In your Dec. 23 editorial, you asserted that Israel's territorial acquisitions of 1967 came about in response to Arab aggression. This is not so.

A little before 8 on the morning of June 5, 1967, Israel started the Six Day War with a massive air strike against Egypt, followed by an armored thrust into Gaza and the Sinai. Jordan, obligated by a mutual defense pact to come to Egypt's aid, came into the war later that morning only because Israel had started shooting at Egypt.

The 1967 war was the culmination of a period of escalating provocations and bellicose rhetoric on both sides. Israelis and their friends have argued for years that Israel's security requirements justified going to war, a judgment to which they are entitled. But moving from that conclusion to one that converts Arabs into the aggressors is either a rewriting of history or of the dictionary.

Editorials such as yours make life difficult for those of us who try to teach Middle East history more or less as it happened.

-- John Ruedy The writer is an associate professor at Georgetown. Scrooge

I was rather astonished by two front-page headlines in your Dec. 28 edition. The first one greeted the six-inch layer of beautiful snow, the winter's first, thus: "Season's First Snowfall a Nuisance, but It's Expected to Get Worse This Morning Before Moving On."

The second described the holiday gathering of families in their homes this way: "Hardly a Creature Is Stirring, Areas's Post-Christmas Malaise Rivals Dog Days of Summer."

As if beauty should always bow to convenience, and GNP-related activity come before relationships. You folks need glasses.

-- James Loewen Old What's-His-Name

What's in a name? Evidently not much if it happens to be the first name of a Soviet official.

In the Dec. 26 issue of your paper, you referred to the KGB Chairman Kryuchkov as either "Victor" (page A24) or "Alexander" (page A29). Actually, his first name happens to be Vladimir. I hope the rest of your information on the Soviet Union is more accurate.

-- Vadim Medish The Wrong Man

In the article "If Garvey's a 'Ghost' to Upshaw, He's a Buster to Bad Agents" {Sports, Dec. 26}, native Wisconsinite Leonard Shapiro took exception to the statement that Gov. Bronson LaFollette offered Garvey the position of assistant attorney general in 1983.

Although Bronson LaFollette is a descendant of the famous Sen. Robert "Fighting Bob" LaFollette, and the LaFollette family remains prominent in the Badger State's political scene, LaFollette was never governor of Wisconsin. Anthony "Tony" Earl was governor from 1983 to 1987, and Thomas "Tommy" G. Thompson has been governor since.

-- Brian Lem Model of Propriety

Herblock's Dec. 14 cartoon criticizing Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) for raising approximately $15 million for his reelection campaign ignored two facts.

First, more than 125,000 people contributed to Helms's campaign -- the average gift was $30 -- and the campaign still owes nearly $1 million to creditors.

Second, contrary to the implications of the cartoon, Helms has not grown wealthy through support from "fat cat" tobacco companies or through honoraria. Indeed, his personal fortune is quite modest in comparison to such fellow senators as Ted Kennedy and Terry Sanford.

During his 18 years as a U.S. senator, Helms has been a model of financial and ethical probity. For Herblock to imply the opposite -- even obliquely -- was dishonest. -- Boyd D. Cathey Over Censor-tive

Gregory Stanczak, who objected to the supposed sexism in "Mark Trail" {Free for All, Dec. 29}, should lighten up. "Mark Trail" is a comic strip. It's not government policy or the textbook at his kid's school. It's the fluffiest bit of fiction imaginable.

I agree that the strip in question was sexist by today's standards, but I don't want to live in a society in which every word that sees print has to be vetted for political correctness according to prevailing whims. Unless, of course, Stanczak and other right-thinkers let me be chairman of the censorship committee. -- Dick Baker Bundles for the Boonies

I have the solution for the reader who found your 1991 calendars "useless" {Free for All, Dec. 22}. Just bundle them up and send them out to us in La Plata. Here in the boondocks, where we are lucky to get the one-dot edition of your paper, we have never seen a Post calendar. -- David W. Saxton