I APPRECIATED the much-needed article, "A Collaboration Against Hatred," by Jim Hodgson ("Commentary," January-February 1998). The atrocitiesand in this case, the hopein Chiapas need to receive coverage and the powers need to be unmasked. I visited Chiapas twice and met with numerous peace, human rights, and religious workers there, as well as people who have been violently displaced by paramilitary groups.
I did want to register a concern about the portrayal of the Zapatista movement. The article refers to paramilitary groups attacking civilians perceived to be a part of the 4-year-old "guerrilla movement, the Zapatista Army for National Liberation.'" According to people we met there, only about 3 percent of the Zapatista movement is armed. Most of it is nonviolent or unarmed, and most participants are not guerrillas.