Re: Richard Larsen’s April 12 essay, “Fact-finding or flimflam?”:
It is a hard truth in the news business that, “Opinion is cheap, facts are expensive.” Larsen’s essay is my nomination for the cheapest column inch in The Star. Not as cheap as this letter, but he’s on salary after all.
While it is true that J-School attendance, spell check and a cursory mining of Democratic Web sites for talking points qualifies for punditry these days, perhaps a brush-up on World History 101 might better serve The Star readers.
Larsen wrote, “Democracy is the one political system that cannot be militarily imposed.” Really?
The only democracy in the Middle East (Israel) was imposed by military force; as were Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Panama, Granada, the Philippines, Afghanistan, India, and countless others . Even, heavens forbid, these United States.
Democracy around the world is rooted in the graves of soldiers. In fact, I can’t think off-hand of any country where ruling despots said, “ We’ll give up our power and ya’ll just vote.” It’s a bloody business this democracy.
Having a liberal opinion is just fine. Don’t tell anybody, but I have a few myself. However, it does not give one license to spread nonsense as truth. Get a grip.
— Dion Anderson, Santa Paula (The writer is a retired Foreign Service officer, State, USIA, A.I.D., MACV, service in Middle East, Vietnam, London, South and Central America. — Editor)