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Letters: Withdraw aid to Mideast nations

In "Peter King: Zadroga needs more funding" [News, Sept. 12], Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) mentions that the funds for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act are fast depleting and that he will push for more funding. The funds are allocated for first responders and others exposed to Ground Zero.

I am not begrudging any brave soul who responded to the Sept. 11 horror, but I do feel strongly that we should obtain that additional funding from the source of the attacks: al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists.

Likewise, we should stop sending money to Egypt and Arab nations; American aid finds its way to Hamas, Hezbollah, and other anti-Israel, anti-American organizations in the Middle East.

By defunding people who kill our ambassadors and support personnel, we will do much to send a message to our enemies that we mean business and will no longer tolerate their outrageous conduct.

Eugene Clark, Rockville Centre

It's time that our foreign relation "experts" admit that no matter how many times we support the overthrow of a dictatorial regime, and no matter how much money we pour into these countries, we can't win ["U.S. on high alert," News, Sept. 14].

History demonstrates that religious extremists are not ready for conciliation or compromise with us or even with each other.

We cannot buy friendship, and no amount of money will bring peace. So let's pick up our toys, close the bank and go home. No emergency assistance. No foreign aid. No military support. Businesses operate at their own risk. We leave them alone if they leave us alone.

It sounds heartless and isolationist, but we don't have the disposable income. The money could be used to reduce the deficit, protect programs that aid the poor and elderly, improve our schools, and repair our infrastructure, instead of supporting countries where the loudest voices blame us for all they perceive as wrong with the world.

Susan Marine, Amityville