Regarding “Don’t vilify general” (Your Views, Feb. 7): Since when do our
armed forces think that shooting people is “fun”? As an American
organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is deeply disturbed
by Marine Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis’ remarks because they tell the world
that Americans are not interested in “life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness.” These kinds of statements falsely portray our armed forces as
bloodthirsty savages, and help us lose the hearts and minds of the rest of
the world.

CAIR and every mainstream Muslim leader in the world have repeatedly gone
on record condemning the taking of any civilian life, be it Iraqi or
American. It behooves every American to stand up for our ideals of justice
and make our leaders accountable for what they say and do in our name.

Sometimes the most patriotic thing one can do for our country is to correct
our leaders.

Executive director
CAIR, Southern California


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