- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 7, 2002

Harvard professor Noel Ignatiev's call for “abolishing the white race” may be his way of lashing out at fellow whites for his own self-hatred (“Harvard professor argues for abolishing' white race,” Wednesday, Nation). More likely, it is due to his admiration for the advanced state of civilization in countries least influenced by such trivial Western concepts as individual rights, democracy, presumption of innocence and trial by jury: countries in central Africa and central Asia.

Mr. Ignatiev's declaration reminds me of the Harvard professor who proclaimed that the Kurdish people revolting against Saddam Hussein were dying from bee pollen, not poison gas. Or the Harvard professor who proclaimed that no military arms were being stored in Grenada the day before pictures of mounds of weapons appeared.

As William F. Buckley Jr. (a Yale man) rightly jested: “I would sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members at Harvard University.”

Thank goodness for Harvard. When one tires of searching for humor and relief from reality in current Disney films, there is always a Harvard professor to fill the gap.


Cumberland Furnace, Tenn.

Who's to blame for Cyprus debacle?It's Greek to him.

In true contemporary Greek tradition of vilifying everything or everyone who is Turkish, John N. Myseros has unleashed a personalized attack on Osman Ertug, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' representative in Washington (“Taking issue with the Turkish role in Cyprus,” Forum, Aug. 25). Without any intention of entering into polemics with the author of this unfortunate contribution, which does not really merit a detailed reply, I would like to pose the following questions to him:

Was it President Rauf Denktash or the Turkish Cypriot side who established the Greek Cypriot terrorist organization known as EOKA in 1955 (well before the Turkish Cypriot Resistance Organization, TMT, was established in 1958), which started the bloodshed and violence in Cyprus, for the annexation of the island to Greece?

• Does Mr. Myseros claim that The Washington Post was “lying” or telling a “half-truth” when it reported on Feb. 17, 1964, that “the Greek Cypriot fanatics appear bent on a policy of genocide”?

• Does the Akritas Plan not exist? (The Akritas Plan is conspiracy plan devised by the Greek Cypriot leadership in the early 1960s aimed at destroying the partnership of the Republic of Cyprus of 1960, along with the Turkish Cypriot partner.) (See U.N. Document No: A/33/115; S/12722 of May 30,1978.)

• Was the Athens Court of Appeals, which ruled on the Greek coup of 1974 and admitted the legitimacy of the Turkish intervention, also lying? (See Judgment No: 2658/79 of March 21, 1979.)

• Was Archbishop Makarios III, the Greek Cypriot leader, lying when he declared before the U.N. Security Council on July 19, 1974, that it was Greece, not Turkey, that invaded Cyprus?

• Are the mass graves of the Turkish Cypriots at the villages of Ayios Vasilios, Murataa, Atlilar and Sandallar as well as several others that were opened before the eyes of the U.N. peacekeepers not testimony to the genocidal practices of the Greek Cypriots in the 1960s and 1970s?

Before the Greek Cypriots can claim eligibility, let alone the moral justification, to comment on the alleged “wrongdoings” of others, they would be well-advised to look at their own record, for those who come to justice must come with clean hands. The healing process in Cyprus cannot start until the Greek Cypriots admit their past atrocities against the Turkish Cypriots and show some remorse.


Press counselor

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Washington office


What's so bad about healthier fast food?

The Washington Times seems to bend over backward to find something ominous lurking behind the decision of McDonald's to use a more heart-healthy frying oil (“McFat,” Editorial, Thursday). It's not as if the fast-food industry is marching inexorably toward a future of brown rice and, as your editorial puts it, McBroccoli. After all, the new McDonald's fries will have just as many calories as the old McDonald's fries. Nevertheless, the decision is a step in the right direction.

The editorial complained that a decade ago the Center for Science in the Public Interest wasn't satisfied when McDonald's switched from beef fat to vegetable oil for frying. Unfortunately, McDonald's switched not to vegetable oil, but to vegetable shortening, which turned out to be just as harmful to arteries as beef fat. We're glad McDonald's is switching to a better frying agent and puzzled why The Times doesn't applaud the company for providing more healthful foods. Contrary to the editorial, fast foods don't have to be unhealthful (witness veggie burgers, fruit-and-yogurt parfaits, salads and other foods various companies are offering).

Another important step would be for fast-food restaurants to disclose calorie information up on the menu board along with the price instead of burying it on a Web site or brochure.

That way, consumers would be able to see how some of the industry's newer, lighter items measure up against the fatty standbys. Because calorie disclosures likely would lead to downsizing instead of supersizing, companies won't provide that information voluntarily. Hence, government should require it.


Executive director

Center for Science in the Public Interest


Speaking of Zimbabwe…

In responding to Zimbabwean Ambassador Simbi V. Mubako's letter disputing my reference to the new ownership of a farm in Mashonaland West province (“Zimbabwe defends its policy of might trumping white,” Letters, Aug. 31), I would like to direct Mr. Mubako to the news archive of the Web site www.justiceforagriculture.com, which chronicles what happened to the previous owner. Additionally, Mr. Mubako and his two brothers were listed in the June 2 edition of the state-run Sunday Mail newspaper as new owners of three commercial farms.

“Landless” Zimbabweans are not the new owners of these stolen farms. On the contrary, under the 22-year-old Mugabe regime, rural farmers have never been given tenure and thus have never been able to take out loans from banks for improvements to the land on which they live.

Meanwhile, “resettled” farmland all over Zimbabwe is left fallow because the Mugabe regime has provided minimal assistance to the new settlers in the form of seed, fertilizer or implements. Nor were the small-scale rural farmers paid on time for their corn crop last season, which reduced their harvest substantially because they consequently planted the new crop too late. With these statistics, it isn't difficult work out how Zimbabwe has gone from the breadbasket to the basket case of southern Africa in two years.

Mr. Mubako talks of “abolishing the colonial legacy of racial privilege.” The majority of commercial farmers have bought their farms since Mr. Mugabe came into power, all attached with a Certificate of No Interest issued by the Zimbabwean government. The remainder inherited their farms from their fathers. Together, they employed about 2 million people.

The greatest tragedy of this land grab is not about righting a colonial wrong; it is about displacing millions and starving a vulnerable and helpless population to ensure one man's grip on power.


Executive director

Zimbabwe Democracy Trust


Dark Turkey

Tod Lindberg's Tuesday Op-Ed column, “Turkish strands of secular and sacred,” pays significant homage to Gen. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Mr. Lindberg fails to mention that in the years leading up to the creation of “Turkey” (the stronghold of the defunct Ottoman Empire), Ataturk and the Turkish forces, who had sided with Germany during World War I, implemented a campaign of ethnic cleansing and genocide to rid Asia Minor of its indigenous Christian population. The victims of their wrath were ethnic Greeks, Armenians and Assyrians. Millions of people were slaughtered in the 20th century's first holocaust, which now is largely forgotten.

The elderly, women and children were not spared Ataturk and company's wrath. So effective was their campaign that Hitler approvingly referred to it and had his Nazi forces adopt some of the Turks' methods.


Glendale, N.Y.

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