- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2001

'They are not anti-war, they are anti-America'

The news media continue to whitewash the so-called peace rallies by totally ignoring their true theme: a seething hatred of America.

At the Sept. 29 "Rally Against Racism & War" in the District, Rev. Lucius Walker of Pastors for Peace said to cheering protesters: "The primary source of terrorism in the world is, indeed, the United States." Instead of a "misguided use of military power," he said we should return our focus to issues such as the "social safety net" and "environmental protection."

Leslie Feinberg, billed as a "transgender author," compared the terrorist atrocities in New York City to the "bomb" of AIDS and later expressed solidarity with "our Palestinian brothers and sisters."

A protester's sign read: "Not One More Racist Attack," as if all U.S. military actions are automatically racist.

All this and more, so callously soon after thousands were murdered on American soil because they were Americans.

It's long past time to expose these "anti-war" protesters and their ilk for who they really are: America-hating leftists posing as pacifists. They are not truly against more violence; they would gladly hinder America's military response to terrorism, knowing such hindrance will encourage more murders of Americans.

They are not anti-war, they are anti-America. They are not peace lovers, they are hatemongers. They are wolves in sheep's clothing.

The news media aid and abet them by not telling the whole story.


ALLEN FORKUM

Nashville, Tenn.

Another Reagan milestone

Today, former President Ronald Reagan achieves yet another remarkable milestone. Having attained the age of 90 years, 8 months and 5 days, he has lived longer than any other U.S. president, eclipsing the record set fully 175 years ago by John Adams.

Today, Mr. Reagan's health is fading, but his influence continues strong. If one judges the greatness of a president by the extent that his leadership and key decisions led to the betterment of the human condition, then Mr. Reagan ranks as the greatest peace-time president since George Washington.

Being privileged to have witnessed his service, I am saddened only that his health no longer allows him full awareness of how much the country and the world have benefited.


ASHLIE WARNICK

Richmond

Attack of the balloons

Your Oct. 7 story, "Oregon suffered first foreign attack on continental U.S.," quotes librarian Brenda Jacques as saying that the Sept. 9, 1942, Japanese bombing attack on Brookings, Ore., was "the only time a bomb has ever been dropped on the United States." (Nobuo Fujita, flying an Uokosuka E14Y1 seaplane, which had been launched from the Japanese submarine I-25, dropped two 170-pound incendiary bombs into the forest near Wheeler Ridge, Ore.)

Between November 1944 and mid-April 1945, however, as part of the Japanese Fu-Go project, about 9,000 balloons were launched from the shores of Japan into the newly discovered, high-velocity jet streams bound for the West Coast of the United States. Each balloon was heavily armed with a deadly cargo of, on average, four incendiary bombs, a high-explosive anti-personnel bomb and two self-destruct demolition blocks. It was estimated in joint military reports at the time that 1,000 balloons reached North America.

Since 1944, there have been more than 300 recorded incidents in which portions of balloons or their cargo were recovered. These incidents have occurred from the Arctic Circle to northern Mexico, and as far east as Michigan. They have occurred in some 27 states and as recently as 1992.

Fifty-four of these incidents have been recorded in Oregon alone. On May 5, 1945, six Americans were killed in a forest near Lakeview, Ore., after they came upon such a balloon.


DAPHNE R. ROSS

Washington

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