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Who cares if the detainees in Guantanamo Bay may be mistreated? These are the people who butchered a nation, treated women with contempt and smuggled weapons into a POW camp, resulting in the death of at least one American. Under the circumstances, they are being very well treated. DALE R. MINOR Circleville, Ohio
Spies, saboteurs and terrorists are not accorded the same rights as POWs under the Geneva Convention. The American people support the humane but no-frills manner in which our military is treating the Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners. It would be a sad day if we caved in to the blame-America-first loony left on this issue. AL FORMAN Palm City, Fla.
Next Stop, the Philippines
The Muslim rebel Gang Abu Sayyaf is the right target for the U.S. military at the right time [WORLD, Jan. 28]. We allowed such renegade Muslim bands to grow into dangerous terror networks by ignoring them, and the Sept. 11 attacks followed. We should start with the small groups and work up to Saddam Hussein. H.H. CLEVELAND Temple, Texas
President Gloria Arroyo has surrendered the Philippines' national sovereignty and now dances to the tune of the U.S. government. Foreign military intervention is not the answer. Instead, there should be social progress based on just relations among people and nations. The deployment of U.S. troops in the front lines of battle against Abu Sayyaf is a virtual admission by the highest civilian and military officials of the land that they are not capable of ensuring peace and order and that we need the U.S. to do our dirty work. (THE REV.) ISRAEL ISIDERIO ALVARAN Cavite, the Philippines
If the ill-equipped Philippine military is to win the ongoing fight against terrorism on its home soil, it must be provided with state-of-the-art equipment and specialized training by the U.S. That is the primary reason American forces are being stationed here temporarily to help our soldiers defeat the dreaded Abu Sayyaf bandit group. JIM VICTA HIPOLITO Kawit, the Philippines
A Brother's Final Gift
The death of Mike Hurewitz, after donating half his liver to his brother, raises a question: Does the relative of a dying family member feel pressure to become a living donor [MEDICINE, Jan. 28]? You had better believe it! And the pressure isn't at all subtle; it's called love. My son needs a liver, and if mine could save his life, the odds on my survival wouldn't matter to me. What, exactly, is unethical about being allowed to take such a risk? Don't fire fighters, cops and soldiers risk their lives every day to save people they don't even know? These people are called heroes, not victims, and no one debates the ethics of what they do. A larger question, however, is why this dilemma exists in the first place. If enough of us would sign our donor cards and tell our families we want to be organ donors, living donors wouldn't be necessary. PHYLLIS M. GEORGE Clinton, Tenn.
Opening Up Apple