Letters: Nov. 18, 2002

Al-Qaeda: Alive and Ticking

There should be no doubt that the various fundamentalist Muslim groups responsible for worldwide terrorist acts share the goal of removing Western influence from the Muslim Middle East and Asia [TERRORISM, Oct. 28]. They are a continuing threat to our ideals of democracy and tolerance. Until all these radical groups are eliminated, there will be constant global strife. NELSON MARANS Silver Spring, Md.

Of course al-Qaeda is still active and regaining strength. The U.S. cannot win a war against a globally distributed, impassioned enemy. Our government has committed us to a risky type of counterterrorism that could...

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