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UFOs, Goldhagen mistakes, LaRouche, Queen Elizabeth, advice for David Tell, and more.

11:00 PM, Nov 3, 2002
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THE DAILY STANDARD welcomes letters to the editor. Letters will be edited for length and clarity and must include the writer's name, city, and state.

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Reading J. Bottum's The Usefulness of Daniel Goldhagen, it appears that there is no end to Goldhagen's outrageous lies and exaggerations. One case in point is his statement about the World War II Croatian Nazi puppet state's Jasenovac camp. He writes that 200,000 Jews, Serbs, and Gypsies were killed in that camp. While Bottum correctly presented the truth about the defrocked priest in charge of the killings, he neglected to mention that the actual number of victims was between 60,000 and 80,000--not 200,000. Every innocent victim is one too many, but such exaggerations, which are the result of Serbian propaganda, are outrageous. During the 1999 trial of the Jasenovac camp commander Zakic in Zagreb, Croatia, the correct numbers were undisputed even by the Zagreb Jewish community.

The actual list of victims dated back to 1964, issued by the communist Yugoslav authorities in Belgrade, who, being Serb-dominated, certainly had no wish to minimize Croatia's guilt. The list has been reprinted in a 1,170-page book by the Bosniac Institute in Zurich: "Jasenovac War Victims, According to the Yugoslav statistics Bureau." According to these data, there were approximately 59,000 victims.

For centuries, Croatia was not known as an ant-Semitic nation, yet its reputation suffers to this day because of four years under the Ustasha regime, which was established during World War II by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Croats, and especially their Cardinal Stepinac, saved hundreds of Jews and the Cardinal publicly spoke out against the camps and the killings of Jews and Serbs. Strangely, Goldhagen never mentions the virulent anti-Semitism of the Serb Orthodox Church or the large concentration camps run by Serbs in Serbia during World War II--such as Sajmiste and Manjica--in which many thousands of Jews were killed or handed over to the Germans. While Croatia established a memorial to the victims in Jasenovac, Serbia paved over their camps, so no one would ever see them.

--Hilda M. Foley, National Federation of Croatian Americans

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David Tell has a tough one (Mrs. Tell for Sheriff--But What About the House of Representatives?). Connie Morella makes my own Republican milquetoast, Rep. Chris Shays, look like a werewolf. The Maryland UFO candidate, Stephen Bassett, is attractive, but you never know when he might depart the planet (and the Congress) on one of those things. I'd still go with Connie, just for the sake of the party-makeup arithmetic of the House. Just a hunch that it might come in handy for the good guys once in a while.

--Bill Dunne

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The way I see it, David Tell has to vote for the crop circle wacko. Tell isn't going to be represented correctly no matter how he votes. But if the UFO nut pulls in 10 or 15 percent of the vote, it might wake somebody up to run next time. And really it's about time we get to the bottom of this Roswell thing anyway.

--Karl Schmidt

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I live in Leesburg, Virginia, home of the "Electable LaRouche Democrats" (Jonathan V. Last, Stop the Insanity). In 1994, I was privileged enough to work on the Oliver North for Senate Campaign. During that time Nancy Spannaus and her compatriot LaRouchies were strongly courted by Sen. Chuck Robb and the rest of the Democrats in Virginia in order to save his butt in a close race. How Clintonian of them now to disavow all knowledge of these wackos.

--Paul Christensen

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I loved Matt Labash's Jackass, The Documentary. It's nice to live in country with free speech and all that, but Michael Moore is one of those people who shouldn't be allowed to express himself in public. Really, it's a quality of life issue for the rest of us. And while we're at it, let's not listen to anything the French say, ever again. They've made an enormous effort to prove themselves the most puerile, inane, ridiculous, intellectually bankrupt a**holes in the Western world, so let's cut them off.

Thanks. That felt good.

--Ann Kerns

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