New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Sunday, January 20, 1991Bush hopes U.S. missiles can reassure shaken Israelis
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush sought to reassure Israel Saturday by diffpatrhing anti-missile batteries and told Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir he understood “the anguish of your people.** The Pentagon said Iraqi attacks on Israeli cities showed the dangerous and ruthless side of
Bush monitored the Persian Gulf war from Camp David while in the nation's capital a crowd estimated by the US. Park Police at 15,000 demonstrated against U.S. policy.
Meanwhile, in the first Iraqi-U.S. diplomatic contact since the war began, the deputy chief of mission from the Iraq Embassy was sum-
Gulf war stirs up memories
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The missiles raining down on Iraq have triggered memories of war for some Texas veterans who fought two decades ago.
James McCoy of Lubbock, who served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1968-69, received word of the Persian Gulf attack shortly before he headed to a discussion group for other Vietnam veterans.
“When I first heard of it, I got knots,** McCoy said. “It brought back a lot of old memories.**
Phil Price, a farmer Army platoon leader, served in Vietnam for about six months in 1969. Price, also from Lubbock, was sent home after being shot twice.
He said in a Friday afternoon ''nervier from Killeen that the best thing about the Persian Gulf war is that President Bush is going in with force.
“Limited war is an oxymoron, seemly to the phrase ‘holy war,* *’ t Tice said.
Jesse Benitez, a veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1970-71, said he believes Persian Gulf veterans will be treated differently than Vietnam veterans when they return. There is more worldwide support for U.S. military action this time than in Vietnam, Benitez noted.
“I don’t think this (negative reaction) will happen this time around,” Benitez said.
The early success of Operation Desert Storm has been yielding sane dividends in the United States, as telephone operators at military recruitment centers in Beaumont have been busy.
However, few of die prospective recruits have actually come in to tipi up. That could change if the conflict escalates, a Lamar University psychologist predicts.
“lf. God forbid, American kids start to die, there will be a perceived threat to national security,** said Rolf Holtz, who researches group relations and competition.
“That threat will band citizens together more and increase recruitment.”
Jews all over Texas were shaken, following Iraq's missile attack on Israel Friday and renewed attack early Saturday.
Rabbi Arthur Rutberg led a group of worshipers praying at a temple in Brownsville. “I realized it was important for us to share our feelings and ask for guidance from God.” Rutberg said after the service.
Rutberg said news of Friday's attack on Israel caused “fear and thinking.” The fear diminished what initial reports that some of the missiles contained nerve gas were refuted.
“I was very glad to see they weren't chemical.” he said. “Actually, I was quite amazed at how nonlethal it was.”
In San Antonio, about IOO Muslims gathered at a mosque to pray on the Islamic day of workup. But some of them had harsh words for the leaders of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
A speaker accused fellow Muslims in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia of “treacherous trickery" in allowing Westerners to use the Islamic nations as a staging area to fight other Muslims.
mooed to the State Department and told the United States expected “humane treatment” of any prisoners of war.
At the Pentagon, military officials said they knew of no Americans held prisoner by Iraq. Spokesman Pete Williams sak* the contact was made because 12 Iraqi soldiers were taken prisoner Friday night.
Williams said the United States wanted to inform Iraq that it will “abide by its obligations under the' Geneva convention and it expects Iraq to do the same."
Members of Congress were told by Pentagon briefers that the air war would continue "for some time,"
according to Rep. Norman Minoa, D-Calif.
Added Rep. Bill Lowery, R-Calif., “The Iraqis are fighting a good World War D defense ... but they're up against a |21st Century offensive capability."
The president thanked Shamir for restraint in the face of Iraqi Scud missile attacks. The decision to send Patriot missiles, and crews to operate them, was an effort “to dea* with the Scud threat by trying to destroy them*' before they can do harm, said Pentagon spokesman Williams.
He said the Patriots, dispatched from Europe, were “fully up, fully manned, fully operational." He called
the decision to send U.S. crews to man them “an extraordinary step.”
Williams said the second night of Iraqi Scud missile attacks on Israel was an obvious effort to ‘‘widen the war" and proved how “dangerous and ruthless die leadership is' ’ in Iraq.
Vice President Dan Quayle, Secretary of Stale James A. Baker HI and Defense Secretary Dick Cheney joined Bush at the presidential mountain retreat in Maryland for a lunch hour briefing on the war.
Presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Bush spoke to Shamir twice — fust at 3 un., EST, si inly after being informed of the latest missile attack on Israel and again at 11:30
Anglers in all sizes line the “banks'* of the Olympic Pool in Landa Park for Troutfest, an annual event in which the pool is stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout. This “fishy" festival will continue today with the area open from 10 a m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $3 for children 4-15, $5 for adults and free for the disabled. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Admirers of King discuss war
ATLANTA (AP) — At Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached nonviolence, his widow sat in the pulpit and talked of war in the Persian Gulf with students who came to learn about peace.
In the days leading up to Monday’s sixth federal holiday honoring Coretta Scott King’s slain husband, the Mideast war was at the forefront of many minds.
