- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 11, 2003

Don’t aid terrorists

Your article “Army kills suspect, demolishes apartment house” (World, Saturday) caught my attention, especially when I read the line “… leaving dozens of Palestinians homeless and prompting charges that soldiers meted out collective punishment.”

Let’s look at it this way. Unlike the Arab civilians in the apartment where the bomber was hiding, the Israeli civilians who are attacked on public buses are not members and/or supporters of Hamas or giving aid and comfort to terrorists. Also, unlike the Arabs who were given time and a warning to leave the apartment building before the Israeli commandos went in after the bomber, Jewish women and children are not given any warnings to get off the buses before they are bombed. They are purposely targeted to be blown to pieces. So, the writer does not have my sympathy for the Palestinians who are now homeless.

At least the Israelis have more respect for Arab civilians and they ordered these residents out of their homes first. Frankly, I don’t think Israel can afford to do this anymore because they put their own people in harm’s way and they give the terrorist time to get away. Let’s face it, Hamas is the one meting out collective punishment when its members blow up buses filled with innocent Israeli civilians.

How dare these terrorists and supporters of terrorists plead for pity after they continue to aid and abet people who have no respect for human life, not even their own people’s lives? Their leaders use them to do their dirty work. I don’t see Yasser Arafat, their hero, going on any suicide missions or sending anyone from his family on these missions.

Nablus, Ramallah, Gaza and all the so-called West Bank towns that were turned over to Mr. Arafat by Israel as a land for peace deal during the Oslo peace accords should be retaken and/or the terrorist infrastructures in them demolished. Why? Because they are nothing but towns for terrorist cells. They are used to build bomb factories and to hold summer camps to teach children to hate and kill as snipers and suicide bombers. If this is what one calls land for peace, then we are in big trouble if we allow this to continue in the name of the “road map” trap. In truth, it’s just the same old Oslo charade game. Israel turns over some land,givesjobs,money, weapons, security police training, scholarships, etc., while the Arab terrorists are released from prisons as a goodwill measure. Then, these very same criminals live and walk freely on the streets of Jerusalem to repeat their murderous acts against innocent, hard-working, law-abiding Israeli citizens.

It’s time for some collective punishment, all right, but for the terrorists. Their terrorist cells have to be destroyed, as do all the apartments that harbor terrorists as well. Those Arabs who want peace have to disassociate themselves from these terror infrastructures and where they hide. Israel has no other choice but to take back all the land that has been turned into terror bases. That’s the only way you fight terrorism and win. Otherwise, there will be no end to this cycle of attacks. It’s all part of Mr. Arafat’s plan to wear down the Israelis. The Israelis should put them on the defensive and wear them down, not allow terror to have the upper hand.

Also, Mr. Arafat should not be held in Ramallah, nor be deported or expelled. He should be arrested and tried for war crimes against humanity and for using unconventional weapons of mass destruction, the suicide bombers.

We never can win the war on terrorism if we feel sorry for those who aid and abet them. The people whose apartments were destroyed are homeless becausetheyknewthat Muhammad Hanbali was hiding there, and involved in killing at least 36 Israelis and wounding hundreds of others. Therefore, they are not innocent civilians — they are conspirators, aiders and abettors.

BARBARA ANN BLOOM

Owings Mills, Md.

Don’t forget

I appreciate The Washington Times writing on the topic of Christian colleges in the series, “Cross Purposes” (Page 1, Monday-Wednesday) by Julia Duin. Some do not realize that many of the Ivy League schools were founded by religious thinkers who thought that education was just as important as faith in God. The three-part series was enlightening, and I appreciate that The Times attempted to write on a subject that is not often reported on.

I do realize that one cannot report on all of the Christian colleges in the United States. Parts of the series focused on schools in the West and South. Still, I was amazed to see prominent Christian colleges missing from the articles (Wheaton was named). Gordon College in Massachusetts is a liberal arts college committed to first-rate education. Eastern University in Saint Davids, Pa., is known for its faith, reason and justice teaching and known for the social activism of students and alumni alike. Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Mich., is another prestigious school that offers advanced education in the arts and sciences. Nyack College in New York has been turning out alumni who become lawyers and bankers. Most of these schools even offer graduate and doctoral programs. Eastern University, for example, was one of the first schools in the mid-Atlantic region to offer the growing and popular “Fast Track MBA” program in the early 1990s. These schools and facts are only the tip of the iceberg.

It is also important to understand that these schools offer National Collegiate Athletic Association sports, chapel, student groups, multiple undergraduate degrees, and more. All of these schools may not fall in the “important” top lists in U.S. News and World Report, but you will find some in regional or national categories. (Although you will find these schools at the top of the list of Christian Colleges.)

In addition, these schools have multiple campuses in the United States, and some have campuses all over the world. Faculty at these schools are first-rate thinkers, commentators and authors, who appear often on nationally televised programs. Many of the faculty members of these schools are not only religious experts, but are leaders in secular fields such as women’s rights, education, law and history.

I believe that not including schools such as these is substandard reporting and gives the impression that The Times is not committed to bringing its readers the important facets of a story.

ALAN RUDNICK

Philadelphia

Seatbelt safety

In yesterday’s Commentary column, “Click it or ticket,” Walter Williams does have a good argument concerning government intrusion in our daily lives.

However, his analogy to seat belt laws misses one important point: People who do not use their seat belts cost the rest of us a lot of money in the form of increased insurance rates. If they are not to be ticketed, we need a method to make them responsible for their actions.

Instead of ticketing beltless drivers and passengers, make them responsible by including a clause in their insurance policy that anyone who does not “click it” is not covered and will not be subsidized by government benefits if they are injured in an accident. In other words, either “click it,” or you’re on your own if you are involved in an accident.

Coldhearted? Yes, but it’s better than having the revenue cops running up income for the government.

CHARLES W. BARGAR JR.

Uhrichsville, Ohio

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