Explanation given

Dear Editor:This is in response to the letter in your paper last week titled, "Seeking Explanation" by Elsa Van Leuven. Since she asked, let me 'splain it to you.' Why are people so upset about waterboarding and other forms of torture that were approved by our leaders? To start with, because these illegal acts are a promotional tool for terrorists and others who hate us. They are Al Qaeda's best recruiting tool and undoubtedly have helped to recruit more terrorists who may try to attack us in the future. Supposedly we are a society that follows our own laws. If our laws are not good enough, we should change them, not break the laws. The lawyers and others she defend advocated illegal acts of torture and illegal spying, and for that they should have some consequences. Regarding tears over abortion and mothers who were given a choice and decided not to continue their pregnancies, in a quote from Doctors without Borders, "Today, more than half of the deaths of children under age 5 are due to malnutrition." Would you rather have babies die of starvation after they are born? Many mothers are unable to care for the children they have now, much less if they bring more into the world. The resources on this planet are not sufficient to keep up with unlimited human reproduction. Women don't always have the choice of whether or not to get pregnant, but they should have the choice of whether or not to have a child. -- Anita Rivero, Downey

********** Published: May 15, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 4