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QUOTABLE“The press behaves like the press. Nothing succeeds like excess.”
— Arthur Miller law professor, 1993If “Little Jackie" hadn’t left
EDITORIALSaddam’s anticsU.S., world community still responding to Iraqi dictator’s every move, threat
New revelations about Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapons program are pouring out of Iraq these days.
In the wake of the defection of two of Saddam’s top military aides, U.N. inspectors are receiving broader cooperation in their investigation of Iraq’s weapons programs than ever before.
And the news coming from Baghdad is not pretty.
The Iraqis apparently were much farther along in their nuclear weapons program than previously believed — just three months from testing their first nuclear bomb, one of the defectors said.
More reliable, however, are reports obtained by U.N. inspectors about the dictator’s biological weapons program. Not only was it well-advanced, with deadly agents already producted, but sophisticated delivery systems were also prepared to launch the weapons.
It seems Saddam just won’t give it up.
Troops from Fort Hood are on their way to the Persian Gulf amid reports Saddam planned to invade Kuwait and parts of Saudi Arabia at the end of August if the U.N. oil embargo against it was not lifted.
The U.S. troop deployments did not come about strictly on the word of the Iraqi defectors who divulged plans for the attack, but also on “unusual” Iraqi troop movements spotted near the southern Iraqi town of Bazra. 3 ? r
The United States is right to send troops to the Persian Gulf at this time. There’s still no telling what Saddam might do.
But it makes many wonder just how long the U.S., Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Israel and the rest of the world will have to put up with his antics.
Hindsight is 20-20, they say, and looking back now, it’s easy to wish U.S. and allied forces had pushed on to Baghdad and ousted Hussein when we had 500,000 troops in his backyard.
Of course, allied and American casualities would have been much, much higher, and the objective of liberating Kuwait was already accomplished.
But, today, we’re still stuck with Saddam. And that means we must be vigilant.
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Peter, Paul and Mary were at Fiesta Texas recently. I read that they sang their old classic, “Puff (the Magic Dragon),” written by Baer Yarrow (Peter of the trio) and Leonard Lipton.
Tm glad I didn’t go. I would have cried through the whole song. I cried when I first heard it as a child and I’ve cried every time I’ve heard it since.
All I could ever think about, at the song’s end, was Puff being all alone in his cave—having to live forever, as dragons do, without a friend, without having any more adventures. Just sitting in there in the dark by himself. I like to think, and with good reason, that there’s a sequel to the song.
One day Puff hears someone outside the cave.
“Puff!” calls an unfamiliar voice.
His name is called several times and finally Puff goes out to investigate. It’s been many years since he’s had a visitor.
What he sees is a very old man standing on a rock near the cave’s entrance.
’Tuff!” cries die man, waving his arms excitedly in die air. “Puff, it’s me... John Gregory Paper!”
“John Gregory Piper?” asks Puff, confused. He never knew anyone by that name.
“Jackie! You knew me as Jackie!” yells the man, still waving at his old friend.
’Little Jackie Paper? Is that really you? But you’ve changed...”
“Yeah, I’ve changed," sighs John Gregory, bringing his wrinkled hands down and gazing them for a moment Then, putting them behind his back, he brightens and looks back up at Puff, saying, “But Puff...you’re just exactly the same as I remember you!”
“We dragons DO live forever you know,” says Puff, and then softly asks, “Jackie, where have you been?’
“Well, this is kind of hud,” John Gregory answers.
“and I guess I owe you an apology for just running off like I did and never coming back—not even to say good-bye. But, Puff, I grew up. I got interested in football, then girls, and before you knew it, I was out of school, got a job and met a wonderful woman. We got married and had some kids, and then later, even grandkids. And, well, the years have just flown.” “And now you’re back,” says Puff thoughtfully, and adds, “How come?”
John Gregory pauses for a moment “Puff,” he begins, ‘Tune just kept coining. I retired a while back and then a couple of years ago my wife died. I’m by myself a lot now. The kids and grandkids come around now and then, but...well...no one comes around that often. I seem to have time on my hands now. Tune I haven’t had since I was a kid. In fact I think more and more these days about when I WAS a kid. And then lately, I remembered you and all the fun we used to have. Do you remember our old times, Puff?”
“I’ve never forgotten any of them,” says Puff. “They’re all I have for memories.”
“Puff," asks John Gregory, “do you remember that time we sailed in the Tanzanalia Sea and caught those pirates...”
“...and they turned over all the gold and jewelry,” finishes Puff. ’You were knighted by the Queen of Spain when we returned it”
“And how about when we went all the way around the world in three days? And we found that island that no person had ever been to before and saw animals no one has ever seen since?’ recalls John Gregory.
“I wonder if it’s still there,” muses Puff. “You
know, I still have that boat we used to sail around in. I’ve kept it in perfect condition.”
John Gregory stands on the rock facing Puff, thinking of things long ago and far away.
