeared in Tuesday's Mail Tribune) interviewed me briefly. He asked a pertinent question: How do Arabs respond to Nonie's message? I said I didn't have an answer. I told him I hoped some local Arabs would attend and then he could conduct an interview with them.

So if you are Arab or know local Arabs, please attend and invite others to attend Nonie's talk. ' Gerry Mandell, Ashland

Read Oslo Accords

Dane Coefer (Dec. 22) recommends we read the actual text of the 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO. Hopefully, many did so, especially the writer. If so, he would acknowledge the Oslo accords contained obligations for both sides, the most basic of which was for the PLO to enforce a cessation of terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens.

After signing, the Palestinian leadership was caught red-handed supplying radical Islamists with weapons ' the exact opposite of what they agreed to. Even so, Israelis turned over administration of 90 percent of the territories to Arafat until the Intifada began in 2000.

As for the 'Palestinian nation,' Israel currently occupies lands won after she was viciously attacked by Jordan, Egypt and three other Arab nations in 1967. The Jordanians, previous occupiers of this same territory between 1948 and 1967, could have set up the Palestinian nation; the British could have between World War I and World War II and the Ottomans prior to that. I recommend reading the Oslo Accords and viewing Relentless, a compelling documentary that explores the specific obligations of each side and their adherence to them. It airs at 9 p.m. Jan. 22 on RVTV Channel 31 in Jackson County, and Channel 15 in Josephine County. ' Gary Acheatel, Ashland