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Hezbollah, Halliburton, hearts and minds

Re “U.S. Hopes to Rival Hezbollah With Rebuilding Effort,” Aug. 17

It seems a little ironic that only now is the Bush administration realizing that to win hearts and minds it is better to help the people who have been adversely affected by another petty war. It will be interesting to see who wins the hearts and minds of the displaced Lebanese -- Hezbollah, on the ground with actual physical help, or Halliburton, with an open-end, no-bid contract and promises to rebuild the airport, power plants, highways and bridges destroyed by American-built weapons?

LAWRENCE TURNER

Glendora

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In “Trading Guns for Bulldozers” (Aug. 17), you state, “Hezbollah has emerged as the lead player in the cleanup ... in southern Lebanon.” There is a very good reason that Hezbollah should pay to clean up the mess in Lebanon -- they caused it!

PAULETTE GREENBERG

Culver City

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The two Aug. 17 companion stories about rebuilding Lebanon provide a study in why the West is losing in the Mideast. It could be Hezbollah versus Halliburton. Guess who gets the most money? Guess who gets the job done?

DAVID KASE

Palos Verdes Estates

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