- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 14, 2001

Macedonias dim future should be U.S. concern

Macedonias dim prospect for survival is reflected in your June 13 article "Army chief resigns as rebels move in" The article also reflects a pathetically misguided U.S. foreign policy in dealing with Albanian forces who continue their quest for a "Greater Albania" by waging war against Serbias neighbor, Macedonia. Agence France-Presse reported on June 12 that the "Albanian rebel advance sent shock waves though the capital. Macedonians in the village of Stajkovci on the edge of Skopje are scared."
Macedonia supported NATOs bombing of Serbia and took in thousands of ethnic Albanian refugees fleeing the civil war in Kosovo. Is it any wonder that Macedonians feel betrayed? They had good reason to expect U.S. support in what is a matter of the survival of their nation. Furthermore, it has been reported widely that Albanian rebels are moving in on Skopjes international airport. Control of this airport would be a tremendous loss for Macedonia.
Curiously, Congress remains silent on the floor of the House while a nasty war, largely of their making, rages on in Macedonia. It is not difficult to see what is in store for the country, considering that the United States and our allies have put enormous pressure upon the Macedonian government to negotiate with the Albanian invaders, even as more Macedonian soldiers are being killed.

STELLA L. JATRAS
Sterling, Va.

Media misrepresents new environmental report

As you note in your June 12 editorial "Cooler heads on Kyoto," those who have read beyond the first sentence of the National Academy of Sciences recently released report on global warming know that the national media have mischaracterized the report as establishing global warming as fact, forcing the United States to accept the Kyoto Protocol.
As you note, one of the 11 scientists who prepared the report, Richard S. Lindzen, professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wrote in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed column that "too much public attention was paid to the hastily prepared summary rather than to the body of the report," which underscores, "contrary to media impressions," that "we are not in a position to confidently attribute past climate change to carbon dioxide or to forecast what the climate will be in the future."
As for the reported growing scientific consensus that climate change is taking place, caused in substantial part by human activities, Mr. Lindzen asserted that the report made clear that "there is no consensus, unanimous or otherwise, about long-term climate trends and what causes them."
Indeed, some 17,000 scientists have signed a petition circulated by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, which states: "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earths atmosphere and disruption of the Earths climate."
As Mr. Lindzen states: "One reason for this uncertainty is that, as the report states, the climate is always changing; change is the norm. Two centuries ago, much of the Northern Hemisphere was emerging from a little ice age. A millennium ago, during the Middle Ages, the same region was in a warm period. Thirty years ago we were concerned about global cooling."
The Earth experienced greater warming between the 10th and 15th centuries, when vineyards flourished in England, predating the Industrial Revolution. When Eric the Red brought settlers to Greenland in 986, the climate supported the viking way of life based upon cattle, hay, grain and herring for the next 300 years. Was it man-made pollution that created a climate amenable to 300 years of Nordic settlement in Greenland? I dont think so.

DANIEL JOHN SOBIESKI
Chicago

PETAs red herring

Paula Moores letter to the editor comparing hooking a fish to hooking a dog conveniently overlooks one significant fact: we eat fish, but we dont eat dogs ("Fish may not be cute, but they still feel pain," June 12). Fishing for food predates every person and most societies on this globe. Showing a dog with a fish hook in its mouth is the standard red herring (pun intended) for which People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is famous. If they would stop destroying research facilities, protesting normal human behavior and throwing paint on peoples clothing and take the time to read a biology book, perhaps they will see that humans are omnivores we eat animals and plants. Im not sure why PETA, which presumably includes at least a few educated members, finds this simple fact so hard to grasp. Luckily, most of society has more common sense, and PETAs antics do nothing more than make the public realize exactly how out of touch they are with the real world.

KEITH M. SIBICK
Manassas, Va.

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