- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 15, 2007

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Nazi connection

Suzanne Fields’ column on the connection between Nazism and radical Islam touches upon an underreported phenomenon that the mainstream media avoids like the plague (“Inspired by the Nazis,” Op-Ed, Thursday). I would like to add that in his secret conversations, Adolf Hitler repeatedly denounced Christianity as a “Jewish” conspiracy to undermine the “natural order.” We know this from “Hitler’s Table Talk,” compiled and translated by Norman Cameron and R.H. Stevens in 1953. Even though the actual content of Hitler’s “spirituality” is unknown, the following quote, recorded on Aug. 28, 1942, clearly shows where his sympathies lay: “Had Charles Martel not been victorious at Poitiers — already you see, the world had fallen in the hands of the Jews, so gutless a thing Christianity! — then we should have been converted to Mohammedanism, that cult which glorifies the heroism and which opens up the seventh Heaven to the bold warrior alone. The Germanic races would have conquered the world. Christianity alone prevented them from doing so.”

The ex-Muslim and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali started her political career with the Labor Party but left in disappointment when party leaders (for the sake of Muslim votes) refused to confront the cultural issues that result in a disproportionate level of crime, unemployment and domestic violence among Muslim immigrants. Bernard Lewis, professor emeritus of Middle East studies at Princeton, believes Western Europe will be Muslim by the end of the 21st century. As Western European nations increasingly adopt Sharia-friendly legislation to accommodate their new constituents, more and more Europeans see the writing on the wall. On September 11, some of them carried out a protest in Brussels against the Islamization of Europe. This peaceful demonstration was put down brutally by order of Socialist Mayor Freddy Thielemans. He’s the same mayor who toasted the death of Pope John Paul II during an official cocktail party in France.

Since the modern-day European “progressives” are the principal enablers of a trend that may well have pleased Hitler, it is far beyond the pale when the mainstream media labels those resisting this trend as “right-wing extremists.”

ANTONIO R. CHAVES

Hyattsville

Taxi tech upgrades, please

The opportunity exists to use current technology in the District’s taxi system regardless of which method of charging for travel prevails by zone or by distance-time (“D.C. taxi panel zones out on meters,” Page 1, Wednesday). Global Positioning System (GPS) and comparable navigation systems are readily availableand relatively inexpensive. Theyprovide routing and calculate the distance and time between points. They can be made to print receipts for riders and save taxi drivers time and paperwork.

Many other advantagesexist. Precise and accurate data can be collected and processed automatically. Decision-makers then can use the data tomake sound decisions regarding methods of charging fares, best routes to use, training new drivers, automatic documentation and pinpointing origins and destinations within 33 feet. This would make the taxi system more efficient for the benefit of all.

Introducing GPS and navigation technology should be separate from the fare issue. Do it now and leave the decision on how tocharge for later as better data becomeavailable.

G. STANLEY DOORE

Silver Spring

A modest proposal

Within the next few weeks, Congress and President Bush will be making several crucial decisions affecting the ability of children and seniors to obtain high-quality and affordable health care (“Costly coverage,” Business, Wednesday). Will the Senate and House be able to reach agreement on a bill to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides coverage to tens of millions of children from lower-income families? Will Congress seize the opportunity to address barriers to good health care not only for children, but also for elderly and disabled people whodepend on Medicare for coverage?

The clock is ticking. The SCHIP program expires on Sept. 30. The good news is that both the Senate and the House of Representatives have passed bills to continue SCHIP.

Nevertheless, the fate of the program remains up in the air. This is because there are major differences between the House and Senate bills that have to be resolved within the next few weeks before a consensus bill can be passed and sent to the president for his signature. One major difference is that the House bill makes major improvements for seniors enrolled in Medicare, whereas the Senate bill only addresses coverage for children. Mr. Bush has threatened to veto any SCHIP bill that exceeds very strict funding levels that most experts agree would leave too many low-income children without coverage.

As governor of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area chapter of the American College of Physicians, I represent 1,800 physicians who specialize in internal medicine in our area. We are calling area senators to work toward a Senate-House agreement that will maintain, expand and improve coverage for children enrolled in SCHIP and also make essential improvements for seniors enrolled in Medicare, as only the House bill would do. We also are urging Mr. Bush to sign such a bill into law.

Calling its version the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act, the House passed comprehensive coverage that continues insurance for 6 million low-income children but also includes major improvements for seniors enrolled in Medicare:

It provides funding to prevent scheduled cuts of nearly 10 percent to physician reimbursements under Medicare that would have a devastating impact on seniors’ access to care. It reduces how much seniors have to pay out of pocket for mental health benefits. It makes it easier for seniors to obtain Medicare prescription drug benefits. It expands Medicare coverage for preventive health services.

It also will evaluate, on a pilot test basis, the idea of giving seniors a new option to receive care that is coordinated by a personal physician in a “medical home.”

Congress must assure that the children in the Washington metropolitan area who depend on SCHIP are able to keep their coverage beyond the Sept. 30 expiration date. At the same time, Congress also must seize this opportunity to assure continued access to physicians and to improve benefits for the people in the District who are enrolled in Medicare. I ask congressional leaders to produce a House-Senate agreement that reauthorizes SCHIP; provides flexibility for states to enroll more vulnerable children; replaces Medicare physician payment cuts with positive inflation updates; and makes improvements in Medicare coverage for prevention, mental health and physician-guided care coordination. Our children and seniors deserve nothing less.

DR. LAWRENCE E. KLEIN

Governor

American College of Physicians

District of Columbia Metropolitan Area chapter

Washington

Don’t pull out the surge troops

Gen. David H. Petraeus’ report to Congress reminds us that terrorist groups and al Qaeda are the prime groups carrying out horrific terror attacks in Iraq. A pullout of more than 30,000 troops next summer, recommended by Gen. Petraeus, would not be a wise move and would only contribute to more terror attacks from al Qaeda.

The recent troop surge has yielded good results, and it helped reduce al Qaeda’s influence in several provinces.

The Democrats have continued to call for extensive troop withdrawals from Iraq next year. The consequences of creating an al Qaedasanctuary in Iraq would be horrific for our security and that of the free Iraqis.

It would be wise not to be influenced by the repeated demand from the Democrats to pull out of Iraq now. There is a lot at stake here for our future security.

AL EISNER

Wheaton

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