Being of the same generation as President Bush, I can understand that a comparison of Saddam Hussein to Adolf Hitler comes naturally. There are good reasons for such a comparison. Their humble beginnings, relative lack of education and ignorance of other countries coupled with their ruthlessness and ability to speak in simple and convincing terms to an aggrieved population propelled both men in the direction of almost unlimited power and ultimate disaster.
Living in Austria at the time of Hitler and later in Britain as a refugee, I heard all of today's buzzwords: peace, negotiation, solving the "crisis" by diplomacy, fighting in a faraway land for an unworthy cause. They were meaningless to me then because I knew what Hitler was up to.
Imagine if someone such as Winston Churchill had been in power in 1935 when German troops marched into the Saarland or in 1936 when they retook the Rhineland or in '38 when Austria fell or, finally, when Czechoslovakia was offered on the altar of appeasement. Millions of lives would have been saved had someone confronted the bully when the price was still relatively low.
Fortunately, this country learns from history. Right on, George Bush. FRITZ SCHONBACH Arlington
Two demonstrations took place in Washington Saturday. At one, about 25,000 anti-war protesters gathered before the White House; this event was covered extensively by the media, including television.
At the other a few blocks away, about 150 Lithuanian Americans demonstrated in front of the Soviet Embassy against the rape of their mother country. No cameras. No TV crews. No speakers outside the Lithuanian-American community, with the exception of one Pole, one Ukrainian and one Georgian, who wished to express their solidarity with the victims of aggression. Passers-by paid little attention. It was a relief to find one Post reporter watching this small gathering.
At Lafayette Square, I tried in vain to find at least one poster protesting the armed attack on two small and defenseless nations, Kuwait and Lithuania. The moral duplicity was striking. Was this crowd really demonstrating for peace? Or was it a display of indifference to aggression and a protest against their own country's effort to discourage aggression and thus the outbreak of much larger and more dangerous wars? JAN NOWAK National Director Polish-American Congress Annandale