- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Why the EU does not want Turkey

In their column "Road map to a Western Turkey" (Commentary, yesterday), John C. Hulsman and Brett D. Schaefer have glossed over an important concern many Europeans have about Turkey's inclusion in the European Union: namely, giving Turkey's Muslim population easier access to settling in Europe.
European Muslims, including second-generation ones, have difficulty assimilating and are among the largest recipients of welfare. They also have high crime rates and poor education levels. While the native white population in the European Union is barely reproducing itself, European Muslims have among the highest birth rates. If Turkey were admitted to the union, Europe's Muslims could jump from about 4 percent to 20 percent of the population. Furthermore, there is the obvious issue of pan-Islamic extremism sweeping the world, including Europe, with the burgeoning of the immigrant Muslim population. It also must be acknowledged that, given its deep Islamic roots, Turkey is at best an experiment in democracy and modern development. Its admission into the European Union could portend the devastation of Western Europe through a massive influx of Muslims who have little in common with Europeans.

Coram, N.Y.

A lost weekend for everyone

The article "Study rips college minority programs" (Nation, Monday) incorrectly describes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Campus Preview Weekend: "The Massachusetts Institute of Technology organizes a Campus Preview/Minority Spring Weekend for female and minority students."
The program was created for women and underrepresented minority students but has been expanded, beginning in 1999, to include all prospective students. (See the Tech, the MIT student newspaper, for more information, at www-tech.mit.edu/V119/N18/18cpw.18n.html.) I can assure you that there are plenty of male white and Asian high school seniors on campus for CPW, as it is known here.

Cambridge, Mass.

Solving the nursing crunch

As a cardiac registered nurse at Inova Fairfax Hospital, I would like to comment on the increasingly critical nationwide nursing shortage addressed in "Condition: Critical" (Page 1, Sunday).
I am a 49-year-old second-career registered nurse (RN). The health care industry realizes that nursing is one of the most crucial professions in the United States. Because of vast professional opportunities available to college-educated women, the aging of the baby-boomer generation and a perception among many people that nurses are undercompensated and overworked, a labor shortage of RNs has developed.
It is evident to me, a past company president for 20 years, that professional nursing is tremendously important, financially rewarding and one of the most mentally stimulating professions in the United States today. The career should be considered by any person who has a talent for science, a caring attitude and superior critical-thinking skills. The family of registered nurses is a very tight group of professionals, and in my experience, nurses are very supportive of one another. The experienced nurse with a specialty, graduate education or old- fashioned personal drive can make a living comparable to that earned by many other professionals. Hospitals are 24-hour-a-day operations, so some rotation of shifts is common, but with three 12-hour days making up a full-time schedule, the registered nurse is off four days a week.
I recommend that those considering professional nursing as a career visit a nursing unit of their choice and see the real thing.

Progressive Coronary Care Unit
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Falls Church

Baltimore's finest are not world class

The article in which Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley is quoted as saying the police department "is not a perfect system, but it's the best one humankind has come up with on the planet" ("Murder probes' problems revealed," Life, Monday) suggests how out of touch he and Police Commissioner Edward Norris are with reality. Charging people with murder who were incarcerated elsewhere at the time of a murder and charging people with murder who were acting in clear self-defense simply are not mistakes to which a good police department succumbs.
D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey must inhabit a similarly unreal realm. His recent frustrated tantrum over his department's homicide closure rate suggests that the department's administration is at fault, not the assigned detectives. Whether or not the detectives are excellent by some measure or deficient as portrayed by Chief Ramsey, the numbers speak clearly: If just 45 detectives are assigned to 485 cases this year (plus any leftover cases from previous years), that means the average workload is more than 10 cases per detective. Politically charged cases, such as Chandra Levy's, to which the entire homicide squad supposedly was assigned for an extended period of time, must have impinged upon the time the detectives could devote to the other cases.
A point on which Baltimore's police are not guilty is one on which the District's clearly are. Obviously, D.C. police officials are more interested in soaking commuters by assigning manpower to issue parking and speeding tickets, whether or not justified, than to solving murder cases. The kind of pressure placed on the D.C. homicide branch may well explain the kind of results illogical and unjustifiable arrests experienced in Baltimore, which simply does not have the best system on the planet.


Rebutting a European

Austrian Thomas Mohr ("America envy does not explain European anti-war sentiment," Letters, yesterday) offers a European perspective in disagreement with Jay Ambrose's "Motivation miscalculation" (Commentary, Sunday), which is the finest piece I have yet seen by Mr. Ambrose. Citing "the Bush administration's rejection of Kyoto, the International Criminal Court and other occasions for multilateralism," Mr. Mohr defends the reasonableness of the Europeans' "simply not trust[ing] the United States." An odd selection of poster children, given the very different reality.
European "Rome Statute" negotiators refused to allow express protection against abusing the International Criminal Court (ICC) for political prosecution of American servicemen and leaders: This was not their intent, so we should trust them. It turns out that they have indeed impaneled an ICC equivalent of the grand jury, inquiring into possible pursuit of President Clinton for his actions related to Kosovo (even though events before July of this year by the Rome Statute's own terms do not appear subject to ICC jurisdiction). Regarding Kyoto, all that need be said was said by a European Union official, Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom, in the face of collapsing "global warming" science: "[Kyoto] is about trying to create a level playing field for big businesses throughout the world. You have to understand what is at stake, and that is why it is serious" (quoted by the Independent of London, March 19). So, Europeans can't trust us?
Furthermore, a quick review of the facts yields information that China and Russia have agreed to no costly obligations under Kyoto, and both reject the ICC. Are these the next stops on the European Union's "I can't trust you" tour? No. As Mr. Ambrose detailed, the union's anti-U.S. sniveling is mere "chaf[ing] at American wealth, power and influence they think should be theirs."

Senior fellow
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Right crash, wrong date

I was browsing The Washington Times Web edition and came across a column by Arnold Beichman titled "Horrors of stoning captured on film" (Commentary, Dec. 9). It referred to the Libyan bombing of Pan-Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, as having occurred Dec. 1, 1988. The actual date was Dec. 21, 1988.
I'm sure it was a typo, but I thought you might appreciate the correction to help maintain The Times' accuracy.

San Antonio

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