people who responded in the June/02 issue to John J. Mearsheimer's article "Liberal
Talk, Realist Thinking" (February/02) missed a crucial point.
Can Mearsheimer, who approvingly states "the United States speaks one way
and acts another," possibly not realize that this attitude is in large part
responsible for the events of September 11? "They" don't "hate
our freedoms," they hate the fact that freedom is for us and not for them,
that our wealth is bought at the price of their poverty, that in the name of democracy
we support oppression.
would be completely obvious were it not for the "spin doctors" that
mysteriously "appear" to disguise reality from the public. Mearsheimer
thinks that "most Americans readily accept these rationalizations,"
but is he so naive as to think that people from other nations do too? And how
did the Magazine rationalize printing this article (which I will politely refrain
from calling bad names) so soon after September 11? I was incredulous (nauseous?)
when I saw it there.
T. Darling, MAT'79, AM'80, PhD'90