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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 0 Herald2eitung 0 Tuesday August 15 1995 Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is HZeitung@AOL.com Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then youre a writer But an author is one who can judge his own stuffs worth without pity and destroy most of it Colette author 1954 EDITORIAL Isolation grows Saddam loses big ally as Jordans King Hussein embraces Iraqui defectors Babylon is crumbling once again The ancient civilization once the greatest on earth disappeared in ruin Where it once stood Saddam Husseins Iraq now stands feebly And maybe not for much longer A coalition offerees which administered a humiliating mil itary defeat on the Iraqi dictator several years ago was unable to oust Sad dam sanctions against the oilrich country since then have hurt the countrys economy but not its leader But now the combined effect of the sanctions and the animosity of the world community seem to be wearing down the Iraqis When Saddams soninlaw Lt Gen Hussein Kamel alMajid fled with his brother and their wives Saddams daughters to Jordan last week analysts said it was the greatest blow to Saddam since his military loss to the allies AlMajid was believed to be the dictators secondincommand and in charge of Iraqs secret biological and chemical weapons programs Upon arriving in Jordan he said Saddam seemed more interested in defying the West than in rebuilding the country and its economy AlMajid also has been mobilizing resistance to Saddam outside of Iraq Whemer or not he poses a real threat to the current Iraqi regime remains to be seen However the loss of Jordan as an ally is definitely a blow to Saddam King Hussein was one of the only world leaders to lend support to Sad dam during the Persian Gulf War While many believe he did so out of fear that Iraq would turn its guns his direction the King now seems con fident enough in Western assurances to defy his stronger neighbor to the east After Jordan granted the Iraqi defectors asylum the United States was quick to pledge support to Jordan in the face of Saddams threats Iraq now finds itself even more isolated than before minus two top mil itary officials Reports indicate that dozens of Republican Guard troops and other officials who were close to alMajid have been arrested since the defections Saddams scared thats obvious And hopefully those closest to him who are tired of his treachery smell that fear and take action Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Classified City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Brtuatfcls HendtlZeiiung USPS 377880 707 Unda or Drawer 31J 328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZeiiung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Coma and Guadalupe counties three months six raomhs one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who nave not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by wn 00 Sunday may call 210 or by 7 weejfcdjys or by 1 pa on Sunday Sejd address changes Divided Japan commemorates conflicts end TOKYO AP Fifty years from the day astonished Japanese heard a living god tell them the war was over Japans emperor and empress paid tribute to war dead and the nations prime minister carefully apologized for wartime suffering At a memorial ceremony held at a Tokyo martial arts hall Emperor Aki hito and Empress Michiko bowed deeply before a huge bank of yellow and white chrysanthemums topped with a risingsun flag Akihito in whose fathers name the war was fought expressed hopes that the tragedy of war will never be At noon marking the hour on that muggy August day half a century ago when thenEmperor Hirohito went on the radio to announce Japans sur render the crowd of mourners fell silent For Japan that was the day a divin ity became suddenly shatteringly human The radio address was the first ordinary citizens had heard the voice of the emperor To mark the 50th anniversary Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama whose government spent much of the last year wrangling over war com memorations issued a cautiously phrased statement of contrition express here once again my feelings of deep remorse and state my heartfelt said the prime min ister who tried unsuccessfully earlier this year to push a strongly worded Today In History Analysis apology through Parliament Allow me also to express my feelings of pro found mourning for all victims both at home and abroad of that wartime Some of the language in Muraya mas statement was vague for example a reference to the war years as a certain period in the not too dis tant But other parts were forth right including the prime ministers description of the mistaken national policy that led to the war Murayamas statement was not part of official governmentsponsored memorial it was delivered beforehand at a separate news conference But it was approved by the Cabinet which gave it more weight than previous statements by individual politicians The mixed signals summed up Japans ambivalent attitude toward the war half a century after the surrender Some conservatives believe that Japan has nothing to apologize for others believe the nation has not faced up to its responsibility for atonement Many Asians still harbor deep resentment over Japans failure to make a formal apology backed by law makers or to pay direct compensa tion to those who suffered at Japans hands during the war including women kidnapped to serve as sex slaves or forced laborers who served in Japans wartime mines and factories By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday August 15 the 227th day of 1995 There are 138 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Aug 15 1945 50 years ago was proclaimed VJ Day by the Allies a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally In a recorded radio message Emperor Hirohito called upon the Japanese people to bear the unbear able and lay down their arms In the United States Day coincided with the end of rationing of gasoline and canned goods On this date In 1057 Macbeth the King of Scot land was slain by the son of King Dun can In 1769 Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica In 1888 Lawrence the British soldier who gained fame as Lawrence of was born in Tremadjx Wiles humorist Will and ayjajpf Wiley Posj were killed when CAPITOL COMMENT SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON forces landed in southern France In 1947 India became independent after some 200 years of British rule In 1948 the Republic of Korea was proclaimed In 1969 the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York In 1971 President Nixon announced a 90day freeze on wages prices and rents In 1974 South Korean President Park Chunghee escaped an assassina tion attempt in which his wife was killed In 1989 de Klerk was sworn in as acting president of South Africa one day after Botha resigned as the result of a power struggle within the National Party Ten years ago South African Pres ident Botha delivered an inter nationally broadcast speech in which he rejected calls to dismantle apartheid saying it would lead white South Africans on a road to abdication arid Calling the Shots on Crucial Issues I have promised not to send out mass mailings at taxpayer expense using the socalled franking privilege so I have not conducted any formal surveys of constituents through the mails But since this newspaper has made a commitment to inform its readers on issues affecting all of us I am asking them to allow me to communicate with you on an informal basis by asking you to answer these questions and return this form 1 Do you favor replacing the current income tax with a flat tax one rate for everyone regardless of income with no mortgage or charitable Or a national sales tax or a consump tion tax which wouldnt tax you on money you save but only what you spend Flat 2 We are making difficult decisions to try to balance the federal budget Would you support Congress balancing the budget by the year 2002 if this meant slowing the growth of Medicare spending Medicaid spending Social Security spending 3 Do you believe that agricultural policy should look for alterna tives to its income support programs Should there be a cap on subsidies or income testing to receive agricultural subsidies What Subsidy 4 Congress has cut national defense spending by 40 percent in real terms since 1985 Do you believe that current levels of spending on defense are adequate too low or too high 5 Do you believe there should be a national commitment to encouraging American culture through the arts Would you support federal arts funding if procedures were reformed so that federal funds would go only toward supporting legitimate mis groups museums and arts education Yes 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