- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 13, 2005

Anti-Semitism in Jordan

Friday’s editorial “The Amman hotel bombings” stated that the Jordanian government “recently forbade the satellite channel Al Mamnou from airing a Ramadan program which cited the notorious Protocols of the Elders of Zion, as an authoritative source of information on the nefarious machinations of international Jewry.” The program in question was actually a 29-part series which, in addition to being based on the anti-Semitic “Protocols,” portrayed Jews as baking Christian blood into their Passover matzos and depicted Jewish leaders as helping Hitler slaughter Europe’s Jews in order to create international sympathy for Zionism.

It is alarming that 22 of the 29 episodes were aired before the Jordanian authorities finally stopped it. They did so only after an outcry from abroad, most notably a letter of protest to Jordan’s King Abdullah II, organized by the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, which was signed by 25 prominent American rabbis who had recently met with the king in Washington. Two days after receiving the rabbis’ letter of protest, the Jordanian authorities announced the cancellation of the series. It is commendable that this anti-Jewish incitement was taken off the air, but disappointing that it required an international protest campaign to bring about that result.

RAFAEL MEDOFF

Director

BENYAMIN KORN

Associate Director

The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies

Melrose Park, Pa.

A more optimistic energy outlook

Carl Henn’s pessimism regarding natural-gas supplies is unfounded (“A natural-gas solution,” Letters, Saturday). He is apparently unaware of the virtually unlimited supply of gas available in naturally occurring methane hydrate formations in the world’s oceans. According to a recent report by the Department of Energy, “Worldwide, estimates of the natural gas potential of methane hydrate approach 400 million trillion cubic feet — a staggering figure compared to the 5,500 trillion cubic feet that make up the world’s currently proven gas reserves.”

Doing the math, that’s 72,000 times current proven reserves. Adding that to the many billions of barrels of oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and close-in coastal waters, not to mention the estimated 2 trillion barrels of oil available domestically in oil shale and tar sands, means that America isn’t going to run out of energy for a long, long time. That is, unless, of course, excessive regulations and overwrought objections from environmentalists prevent us from exploiting these readily available domestic energy supplies.

ROGER JOHNSON

Kensington

GOP facing ‘peril and opportunity’

While I strongly agree with Eileen Norcross’ insistence upon the Republican Party’s need to reassert its identity by returning to the fiscal sanity of the Reagan era (“Eroding the base,” Commentary, Saturday), I found her description of the Virginia election results as “losing the governorship” disappointing. Despite the liberal media’s apparently successful attempt to paint the Virginia results as a huge Republican defeat, the Republicans did not lose the governorship, and there is more than one way to spin the election results.

Because one cannot lose what one does not have, the Republican Party did not lose the governorship, it simply failed to take it away from the Democrats. However, the Democratic percentage of votes cast in the gubernatorial election actually declined from 2001. Mark Warner received 52.16 percent of the votes cast in 2001, while Mr. Kaine’s 2005 percentage was 51.71, a decline of 0.45 percent of the total votes cast in an election that saw the rogue Republican candidate Russell Potts pull in 2.21 percent of the total. Mr. Kaine’s total was enough to win this election, but it is hardly a sign of solid political dominance.

It should be noted that there were three statewide elections Tuesday. The Democrats went into that election holding the governorship and the lieutenant governorship, with the Republicans holding the attorney general slot. Of those three offices, only one changed hands; the Republicans took the lieutenant governor’s office away from the Democrats. That’s not the same as winning the top job, but it would certainly seem to indicate that it would be premature to propose adding Virginia Republicans to the endangered species list, especially since they continue to dominate both houses of the commonwealth’s legislature.

These results are certainly not cause for any great Republican celebration, but they do not represent a devastating electoral rout, either. If Miss Norcross is correct in her reading of the situation, then the national Republican leadership is facing both peril and opportunity.

Continued congressional indulgence in the wildfire spending that has come to characterize them as much as the Democrats will result in a slow leaching away of their conservative support, but a recommitment to fiscal sanity could gain them enough new support to make sure that the Democrats lose the Virginia governorship and a good deal more besides.

RANDOLPH M. BRAGG

Arlington

Deeper problems plague Europe

French Ambassador to the UnitedStatesJean-David Levitte(“TheFrenchresponse,” Letters, Saturday) reminds me of the saying, “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”

As I see it, Mr. Levitte’s proposal for more jobs and better education will not work. The French economy, as currently constituted, simply does not produce enough jobs. How will enhancing social mobility lead to more jobs being produced? Also, the current rioters have already been educated in France. How will more of the same lead to a different outcome?

Mr. Levitte also engages in a bit of sophistry when he says religion has nothing to do with the riots. He cites the rioters’ ignoring the call of religious leaders for calm and the fact that girls have not taken part in the riots despite the ban on head scarves. He ignores the strong possibility that those rioting may not be listening to those religious leaders but to others who are quite anti-Western. As for the girls, they may welcome being free of head scarves, and so why should they take part in the riots?

But there is really a deeper problem going on here. Historically, Christian Europe has been unable to integrate non-Christians into its society. In particular, Europe was never able to integrate the Jews, despite a Jewish presence from the time of the Roman Empire. And the veneer integration that was in place since the Enlightenment was burned away in the ovens at Auschwitz. Now Europe has another non-Christian group in its midst. This time the group is aggressively anti-Western and is growing rapidly while Christian Europe is passive and demographically shrinking. Europe in general and France in particular have painted themselves into a corner by their own policies. Unless France drastically remakes its economy, its educational system, its immigration policy and its cultural/demographicoutlook,that corner will continue to shrink around it.

From Mr. Levitte’s letter, it appears the French leadership refuses to see the problem for what it is. Such willful blindness can only result in France as we know it crumbling from within, and from that there will be no salvation.

JACK RUTNER

Silver Spring

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