New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald -ZeltungWednesday, May 5, 1993
Quote of the day
“Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then aff things are at risk ” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher 1841.
Perspectives different on women in combat
New Braunfels troop seeks support for summer camp
Boy Scout Troop 163 in New Braunfels needs your help — and they’re willing to work for it. Twenty-two of Troop 163’s 24 members plan to go to camp for a week this summer.
The Scouts, who range in age from ll years, or about the fifth grade, through high school, according to Elroy Friesenhahn, the troop’s assistant scoutmaster, will work hard during that week at camp, with some of them earning as many as six to eight merit badges.
Friesenhahn says that merit badge work will be in 6uch things as canoeing and swimming, but that it also will involve a lot of class work. “It’s pretty regimented,” the assistant scoutmaster said.
The camp is at Bear Creek, near Hunt. (And if that doesn’t ring any bells, Hunt is in the general vicinity of Kerrville.)
The cost of participating in the camp is reasonable — $100 per scout — but money doesn’t grow on trees and these guys are determined to earn what they need themselves.
The scout troop, which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, has already staged a couple of events to raise some of the $2,200 needed, and the scouts will be staging another one this coming Saturday, May 8.
That’s where you come in. The Scouts will be washing cars at the Knights of Columbus Hall across from the entrance to Landa Park from 9 a.m. until I p.m.
“They'll provide an excellent car wash,” