New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Free-lance diplomat seeks hostage release
WASHINGTON (AP) - Logger Tom Jaillett knows he doesn’t look or act like a diplomat in a pin-striped suit, but he’s convinced his folksy approach might enable him to win the release of seven American hostages in Lebanon.
“A month and a half ago, I had no more interest in anything but pulling logs off a truck,” said Jaillett.
Since then, the free-lance diplomat has raised more than $1,200 from a raffle and donations, flown to the nation’s capital, talked with officials at the State and Defense departments and met with Syrian ambassador and Lebanese Embassy officials.
The 41-year-old man from Etna, Calif., a town of about 700 people, sat in his hotel room Saturday awaiting word from the Syrian Embassy on whether his request to visit Damascus and meet with Syrian President Hafez Assad will be granted.
“I don’t have any question about it,” said Jaillett when asked to gauge his chances of visiting Syria. But waiting around, he said, has made him as nervous as a new father “standing around the waiting room wondering if it’s a girl or a boy.”
Jaillett, an ex-Marine who speaks with a drawl left over from his native Georgia, wears blue jeans, cowboy boots and a baseball cap on interviews and chain smokes Marlboro cigarettes.
He talks as if he could make a living writing words for country music songs.
“I believe the good Lord is directly in this show,” said Jaillett.
He said he’s received some en-couragment, too. In a meeting eight days ago with Syrian ambassador Katie Jouejati, the diplomat told Jaillett, “I’m convinced you are the kind of person that my people want to talk to,” the logger reported.
Jouejati promised to do everything he could to arrange a meeting with Assad. He asked Jaillett to stick around until the Syrians received some word.
Jaillett said officials at the Lebanese Embassy here convinced him that his original plan to visit Beirut would be too dangerous.
At the Syrian Embassy, Taher Al-Hussami, the minister counselor, said he did not know what has happened to Jaillett’s request, which was being handled by Jouejati. The ambassador was on the West Coast and could not be reached. He is to return to Washington on Monday, Al-Hussami said.
The seven Americans, kidnapped in separate incidents in Lebanon over the last 17 months, are believed to be held by radical Shiite Moslems in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, an area controlled by Syria.
The Syrian government claims it does not know who holds the Americans but has promised to work
for their release.
Jaillett’s saga began about three weeks ago when he saw Peggy Say, sister of hostage Terry Anderson, appeal for public support on a television show. Anderson is the chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press.
Overcome with the desire to help, Jaillett and his wife organized a raffle and enlisted aid from local radio stations and newspapers in southern Oregon and northern California.
“We raised about $1,200,” said Jaillett, who left his logging business in his father-in-law’s hands and came East Aug. 9.
Another dynamite-packed car explodes
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - A car packed with dynamite exploded outside a crowded supermarket in a Christian suburb of east Beirut on Saturday, killing at least 50 people and wounding IOO, police said.
Most of the victims were women. Children accompanying their mothers were among the dead
Rescue workers said they believed other victims still were trapped under debris, but held out no hope for finding survivors.
No one claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Fifteen mangled bodies were dug from the basement storeroom eight
hours after the blast and a search for other victims kept up well after nightfall.
Rescuers wearing safety helmets, their faces blackened by smoke, struggled for four hours to reach the underground storeroom, where several people choked to death on the acrid smoke.
Scores of men, women and children screamed for help from balconies and windows when fire trapped them in apartments on the two upper floors of the six-story building housing the Melki supermarket in suburban Antelias, on the coastal highway north of the city.
Firemen and Christian militiamen in combat fatigues climbed ladders to rescue them. Walking wounded staggered through the smoke in a daze, blood streaming from cuts.
Screaming Christian militiamen fired rifles to clear a path through traffic for ambulances. Police said two people were wounded by the gunfire.
"We have no hope of finding any more survivors,” a civil defense worker said, but the search continued in the rubble of the Melki supermarket.
Rescuers said many bodies were charred beyond recognition.
Police had said earlier that 30 of those injured were in serious condition.
More than 600 dead in South African riots
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Police said Saturday they killed two black men in clashes and detained 152 people in one of the largest sweeps since emergency laws were imposed July 21 to try to end nearly a year of rioting.
Police also said fire bombs were heaved at the homes of two members of the mixed-race chamber of Parliament, which seats Asians, whites and mixed-race people in segregated chambers but denies representation to the black majority.
New curfew laws appeared to be effective in Soweto, near Johannesburg, and in several other black districts. Police reported no incidents during curfew hours from IO p.m. Friday until 4 a m. Saturday. The curfew is in force until further notice.
