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   Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan                              PACIFIC STARS AND STRIPES TODAY, MAY 20, IW7 13Cvprntander/Publisher"•. • ]••'•,.:,•- Editor ""..,:,: / '..'.'Lt £®S. Hichael 6. Edrirafebn;'USADeputy Cmtnnanaer•Nike ParentManaging EditorSports EditorHugh |. Tone?1 :Production ManagerBruce D. .Summers..CornptrollerThomas P. SkeenPacific EditorDoreenSimonHews EditorJohn /PartasSewiezCirculation DirectorDonald R.PIourdeSupport Services DirectorMarketing DirectorHMLlli(lADpRE|SE$: ';- . •„':: '."''»Unit 45002, APO AP 96337-5002 (Or, 23-17RoppongiJ-chome, Hinatb-ku, Tokyo J06, Japan)FAX: Mil.129-3132; cml. (03) 3408-8936callCOMMANDER/PUBLISHER: Hil. 229-3121;crni;(03)3404-942&»ADV£RTJ$gNG: Mil. 229-3141; cml, (03) 3404-9cml. fax (03) 3423-8257; "rOkinawa mil. 645-7667; cml. 893-0292;'cml. fax 892*0995 °EDITORIAL: Mil, 229-3158; cml. (03) 3404-9442/3READERS' FORUM: Mil;229-3l66;cml. (03) 3404,9442/3 ; ; ;Readersjoruirii e-mail: stripcs@beehive;twic$.comSPOITCSrHira^W; cml. (03) 340W368 'PRODUCTION: Mi?229-3204; cml. (03) 3403-4905Circulation OfficesEverybody has. a wish list, but fewsuch lists are as extravagant as the De-fense Department's. To build just threenew kinds of jet fighters, the Pentagonproposes to spend at least $350 billion.Sen. Russ Feing^ld, D-Wis., is leadingwhat appears to be a lonely crusadeagainst this .excessive spending.The Navy wants to build a planexalled the F/A-18E/F; the Air Force"Wants money for a plane Jo be known asthe F-22 Raptor; and the Pentagon wantsfunds fora multiservice plane called theJoint Strike Fighter.Feingold has a reasonable answer,^provided by the General Accounting Of-fice. The agency studied the pros andcons of the F/A-lBE/F program andfoun4 that existing aircraft could^bemodMed to perform almost the saiiefunctions as the new plane, saving aboutSlZbillion. :-.;. .••.:'-"•'.,.•;:,'" /V-"Lawmakers are willing to cut a lot ofspending, but when it comes to expendi-tures on weapons^ Congress develops abUnd 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, isthe first postwar U.S. ambassador toVietnam. 'A further irony is that Peterson's offi-cial residence is near the "Hanoi Hil-ton," the infamous prison camp wherehe spent more than six years experienc-ing some of the worst torture in modernwarfare at the hands of the North Viet-namese.But for the 62-year-old ex-pilot, thewar is over. Peterson wants to help theUnited States and Vietnam make peacewith the past and get on with building anew diplomatic and economic rela-tionship.debate about race in America. Increas-ingly, Americans are asking themselvesand each other: Who are we?Woods' variegated racial compositionprovokes the question. He is one-fourthChinese, one-fourth Thai, one-fourthblack, one-eighth white and one-eighthAmerican Indian. Yet many commenta-tors simply call him black. How arbi-trary. How imprecise.Multicultural, pepple like Woodsshouldn't be f©rced to choose one cate-gory to the exclusion of others. Theyshould have the. option of checking anew box labeled "multicultural." Our ul-timate goal, however, should be to sub-stitute all those racial boxes for just onebox: American.Hil. 229-3171;cml. (03) 3401-8929TOKYO HEADQUARTERS: Hil 229-3174JAPAM: Iwakuni mil, 253-4770; Hisawa mil. 226-3406;Sasebo mil. 252-3890; Yokota mil. 225-4505/6/7;Ypkohama/Yokosuka mil. 243^771KOREA: Yongsan mil. 724-7650; Osan mil. 784-4393;Pusan mil. 763-3787; taegu mil. 768-7461; Kunsanmil. 