Struck on IsraelRecently Americans were relieved to learn...


July 12, 1993

Struck on Israel

Recently Americans were relieved to learn that the FBI had prevented Muslim extremists in New York from carrying out a horrific series of bombings and assassinations.

However, when Israel announced on June 5 that 124 armed and wanted Muslim extremists had been arrested after the murder this year of 24 Jews and 60 Arabs, The Sun's Doug Struck wrote a report on the subject criticizing Israel (''Day's crackdown total: 124 terrorist suspects, one dead farmer,'' June 7.)

In an article 27 column-inches long, Mr. Struck devoted 10.25 inches to mentioning and dismissing Israel's pride in her achievement as callous and self-serving.

He spent another 2.25 inches repeating Palestinian and International Red Cross criticisms of Israel's new security measures in the territories. He gave 14.5 inches, more than half of the space, to an emotional account of how one Arab farmer, who looked and acted like an armed extremist, had accidentally been killed in the security sweep.

Mr. Struck could not find a single word to describe Israel's success in arresting over 100 terrorists, thereby saving perhaps hundreds of lives and frustrating the efforts of extremists who employ violence as a means to try to derail the peace process.

Just as outrageous was Mr. Struck's more recent allegation (''Peace remote for Gaza under bloody Israeli crackdown/Israelis fuel Arab anger, not peace,'' June 21) that Israel, an eager party to the peace talks, is endangering the peace process by cracking down on those who are out to stop the negotiations.

The article cited the example of three innocent Gazan bystanders whose homes were wrecked by Israeli troops who were ''searching for two suspects believed to be in the area.''

The article omitted to say (A) the same two ''suspects'' were four actual terrorists, armed with rifles, handguns, commando knives and ammunition; (B) the Israelis evacuated civilians from the five adjoining houses, and (C) waited 12 hours, during which one Israeli soldier was wounded, before using anti-tank weapons to dislodge the terrorists, two of whom were captured. . . .

Norman Himelfarb


A Suggestion

I am writing in response to the June 15 front-page news item about the sentencing of drug dealers responsible for 30 deaths due following use of "China White" or fentanyl.

It happens that my son, aged 21, was one of those victims. He was not a disadvantaged inner-city youth, but was the well-loved son of suburban parents and also loved and admired by many friends. For whatever reason, he unfortunately chose to try drugs.

I would like to suggest that the defense attorneys who said the sentence received by their clients was too "harsh" go to New Cathedral Cemetery and visit my son's grave and make a decision about who received the harsher sentence.

M. K. Cook


School Truths

Having retired from the Baltimore County school system, I am always amazed by the qualifications used to hire new administrative personnel. Must all new superintendents have innovative ideas? Why must a system be changed in order to be better?

Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing wrong with the Baltimore County school system. At least, there wasn't when I retired. Baltimore County always had the finest teachers in the business. The problem is the philosophy of present-day educators.

Today's administrator is trying to make a name for him/her self by instituting new and innovative programs that will revolutionize learning. Boards of education should send all prospective administrators who wish to change a system that is doing a respectable job on their way. These are the people who are destroying public education.

If the powers-that-be need proof, look to the private schools. They are spending less money but doing a much better job.

The administrators in the private schools recognize that there are certain aspects of education that are self-evident.

First, we must admit that all children are not educable, or at least not to the point of a high school diploma.

Second, we have many levels of intelligence.

Third, this is a highly competitive society. This competition must start in the schools. If we compete on the playing fields, we must compete in the classrooms. The successful person learns in school how to compete.

Fourth, education is not fun and games, as the contemporary educator would like you to believe. It is very demanding, hard and time-consuming.

Finally, as the private schools have proven, we must get back to basics.

Remember, at one time the private schools separated the rich from the poor. Not any more. Now they separate the good student from the poor student.

Parents are doing without so they can send their children to private schools. Private schools are recruiting public school students, not all for their athletic abilities.

This problem cannot be solved with money. It can only be solved with common sense.

Harry D. Minnick

Mount Union, Pa.

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