>> 9 Sep 2004


Ed Koch has an article here on Jewish World Review taking issue with the New York Times recent treatment of the horrific Russian school atrocity. He makes a couple of great points;

"The Times editorial denounces the Russians for responding to Chechen efforts to secede, "mainly with force and intransigence." In the days of the Civil War and the South's efforts to secede from the Union, did The Times propose to President Lincoln that he "reach for compromise" and let the South go? Lincoln's refusal to allow the secession, despite the knowledge that it would result in a tragic civil war, was nevertheless the right thing to do. Will Putin follow in Lincoln's footsteps? I hope so.

Faced with civil insurrection, Arab regimes historically have responded with unimaginable savagery. In Syria, 25,000 men, women and children living in Hama were killed and the city literally razed to the ground. In Halabja, 5,000 Iraqi Kurds, mostly women and children, were killed by poison gas on what is now known as Bloody Friday. In Jordan under King Hussein, up to 25,000 men, women and children belonging to the PLO were hunted down and killed in "Black September" in 1970.

Civilized countries cannot and should not respond to insurrection and terrorism with acts of indiscriminate brutality. Their response should be strong but focused."


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