782-4538OKINAWA: Foster Bldg. 201; mil. 645-2010,645-1095GUAH: PWC BLDG 691; 349-6156/6167; fax 349-6238KWAJALEIN: 480:1960mm KONG: 8SM60-78I8JAKARTA: 58-3635Vv\;/v.;':;;'News^BureaMs..V.;'..GUAM: Donovan Brooks, Guam Area Office, P.O. Box20178, GMf;BafTigada, Guam 96921; mCftl; 349-6136. cml. (671) 477-1069; fax (67l)J49-6238JAPAN: 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,v7-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: $firipli@imkom.or.ipSEOUL: lira Lea, Louis Arana, Yongsan Garrison, APOAP^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 Departmentof Defense for merribers of the military jmkts wrtrseas. Howenr,iteatmbdfokStM^ltn&mw^iti.'vdanriottob« considered as.tfte official news of. or endoned by, the 01 Gov-enwtent, the Oepartroent ol Defcwe, ortot U.S. ftwfc Command. A  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 '-.'•:0Army's toughest teston sex abuse lies alieaclThe conviction of Army Staff Sgt. Del-mar Simpson on 18 charges of rapingwomen under his command resolves oneof the worst cases of sexual abuse thathas come to Ught in recent months!But it leaves the Army facing thedaunting job of figuring how to create anenvironment in which women are notvulnerable to harassment and coercionby superiors, while protecting superiorsfrom false charges and blackmail.V trial a testfor ,EBI? justice systemTwo years after the deadliest terroristjct ever committed OH; Ainerican soil,tl|e trial of Oklahoma City bombing sus-pect Timothy McVeigh is unfolding in apdicked federal courthouse in Denver.Oh trial too is the credibility of thenation's chief law enforcement organiza-tion, the Federal Bureau of Investiga-tion. A highly critical report on the FBI'svaunted crime laboratory has raised se-rious questions about the accuracy andintegrity of some important evidence, in-cluding the size and composition of the•bomb.;'.'.'.'''••::,:.•:.••;'.•;/.': v'.;;" ;•,' '•'.;.':. •:;.:-In a larger sense, the case will alsotest the nation's justice system to pro-vide a fair and dignified public trial inan emotional and widely publicized case.If Blairs stoysWhat its leader Tony Blair calls theNew Labor Party swept to an impressiveparliamentary victory, ending 18 yearsof Conservative rule and bringing Brit-ain its youngest prime minister of thiscentury. •;•'••''. . .•'..'•;. • •,;^v ..',;. .,• :What most notably makes Lajbor"new" is that the party has left most ofits socialist ideology hy the wayside.Blair has maneuvered since becomingparty leader in 1994 to drag Labor to thepolitical center. And there, if he has hisway, it will remain.fl:St Petersburg Times:The Times-Picayune, Hew Orleans:IJrtr^ passengersshcaild Mprc^cutMThe call by airline industry officialsfor more vigorous prosecution of andstiffer penalties for unruly passengersdeserves the full support of the carriers,law enforcement agencies and courts.The airline industry's insistence oncracking down harder on troublemakersis a needed^ approach to a very seriousproblem. ^Allin caringshareNew U.S. arr^ tiem:etwarin a story rich with irony, the UnitedStates is nonnalmng relations with Viet-nam more than two decades after; losingthe war and evacuating its ambassador.One racial tox enoughfor Americans' ehedcTiger Woods; ascent to the top of pro-fessional golf has ignited a worthwhileAt the Holocaust Memorial Museum,whose mission is to supply the moral im-petus to prevent genocides, the UnitedNations High Commissioner for Refu-rgees, Sadako Ogata, did exactly that.She offered a compelling report on aworld environment in which terribledeeds are happening on a routine andcontinuing 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^hesitateto take on large new refugee lourdens,the obvious answer is for those nationsto support ,an international mechanismand to share the obligations of care. In acontext where all nations were lending ahand, no single nation would have tocarry an unfair portion of the load. Thisseems obvious but it is a truth still dimlyperceived.BY GARRYTRUDEAU  

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