From: Ismail Zayid
To: Globe & Mail

Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 12:34 PM

Subject: International Terrorism.


The Editor,
The Globe & Mail

Feb. 1, 2001

Dear Editor:

Re: Your editorial:{" Lockerbie and the power of international law" Feb. 1} .

Your condemnation of state international terrorism, and call for punishment for perpetrators, is praiseworthy if it was not so hypocritical and another example of the practice of double standards. Do we take it that the imposition of sanctions is applicable to Libya only, while others, who practice state international terrorism, like Israel and the US are immune from such punishment?

The first act of shooting down a civilian airliner was carried out by Israel, on the direct orders of its Prime Minister, at the time, Golda Meir, in February 1973, killing 107 passengers and its entire French crew. In 1986, the US, assisted by Britain, bombed Tripoli and Benghazi in Libya, in violation of international law, killing scores of innocent Libyan civilians including Qaddafi’s daughter.

We did not hear your call for the imposition of sanctions against Israel or the USA, for these acts or many other acts of international terrorism committed by these states.

To quote Noam Chomsky, not an Arab, who stated: " Qaddafi is easy to hate, particularly against the background of rampant

anti-Arab racism in the United States [and Canada]".

Yours sincerely

Ismail Zayid, MD.