Selective sympathy in MideastAre we suppose to believe...

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April 15, 1991

Selective sympathy in Mideast

Are we suppose to believe A.M. Rosenthal (April 8) is sincerely concerned over the miserable fate of the Iraqi Kurds? Rosenthal labels them the "Jews of the Persian Gulf." What a deeply sensitive humanitarian this man must be. Too bad he can't see the 1.7 million Palestinians in the Israeli occupied territories in the same sympathetic light.

Gaza and the West Bank are both maintained like a dog kennel by Zionist Israel. Maybe if Rosenthal could see that disgusting fact, he would then support statehood and equal rights for the Palestinian people.

But wait, isn't this the same Rosenthal who was loudly beating the drums for a war in the Persian Gulf last year? In fact, not only was Rosenthal a leader in this country's pro-war cabal, he also went out of his way to personally attack other commentators. The pundit Patrick Buchanan came under Rosenthal's lash for having the courage to caution against the folly.

Rosenthal wanted the alleged "anti-Semite" Buchanan silenced!

Whatever Rosenthal urges, Jews and Gentiles alike would be well advised to remember that he helped to get us into this God-awful predicament. The disastrous consequences of the Persian Gulf conflict the deaths, destruction and refugees should also be on Rosenthal's conscience.

William Hughes


End of history

I've been pondering May Day and how things have changed since tanks thundered through Red Square in Moscow and bemedaled generals and government officials stood on the balcony over the tomb of Lenin and watched their jack-booted, goose-stepping legions pay tribute to the xenophobic revolution that spawned them.

Nowadays there are fewer faces to review the masses, fewer troops for them to see, and the "Internationale" sounds more like a dirge than an anthem. The march toward a global order built on the concept of state collectivism has been brought to halt by the realities of a changing world. The disciplined ranks have become little more than a mob, casting about desperately for a way to salvage something from the scrap heap of history to which its doctrine has been consigned.

Facts have replaced the monstrous lies of less than a decade ago and, within a generation or two, perhaps even the names of a second-rate German philosopher, his Russian sycophant and a Georgian street thug, who perpetrated the most monstrous fraud of the 20th century, may be all but forgotten.

Alan R. Walden


Jabs at Jones

In reference to Walter E. Boyd Jr.'s March 29 letter in which he assails Lloyd W. Jones, director of the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, while finding that Mr. Jones distinguished himself and impressed the governor with his handling of the Maryland savings and loan crisis:

This was an enormous task in which Mr. Jones capably administered the liquidation of insolvent thrifts through a diverse coalition of elected officials, the courts, industry officials and depositors. In the process, he earned editorial plaudits from your newspaper and, from all the evidence, the respect and admiration of the citizens of this state.

If Mr. Boyd has a record of administration in public service that is the equal of Mr. Jones, perhaps he can let the citizens know about it.

George J. Moniodis


Pimlico salute

The sport of kings had its day in the sun Feb. 28, when a crowd of more than 2,000 packed Pimlico Race Course to celebrate African-Americans in horse racing and be treated to a guest list that came close to being a "Who's Who in Baltimore."

Lt. Gov. Melvin Steinberg presented 29 citations of honor to owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and many others. Joe DeFrancis, owner of the race course and son of the late Frank DeFrancis, was cited for standing tall in his father's footsteps and thanked, along with his staff, for their support. A special award was also presented to security director Willie Coleman by general manager James Mango.

The affair was graced with the presence of Mayor Kurt Schmoke, former Mayor "Du" Burns, police commissioner Eddie Woods, state's attorney Stu Simms, secretary of safety Bishop Robinson, attorney George L. Russell Jr., businessman William Adams, trainer K.T. Leatherbury, handicapper Clem Florio and racing commissioner Dr. Ernest Colvin.

Once again, thanks a million.

Inez A. Chappell


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