- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 11, 2006

Financing Palestinians

Through the years, the United States has given billions of dollars to the Palestinians and their leaders. This drain on the wealth of Americans has been used to promote anti-Americanism in Palestinian schools, mosques and media — and to finance suicide bombings in Israeli streets, restaurants and malls. It is disgraceful that American aid has helped create a terrorist culture and maintain a terrorist regime. The election victory of Hamas — an Islamic terrorist group committed to the destruction of Israel — further demonstrates that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians deserve no aid or sympathy. What they deserve is the consequences of electing terrorists to rule them.

DAVID HOLCBERG

Ayn Rand Institute

Irvine, Calif.

For the record

On Wednesday, The Washington Times ran a letter from Richard W. Ressler in the Letters to the Editor section. The information stated about Wolf Blitzer in this letter is false. Mr. Blitzer was not in Baghdad during the start of the first Gulf War, nor was he presented with a situation to provide the U.S. military with information it did not already have. Mr. Ressler must have confused Mr. Blitzer with someone else.

EDIE EMERY

Director, Public Relations

CNN

Washington

Gallaudet tantrums

I am writing to you regarding your coverage of the protests at Gallaudet University. I am a former student of the university, and my experiences with my peers were, sadly, similar to what Jane K. Fernandes is going through today. I come from a deaf family, I was raised deaf, and I have always been integrated in the deaf community, yet I choose to sign in a way that combines American Sign Language and Signed English. I instantly was labeled “an audist,” one who discriminates against deaf people.

Mrs. Fernandes is extremely qualified and has been attempting to open communication with the protesters, yet she is met with scorn and hate.

Protesters have sworn at her, insulted her and mocked her sign-language skills during her open forums. She had to cancel forums for her safety and because the students are not willing to communicate with her in the best interests of the university.

The protesters are childish, immature and prone to temper tantrums when they do not get what they want. It’s sad, but it’s how the students of Gallaudet University always have been.

HOWIE KENT

Des Moines, Iowa

Don’t trust Iran

Thank you for your editorials “Still slouching toward appeasement?” (Monday) and “Tehran’s ‘peace offensive’ ” (Tuesday).

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is correct when he asserts that there is a regime in the Middle East “which does not show mercy even to kids,” as he wrote in his recent letter to the White House. However, that merciless regime is Mr. Ahmadinejad’s own Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iran created the modern phenomenon of the suicide bomber through its Lebanese proxy militia Hezbollah, which murdered 241 American servicemen in Beirut in 1983, and Iran today sponsors Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist attacks that have targeted Israeli children in homes, schools, buses, malls, discos and pizzerias.

Iran has long been an outlaw regime. To cite two notorious examples, on Nov. 4, 1979, Iranian students, with the support of Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, seized 52 Americans and held them hostage for 444 days in clear violation of international law. In 1998, a U.S. federal court found the Islamic Republic of Iran and its supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, responsible for the April 10, 1995, terrorist bombing that killed eight people aboard an Israeli tourist bus, including a young American student, Alisa Michelle Flatow.

If anything, Iran’s leadership is even more extreme today. Mr. Ahmadinejad’s mocking of the Holocaust, in which more than 1 million Jewish children were among the 6 million human beings murdered solely because they were Jews, and his repeated threats to “wipe Israel off the map” further attest to his own monstrous lack of mercy, even for children.

Mr. Ahmadinejad and the Islamic Republic of Iran have proved again and again that their intentions are genocidal and that they cannot be trusted. The quarrel in which Iran finds itself concerning its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons technology is solely of its own making, and the world must address it now, without delay. If we fail to act and allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, America, Israel and the West will be at Iran’s (all-too-lacking) mercy.

STEPHEN A. SILVER

Walnut Creek, Calif.

A Fox and a drug den

I had planned for the third day in a row to come to the floor of Congress and strongly criticize the Mexican government for voting for a new law to legalize drugs (“Drug possession will be crime no more,” World Scene, Apr. 29).

For the two days prior, I pointed out that as a result of this pathetic new law, millions of American young people who travel to Mexico for summer vacation would now legally be able to use cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana. When President Fox announced last week that he was going to sign this new drug legalization law I came to the floor to the House of Representatives and asked who’s advising this guy — Courtney Love?

Mr. Fox reversed course and announced that he would not sign the law, effectively vetoing and killing the legislation (“Fox rejects bill easing rules on drug possession,” World, May 4). He said he was sensitive to the opinions of those who opposed legalizing drugs and he would make it absolutely clear that the possession and use of drugs in Mexico will remain a criminal offense.

Bravo, Mr. Fox. I applaud his commonsense decision and his willingness to listen to our concerns. It’s a positive step forward for U.S.-Mexico relations.

REP. RIC KELLER

House of Representatives

Washington

Just plain wrong

Adm. James “Ace” Lyons Jr. has provided us with an honest assessment of the realities in Kosovo (“Kosovo consternation,” Commentary, Tuesday). These conditions preceded the breakup of Yugoslavia. The federal government in Belgrade was faced not only with such criminal activities in Kosovo, but also with provocations against its Serb minority, causing a steady exodus of Serbs into Serbia proper. This movement, together with higher Albanian birth rates and illegal immigration into Kosovo from Albania, reduced the Serbian population to an insignificant minority. The provocations were conducted by the Kosovo Liberation Army. The KLA also was responsible for the illicit drug and prostitution racketeering operating out of Kosovo. For these activities, the KLA and its leaders are about to be rewarded with an ethnically pure independent state from a province that is legally a part of Serbia and the religious and cultural cradle of the Serbian nation.

GEORGE C. THOMAS

Visiting U.S. Fulbright Professor

Faculty of the Political Sciences

Belgrade University

Serbia Montenegro


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