- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 6, 2007

Defaming the Serbs

In 1939, Hitler proclaimed that “The great masses of people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.”

A perfect example appears in the editorial (“Iran and the Holocaust deniers, Tuesday),” stating: “In Bosnia, there was ample warning that Serb President Slobodan Milosevic was prepared to slaughter his neighbors, but the world refused to act until 200,000 Bosnians were killed.” The media ran with the Bosnian death tollwithout documentation or verification, a statistic that came from the Bosnian Muslim president Alija Izetbegovic.

According to a 2002 BBC report, “Some 40,000 civilians were murdered as Serbs, Muslims and Croats fought for control of Bosnia from 1992 to 1995.” Furthermore, Balkan experts David Binder, former New York Times journalist, and George Kenney, former foreign service officer at the Yugoslav desk, put the number of deaths in Bosnia at between 20,000 and 70,000, a far cry from the number of 200,000.

In his 1995 book “Offensive in the Balkans,” author Yossef Bodansky writes that “As early as 1992, Izetbegovic outlined a very precise and uncompromising strategic political objective for the Sarajevo regime: To get the West to defeat the Serbs and establish a Muslim-dominated state for him.” Mr. Izetbegovic’s Islamic Declaration also stated, “There can be no peace or coexistence between Islamic faith and non-Islamic faith political institutions… The Islamic movement must and can take place as soon as it is morally and numerically strong enough, not only to destroy the non-Islamic one, but to build up a new Islamic one.”

The exaggerated myth of 200,000 was part of Mr. Izetbegovic’s strategy. It is past the time for exaggerations to stop and the American people to be told the truth. Perpetuating false claims of genocide takes away from real tragedies such as the World War II Holocaust and Rwanda.

While the editorial continues the myth of 200,000, a real genocide is taking place today in Kosovo, where Serbian culture, language and religion are being eradicated by Albanian mobs.

I leave you with the following quotes:

“The gigantic campaign to brainwash America by our media against the Serbian people is just incredible, with its daily dose of one-sided information and outright lies.” — John Ranz, chairperson of Survivors of Buchenwald Concentration Camp, USA.

“This organized anti-Serb and pro-Muslim propaganda should cause anyone believing in democracy and free speech serious concerns. It recalls Hitler’s propaganda against the Allies in World War II. Facts are twisted and, when convenient, disregarded.” — Yohanan Ramati, director of the Jerusalem Institute for Western Defense.

STELLA L. JATRAS

Camp Hill, Pa.

Disinformation about Pope Pius XII

The article “Pontiff-to-be helped rescue thousands of Hungary’s Jews” (Page 1, Tuesday), cites the fact that as it is not known how the Vatican responded to messages soliciting help for Hungarian Jews from Monsignor Angelo Roncalli, who later became Pope John XXIII, as lending “weight to arguments that Pope Pius XII, who was pontiff during the war, failed to do all he could to prevent the systematic massacre of millions of Jews.”

There are no factual “arguments,” only anti-papal bias to lend “weight.”

In the same article we read yet another of many proofs that Pius XII risked Nazi retaliation and did everything he could on behalf of Jews. We even read of proof that the pope was receiving Monsignor Roncalli’s reports and acting on them.

Monsignor Roncalli sent a report to the Vatican about the plight of Jews in Hungary being deported to Auschwitz on June 24, 1944. Pius XII wrote a letter to the Hungarian president and the deportations stopped in less than two weeks.

Pope Pius XII was revered by his Jewish contemporaries. The Israeli government planted 800,000 trees in a forest near Jerusalem to commemorate the 800,000 Jews they estimated Pope Pius XII saved from Hitler.

The chief rabbi of Rome became a Catholic and took Eugenio, the first name of Pius XII, as his Christian name because he was so impressed with the work the pontiff did in saving Jews from the Nazis. Jeno Levai, an eminent Jewish historian, said that during the 1930s Pope Pius XII, then Cardinal Nuncio Pacelli, while serving as Vatican secretary of state, lodged no less than 60 protests on behalf of the Jews, and as pope “did more than anyone else to halt (the Holocaust) and alleviate its consequences.” Pope Pius XII, who encouraged German bishops to denounce Hitler’s inhumane policies, was complimented by Albert Einstein and Prime Minister Golda Meir.

The impetus of the disinformation about the great humanitarian work of Pope Pius XII came not from a historical analysis but from a stage play two decades after the war. In 1999, a book lacking evidence and credibility but revered by anti-Catholics claimed Pope Pius XII was “Hitler’s pope.” These works have been discredited by credible historians, (e.g., “The Myth of Hitler’s Pope,” by Rabbi David G. Dalin). But, as evidenced by The Times’ report, the disinformation continues.

JOHN NAUGHTON

Silver Spring

Jimmy Carter’s circus of errors

Yariv Nornberg seems surprised by the duplicity of Jimmy Carter’s stand on Israeli-Palestinian relations and wonders that such bias against Israel comes “from a man of his stature” (“Israel loses a friend,” Op-Ed, Friday). As a longtime and unwilling observer of Mr. Carter’s circus of endless errors, I’ve found his mendacious double-speak against the interests of America and its allies to be unswerving.

He started by announcing his perception of Americas malaise and weakness during a presidency deeply flawed by his own lack of good leadership. To quote one of his standard presidential revelation bombs : “For the first time in the history of our country the majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years.” I’m sure he said this with faith and certitude, never realizing that it is a leader’s duty to lead by uplifting example and not with a whine and a whimper.

To continue in his inimitable style, he stated in a February 2006 article in The Washington Post on U.S.-Israeli relations with the new Hamas-led government: “Any tacit or formal collusion between the two powers to disrupt the process by punishing the Palestinian people could be counterproductive and have devastating consequences. Unfortunately, these steps are already underway and are well known throughout the Palestinian territories and the world.”

Peace prize or not, pretenses such as these do not give this thankfully former president any stature that is higher than the bottom of a rock.

JOHN LEWIS

Baltimore

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