National Geographic : 2006 May
LETTERS As a proud veteran of Opera tion Iraqi Freedom, I want to thank you for using "geno cide" to describe Saddam Hussein's crimes in Iraq. It's time for the world to support coalition efforts in Iraq as a humanitarian intervention. It doesn't matter to Saddam Hussein's victims or their families that the United States never found weapons of mass destruction. All they care about is that Saddam's reign of terror is over. ANDREW J. DEKEVER West Point, New York The only way that genocide can be stopped is if we stop looking at each other as Amer icans, Jews, communists, and so on. We need to embrace all people and dissolve the bound aries that segregate us. We should celebrate our achieve ments as a species, not as a nation or race, and learn about each other's beliefs. TRAVIS OLSON St. Paul, Minnesota From our online forum ngm.com/0601 Last Days of the Ice Hunters? As a vegan nonviolent Bud dhist, I struggled to read your article. But after reading I want to thank you for showing us how pollution-induced global warming affects individuals, their families, and traditional cultures, whatever their prac tices and diets may be. SUZANNE HOPKINS SUBRAMANIAN Charlotte, North Carolina The Grandest Canyon Michael Nichols's photography is as awe-inspiring as Virginia Morell's essay is thoughtful. The two do not, however, complement each other. I was struck by the Anasazi attach ment to their historical home that was evinced by Morell. Nichols's images allowed me to see the natural character of the canyon in a way I never have before. But the people with whom Morell so eloquently colors the canyon are painfully absent from the images. PATRICK WALTERS Newark, Delaware The cover photo is impressive. How was this perspective of the canyon achieved? W. B. PRICE Englewood, Florida Photographer Michael Nichols responds: "John Burcham, my assistant for the Grand Canyon story, is a rock climber and part mountain goat. He led me out to that ledge via a crawlway-no ropes. John then made his docu mentary image of me by scram bling along the canyon rim. It was pretty exciting and unprece dented for my assistant to get his photograph on the cover. It thrilled my mother more than all the covers I have shot over the years. My advice for photo graphing the canyon is simple. Patience, wait for the light. Be there when it's changing. Treat the canyon like a temple. Bring lots of sunscreen and water. " ZipUSA: Monroeville, Alabama The photograph of the audi ence at the Mockingbird stage play shows about 75 people, of whom only two appear to be black. Does this reflect a ves tige of discrimination still alive 45 years after Harper Lee pub lished the book? VINCENT M. 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