Thursday, August 16, 2007

Interesting letter

One of my regulars, Tobias, wrote a letter to the editor of the NY Times.

Tobias lives around the corner. He comes down with his wife, Liz, and their daughter Clare. They have been coming in since she was a small baby. They come in the afternoon, right before dinner starts up. They have a draft beer, maybe an appetizer. Their daughter now is coloring and doing all sorts of things. She is grabbing things, looking at them, inspecting them. She is quite curious. She is also picking up a lot of words. She knows my name. Jessica. She is getting to know most of the staff. Clare is able to point out the Saint Brigid's cross and is now grasping the pictures of people on the wall. She is sharp. It is great, for we get to watch her grow up. This is exactly the reason I got into the business. It is a place you can hang with your friends, take out your girlfriend or take your mother. It is pretty nice for family. It is great when I see a younger person in the place a few times, and then I see them come in for dinner with their parents. It is great to meet my friend's parents. They all know mine.

Tobias is a sharp guy. It is a sharp family. His letter was an interesting point of information on how to deal with terrorism in a responsible manner. Tobias teaches theology at SLU. He also used to be a cop.

You got to love the Jesuit schools. Great letter.

To the Editor:

Re "Why Terrorists Aren't Soldiers"(Op-Ed, Aug. 8):
Gen. Wesley K. Clark and Kal Raustiala are right to view terrorists as criminals rather than unlawful combatants. The 9/11 hijackers were not soldiers; they did not commit an act of war. What they did was murder, which is a criminal act, albeit on a horrific scale.
The most effective and lawful way to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks is through a police approach, conducted in concert with law enforcement agencies around the world. The United States and its allies should address transnational terrorism through the force of law rather than the law of force.

Tobias Winright
St. Louis, Aug. 8, 2007
The writer is an assistant professor of moral theology at St. Louis University.

(Notice that the NY Times misspelled Saint Louis University, so I should no longer be held responsible for my minor errors.)


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