More than 600 people, nearly all of them black, have perished in disturbances that began last August. Most victims were killed in confrontations with police, but black mobs killed many other blacks thought to be informers or collaborators with white rule, such as police officers and town councilors.
A police spokesman said Saturday officers shot and killed one man after he threw a gasoline bomb at a security vehicle near Worcester, a wine-producing
center about 52 miles inland from Cape Town near the Hex River Mountains.
A police shotgun blast killed a second man in a crowd throwing stones near the farming center of Bethal, 81 miles east of Johannesburg, he reported.
Neither victim was identified The police spokesman, who cannot be identified under department rules, said he did not know if the victims died late Friday or before dawn Saturday.
The 152 people reported detained between early Friday and early Saturday were the most .seized in one day since more than 200 were believed to have been detained July 23, two days after the government gave security forces emergency powers On Thursday, police said 746 people were being held. The figure was 786 on Friday and jumped b> 152 to 938 on Saturday Police do not elaborate on the data beyond issuing telexed messages giving the number of people being held and, occasionally, the number released since emergents law was imposed On Saturday, the police said 1,022 had been freed since .July 21
Apartheid is the legal system of race-separation by which the nation’s 5 million whites rule over 24 million blacks
Crash victim leaves message
TOKYO (AP) — A 41-year-old architect, among the 520 people killed in last Monday’s crash of a Japan Air Lines jet, wrote a one-sentence message to his family before the disaster, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Saturday.
“I want you to be strong,” Kazuo Yoshimura wrote on the back of a company document before the jet crashed in the remote mountains of central Japan, the newspaper said.
The bloodstained message, ad
dressed to his wife Yoshie and two children, was found among his belongings, returned with his body Saturday, the paper said.
The report said Yoshimura probably wrote the note minutes before the Boeing 747 crashed, but did not give details. Four people survived the crash, the worst singleplane disaster in aviation history.
Yoshimura was aboard the plane on a business trip to Fukuoka in the south of Japan, by way of Osaka, the
Crash probe finds cracks on pressure wall
TOKYO i AP i — A top government investigator said Saturday he saw numerous cracks on the rear pressure wall of the Japan Air Lines jumbo jet when he examined the wreckage the day after the plane crashed, killing 520 people.
However, he said further investigation was needed to determine
if the impact of the crash created the cracks in the Boeing 747, and would not say if they could have caused the bulkhead to burst, sending the plane
out of control.
Hiroshi Fujiwara, the deputy investigator of the Transport Ministry’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Commission, said his team will now “exclusively deal with the pressure bulkhead,” although the cause of last Monday’s crash has not yet been determined.
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Pope assails birth control in highest-growth country
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Pope John Paul II on Saturday assailed polygamy and contraception at a Mass in Kenya, where the government is promoting birth control to reduce soaring population growth.
Preaching in a country where men frequently have more than one wife pnd where mothers have an average of eight children, the pontiff said marriage should be “a communion of one man and one woman” and that “contraception and abortion are wrong.”
The statements brought polite applause from about 80,000 people jammed into Nyayo National Stadium for the ceremony, dunng
which the pope married 25 couples from across this East African nation.
Saturday’s Mass was a highlight of the pope’s visit to this capital, the next to last stop on a 12-day, seven-nation African pilgrimage.
On Sunday, he is to preside at an open-air Mass closing the 43rd International Eucharistic Conference, which began Aug. ll. His final stop will be in Morocco on Monday.
The pope arrived in Kenya on Friday evening from Zaire, and spent Saturday morning touring the 720-square mile Masai Mara game reserve in southwestern Kenya along the Tanzanian border.
During a 14-hour ride over bumpy
roads in a four-wheel-drive vehicle. John Paul saw cheetah, giraffes, cape buffalo, elephants, and lionesses and cubs lolling beside a newly killed wildebeest.
At the end of the tour, he bestowed a papal pat on a 6-month-old, 250-pound rhinoceros named Sariua. which had been airlifted from a northern Kenya ranch for the occasion. The trip, according the Vatican, showed John Paul s support for wildlife preservation
The pope said Saturda> that husband and wife must be ready with stout hearts to cooperate with the love of the Creator and the Savior, who through them will
enlarge and enrich his own family day by day.”
That is why anti-life actions such as contraception and abortion are wrong and unworthy of good husbands and w ives,” John Paul said Kenya has a population growth rate of more than 4 percent — the world’s highest — and the government has actively promoted artificial birth control as part of a broad campaign to curb the grow th rate By the time the pope arrived at Nyayo Stadium, people had been waiting for hours rn a hot afternoon sun Three brides fainted and had to be given medical attention. They recovered in time to be married.
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