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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNO Thursday June OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson Managing Editor OTHER VIEWS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TagesAnzeiger Zurich Switzeriand on death of Syrian President Hafez Assad No peace without Syria that has been a pillar of western Middle East diplomacy for 30 Dozens of statesmen and their underlings made the pilgrimage to the lion of Damascus and tried to nudge him toward making peace The answer was always the same Assad can wait Now that the dictators death has occurred surprisingly early some fear that a historic chance for rapprochement with Israel has been missed Mistakenly because Assad had long been dead for the peace process his problem was the Golan trauma the loss of the strategic plateau for which he himself was partly responsible Assad needed Israel as an enemy just as Fidel Castro needs his enmi ty to the United States to justify rigorous repression and economic Does a new ice age await the Middle East It doesnt have to be so because Assads death smooths the timetable for regional peace Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak who had mistakenly put every thing into negotiations with Syria is now forced to concentrate on talks with the Palestinians That is a good thing because the solution of the Palestinian problem is as is often the key to IsraeliArab The Jerusalem Post on the death of Syrian President Hafez Assad It is too soon to tell whether Bashar Assad will succeed hi consoli dating his control over Syria after having been groomed for his post for only six The test of whether a new path is being taken will be the extent to which Syria leverages its role as a torchbearer of Arab nationalism to revitalize that ideology in proArab rather than anti Israel terms Hafez Assad is repeatedly credited with haying built Syria into a country to be politically and militarily reckoned with Yet his Sovietbased model of nation building collapsed long ago leaving only the question of when and how effectively Syria will attempt to pull out of a cycle of stagnation and decline TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Thursday June 15 the 167th day of 2000 There are 199 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On June King John put his seal to Magna Carta Great at Runnymede England granting his barons more liberty In 1520 Pope Leo X threatened to excommunicate Martin Luther unless he recanted his religious beliefs In 1775 the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army In 1836 Arkansas became the 25th state In 1849 James Polk the llth president died in Nashville Tenn In 1864 Secretary of War Edwin M Stanton signed an order estab lishing a military burial ground which became Arlington National Cemetery In 1904 more than people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New Yorks East River hi 1944 American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II Meanwhile B29 Superfortresses made their first raids on Japan In 1960 the Billy Wilder movie The starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine opened in New York LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the landfill or recycling bin We still pay Dear Editor Here we go again In September 1998 the Recycling Advisory Committee plans were not implemented by the City Council Since then I have read that recyclables are being used less and those companies who do use them charge to take them What other items would be recycled other than the yard waste It is not cost effective but cost pro hibitive Chairman Terry Fisher said reducing land fill waste would save the city dollars But it would cost residents more We pay either way How do people who dont have trucks get their brush and tree limbs and other such items to a so called green space still to be found Many residents simply will allow brush and limbs to collect in unsightly piles in their yards these would harbor mice rats and roaches We have enough problems with residents piling up limbs just because they wont cut them into the regulation size and tie them for the sanitation workers to pick up Lets not disrupt garbage collections with more restrictions and add another tax or fee to our ever expanding charges Myrtle Voigt Clark New Braunfels Colonial Manor honors nursing assistants Dear Editor The week of June 18 Colonial Manor Care Center honored its nursing assistants for their dedication and hard work These men and women work hard and truly care for the residents they serve On June 7 they were served a meal of lasagna salad bread sticks and tea in recognition of their loyalty and care Gifts and door prizes also were given in appreciation for a job well done Thanks again for all you do Peggy Supulver New Braunfels Many helped make LL season successful Bear Editor Now that the New Braunfels Little league season is officially complete Id like to thank everyone who made our Pee Wee championship season such a success Thanks to my assistant coaches Don Kruppa and Martin Palm for all their hard work at practices Id also like to recognize Albert Wetz who kept the kids organized in the dugout and also helped out at practice We also were blessed with an caliber team mom Diane Palm who worked tire lessly on everything imaginable Thanks to the many parents who helped out in other capacities concession stand announcing and keeping the scorebook at games umpir ing Without the parent involvement and support our season would not have been nearly as successful Id also like to thank all the