- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Indian outrage

India’s supporters in the United States are urging Congress to increase efforts to share intelligence with India to prevent terrorist attacks like the one over the weekend that shattered preparations for a major Hindu holiday.

The three powerful bombs that killed more than 50 people and injured more than 100 in New Delhi on Saturday was a “jolt to the fight against terrorism,” said the U.S. India Political Action Committee.

“No words are strong enough to condemn such atrocities,” said committee Chairman Sanjay Puri. “Attempts to rationalize these crimes are as evil as the deeds themselves.”

Citing the 2001 suicide-bomber attack on the Indian Parliament and the 2003 attack on the Bombay Stock Exchange, Mr. Puri added, “Such terrorist attacks … have victimized India for a long time.”

He said “enhanced intelligence sharing … will bolster security for both the United States and India.”

A little-known Kashmiri terrorist group, the Front for Islamic Uprising, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Algerian anniversary

Algeria yesterday marked the 51st anniversary of the revolution that led to its independence with the hope that its younger generation will be inspired by the sacrifice of those who rebelled against French colonial occupation, the new Algerian ambassador said in a Revolution Day message.

“It is my hope that the current and future generations of Algerians will keep learning from the lessons of the past: With sacrifice, selflessness, determination and hard work, everything is achievable,” Ambassador Amine Kherbi wrote in the first edition of the embassy newsletter, Algeria Today.

Mr. Kherbi, who took up his position here in May, added that the goal of the newsletter is “to foster a better understanding of the progress achieved by Algeria since its independence and … strengthen the ties and friendship … that have united Algeria and that United States for close to two centuries.”

The rebellion against France, led by the National Liberation Front, began Nov. 1, 1954, leading to independence from France on July 5, 1962.

“Algeria paid the ultimate price, as over a million and a half of its bravest and most selfless men and women gave their lives so their countrymen could live in peace and freedom,” Mr. Kherbi said.

Since independence, Algeria has suffered from dictatorships and terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists. The nation stumbled toward democracy, finally achieving a free election when President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a second term.

“In November 2005, after more than a decade of abject terrorism committed on the people and the economy of their country, the Algerian people have once again demonstrated their political maturity and joined hands, determined as their elders did in 1954 to put the country before self,” the ambassador said.

He added that “profound political, economic and social reforms are being implemented and the country is forging full-steam ahead with its developments.”

OAS honors Parks

The Organization of American States honored Rosa Parks as a “pioneer of the civil rights movement in the United States” for her refusal to sit at the back of the bus.

On Dec. 1, 1955, Mrs. Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man. Mrs. Parks, who died last week, lay in state in the U.S. Capitol on Sunday and Monday.

The OAS said her actions “sparked a powerful national movement that ended racial segregation in the United States.”

The OAS’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said it “celebrates the bravery and activism of Mrs. Parks and the work of individuals around the Americas to challenge human rights violations and promote equality and non-discrimination in their societies.”

Many of the Latin American countries continue to tolerate discrimination, an issue on the agenda for the Summit of the Americas in Argentina on Friday and Saturday.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.

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