Ed Firmage may be correct when he writes in his My View (Nov. 7) that "Pakistan is by far the most dangerous part of the world." Having grown up in that country and having lived through wars, martial law, riots, "hartals" (general strikes), curfews and other events, I know firsthand what dangers exist on the subcontinent.

Mr. Firmage blames the Bush administration for "The Pakistani nuclear bus heading for us (America)." He is forgetting the 1947 Pakistan-India civil war to divide British India, the 1965 Pakistan-India war over Kashmir, the 1971 civil war between East Pakistan (Bangladesh) and West Pakistan, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 that turned Pakistan into a refugee center of displaced Afghans, the execution of President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto by Gen. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq Zia, the "accidental" plane crash that killed Zia, the scandal-ridden government of Benazir Bhutto and the long history of tribal fighting and discontent with the Pathans.

I am not a great President Bush supporter, but I don't blame him for everything that happens in the world. Especially when he was just a boy when many of these events happened.

Drew Jones

Salt Lake City