- The Washington Times - Monday, April 5, 2004

Agents of order and justice?

The editorial “The mailed fist… where necessary” (Friday) claims, “As agents of order and justice,” we must apply “the mailed fist… in cold blood” as part of a “measured response” to the attacks last week in Fallujah.

Lest we forget, the United States attacked Iraq without provocation and now occupies it, a brutal, coldblooded act in itself. What order and justice are we agents for if we flaunt international law by invading a sovereign nation?

The analogy of a mailed fist is apt only if we are speaking of medieval retribution and not liberating the people of Iraq, which is what we were all told this war was all about. (Never mind those missing weapons of mass destruction.)



MARK FEEHAN

Washington

Good news is bad news for Kerry

The dramatic resurgence of the economy (“Job growth hits four-year high,” Page 1, Saturday) has placed a stake at the heart of Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign, which has positioned itself to succeed only if America fails.

At some point, hopefully in the near future, our continuing progress in the war on terror will cause that stake to be driven home, proving once again that it doesn’t pay to bet against America.

BARRY C. STEEL

Phoenix, Md.

Your article “Job growth hits four-year high” couldn’t have been a welcomed read for presidential aspirant John Kerry. The Democratic Party finds itself in yet another awkward situation of wishing the cheery news to all the rest of us about jobs were not so. But the reaction to this “downer” was equally stunning. Mr. Kerry in Wizard of Oz-like fashion suggests we pay no attention to what’s behind that curtain of good cheer. We should instead view the world from the rearview mirror, when jobs were lost due to a cyclical recession, with September 11 and corporate greed on the side. After all, an all-powerful President Kerry would create 10 million new jobs, not the puny 308,000 jobs in a month figure. (Has anyone determined the detrimental impact of 10 million new jobs in terms of higher interest rates and inflation?)

So what, one might ask, is behind the Kerry Wizard of Oz curtain? Behind the curtain are the Bush administration tax cuts that have resuscitated the economy, as evidenced by strong capital-market growth, solid gains in corporate profitability and renewed confidence.

A major challenge remains for the Bush administration: educating an electorate about the facts that learned economists view as common knowledge; that outsourcing actually adds jobs instead of eliminating them; and that tax cuts actually stimulate growth. It’s obvious that the Kerry crowd prefers that our citizenry is not so informed. They prefer to snatch failure from the jaws of victory.

MICHAEL WILEY

Champlin, Minn.

Accidents don’t excuse atrocities

Dr. Jonathan Reich disputes the accuracy of stating that 255 Palestinian children were killed by the Israeli army, contending that they were accidental deaths (“Nurturing terrorists,” Letters, Sunday). I beg to differ. The Israeli army allows its troops to fire at will at children who throw stones, which it apparently considers a capital crime, and not a single death of a child in such circumstances has been investigated. Moreover, when the Israeli Defense Forces do things like drop missiles into heavily populated areas, it may not be targeting children individually, but it knows very well that it is likely to kill some — and it doesn’t care. To me, that is murder.

Perhaps Dr. Reich has his degree in pediatrics for Israeli children only?

MIRIAM M. REIK

New York City

An honest approach to terror

In his Op-Ed column “Terror and tolerance” (March 30), Jean-ChristopheMounicq seems to have thrown the baby out with the bath water. His sweeping statements against the Turks, laced with a crusader’s bias, surely do not help our war against global terrorism.

Also, the presentation of the reported massacre of Armenians as a fact to unsuspecting readers, if not based on his ignorance, is a dishonest and racist way of judging history, as it implies that only Armenian — not Turkish — dead and suffering are important. Armenian treason and terrorism, Western complicity in them, and Western and Russian designs on Ottoman lands are brushed aside for political expediency. Nice try, but it won’t work. Never did, never will. Only honest confrontation with facts will close that tragic chapter, not political name-calling or creating lynch mobs.

ERGUN KIRLIKOVALI

Santa Ana, Calif.

Flawed foreign policy

There is an interesting juxtaposition of articles in Thursday’s editions. One article discusses the State Department freezing millions of dollars in aid to Serbia and Montenegro because of its lack of progress on chasing down war criminals (“U.S. cuts off aid over lack of help in Hague trials,” World). The other takes Iran to task for its nuclear weapons program (“More lies from Tehran,” Editorials). It is fascinating that while we penalize some countries for their activities, we encourage others to deal with “the axis of evil.”

In January 2003, Eduard Schevardnadze, then-president of the Republic of Georgia, admitted that numerous aviation engineers and aircraft parts were being moved to Iran. At the time (and to the present), the United States was dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into Georgia’s military and border forces in an effort to thwart “terrorism.”

It is interesting that explicit Defense Department policy was to allow this weapons trade to continue with no protest, and with an increase in the aid budget. How do we reconcile this policy with the “war on terror” and on the so-called state sponsors of terror?

While The Washington Times decries Iran’s nuclear shenanigans, a beneficiary of U.S. largess continues to help build Iran’s conventional forces, a much more likely source of U.S. casualties than nuclear disaster. Is this not worthy of examination?

MARC W. JASPER

Alexandria

There they go again

Once more, Maryland lawmakers are up to no good. Now their “feel good” solution to illegal immigrants is to permit them to pay in-state tuition rates (“Don’t reward lawbreakers,” Editorial, Friday). All in an alleged attempt at “fairness.”

I moved to Maryland 10 years ago after attending college in Pennsylvania, my home state. College out of state was out of the question. In fact, because I was paying for it, college in Pennsylvania was nearly out of the question. It was just too expensive, and that trend has continued both here in Maryland and in Pennsylvania.

It warms my heart to know that lawmakers here think so highly of illegals that they want to grant them in-state tuition rates while thumbing their noses at out-of-staters who are in this country legally. I guess citizenship means little in Maryland.

TIM DUDENHOEFER

Silver Spring

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