- The Washington Times - Friday, October 12, 2001

U.S. should eliminate terrorism, not redirect it

America's war on terrorism is a just war. Unanswered barbaric attacks encourage madmen. The Bush administration has said repeatedly: You are with us, or you are with the terrorists. Friendly nations such as India have unhesitatingly supported the United States in its quest for justice.

How many Americans, though, know that their government, while talking about a global war against terrorism, is pressuring India to sit tight and not respond to the murderous terrorist activities sponsored by neighboring Pakistan? Nobody except the Taliban has asked the United States to negotiate with terrorists. So why does America demand that nations such as India display restraint and compromise with evildoers?

The United States is missing great opportunities for strategic synergy with like-minded free democracies. The United States would be wise not to blindly trust the reformed bandits in its posse. The United States should strive to eliminate terrorism, not redirect it away from itself.


Bloomington, Ill.

Men, not just missiles, will be needed to end terrorism

Clarence Page, like the Tomahawk cruise missiles he discusses, is right on target in his Oct. 10 Commentary column "Free speech on the casualty list?" Citing historical examples, Mr. Page says, "I criticize [our use of missiles against terrorists] for being ineffective."

While a necessary first step in destroying Afghanistan's meager air defenses, the bombardment is not the whole solution. It must be followed up with the use of Special Forces to eliminate the terrorists, to provide food, water and medicine to the refugees, and to engage in psychological operations. We must conduct an aggressive campaign that shows terrorists that they should not trifle with us.

Only by killing those responsible in a professional, close-quarters manner and simultaneously showing the Afghan people that we are there to help improve their situation can we succeed in stopping terrorism at its roots.

Continuing the air war for too long will only anger our Western and Islamic allies. Should that occur, we will find ourselves without a coalition, facing even more zealous terrorists than before.



U.N. drug czar out to clear his name

I read with great disappointment your Oct. 8 column "The U.N. Report." Even though I met the reporter and discussed the allegations against me, she chose to ignore all that I said and more importantly all U.N. documents clearing my name.

Reporting on my decision to leave my post as the executive director of the U.N. Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) in Vienna, Austria, the author cites "persistent accusations of epic mismanagement and possible fraud." The accusations, as interpreted by the author, include "charges that Mr. Arlacchi funneled tens of thousands of dollars to a sailing buddy to circumnavigate the world as an anti-drug message."

I told your correspondent personally that the alleged "sailing buddy" was not and is not my personal friend, and it was officially established that we never sailed together. The project in question was a joint project with another U.N. agency that never materialized. There was nothing personal in it, and certainly no fraud.

You also allege that the "confidence in Mr. Arlacchi has plummeted so low that a number of the agency's top donors had canceled their voluntary contributions." This is not true. Only one donor has frozen its contribution temporarily, while overall contributions to the program remain at the levels of previous years.

You fail to mention that there was a thorough U.N. Board of Auditors inquiry regarding all allegations against me that appeared in the press. The Board of Auditors, point-by-point, dismissed all of the allegations. Furthermore, the U.N. inquiry found no evidence of anything that would be damaging to my personal integrity.

The report issued by the U.N. internal oversight office criticized the management style at my office, and we have been busy implementing its recommendations. I submitted a detailed report on implementation, and all major donors to the program in a meeting held in Vienna last month reacted positively to the reforms being introduced.

Finally, I have to tell you that no one, not even the Mafia bosses who I fought, questioned my personal integrity in many years of my public service.


Executive Director

Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention

Vienna, Austria

Take down the eco-terrorists

I couldn't agree more with your Oct. 7 editorial "War against eco-terrorists" that it is time to bring groups such as those in the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF) to justice. Frankly, I was wondering whether anyone would ever make the connection between these eco-extremists and Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda. All three cloak their activities in righteous causes animals, the environment and Islam. In reality, all three are morally, intellectually and politically bankrupt. For the most part, they are in it for the excitement and the opportunity to wreak havoc.

As with al Qaeda, our strategy to bring ALF to justice should be to go after the groups that support and harbor it. We could start with institutions such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which provide moral support for ALF's destructive acts. Or perhaps we should target Princeton University, which harbors the animal rights movement's foremost philosopher, Peter Singer, a man whose position on bestiality is, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, "You can have sex with them, but don't eat them."


Virginia Beach

Thank you for your editorial exposing the threat to our homeland security posed by eco-terrorists and emphasizing the need to catch and punish them. While many may see or hear about additional security measures at airports and federal buildings nationwide, California and other Western states beefed up security around large water sources and damns, hydroelectric plants and other areas critical to all people and businesses. While this may have been a response to a foreign threat, the eco-terrorist groups also pose a threat to our homeland security. Like the terrorists who attacked our nation on Sept. 11, these groups are motivated by a radical ideology and care nothing for human life. They will do whatever they deem necessary to harm people and stop industrialization.

It's about time we wipe out all forms of terrorism.


Quincy, Calif.

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