“Puff,” he finally asks, “do you think we can go back there? Back to all those places? Maybe even find some new islands—have some even bigger adventures?”
“It’s as easy as climbing up on my tail,” says Puff. “I’ve always been ready and waiting to go.”
“I’m not sure it’s going to be easy climbing up on your tail,” laughs John Gregory. “I’m not a 6-year-old boy anymore.”
“You’ll find it easy,” says Puff.
And John Gregory—Jackie—does.
“Why it’s like I’m a kid again!” he yells, climbing higher and higher. “In fact, I feel like a kid again!” Puff gives out a mighty roar and the boat carries Puff and Jackie, who’s perched way up on the tip of Puffs tail, away to unexplored islands and seas, where they still save damsels in distress, recover stolen treasures and are going to live happily ever after.
I wonder about my 90-year-old grandfather’s frequent inability to remember names, places and events. Things that happened most recently are the hardest for him to remember. But he talks of his boyhood sometimes as if it was only yesterday. Sometimes he just “shuts down" in the present and gets a dreamy look. We leave him alone with his thoughts.
I like to think that perhaps he’s gone “out there” somewhere to visit with the real or imaginary playmates of his earliest years. And just maybe, he and Biff, that eternal dragon, are having adventures together-reliving past good times and creating new ones— as they “frolic in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lea.”
(Allene Blaker is an editorial assistant and columnist for the Herald-Zeitung.)
Bosnians accuse UN of abandoning Gorazde
By UAM MCDOWALL
Associated Press Writer
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Bosnian government and the United Nations are dashing over U.N. pledges to protect Gorazde even as it withdraws peacekeepers from the “safe ares.” Angered by a Serb shell that killed three children rn the Muslim enclave on Sunday, Bosnian Foreign Minister Muhamed Sacirbey on Monday accused the United Nations and NATO of “a further betrayal of your commitments.”
“When will enough be enough, and what will it take for the United Nations and NATO to react to this terrorism?” he asked in a letter to U.N. Security Council President Nugroho Wisnumurti.
The U.N.-designated “safe areas” are enclaves in which dvilians are supposed to be spared from attack. The United Nations threatened massive NATO airstnkes on Bosnian Serb positions anywhere to prevent the fall of any more such areas after the Serbs overran two of them — Srebrenica and Zepa
The Bosnian government is alarmed by what is happening in Gorazde — a pullout of Ukrainian peacekeepers is under way, to be followed by the withdrawal of British U.N. troops. U.N. officials in Sarajevo said Monday they would likely be replaced by SO unarmed military monitors.
The move seems designed in part to reduce the numbers of U.N. personnel the Serbs could seize if they again feel threatened by NATO — they detained hundreds of peacekeepers in May after airstnkes.
Thus it could free the hands of both the United Nations and NATO to respond more vigorously, as they have threatened to do, should Gorazde be threatened.
U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said last week that the United Nations remained “fully committed to its mandate of detemng attacks” on Gorazde and three other remaining safe areas. U.N.
spokesman Philip Arnold said it was "perfectly plausible” that Gorazde could be protected by air alone.
Still, lack of international response to the fatal Sob shelling Sunday and the withdrawal of the peacekeepers was disquieting to the Bosnian government.
“The shell that killed the three girls was a tragic incident, and the U.N. deplores the fact that the Bosnian Serbs attacked a civilian area,” said U.N. spokesman Alexander Ivanko. “Nevertheless, one shell, no matter how lethal, does not constitute an attack against a U.N. ‘safe area’ which would merit a response from NATO.”
A Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the lack of U.N. response was likely linked to its effort to pull its soldiers out of Gorazde “with as little incident as possible."
U.N. officials said they hoped 90 Ukrainian peacekeepers could be withdrawn from Gorazde today. Bosnian Serbs have refused since Friday to allow them to leave until they were sure all their weapons would also be removed, to prevent them from being taken by government forces.
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 1995. There are 131 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Aug 22, 1485, England’s King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses.
On this date:
In 1762, Ann Franklin became the first female editor of an American newspaper, the Newport, R I., Mercury.
In 1775, England’s King George III proclaimed the American colonies in a stale of open rebellion.
In 1787, inventor John Filch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates of the Continental Congress.
In 1846, the United Slates annexed New Mexico.
In 1851, the schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America’s Cup.
In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive lo ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Conn.
In 1911, it was announced in Pans that Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” had been stolen from the Louvre Museum the night before. (The painting turned up two years later, in Italy )
In 1956, President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican national convention in San Francisco.
In 1978, President Jomo Kenyalta, a leading figure in Kenya’s struggle for independence, died; Vice President Daniel Arap Moi was sworn in as acting president.
In 1989, Black Panther co-founder
Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif. (Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.)
Ten years ago: Fifty-five people died when fire broke out aboard a British Airtours charter jet on a runway at Manchester Airport in England.
Five years ago: President Bush signed an order calling up reservists lo bolster the U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf. The State Department announced it would defy Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s demand to close the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait by Aug. 24.