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I see the starving children of Yemen but I also see well-fed adults

To The Daily Sun,

The British Broadcasting Corporation is doing a story on Yemen and the never-ending war between the Houthis and Saudis. Nothing new, however, the children are the ones suffering particularly under the age of five. Children constitute a third of all civilian deaths during the first year of conflict in 2009, I think.

BBC likes to show the west at its worse, I think, but they play a part in this as well, as being an allied partner with Saudia Arabia. The first section was put on the air today (Dec. 6) and tomorrow the second.

My thoughts and observations: It is horrific to see these famine-induced children brought upon by war with countries of the same religion. It behooves me to understand this hatred. I can't. But as well as seeing the children, I saw the parents or at least one child. Two mothers, one obese and the other nutritionally fit. I saw a strapping father begging for help from somewhere. I think he must have been a fighter. Why are these adults so well fed, and their children nearly dying of starvation? I know why. They are eating well, and the children are a second thought. I see that a parent must feed themselves, but they also can share with their children. Or don't they think of this. If the women were not feeding themselves so well, their reproductive system would shut down and they could no longer breed. I saw this in Africa. The women would eat the solids of soup they made and give the children broth. I don't think these children of Yemen are even getting broth.

Rosemary Mellon


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Hitler didn't become a dictator until after German people election him

To The Daily Sun,

In recently comparing the rise of Trump and Trumpism to the rise of Hitler and Nazisim, I noticed that Hitler wasn't a draft-dodger, and didn't dye his hair orange.

Okay, joking aside, a lot of folks who know and care about history have been aware of and alarmed by the similarities of the United States in 2016 and Germany, c. 1929. In both cases, economic problems distressed millions of citizens; in both cases, a charismatic demagogue rose who exploited and passionately aroused his followers — some of whom then turned to violence outright, or at least indulged in violent talk, bigotry, racism — leading up to the World War II and the Holocaust, in the case of Germany.

Well, no one is predicting another war or Holocaust; but it's altogether too easy to foresee a new trampling of civil rights, increased and open racism, bigotry, anti-Semitism — in effect, a return to the worst times of the Ku Klux Klan, the Jim Crow laws, the McCarthyism and John Birch Society of the 50s, etc. Donald Trump, himself, scares me — but he strikes me as so dumb and ignorant re: history, the Constitution and government that I am far MORE concerned about his followers, and some actual "Hitler" out there who would come along to replace and intensify "Trumpism." I do not consider it a "given" that Trump will be running for re-election in 2020, but I do fear that an even worse and more anti-American fascist-type will be on the ballot, that year.

And, oh yes: Hitler was initially elected to office. He didn't become a dictator until the people had already elected him to office.

Richard Davis


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