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Wednesday, 16 May 2001 12:00 AM

But there it was right in the self-decribed "newspaper of record" - a roll-on-the-floor, laugh-out-loud riot: The New York Times Funny Pages.

Except it wasn't so funny; in fact, it was actually the Editorial and Op-Ed pages of the old gray lady.

And what a farce it was!

There were two op-ed pieces on the National Missile Defense (NMD) plan that were breath-taking in their outright Leftist support of both Russia and China. "Boo-hoo, sob, sob, sniff, sniff," they whined, "the U.S. can't just deploy NMD without the consent of our communist brothers. That wouldn't be fair and they might get mad!"

Thomas L. Friedman, inexplicably regarded as some sort of a foreign affairs "expert" at the Times, has a long track record of advocating weakness and meekness and "feel good" naivete as the hallmarks of what he deems effective foreign policy.

Rumor has it that he has an 8 x 10 glossy of Neville Chamberlain, impressively mounted under glass next to an actual copy of the infamous "Peace Is At Hand" speech, hanging prominently in his office on 42nd Street in Manhattan.

Friedman's column - "Who's Crazy Here?" (5/15/01, p. A25) - advocates mutually assured destruction as the

To continue supporting it today is not only wrong, it's simply irresponsible.

Friedman would support a version of NMD, but only "if it were backed by our allies, as well as by the Russians and Chinese" so as not to provoke them.

Who cares what they think? It's a

That shouldn't be so difficult to fathom; it's actually rather commonsensical.

What is hard to understand is why anyone rational would support the position of our adversaries. But this, from the same guy who vehemently opposed Ariel Sharon's election as Israeli prime minister because he was too tough, is the same sort of Leftist pap that masqueraded as U.S. foreign policy for the past eight years.

A companion column on the same page in the Times yesterday, "Making Enemies in Space" by Paul B. Stares, was just as pathetic. No less than five times does he invoke his serious concerns on behalf of "Russia and China" with regard to U.S. deployment of NMD.

In commenting on Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld's description of the plan's concept, Stares says such was "cold comfort to the very countries the United States seeks to assuage about its missile defense program, notably Russia and China. Unfortunately, both nations now have even more reason to be concerned."

Again, why would they or should they be concerned about a defensive system? And why should we "assauge" them?

Stares gets right to the point as he defends Russian and Chinese worries that U.S. capability in space could render their satellites vulnerable. And this is a concern, he says, because the communists would use those satellites "to target our forces in wartime."

That he could advocate such treasonous reasoning would be perplexing if it were not for the fact that he is a director of the "Center for International Security and Cooperation" at Stanford University.

Talk about Ivory Tower, academic think tanks whose existence seems dedicated by the Left to undercutting U.S. interests and security!

Were the stakes not so high and the implications so severe, one could almost view such a dangerous waste of space in the Times as if it were the Funny Pages.

There is, however, nothing funny about aiding and abetting those who pose the gravest threat to U.S. safety and national security.

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Dan Frisa represented New York in the United States Congress and served four terms in the New York State Assembly.

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