Different place, different attitude

Re "Arabs feel bias in Bush's visit to Mideast," news analysis, May 19

You've got to be kidding! The Times points out that President Bush praised Israel during his visit to celebrate the country's 60th anniversary, but that the "mood was markedly different" when he addressed the Arab nations. And this is held up as an example of bias?

Some simple questions: Do women have equal rights in the Arab nations? What is the status of gay rights? What about religious freedom? How about freedom of the press and freedom of speech? Was there anything inaccurate in the president's criticisms? Then why make it out to be a bad thing for the president to point out that those Arab countries remain repressive and backward?

The only real bias I see here is in this article and in the newspaper that printed it.

R.P. Nettelhorst


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