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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, JapanPACIFIC STARS AND STRIPES TODAY, MAY 20, IW7 13 Cvprntander/Publisher "•. • ]••'•,.:,•- Editor ""..,:,: / '..'.' Lt £®S. Hichael 6. Edrirafebn;'USADeputy Cmtnnanaer •Nike ParentManaging Editor Sports Editor Hugh |. Tone?1 :Production Manager Bruce D. .Summers.. Cornptroller Thomas P. Skeen Pacific Editor DoreenSimon Hews Editor John /PartasSewiez Circulation Director Donald R.PIourde Support Services Director Marketing Director HMLlli(lADpRE|SE$: ';- . •„':: '."''» Unit 45002, APO AP 96337-5002 (Or, 23-17 RoppongiJ-chome, Hinatb-ku, Tokyo J06, Japan) FAX: Mil.129-3132; cml. (03) 3408-8936 call COMMANDER/PUBLISHER: Hil. 229-3121; crni;(03)3404-942&» ADV£RTJ$gNG: Mil. 229-3141; cml, (03) 3404-9 cml. fax (03) 3423-8257; "r Okinawa mil. 645-7667; cml. 893-0292; 'cml. fax 892*0995 ° EDITORIAL: Mil, 229-3158; cml. (03) 3404-9442/3 READERS' FORUM: Mil;229-3l66; cml. (03) 3404,9442/3 ; ; ; Readersjoruirii e-mail: [email protected];twic$.com SPOITCSrHira^W; cml. (03) 340W368 ' PRODUCTION: Mi?229-3204; cml. (03) 3403-4905 Circulation Offices Everybody has. a wish list, but few such lists are as extravagant as the De- fense Department's. To build just three new kinds of jet fighters, the Pentagon proposes to spend at least $350 billion. Sen. Russ Feing^ld, D-Wis., is leading what appears to be a lonely crusade against this .excessive spending. The Navy wants to build a plane xalled the F/A-18E/F; the Air Force "Wants money for a plane Jo be known asthe F-22 Raptor; and the Pentagon wants funds fora multiservice plane called the Joint Strike Fighter. Feingold has a reasonable answer,^ provided by the General Accounting Of- fice. The agency studied the pros and cons of the F/A-lBE/F program and foun4 that existing aircraft could^be modMed to perform almost the saiie functions as the new plane, saving about SlZbillion. :-.;. .••.:'-"•'.,.•;:,'" /V-"Lawmakers are willing to cut a lot of spending, but when it comes to expendi- tures on weapons^ Congress develops a bUnd spot. On this question, though, Feingold's eyes are open, and his priori- ties are right. The irony is that an ex-prisoner of war, former Florida Rep. Pete Peterson, is the first postwar U.S. ambassador to Vietnam. 'A further irony is that Peterson's offi- cial residence is near the "Hanoi Hil- ton," the infamous prison camp where he spent more than six years experienc- ing some of the worst torture in modern warfare at the hands of the North Viet- namese. But for the 62-year-old ex-pilot, the war is over. Peterson wants to help the United States and Vietnam make peace with the past and get on with building a new diplomatic and economic rela- tionship. debate about race in America. Increas-ingly, Americans are asking themselves and each other: Who are we? Woods' variegated racial composition provokes the question. He is one-fourth Chinese, one-fourth Thai, one-fourth black, one-eighth white and one-eighth American Indian. Yet many commenta- tors simply call him black. How arbi- trary. How imprecise. Multicultural, pepple like Woods shouldn't be f©rced to choose one cate- gory to the exclusion of others. Theyshould have the. option of checking a new box labeled "multicultural." Our ul- timate goal, however, should be to sub- stitute all those racial boxes for just one box: American. Hil. 229-3171; cml. (03) 3401-8929 TOKYO HEADQUARTERS: Hil 229-3174 JAPAM: Iwakuni mil, 253-4770; Hisawa mil. 226-3406; Sasebo mil. 252-3890; Yokota mil. 225-4505/6/7; Ypkohama/Yokosuka mil. 243^771 KOREA: Yongsan mil. 724-7650; Osan mil. 784-4393; Pusan mil. 763-3787; taegu mil. 768-7461; Kunsan mil. 782-4538 OKINAWA: Foster Bldg. 201; mil. 645-2010,645-1095 GUAH: PWC BLDG 691; 349-6156/6167; fax 349-6238 KWAJALEIN: 480:1960 mm KONG: 8SM60-78I8 JAKARTA: 58-3635 Vv\;/v.;':;;'News^BureaMs..V.;'.. GUAM: Donovan Brooks, Guam Area Office, P.O. Box 20178, GMf;BafTigada, Guam 96921; mCftl; 349- 6136. cml. (671) 477-1069; fax (67l)J49-6238 JAPAN: Senior Reporter, HI. Kelly, mil. tel. 229-3158? cml. (03) 3404-9442; Tokyo Bureau, Joseph Owen, Adam Johnston, APO AP 96337 (Or, 23-17 Roppongi,v 7-chome, Hinato-ku, Tokyo 106), mil. tel, 229-3152, cml. (03) 3401-8928, fax mil. 229-3132/3271. OKINAWA: David Alien, Patrick Bufictt, Camp Foster, ., FPO AP 96373; mil. teL 64S-3807; fax mU. 645-9165, cml. 0988-93-2702; e-mail: [email protected] SEOUL: lira Lea, Louis Arana, Yongsan Garrison, APO AP^6205-0423; roiL tsl. 724-7712 (news), 724-8180; fax mil, 724-8194, cml. S2-2-79I4-8I94. The ephnora expressed in the