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Talking tough turkey

To The Editor:

Shavana Abruzzo’s column, “Enough Already with Babying the Muslims,” was right on target, [A Britisher’s View, 4−16 issue].

I, too, was disgusted with Obama’s trip to Turkey. Turkey has no business in the European Union, for reasons mentioned in the column, and others.

Let’s not forget Turkey’s genocidal behavior during World War I when they underwent an “Islamic Jihad” against all those in Turkey who dared to observe religions other than Islam. During this dark period, 1.5 million Christian Armenians were brutally murdered – men, women and children – stabbed, burned to death or sent into the Syrian desert to starve to death. To this day, Turkey denies this genocide, and imprisons any writer in Turkey who uses the word “genocide.”

Obama’s tip−toeing around this subject – so as not to “offend” the Turks – was an embarrassment to our country and made him look weak and impotent. It’s reasonable for the US to own up to its behavior towards Native Americans and its history of slavery, as well as for Germany to come to grips with its Nazi past, and for Japan to acknowledge its treatment of “comfort women” during WW II, but it is not reasonable for Turkey to acknowledge its genocide of the Armenians? What’s wrong with this picture?

Further, do Europeans need people in their Union that do not reflect their own values? Have they not read the goings−on of Muslims in the Taliban−led Afghanistan and Pakistan where women are now – once again – subjected to marital rape and public floggings, all in the name of Islam? Perhaps, Turks should spend less time feeling “insulted” and concentrate on coming to terms with their history, as other civilized nations have done.

Indeed, this column makes clear the tremendous double−standards the Turks have toward their western “allies.” Until Turkey acknowledges this genocide – yes, genocide – Turkey should remain far outside of the European Union and civilized society.

Valerie Jean Rostkowski


Thanks for the attention

To The Editor:

Please accept my personal words of appreciation for the front page and the inside page pictures, and article, about our recent Yom HaShoah memorial observance.

Our President Charles R. Harary and Board Chairman Jeffrey Pomerantz join me in our thanks to you and to the photographer.

Rabbi David Halpern

Flatbush Park

Jewish Center

Vegan prescription

To The Editor:

The stark contrast between our frenzied reaction to unfamiliar hazards, and our reckless tolerance of familiar ones, never ceases to amaze me.

The current incidence of swine flu, which killed five Americans, has captured the headlines, cancelled public events, and closed dozens of schools.

At the same time we have, blithely, continued our consumption of meat and dairy products, which has been linked conclusively with elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually.

But, it’s not just about chronic diseases. According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, leading to catastrophic floods, droughts, and sea level rises, which threaten human survival. It uses more fresh water and dumps more deadly wastes into our water supplies than all other human activities combined.

Each of us has a shared responsibility for our society’s health and welfare. The best time to exercise this responsibility is on our next trip to the supermarket, where we can explore the rich variety of meat−free and dairy−free ready−to−eat frozen dinners, veggie burgers and dogs, lunch “meats,” and plant−based cheese, ice cream, and milk. Helpful transition hints and recipes galore are available at and

Boyd Dranner

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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