- The Washington Times - Friday, December 14, 2001

Praise for Macedonia
President Bush this week praised Macedonia for pursuing peace, as he accepted the diplomatic credentials of Macedonian Ambassador Nikola Dimitrov.
Mr. Bush expressed his appreciation for Macedonia, which rejected "the advocates of schismatic violence and internecine war" in August when it accepted an internationally brokered peace settlement that ended an uprising by ethnic Albanian rebels of the National Liberation Army. The rebels agreed to disband and hand over its arms, while the government acquiesced to expand civil rights for the Albanian minority in the country.
"Your appointment comes at a propitious time as your country strives to move forward out of the crisis, which has enveloped it these past 10 months, testing the strengths of its democracy, social fabric and individual citizens," Mr. Bush told Mr. Dimitrov.
"Macedonia stood at a historical crossroads, and, as the world watched, it chose the path of peace on Aug. 13 by rejecting the advocates of schismatic violence and internecine war in favor of unifying political solutions which will further buttress the foundations of its multi-ethnic democracy."
Mr. Bush also congratulated Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski and Macedonian legislators "for their commitment to work for durable peace, stability and prosperity." Mr. Bush also pledged U.S. assistance in helping Macedonia build its democracy.
Mr. Dimitrov said, "We believe that we share common values and have common regional interests. For this reason, we consider our partnership to be a perpetual partnership."

Palestinians included
Morton Klein feels vindicated after a three-year campaign to pressure the State Department to offer rewards for the capture of the suspected Palestinian killers of more than 80 Americans.
The families of the victims began receiving State Department letters this week, seeking permission to include the names of their murdered relatives on its Rewards for Justice Web site.
Mr. Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, thanked the Bush administration for taking the step that the Clinton administration had resisted.
"We strongly praise the Bush administration for taking this important step in the war against terrorism," Mr. Klein said this week.
"This will dramatically raise the public awareness about the fact that Yasser Arafat's regime is harboring terrorists who have murdered Americans."
Mr. Klein says more than 80 Americans have been killed by Palestinian terrorists since 1960, including 21 killed since the 1993 Palestinian-Israeli peace accord.
"For the first time the State Department is acknowledging that the U.S. should pursue Palestinian Arab killers of Americans just as vigorously as it pursues other foreign terrorists who have murdered Americans," Mr. Klein said.
James A. Larocco, deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, said in the letters that the rewards program "has proven to be an effective incentive for those with information about terrorist attacks and has helped bring many terrorists to justice."
Clinton administration officials opposed including specific Palestinian suspects, citing several reasons, one of them being the potential risk to Middle East peace efforts.
The Bush administration early on also declined to post rewards for Palestinian suspects, but that attitude changed after September 11.
The Web site is located at www.rewardsforjustice.net.

Order of the Red Socks
In a town of dark suits and white shirts, Christopher Meyer stands out in red socks.
The British ambassador wears them not just on Christmas day, but on every day of the year. He even wears them with a tuxedo. Now he is recruiting other men into this iconoclastic brotherhood of sartorial rebellion.
At the annual Christmas party of the British American Business Association this week, Mr. Meyer conferred a rare honor on outgoing president Courtenay Ellis, presenting him with a plaque and a pair of red socks.
"This is a moment of exquisite solemnity," he said. "I name you a member, commander, knight and serf of the Royal Order of Red Socks."
Mr. Meyer then revealed the secret of the order.
"Once you don the red socks," he said, "you must never take them off."

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