tohmins and cartoons on tht Vitw-point pages are those of the aothon and not mctssarily those of Pa- dfie Stan and^^ Strfes or the Umted States jowiWHitTriij newspaper U authorized for publka&w by the Department of Defense for merribers of the military jmkts wrtrseas. Howenr,iteatmbdfokStM^ltn&mw^iti.'vdanriotto b« considered as.tfte official news of. or endoned by, the 01 Gov-enwtent, the Oepartroent ol Defcwe, ortot U.S. ftwfc Command. A< a DOO newsoper, US b authoriud » be distribrtd through official .channels and use appropriated funds for distribution to remote and V isolated lotatwrtt where weriSs DOP period are fecated.The appearance of adirertismg in tins ptWiaWn, Wudiw in- sete or suppkmerrts, does not constitute endorsefwnt by the Depart-ment of Defense or Paofk Stars and Stripes of the products or ser- vices advertised. ' • ' • •'•' / . • i ' •, Products or service advertised in this publiatkm shall be made available fer purchase, use, or patrtmap vn^hout regard t|> race, col-or, relmon. sex, oaAfflal oripn, a^, marital status, phpal handi- V " cap, political affiliation or any-other non-merit factor of the purchas- er, user or patron-* . v '-.'• :0 Army's toughest test on sex abuse lies alieacl The conviction of Army Staff Sgt. Del-mar Simpson on 18 charges of raping women under his command resolves oneof the worst cases of sexual abuse that has come to Ught in recent months! But it leaves the Army facing the daunting job of figuring how to create an environment in which women are not vulnerable to harassment and coercion by superiors, while protecting superiors from false charges and blackmail. V trial a test for ,EBI? justice system Two years after the deadliest terrorist jct ever committed OH; Ainerican soil, tl|e trial of Oklahoma City bombing sus-pect Timothy McVeigh is unfolding in a pdicked federal courthouse in Denver. Oh trial too is the credibility of the nation's chief law enforcement organiza- tion, the Federal Bureau of Investiga-tion. A highly critical report on the FBI's vaunted crime laboratory has raised se- rious questions about the accuracy and integrity of some important evidence, in- cluding the size and composition of the •bomb.;'.'.'.'''••::,:.•:.••;'.•;/.': v'.;;" ;•,' '•'.;.':. •:;.:- In a larger sense, the case will also test the nation's justice system to pro- vide a fair and dignified public trial inan emotional and widely publicized case. If Blairs stoys What its leader Tony Blair calls the New Labor Party swept to an impressive parliamentary victory, ending 18 years of Conservative rule and bringing Brit- ain its youngest prime minister of this century. •;•'••''. . .•'..'•;. • •,;^v ..',;. .,• :What most notably makes Lajbor "new" is that the party has left most of its socialist ideology hy the wayside. Blair has maneuvered since becoming party leader in 1994 to drag Labor to the political center. And there, if he has his way, it will remain. fl: St Petersburg Times: The Times-Picayune, Hew Orleans: IJrtr^ passengers shcaild Mprc^cutM The call by airline industry officials for more vigorous prosecution of and stiffer penalties for unruly passengers deserves the full support of the carriers, law enforcement agencies and courts. The airline industry's insistence on cracking down harder on troublemakers is a needed^ approach to a very serious problem. ^ All in caring share New U.S. arr^ tiem: etwar in a story rich with irony, the United States is nonnalmng relations with Viet- nam more than two decades after; losing the war and evacuating its ambassador. One racial tox enough for Americans' ehedc Tiger Woods; ascent to the top of pro- fessional golf has ignited a worthwhile At the Holocaust Memorial Museum, whose mission is to supply the moral im- petus to prevent genocides, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refu-r gees, Sadako Ogata, did exactly that. She offered a compelling report on a world environment in which terrible deeds are happening on a routine and continuing basis — - with too little beingdone about it. Why, Ogata dared to ask, have large-scale atrocities been permit- ted to unfold in recent years in Bosnia, Rwanda and Zaire? / / At a time when many nation^hesitate to take on large new refugee lourdens, the obvious answer is for those nations to support ,an international mechanism and to share the obligations of care. In acontext where all nations were lending a hand, no single nation would have to carry an unfair portion of the load. This seems obvious but it is a truth still dimly perceived. BY GARRYTRUDEAU ;

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