- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 20, 2006

It’s America’s fight, too

“We are all Israelis now,” writes Larry Kudlow (“Israel’s Moment,” Commentary, Wednesday), because Israel “is doing the Lord’s work” and fighting the same totalitarian threat to western civilization as the United States and its allies. But instead of merely owing Israel “an enormous ‘thank you,’” and leaving the tiny democracy to go it alone, why is the United States not proactively participating?

Is America so bogged down in Iraq that it can’t send a few cruise missiles to Damascus to destroy the terrorist headquarters located there, and make the “safe haven for terrorists” less safe? And speaking of cruising, instead of leaving it up to Israel to do the dirty work of destroying Iran’s burgeoning nuclear weapons production, let’s send a dozen or so of the F-22A Raptors to do the job.

The United States doesn’t need to occupy either Syria or Iran, but it does need to forcefully instruct their leaders that bad actions have severe consequences — for them. So long as Hezbollah and Hamas and Ba’athists and other assorted terrorists can be funded and armed without risk to their benefactors, the only Mideast peace will be the tranquil slumber of the dead.

The reality of diplomacy is that it is a waste of time when dealing with thugs whose primary export is hatred and bloodshed. Libya’s Col. Moammar Gadhafi came around only because he didn’t want to face the same fate as Saddam Hussein. Like the old joke says, you can implore the stubborn mule until you’re red in the face, but you’ll only get its attention after you whack it in the head with a two-by-four. And when it comes to Syria and Iran, it is definitely America’s role, not Israel’s, to do the whacking.

SAMUEL R. LEWIS

Oak Hill, Va.

German, not Polish, death camps

I would like to direct your attention to the article about the International Tracing Service in Bad Arlosen, Germany (“Nazis’ diabolical legacy,” World, Monday).

The idea to open the archives of the center to the public, and especially the people whose family history records are there, is certainly a very important matter, such as in the case of Jack Terry and his father Chaim Szabmacher. Information about the tragedy that took place in the Nazi German concentration camps should be fully disclosed. In describing the problems Mr. Terry incurred, the author used the term “Poland’s Majdanek death camp.”

I strongly object to this historically incorrect term. It implies that it was the Poles and Poland that organized and operated the concentration camps during the Second World War. This is the impression a reader might get reading the article.

It is important to use correct terminology in regard to such important historical matters. Majdanek was a “Nazi German concentration camp” situated on the territory of occupied Poland.

MAREK PUROWSKI

Press Counselor

Embassy of the Republic of Poland

Washington

Speaking out on illegals

As a senior citizen, I was offended when Chung Pak, chairman of the League of Korean Americans of Maryland, suggested that Comptroller Donald Schaefer should “consider stepping down” because of his age (“Schaefer refuses to apologize,” Metropolitan, Wednesday).

Like many Americans who have the courage to speak out against the onslaught of illegal immigration, Mr. Schaefer is feeling the wrath of illegal aliens and their advocates. I applaud the comptroller for his stand on this dangerous issue, and above all I respect him for denying apologies to those who deserve none.

ROSALIND NESTER ELLIS

Baltimore

No power to destroy

I wish to commend President Bush for casting his first legislative veto Wednesday and blocking a measure that would expand federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research (“Bush vetoes stem-cell funding,” Page 1, yesterday).

Genetic science has great potential for either serving or degrading humanity. Its proper use requires moral reflection and the establishment of moral limits.

There is no scientific evidence to suggest embryonic stem-cell research has more potential to lead us to viable treatments for various diseases than research on non-embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells carry the likelihood of immune rejection in humans. Animal trials suggest that they are too genetically unstable and too likely to form lethal tumors to be used for treatment.

Tests using human adult stem cells, however, have produced significant and encouraging results in the areas of Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, cardiovascular disease, sickle-cell anemia and dozens of other conditions, without posing any moral problem.

On a biological level, the prenatal being is not like any other tissue: It is human, with its own DNA indicating that — as a human — it has the same fundamental and moral right to life as any other human being. Human beings are not raw materials to be exploited or commodities that can be bought and sold. Politicians and lawmakers have a moral obligation to protect human life in all phases of existence from conception to natural death.

We must help those who are suffering, but we may not use a good end to justify an evil means. Hence, the cry should be not for an increase in funding for embryonic stem cells, but rather an aggressive expansion of adult stem-cell research.

If man takes on the power to fabricate man, he also takes on the power to destroy him.

PAUL KOKOSKI

Hamilton, Ontario

The wrong Target

I was very saddened to see that the NAACP is threatening Target stores with a boycott for “ignoring the group’s diversity survey” (“NAACP calls on blacks to avoid Target,” Nation, Tuesday). This seems a very heavy-handed and fundamentally unfair action, which has the effect of throwing the organization into disrepute. Target is well-known for the opportunities it gives its employees, many of whom are black. I was not aware that American businesses are obligated to do a cakewalk at the command of the NAACP, especially where there is no public allegation of discrimination or wrongdoing.

If the NAACP would like to actually improve the lives and opportunities of blacks, I urge it to take on the degrading culture spread by hip-hop artists who have made a fortune glamorizing guns, gangs, drugs, mindless violence and civic disintegration.

Where is the leadership of the NAACP? Why is it attacking a corporation like Target instead of denouncing those who portray gangs, pimps, violence and a savage disrespect for women? Why is the NAACP not marching bravely, as it once did, in the name of decency and justice, to protect the black community from this new style of cultural oppression?

I urge the NAACP to find the courage to take on the clear and present danger, one more brutally destructive to the black community and its values than any threat it has faced for many decades. There needs to be a boycott, all right, and a bold challenge, but Target is not the right target. The only question is, is there anyone left who has the courage to stand up and say what needs to be said and then take broad and effective action?

DAVID BURNS

Springfield


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