officers especially Jon Ellis for the endless hours of work that they put in to make sure that everything runs smoothly Id also like to thank our sponsor Johnny Carinos Sponsors often get left out of the spotlight when talking about youth sports but the money that they donate foruniforms and sponsorship is a huge part of the success of an organization such as the Last but not least Id like to thank the kids who made this season so much fun Watching them progress individually and as a team was the real highlight of the season Thanks guys for a season to remember Steve Dement Manager 2000 City Champion Pee Wee Braves New Braunfels Some animals face extinction Dear Editor Mjyiameas Tammy Richner and I am 11 I am a very big animal lover I would like you to please publish my article to help make people see that many animals are in big danger My article is written below Animals Are Dying When you where a kid you loved to draw Tigers and Elephants for your Mom to hang on the fridge You loved going to the zoo and seeing Pandas Turtels Gorrilas Chimpanzees and Crocodiles loved to see Whales and Seals doing tricks or Pretending to fly like an Eagle But will your children and grandchildren be able to do these things Some of these Animals could be extinct gone in the next few decades There have been about 59 Insects 29 Fish 2 Amphibians 23 Reptiles 122 birds and 60 Mammals extinct since the 1600 Thank you Tammy Richner New Braunfels Editors chose to run Tammys article as it was presented to us Thank you Tammy for your insightful Assad peace tales truly based on fantasy Some of the things being said about the late Syrian dictator Hafez alAssad are complete fiction They remind me of the fantasies floated about expiring and incoming Soviet leaders Yuri Andropov was a regular guy because supposedly he drank Scotch and listened to American jazz Now we are supposed to believe that Assad hungered and thirsted for peace with Israel National Security Council spokesman Crowley said We think the Syrian government has committed itself to the path of peace and we hope that will con tinue even with the passing of President One commentator noted on CNN that Assadls son Bashar will be easier to deal with because he speaks English and his father didnt Gee if only Hitler had spoken Hebrew President Clinton shedi a phony tear about his friend he forgotten that Awad involved in the death of CAL THOMAS 241 American Marines in Lebanon in 1983 Yasser Arafat declares a threeday period of mourning this despite the fact that one of Assads proxies once tried to assassinate Arafat and Assad refused to let the PLQ leader into his country Assad was a brutal dictator an oppres sor of human rights a murderer of any one who challenged him and a man res olute in his opposition to making peace with Israel His external armies and internal terror squads kepi his people in line He amassed an arsenal of range missiles and chemical weapons Is there any question against whom he planned to use such devices This is the worst possible time for Israel to consider withdrawing from the Golan Heights or making any kind of deal involving Syria Bashar Assad will succeed his father only because the late dictator wanted it that way and because the Syrian constitution was changed to accommodate Bashar who at 34 is six years too young to serve as president under the former document Assad belonged to the Alawites a Muslim sect that makes up only 10 per cent of the population When the more numerous Sunni Muslims 85 percent of the population realize this their chance to gain power they might seize their longsuppressed opportunity A revolution could erupt in Syria Middle East commentator Emanuel A Winston conceives this scenario The Alawitedominated army will first sup port Bashar Assad in order to maintain its own position If the army leaders fail to withstand a challenge they might flee the country Assads ruthless and eruel brother Rifaat who has influence with the army could attempt a power grab If he does a struggle might break out between factions of the army with Bashar and Assads brotherinlaw on one side The brotherinlaw controls the drug trade in the Bekaa Valley in cooper ation with Colombias drug cartel Twenty percent of the drugs entering the United States come from the Bekaa Valley Commentator Winston speculates mere could be a movement in Lebanon to break away from Syria and force Syrias army stationed primarily in the Bekaa Valley out of Lebanon That could open the possibility of Syrias Alawitedominated army with its Sunni foot soldiers facing down a strange turn of Lebanese Muslims and Christians who want their country back Iran and Iraq nave their own interests who has been in concession mode since taking office and a lackey of the Clinton Administration and State Department is in no position to bene fit from Assads death He has floated the fiction that giving up the Golan Heights would make Syria more amenable to a peaceful coexistence with Israel Apologists will try to whitewash Assads record as they pursue their own legacies but they should not be allowed to do BO Liberals in America and Israel will wail at Assads departure but they should save their tears Israel must again awaken to the reality that it is solely responsible for its defense and that it cannot rely on friends or enemies for preservation One might say good riddance to Assad if that were the end of the story But there are other terrible dictators jujst like faun with the woe deadly V appears likely to win U Prime Minister Ehud Barak Cat Thomas is a syndicated 0
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