Three cheers to Maclean's on the thoughtful article “Israel’s angry peace” (Cover, June 1). Finally, an Arab look at things in their occupied country. While I agree the Holocaust happened and feel very bad about it, I refuse to be labelled anti-Semitic just because I don’t agree with everything Israel does. The fact remains that the international law that created Israel in the first place is the same law that says you can’t keep the land you occupy in a war. Fair is fair.
— KENNETH SCOTT, LaSalle, Que.
Your story “Canada’s Nazi Presence” (Cover, May 25), said that my contribution to Quebec Superior Court Justice Jules Deschênes’ royal commission report, released in March, “could renew
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friction between Jews and East Europeans in Canada” because it included the names of all suspected war criminals and their countries of origin. In fact, my report, like Deschênes’ main report, specifically does not contain names of alleged war criminals, nor is ethnic origin one of its interests. It deals with members of political groupings in various European countries—not just East European—who collaborated with the Nazis and who found their way to Canada. — ALTI RODAL,
Knocking the upper chamber
In reference to your article “Preparing for a new Senate” (Canada/Cover, May 11), I believe the Senate is the most blatant form of political patronage ever devised. I do not support the present Senate system or the proposed Triple E option—elected, equal and effective. In the final analysis, people will evaluate the performance of government and its members on election day. We do not need another tier of elected government.
— DAN YAKIMCHUK, Sydney, N.S.
A true Canadian hero like Rick Hansen finishes his gruelling two-year trip, and he doesn’t even make the cover of Canada’s weekly newsmagazine (“The end of an odyssey,” Behavior, June 1). Disappointing. At least he got IV2 pages of attention on page 46. What’s the deal here? Do only truly talented and important citizens like supermodels get to be cover features? -ROB ELLIOTT,
Editor’s note: A cover story on Rick Hansen appeared in the March 30 issue of Maclean’s.
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