- The Washington Times - Monday, August 22, 2005

Failed policies in Yugoslavia

Former Clinton administration officials — particularly Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke — like to point to the U.S.-led war against Yugoslavia as a foreign policy triumph. Doug Bandow’s commentary (“Closing the books on Kosovo,” Aug. 15) clearly exposes the stupidity and arrogance of President Clinton and NATO’s unprovoked war against Yugoslavia.

Today, Serbian language, society, history and religion are being eradicated by Albanian mobs in Kosovo, the seat of the Serbian Christian Orthodox religion. Describing the pogrom against minority Serbs, a U.N. official stated that “Kristallnacht is under way in Kosovo,” according to National Review last March.

More churches and monasteries, some from the 13th and 14th centuries, have been destroyed since the U.N.’s Kosovo Force entered Kosovo than during the 500 years of dhimmitude under the Ottoman Empire. Yet in this civil war, we have reimposed the Islamic yoke on the remaining Kosovo Serbs. This is wrong.

Now pro-Albanian congressmen want to reward this barbarity by usurping Serbia’s sacred land and granting Kosovo to the inheritors of the Kosovo Liberation Army, many of whom were trained in camps run by Osama bin Laden.



In his commentary of May 4, 1999 titled, “KLA rebels train in terrorist camps,” The Washington Times’ own Jerry Seper wrote, “KLA rebels train in terrorist camps,” and, “Some members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which has financed its war effort through the sale of heroin, were trained in terrorist camps run by international fugitive Osama bin Laden.” Furthermore, a March 26, 2000, opinion piece in The Washington Post by Christopher Layne and Benjamin Schwarz asks the pertinent question,”Was it A Mistake? We Were Suckers For The KLA.” To that question, the answer must be a resounding “yes.”

What is happening in Kosovo was best described by Canadian Maj. Gen. Lewis MacKenzie, the first commander of U.N. peacekeeping forces in Sarajevo, who wrote in the National Post (Canada), “The Kosovo-Albanians have played us like a Stradivarius. We have subsidized and indirectly supported their violent campaign for an ethnically pure and independent Kosovo. We have never blamed them for being the perpetrators of the violence in the early ‘90s and we continue to portray them as the designated victim today in spite of evidence to the contrary. When they achieve independence with the help of our tax dollars combined with those of bin Laden and al-Qaeda, just consider the message of encouragement this sends to other terrorist-supported independence movements around the world.”

When are we going to learn?

STELLA L. JATRAS

Camp Hill, Pa.

The real trouble with DDT

It was very disturbing to read the article “Africa feels EU’s bite” concerning the use of DDT (Op-Ed, Thursday).

If we refer to comments of Dr. W.C. Hueper, a leading researcher from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) we find that he reported DDT was a “definite chemical carcinogen.”

DDT’s carcinogenicity has been validated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NCI. As of 2004, the EPA designated DDT a “probable human carcinogen” based on laboratory animal tests.

Further, the agency disclosed that the parent compound, DDT and its contaminants/metabolites, DDD and DDE, individually caused cancer of the lung, liver and thyroid in three different laboratory animal species.

Epidemiologic studies from NCI found that DDT was associated with human leukemia, lymphoma, pancreatic cancer and lung cancer.

DDT is still being found in the tissues of wildlife in this country after we stopped its use. The chemical, obviously, has a long life in the environment.

LEE PROUTY

Rockville

The nature of immigrant workers

In his column (“The costs of immigration,” Commentary, Thursday) Alfred Tella either misrepresents or simply ignores the facts about less-skilled immigrant workers in the United States. Mr. Tella acknowledges that skilled immigrants are beneficial to the U.S. economy when “they take hard-to-fill jobs and don’t compete with native workers.” But he claims that the opposite is true of less-skilled immigrant workers: that they compete directly with native-born workers and thus depress wages. However, this is not the case.

Immigrants tend to be clustered at both ends of the educational spectrum, highly educated and less educated, and thus do not compete with the vast majority of American workers who fall somewhere in the middle.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2002 and 2012, 48 percent of all job openings, some 27 million positions, “are expected to be held by workers who have a high school diploma or less education.” Given that only 7 percent of U.S.-born workers age 25 and older lacked a high school diploma in 2004, and only 1 percent did not complete the ninth grade, it is clear that a growing number of U.S. workers won’t be competing in these job markets and that a large number of these jobs will be filled by the less-educated immigrant workers that Mr. Tella is intent on vilifying.

Rather than arguing to reverse the recent trend toward a more skilled and educated U.S.-born work force, we should be working to create a more orderly and legal system for the immigrant workers we need to join our work force where and when we need them.

Immigrant workers, both high skilled and less skilled, are a valuable complement to the native-born work force. As the economic boom of the 1990s proved, high levels of immigration do not automatically translate into high levels of unemployment, declining wages or decreased productivity. Rather, immigration fuels economic growth by providing an essential component of labor-force growth at both ends of the occupational continuum.

BENJAMIN JOHNSON

Director

Immigration Policy Center

Washington

Worse things than rickshaws

Having visited Calcutta recently, there is no doubt that one sees images of human suffering and bondage which are “bad for the city’s image” (“Rickshaws take last ride,” Page 1, Monday). But rickshaws most certainly do not fall into that category.

Not only do rickshaws add an interesting cultural element for tourists, but they are also a good way to get around the city’s terrible traffic jams. They provide employment for many low-skilled workers without adding to Calcutta’s thick brown pollution.

India is a country trying to modernize and make its notoriously bureaucratic government more efficient. The last thing they need is a make-work project for thousands of former rickshaw drivers.

If Calcutta’s government wants to improve the chances of attracting foreign investment, it should focus on getting the unsheltered and ill homeless off the center islands of major streets, and more importantly it should crack down on the disgusting child beggar business which often includes maiming a child to make him or her all the more pitiful.

Leftists everywhere from the government of Calcutta to our own NCAA seem more concerned with symbols that only they find “offensive” than with the real issues they need to manage. Calcutta’s rickshaws should be treasured, not banned.

ROSS G. KAMINSKY

Boulder, Colo.

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