- The Washington Times - Monday, April 30, 2007

Aesop and the terrorists

After reading Tony Blankley’s column “Is there writing on the wall?” (Op-Ed, Wednesday) I was reminded of Aesop’s fable about the ant and the grasshopper. The ant works hard all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

Terrorists have been at war with us for the past 20 years and will continue to wage war until they are victorious or destroyed. As the Democrats strike the use of the words “global war on terror” from official use, the terrorists are planning and carrying out the necessary actions to strike the United States again. Unlike former CIA Director George Tenet, the terrorists know exactly why they have not struck the United States since September 11, 2001: If we are attacked again, American citizens will mobilize like never before to defend this country. A terrorist suicide bomber in New York City would be a rallying cry to patriots and minutemen who would move to defend other vulnerable areas across the nation. Terrorists know they are not currently strong enough to risk full mobilization of the American people.

Terrorists also know that our offensive operations across the globe, combined with the implementation of the Patriot Act, have destroyed or disrupted their operations and planning. They know that they are winning the information war and world and national opinion is going their way. Why ruin a good thing by attacking the United States now?

Tabloid history is mostly written on the wall in pencil and is often cruel to leaders who take action to head off pending gloom at least until winter comes.

J.D. CARLSON

Baghdad

Complicitous in Sudan

No ethical person can ignore the rape, murder and other destruction in Darfur that occurs with the direct or indirect participation of the Sudanese government. After years of fruitless talks and symbolic action, it is necessary for the world to send the Sudanese leadership (and its supporters, e.g. China) a message that cannot be misinterpreted (“China’s role in Sudan,” Editorial, April 24).

There is no longer any legitimate debate over whether genocide is taking place in Darfur. The efficacy of sanctions remains uncertain. Nonetheless, all countries as well as individual athletes and businesses should show that they value human life by boycotting the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Alternate games should be organized in South Africa. For countries to send their athletes to China at this time is shameful. Furthermore, as events in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia show, U.N. peacekeepers cannot be effective if there is no peace for them to keep.

Perhaps the South African government should end the world’s complicity in the slaughter and deploy a sufficient number of units of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) with the mission to end the violence in Darfur and, if necessary, be prepared to use force to accomplish their objective. Politics demands that ending the slaughter in Darfur needs an African solution to be acceptable. South Africa has the moral standing and capability to take appropriate action. If the SANDF needs assistance, other countries may choose to supply the needed equipment.

ETHAN S. BURGER

Scholar-in-Residence

School of International Service

American University

Washington

THOMAS D. COHEN

Department of Physics

University of Maryland

College Park

Unrepentant

In the story “3 MS-13 leaders found guilty” (Metropolitan, Saturday), the defense attorney for one of the convicted gang members is quoted as saying: “Right now you just feel bad for the client — him and his family.”

I guess by using the words “right now” the defense attorney means “at a later date, he will express how badly he feels for the murdered, wounded and raped victims of these gang members.” They may express remorse at sentencing for their savage behavior, but we all know their real remorse is for getting caught.

JOSEPH R. FARRELL

Alexandria

Way to go, ICE

Thank you for publishing the article about the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in Chicago (“22 persons charged in counterfeit ID ring,” Nation, Friday). Also many thanks to ICE for a great job breaking up this ring of dangerous counterfeiters. The head of ICE said terrorists and criminals use fake identification to get into the United States and carry out their murder and mayhem.

Although my dad is long retired, he worked at Freeway Airport in Mitchellville, where a hijacker took flying lessons — a pretty scary thought.

We need to tell Congress that we want more enforcement and absolutely no amnesty for illegal aliens.

LINDA H. THOM

Coupeville, Wash.

I want to thank you for reporting on the recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement action that captured a suspected murderer and broke up a counterfeit identification ring. This is exactly the kind of work that should be applauded for protecting our citizens.

I hope my congressman, Rep. Christopher Carney, and Sens. Arlen Specter and Bob Casey take note of this action and support the government when it enforces the laws of this land. This action was not about race but about holding those determined to conduct illegal activities accountable.

LISA WILLIAMS

Milford, Pa.

A small world

I really enjoyed reading “Virtual reality” (Op-Ed, Friday), which exposed the massive confusion and misguided principles that many of our leaders exhibit toward “pacifying” Islamist extremism, especially exposing Rep. Tom Lantos’ efforts to get the United States to illegally support Kosovo’s independence to create a terrorist Muslim banana republic in the heart of Europe.

Because of the Clinton administration’s anti-Serbian efforts aimed at supplying the Bosnian Muslims arms to fight the Bosnian Serbs, we already supported “a predominantly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe” that was never an independent nation: Bosnia. And what do we have to show for it? Osama bin Laden was granted a passport there. Jihadists were trained there and some were even taught at a special school that showed techniques used to slaughter children by incorporating bombs in children’s toys. Thousands of jihadists have immigrated to Bosnia and were implicated in the terrorist bombings in London and Madrid. Finally, Bosnia is an economic black hole that has squandered billions of dollars of aid (mostly for the Bosnian Muslims) with no accountability and no societal progress to show for it.

Mr. Lantos wants to create a second Muslim-dominated state that is rapidly becoming a Muslim “pure” state. Non-Muslims are persecuted daily, and hundreds of thousands of Christians have been ethnically cleansed by Albanian Muslims under the blind eye of NATO, which did nothing to prevent the barbaric “Kristallnacht” endured by Kosovo’s Serbs. Americans have been slaughtered by Islamic “peacekeepers” and more than 150 Serbian Orthodox Churches and monasteries (some more than 1,000 years old) have been destroyed by Albanian Islamist fanatics. This is the kind of “Muslim-dominated” state that Mr. Lantos envisions for Europe and perhaps the world?

Leaders such as Mr. Lantos need to be replaced as they are setting the stage for a far more violent future in which giving in to evil will lead to non-ending violence throughout the world. The world is not big enough for Islamist fanatics.

MICHAEL PRAVICA

Henderson, Nev.

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