Erie Sanders, a student at Kentucky State University who said he has relatives serving with U.S. forces in the gulf, had a question: What should he do about a war he hates being fought by someone he loves?
Mrs. King encouraged her listeners to oppose the war against Iraq — “This war is about oil and militarism: Don't let anyone tell you oil is not a consideration*' — but not to abandon their support for American troops.
“We do not seek to defeat people, but to defeat injustice," she said at Friday’s meeting. “Oppose a policy, not a person.... The best way we can support the men and women who will be fighting is to continue to work for a peaceful solution."
King, who was a dogged opponent of the Vietnam War, might have answered the same. The apostle of non-violent social change preached at his father’s Baptist church in the years before his assassination in 1968. He would have turned 62 Tuesday; the federal holiday is on the third Monday of the month.
Mrs. King's message found ready support.
“We should support the troops that are over there. TTicy’re going to be sent anyway," said Kenya Summers, 17, of Evansville, Ind.
“You have to support them and let them know there arc people here who care about them, that they’re not stranded over there to die for something they don't know nothing about," she said.
Visitors to the memorial center containing King’s crypt, a library of his writings and such memorabilia as his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal and ministerial robes also pondered deeply the necessity for war.
“King worked for peace. (President) Bush, on the other hand, isn't really looking for peace," said Calaba Wangia, 17, also of Evansville. "It doesn't ruin the holiday; that holiday will be there. We’ll have to celebrate it, and then we have to go ai with the wa."
At King’s crypt, Lisa Jones of Balli mac worried that a disproportionate number of black troops would be killed for a cause she deemed frivolous.
“They want you to go over and fight fa somebody else's rights, when they're trying to erode rights here in the United States," she said. "I think it's a waste, lf we're going to die, let us die fa something more than just oil.”
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Fitzwater said Bush expressed “his appreciation fa Israel’s restraint in responding” to the attacks, said the spokesman.
Diplomatic sources said Israel had notified the administration it would na retaliate at this point.
The war news received by the president also included the Hrst Iraqi soldiers taken prisoner.
U.S. military officials said 12 Iraqis were captured in raids on nine Kuwaiti oil platforms in the Persian Gulf. They said the Iraqis had used the platforms as bases fa attacks on planes from the U.S.-led coalition. “We’ve eliminated that surface-to-air
threat," said Marine Maj. Gen. Robert Johnston.
At a briefing in Saudi Arabia, military officials also said more than 4,000 sorties now had been flown in the air war against Iraq. Six US. planes were lost during the first three days of fighting. Military briefers said IO Iraqi planes had been tha down.
Israeli Ambassador Zalman Shoval said no decision had been made by his government ai whether to strike back militarily at Iraq after a second consecutive night of missile attacks. An Israeli source, speaking only on condition of anoiymity, said his government had decided “for the time being" to withhold retaliatiai.
Fort Hood couple’s babysitter arrested
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A woman babysitting three children whose parents were sent overseas from Fort Hood, Texas, because of the Persian Gulf crisis was jailed Friday on a murder charge.
Demerise Ann Smith, 39, of Fairdale, was arrested Thursday at her home on a first-degree murder charge in the July 1989 drowning death of her husband, Jackie Dale Smith, 41, a disabled coal miner.
Mrs. Smith had been caring for the three young sons of Army Pfc. Michelle Lawrence and Spec. E-4 Rodney Lawrence of Fort Hood, who were deployed to the Middle East after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait on Aug. 2.
The boys — Tony, 4, Brandon, 2, aid Rodney, 5 months — were placed
in 'hr r <stody of ti * Deportment of Human Resources lollowing Mrs. Smith’s arrest, authorises raid.
The Lawrences know of Mr*. Smith’s arrest, said prosecuta Kristen Keller. Mrs. Lawrence is in a hospital in Germany because of a noncombat illness and should come home soon, Ms. Keller said.
The Lawrences met Mrs. Smith through her daughter, whose husband was stationed at Fort Hood, and arranged for her to keep their children when they were unable to secure a babysitter in Texas.
Mrs. Lawrence tried to obtain a return transfer to the United States last month when she learned that Mrs. Smith had saved one year in jail for helping her brother rob a restaurant in 1981, Ms. Keller said.
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The U.S. Department of Defense says 23 percent of active duty soldiers in the armed forces in 1989 were blacks, who make up about 12 percent of the nation’s population.
Civil rights leaders accused President Bush earlier this month of stockpiling U.S. faces deployed to Saudi Arabia with soldiers who were either black a poa. Bush denied any racism in troop selections.
William Payne, 17, also of Evansville, was unconvinced. He said Bush’s veto of the Civil Rights Act of 1990 and the Department of Education’s near cancellation of minority scholarships at public colleges were signs of callousness toward blacks.
“We got like 25, 30 percent blacks over there in the Persian Gulf fighting," Payne said. “And if they start up a draft, then the majority of the blacks are going to go over to the Persian Gulf anyway. It is kind of depressing."
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