I read with horror that the valiant Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad was convicted of treason by a Pakistani court. Furthermore, his original 33-year prison sentence was just reduced by 10 years to a mere 23 years (“Doctor’s Sentence Reduced,” March 16). Really? Why are we standing idly by while Dr. Shakil Afridi is in a Pakistani prison? Why have we not offered him and his nearest and dearest asylum in the United States? I can think of no one more deserving of such protection.
You would think that we could have spirited this man away before this, but, honestly, we should still be able to do something for him now. He not only does not deserve a prison term; he deserves some sort of a medal and reward. And if we do not help this man to the greatest extent possible, then we are indeed a sorry lot of ingrates.
JOAN N. NILSON