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Who are we to complain about Israeli settlement building?

Who are we to complain about Israeli settlement building?

President Barack Obama displays contemptible hypocrisy and arrogance in his ironic and continued actions to force Israel to stop building settlements in the lands from which it endured an unprovoked surprise attack by six Arab nations in 1967 ("Netanyahu blasts U.N., Obama over West Bank settlements resolution," Dec. 24). Israel miraculously prevailed and understandably annexed those lands.

Meanwhile our country enjoys the "settlements" it built on the lands it annexed from Mexico in a 19th century war of aggression and which now constitute the states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and California. Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant said we were immoral in initiating that war, and Grant said it was "one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger nation against a weaker nation." Perhaps we should set an example for Israel and give those six states back to Mexico.

Paul H. Belz, Lutherville

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