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Unintentionally supporting Jihadists

Dear Editor:The latest issue of the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition newsletter links to an article urging consumers to buy their gas at Citgo in support of Chavez, in contrast to loyal American leftists like Rep. Rangel: “You don’t come into my country and insult my president,” and Rep. Pelosi: “Chavez demeaned himself and demeaned Venezuela.”Of course the RFPC has a disclaimer that inclusion of articles in its newsletter does not necessarily reflect the coalition’s position on any issue. The RFPC claims it is not a political organization, but the subtext to its lofty mission statement is unwaveringly one of left-wing extremism. Hugo Chavez is an avowed enemy of our country. It is reprehensible to circulate a call for action in his support.The RFPC is enthused about interfaith dialogue with Muslims. Authentic anti-Jihadia, whether Muslims, former Muslims, or Christian Arabs, are not engaging in ambiguous discourse, but are risking their lives to warn us of the danger we face. In minimizing that danger, the peace movement is, however unintentionally, supporting Jihadia.The peace movement is in a time warp, thinking this is 1968; it’s not – it’s 1938. Appeasement ended for Europe with the German invasion of Poland. Isolationism ended for America at Pearl Harbor. Will America wake up before Chavez’s Iranian pal dispatches a Jihadia with a nuclear suitcase to an American city?We still have a choice. We can heed groups like the RFPC, seeking to undermine counter-terrorism. Or we can hear Arab-American psychiatrist Wafa Sultan define this time, which is fast running out, not as a clash of civilizations, but a struggle between civilization and barbarism.Judith KingGlenwood Springs

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