- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 30, 2001

U.S. turns blind eye to Pakistan terrorism connection

Thank you for Arnaud de Borchgrave's Dec 27 Commentary column, "Connecting terrorism's dots."

Mr. de Borchgrave clearly demonstrates that Pakistan is a major sponsor of terrorism. It is a shame that we are actually supporting a regime that willingly and willfully does so.

As Mr. de Borchgrave writes, "If truth be known, the facts behind LET [Lashkar-e-Taiba] are identical to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda's organization. The terrorists are interchangeable between both organizations. They were all trained in al Qaeda's camps and some of bin Laden's Afghan Arabs have already found refuge among LET's ranks in Kashmir. The White House's new formulation calls LET 'a stateless sponsor of terrorism.' But LET is also Pakistan-based and Pakistan-sanctioned. No militant training center in Pakistan can operate without the consent of the army, now in power, and ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence service], a state within a state whose chief reports only to [President Pervez] Musharraf. Yet the government continues to be in a state of deep denial."

What happened to, "If you support terrorists, you are a terrorist," and "If you harbor terrorists, you are a terrorist"?

What was good for the Taliban is now good for Mr. Musharraf. What's good for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is also good for Mr. Musharraf. So why is the United States helping him?


BEHERUZ N. SETHNA

Carrollton, Ga.

Former Croatian president prejudiced, not principled

Jeffrey T. Kuhner rewrites history with his claim that the late Croatian President Franjo Tudjman was a principled nationalist who secured an independent Croatian state in the face of Serbian aggression ("Not yet Bush of the Balkans," Op-ed, Dec. 26).

This is the Mr. Tudjman who openly boasted, "Thank God my wife is neither Jewish nor Serbian" and bizarrely proclaimed that Croatia's mission was to bring Bosnia's Muslims up to European levels of civilization.

As for the war in Croatia, it was not about Croatian independence but the fate of the Serb-populated Krajina. Tudjman succeeded in expelling the Krajina Serbs.


YUGO KOVACH

Twickenham, United Kingdom

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