- The Washington Times - Monday, April 29, 2002

Arafat's storm troopers crush Palestinian moderates

While the European Union and human rights groups demand a U.N. investigation of Israeli action in Jenin, Yasser Arafat's henchmen again busy themselves shooting and lynching Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel, dragging their bodies through the streets to instill fear in the populace ("Palestinians kill 3 of own," April 24).
Although hundreds of Palestinian moderates have been murdered in the past few years without due process of law, the media depicts these cruelties as "vigilante justice." That is a misnomer, for these killings are calculated murders. The victims are young men with dreams of peace and hopes of better lives, but Mr. Arafat's ruthless tactic of repression robs them of those aspirations and of their freedom of expression. The Palestinian Arabs are literally prisoners of a despotic regime that has little regard for their lives or well-being.
Why haven't American Muslim leaders or the human rights groups condemned the barbarity of Mr. Arafat's "storm troopers"? They seem to be deeply concerned with the treatment of al Qaeda prisoners held by the United States. Where is their outcry against the flagrant acts of inhumanity conducted by the Palestinian Authority? The human rights groups' silence on the vicious slayings of moderates makes them complicit with these atrocities. It appears that the "civilized world" is ignoring this hypocrisy, becoming mute spectators of the barbaric executions.

FREDA GOLDMAN
Baltimore

Immigrants helped America make giant leaps

In the April 27 letter to the editor "No way, Jose," David A. Gorak of the Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration rhetorically asks if immigrants were behind the numerous American technological advances of the last century. The answer: They most definitely were.
Referring to just the examples in Mr. Gorak's letter, immigrants, to a great degree, were responsible for putting Americans on the moon. To cite just one, Wernher von Braun, developer of the Saturn V rocket, was from Germany. Likewise, the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell, an immigrant from Scotland. Indirectly, immigrants were also responsible for the polio vaccine, as Jonas Salk's parents (without whom, obviously, there would have been no Jonas Salk) were poorly educated (and in Mr. Gorak's words, "cheap and exploitable") Russian-Jewish immigrants. Of course, both Bell and Salk's parents immigrated to the United States before Congress "wisely" curtailed such immigration in 1924.

ROBERT J. PETERSON
Arlington

Unity, security first for Cyprus

Stephen Norton's April 21 Commentary column "The future of secular Turkey," is generally accurate in identifying the risks involved in the impending membership of the Greek Cypriot administration in the European Union before a settlement is reached on the island. It does not, however, show the same accuracy in suggesting remedies.
Turkey has made it known that it will not object to the accession of a united Cyprus to the European Union once the terms of that unity have been negotiated between the two parties to the dispute the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots and a way has been found to protect Turkey's rights and interests over the island, as well as those of Greece. This will preserve the critical Greco-Turkish balance in the region, the value of which, I am sure, Mr. Norton is well aware as an experienced political and military analyst.
Furthermore, it is not fair to direct the call for the lifting of the embargoes on the Turkish Cypriots at Turkey, which already formally recognizes Turkish Cypriot statehood and provides the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus with vital security and economic assistance. The onus for the removal of these archaic and counterproductive measures, which date back to 1963, rests on the shoulders of the international community and the civilized world. Led by the United States, they, if not officially condone, at least acquiesce to these Greek Cypriot-inspired restrictions covering all spheres of human activity.
On the core issue of security, without which no human society can live in peace, develop or prosper, the Turkish Cypriot side has made it known that it considers the continuation of the present system of guarantees, which saved the Turkish Cypriots from elimination, sine qua non. Replacing this system with any other, or diluting it through the introduction of an international or NATO force, is an invitation to paralysis. Such organizations, regardless of their strength or value, have cumbersome decision-making mechanisms and veto rights for their members that often lead to inaction and dire consequences.

OSMAN ERTUG
Representative
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Washington


The 'small price' of protectionism

Distressed that the United States has, as he sees it, the export profile of a Third World agricultural colony, Commentary columnist Paul Craig Roberts seeks to wake Americans to our peril ("Smug in a no-think existence," April 25). Most economists would say that we have a comparative advantage in agriculture due to the fertile soil and temperate climate of much of our country, and our relatively low population density. But Mr. Roberts explains that those who subscribe to such notions live in a smug, no-think world.
The solution to the export problem Mr. Roberts identifies is obvious: Impose protective tariffs on industrial and high-tech imports, ban agriculture in Iowa and Kansas, as well as stock-raising in Texas, Wyoming, and Montana, and put the unemployed farmers and ranchers to work making industrial products to export for food. Of course, this will result in a decline in the American standard of living, cause further economic damage when other countries retaliate against our trade barriers and lead to starvation among the world's poorest people when food prices reflect the United States' shift from an exporter to an importer of grain. But all this is a small price to pay for the satisfaction of no longer having the export profile of a Third World agricultural colony.
Some of Mr. Roberts' concerns are real and legitimate, but to blame free trade for actual or potential declines in real wages is simply a mistake. I suggest he and other concerned citizens turn their attention to the problems created by our tax code both what we tax and what we don't regulations, and the deficiencies of our educational system.

NICHOLAS ROSEN
Arlington


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