- The Washington Times - Friday, July 6, 2007

>Chertoff should resign

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff should resign. Mr. Chertoff, a strong supporter of President Bush’s immigration and amnesty bill, has chosen to scapegoat Congress for his lack of willingness to enforce our borders (“Chertoff rebukes Congress over bill,” Page 1, Monday).

Truth be told, Mr. Chertoff has never been an advocate for enforcement and has been contemptuous of real border security almost from day one. Last year, when Congress appropriated money for 700 miles of border fencing, Mr. Chertoff insisted he knew better and, with the White House’s blessing, insisted that he might consider instead a “virtual fence,” which is another way of saying he would do virtually nothing in the way of real border enforcement, relying instead on public relations and photo ops.

Mr. Chertoff’s remarks Sunday — that the $4.4 billion for border protection Mr. Bush pledged in exchange for votes for his pro-amnesty legislation was to be obtained only from the penalties and fees collected from immigrants had the legislation passed — tell as much about his own disingenuousness on this issue as they do about the president’s. Mr. Chertoff’s full attention should be focused on enforcing existing immigration laws. If he cannot do that, he should step down and make way for someone who takes seriously the job of defending the nation’s borders.

ROBERT BERRY

Montgomery Village

Discredit the ideology

Negotiating with Iran to dismantle its nuclear program is a ticket to nowhere (“No illusions on Iran,” Commentary, Monday).

Nuclear negotiations appear to be successful vis-a-vis North Korea, as the ruling regimes’ supporters are already disillusioned with the non-performing communist ideology there. North Koreans are no longer interested in exporting their failed system elsewhere. From this vantage point, nukes are a disadvantage when the country is faced with more economic sanctions from America and its allies.

In contrast, Iran’s ruling regime is at the forefront of an Islamic conquest, with Israel among the top on its list. The ruling medieval ayatollahs see the religious ideology to which they belong as destined to rule the world. Nukes are an integral part of this conquest plan.

As I argue in my recently published book, “The Art of War on Terror: Triumphing Over Political Islam and the Axis of Jihad,” unless the underlying ideology is discredited, it is unlikely that the regime in Iran or other Sunni extremists will stop their quest for nukes or terror directed at unbelievers.

Perhaps the time has come to tell these folks that information taken down in leaves, stones or people’s memory and then reproduced in the form of a “holy” book more than 1,000 years ago couldn’t possibly be accurate or complete enough to be called God’s revelations.

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