Re "Mali deserves more than military response" (Forum, Feb. 10): Pia Lopez's column assumes all countries like Mali, experiencing internal strife, killings, destruction and other violence can be peacefully addressed with diplomacy and development, not military intervention.
How is this done without first intervening and diminishing the threats? Afghanistan, the training base of the al-Qaida terrorists that destroyed our World Trade Center and killing close to 3000 Americans, is a prime example.
It was impossible to enter the country using "diplomacy and development" with al-Qaida and the Taliban bent on violence.
Once the threat was minimized by military action, as we have done, we began to help rebuild the schools, the roads, water systems, and the army, using "diplomacy and development," but not before.
-- Gerald Blalock, Carmichael