- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
U.S. should consider detente
To the editor:
After Sept. 11, 2006, what change the world mostly is America's leadership response to it. With all of the history and scholarship at its disposal, leadership ignored the impact of the Islamic movement spawned in the sixth and seventh centuries, waning and waxing again as the Ottomon Empire until its defeat in World War I, when European and Western powers established national borders in Arab, Middle Eastern and Far Eastern dominions.
Resentment of this continues as the "nation" most of these people recognize is Islam. Islam has well become the rallying point for the world's dispossessed, developing guerrilla-type aggression that knows no specific, definable geographic base.
America has entered the fray with little foresight and is at the point of internal struggle over future direction. In the face of our hurt feelings and humiliation and in consideration of present circumstances (military, economic and political), it would perhaps be the better part of valor to reassess and reposition ourselves in a powerful detente -- arm's length relationship with present adversaries. It would indeed be necessary to continue upgrading our intelligence, productively peering around every corner and every tree.
GILBERT DEGENHARDT, Cape Girardeau