- The Washington Times - Monday, January 1, 2007

Rich - in hypocrisy

Thomas Sowell is right to focus attention on the liberal obsession with those they decree to be rich (“Dangerous obsession,” Commentary, Wednesday). Their intent is to soften up the body politic by demonizing the wealthy, thus gaining political traction with the rest of us when they introduce legislation to raise taxes on the demonized group.

The Democratic Party excels at this form of class warfare and seems unable to stay its tongue when the topic arises. One would think that these inveterate class warriors would come to understand after so many electoral defeats what the bedraggled among us already know, that economics is not a zero-sum game. Your wealth does not come at my expense. They really should stop trying to buy my vote with your money, but the lure of the easy tax dollar is hard to dismiss.

Lucky for us that the hoi polloi is far more economically literate than the progressives who deign to help us.

PAUL BOULSTEIN

Cincinnati

Cloned foods

The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration that “meat and milk from cloned animals is safe” was a significant setback for the welfare of farm animals (“FDA clears cloned foods,” Page 1, Friday). Although numerous studies have shown that animals in cloning research can and do suffer, the FDA’s deliberations seem to have dispensed with any consideration for the welfare of these animals or their surrogate mothers.

Recent cloning research has resulted in high failure rates, premature deaths, and such abnormalities as intestinal blockages; diabetes; shortened tendons; deformed feet; weakened immune systems; dysfunctional hearts, brains, livers, and kidneys; respiratory distress; and circulatory problems. Surrogate mothers used in farm animal cloning research also suffer from reduced welfare from fetal overgrowth, repeated surgeries and injections, and pregnancy complications that have resulted in death.

The FDA’s disregard for animal welfare combined with the absence of regulations to protect farm animals in the United States during cloning research puts them at the mercy of agribusiness corporations that place profits ahead of the welfare of animals.

WAYNE PACELLE

President and CEO

Humane Society of the United States

Washington

Organically one-sided

There is more to the story about E. coli, “The greening of E. coli,” (Op-Ed, Dec. 21). In your article, there is not a word about the irradiation of food to kill bacteria and insects. The Food and Drug Administration has yielded to pressure by organic food groups and others who put forth the fiction that irradiation causes cancer and disease. That is completely false and there is not factual or experimental basis whatsoever that casts doubt on the safety and efficacy of the irradiation process. It is the cruelest of ironies that the recent spinach E. coli outbreak was traced to a California grower that was shipping “organically grown” spinach.

Irradiation is a process that propels gamma rays into meat, poultry and produce to kill bacteria and insects. Its safety and health benefits have been certified by the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FDA and the World Health Organization. The Wall Street Journal has also cited many credible scientists and agencies on this subject in an editorial they published this month.

PHILIP R. HOGUE

Chestertown, Md.

Look at Turkey

According to the editorial “Turkey and the EU” (Tuesday), the European Parliament’s decision to suspend eight of the 35 “chapters” of Turkey’s accession negotiations could be dangerous and have a negative impact on the entire negotiation process between Ankara and Brussels. In reality, it is the Turkish government that remains the great obstacle in moving the negotiations forward. How could Europe admit a state which does not want to recognize one of its members — Cyprus — and how can the European Union ensure a bright future with a member which actively conducts a worldwide campaign of genocide denial?

The recommendations adopted by the European Parliament for Turkey’s membership were never taken seriously by Ankara. It is ridiculous to think that opening up one Turkish port would satisfy a majority of European countries. And, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul’s calls this week for Turkey’s universities, nongovernment organizations and companies to join in the government’s battle to deny the Armenian Genocide does not help the situation either.

We must all remember that, in order to join the European Union, Turkey must raise its standards to meet European concerns and not vice versa.

JULES ANTRANIK

BOYADJIAN

Armenian Youth Federation France

Valence, France

Diplomacy won’t work with Iran

Iran is clearly the No. 1 enemy of the United States. Also, Iran is the most dangerous and leading terrorist nation in the world. When will we as a nation challenge them and directly confront their policies?

Recently U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that Iran is directly responsible for the murder of 19 members of our military in the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing (“Iran, terror and the Clinton ‘legacy,’ “Editorial, Friday). They are also responsible for the murder of civilians in Israel, Lebanon and Iraq. Iran has been providing the training, bomb materials, and the funding for IEDs in Iraq that have killed over 2,000 U.S., service men and women. Iran is close to having nuclear bombs and has disregarded all international efforts to curb their threats to the world.

It is time that we as a nation take the fight directly to the streets of Iran. Our military is stationed on both sides of Iran and we need to use our strength to curb their influence in their radical blood-thirsty religious politics. Even Sen. Joe Lieberman understands this threat with his article in the Washington Post on why we need more troops in Iraq.

Congress and President Bush must face this critical threat and stop Iran from killing more members of our military. We need to let our military finish the job in Iraq. Will we just stand by and let Iran kill more of our military and civilians around the world? Diplomacy with Iran will not work. A military solution will work.

CHUCK FLOYD

Kensington, Md.

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