- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Ratting out a poisonous plan

The editorial page of The Washington Times seems to believe that using helicopters to bombard an entire island with a highly toxic and highly indiscriminate poison is the best way to protect endangered species ("The rat-protection racket," Editorials, Nov. 24). It seems that common sense is what's endangered at your office.
Brodifacoum has a proven track record of killing non-target birds, mammals and other wildlife, yet the National Park Service has decided to distribute it throughout Anacapa Island in the Channel Islands National Park. Anacapa Island is home to more than 150 species of birds, including species currently listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as "Birds of Management Concern" because they are "likely to become candidates for listing under the Endangered Species Act," such as the burrowing owl and the short-eared owl. Anacapa Island also provides habitat to a variety of other wildlife, including the California sea lion, the harbor seal, the Pacific slender salamander, the side-blotched lizard, the Southern alligator lizard and the deer mouse a unique species that exists only within Channel Islands National Park. The Park Service even acknowledges that its plan to use Brodifacoum to eradicate rats will result in widespread mortality to non-target mice, lizards, birds, and other animals that consume the poison, and will cause extensive secondary poisoning of birds of prey that feed on poisoned animals.
Far from being a "silly lawsuit" to stop this plan, as your editorial suggests, it is incumbent on citizens to challenge government actions when they blatantly and egregiously violate federal laws. In pushing through its ill-conceived and short-sighted plan to use Brodifacoum on Anacapa Island, the Park Service violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the National Park Service Organic Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. It is now wasting taxpayers' money in a feeble attempt to justify its illegal actions. This poisoning plan is ecologically and fiscally irresponsible and must be halted.

MICHAEL MARKARIAN
Executive Vice President
The Fund for Animals
Silver Spring

Don't blow smoke my way

Your editorial regarding Montgomery County's new clean-air ordinance was profound in its immaturity. The inane analogies comparing secondhand cigarette smoke to cookbooks and the Coriolis effect were painful to behold.
The only hint of an argument I could see was something vague about property rights. Apparently The Washington Times thinks residents can do anything they please on their property, no matter how it affects neighbors. For instance, if someone wants to blare music at 2:30 in the morning for the entire neighborhood to hear, I assume that you would rush to their defense. After all, it's their home their castle. Too bad if the noise annoys their neighbors, right?
We should take responsibility for our behavior and how it affects others. We should indeed be restricted from engaging in certain obnoxious behaviors so that everyone can live in pleasant conditions. Just as I don't have to listen to someone else's loud music while trying to sleep in my own home, I shouldn't have to inhale someone else's cigarette smoke while in my home. Besides, noise doesn't cause cancer; secondhand smoke does.

MATTHEW J. BARRY
Issaquah, Wash.

EU should follow example of U.N. in recognizing Turkish Cyprus

The letters of John N. Myseros ("Oust the separatists from Cyprus," Nov. 16) and Nick Larigakis ("Turkish Cypriots achieve nothing by antagonism," Nov. 20) would make Cypriot history a mutually agreed upon fable among Greek Cypriots and Greeks.
If the present Greek Cypriot administration were the legitimate, constitutional and only government of the 1960 Partnership Republic of Cyprus, it would sport a Turkish Cypriot vice president with various veto power and a general 30 percent Turkish Cypriot representation in the parliament, ministries, civil service and other government organs. The 1960 Constitution could not be more categorical on that point. Turkish Cypriots, however, were evicted permanently from their constitutional offices by death and terror orchestrated by the Greek Cypriot leader Archbishop Makarios in 1963,in an attempt to unite Cyprus with Greece. The Greek Cypriot administration has also shredded the constitution by exalting union with Greece, known as enosis, as official government policy.
If Mr. Myseros believes that the 1974 Turkish rescue mission in Cyprus flouted international law, then he should ask the Athens Court of Appeal to reconsider its unambiguous conclusion to the contrary.
He extrapolates celestial bliss between Greek and Turkish Cypriots if Cyprus were reunified, an extraordinary feat of delusion. When Greek Cypriots initiated violence against Turkish Cypriot people in 1963-64, for example The Washington Post reported, "Greek Cypriot fanatics appear bent on a policy of genocide." The London Daily Express recounted, "We went tonight into the sealed-off Turkish Cypriot quarter of Nicosia in which 200 to 300 people had been slaughtered in the last five days. We were the first Western reporters there, and we have seen sights too frightful to be described in print. Horror so extreme that the people seem stunned beyond tears." The London Daily Herald chronicled, "When I came across the Turkish Cypriot homes they were an appalling sight. I doubt if a napalm attack could have created more devastation. In the neighboring village of Ayios Vassilios I counted 16 wrecked and burned out homes. They were all Turkish Cypriot. In neither village did I find a scrap of damage to any Greek Cypriot house." And these reports are just an example of a Greek Cypriot terrorist activities over the years, the latest being aid and assistance to terrorist organization the Kurdistan Workers' Party and arch-terrorist Abdullah Ocalan.
Mr. Larigakis purports to deplore "boisterous" or "antagonistic" rhetoric, but tacitly endorses a 38-year-old punitive omnibus embargo employed by the Greek Cypriot administration to strangle the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) politically, economically and culturally. He also finds nothing disturbing in the recent bugle by the Greek Cypriot head of the national guard to invade the TRNC if it declines to capitulate to Greek Cypriot ultimatums.
Mr. Larigakis totally misleads the readers as regards to Greek Cypriot application to EU membership. In its endeavors to conclude its unilateral and unlawful application for EU membership since 1990, the Greek Cypriot side never concealed that it was only trying to enter the EU for political reasons. Primary among these reasons is the eternal desire of the Greek Cypriot side to join with Greece, which is a member of the EU, and to render Turkey's guarantee ineffective. The chairman of the Greek Cypriot ruling party DISI, Nicos Anastasiades, has recently declared that the accession of the Greek Cypriot administration to the EU would be tantamount to enosis. During an event organized by DISI's university students' group held in Athens on March 22, Mr. Anastasiades stated that "by attaining the union of Cyprus with the European Union, we are at the same time attaining its union with Greece."
In any event, the secretary-general of the United Nations has requested the Greek and Turkish Cypriots for talks under an umbrella of perfect and equal sovereignty as endorsed by resolutions of the U.N. Security Council. The European Union's biased and erroneous insistence on treating the Greek Cypriot administration as the sole representative of Turkish Cypriots reduces the latter to inkblots on the Cypriot stage and guarantees a stalemate. In contrast, the TRNC welcomes the breakthrough for face-to-face talks with its Greek Cypriot counterpart on a standard of political equality. Mr. Larigakis tends to forget the fact that this breakthrough came following the recent initiative of TRNC President Rauf R. Denktash.

AHMET ERDENGIZ
Representative
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Washington


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