Do letter writers actually believe that their ludicrously ridiculous, hyperbolic rants actually contribute constructively to making their case, or do they just enjoy preaching to the choir [Letters, November 29–December 6]? Regardless of the subject, the actual net result is that any point which was attempted to be conveyed is summarily dismissed by reasonable, open-minded readers, who get turned off and quickly skip to the next column.
Such an example can be found in letter writer James Hillen’s foolish “genocide in Gaza” (to use his words) ramblings of last week. For heaven’s sake, the Palestinian population of Gaza increased from 322,000 in 1967 (when the Israeli occupation began) to 1.55 million in 2005 when Israel unilaterally withdrew. It is now somewhere north of 1.7 million!
That’s quite a neat trick, increasing your population 500 percent strictly via birthrate, over a scant 45 years, while undergoing a genocide. You’d think that the Israelis—who, I recall, actually happen to know a little bit about the subject—would be a little better at this genocide thing?
Methinks Hillen really needs to purchase a dictionary. Such an absurd accusation both does a disservice to his Palestinian cause and, more disturbingly, insults and trivializes those collective peoples who actually have experienced the horrors to which he refers. Rwanda and Darfur immediately come to mind.
> Philip Marsh / Lions Bay
Re: Palestinians and Israelis can’t find common ground. That’s because the Israelis have nearly all of it.
> Andrew Phillips / New Westminster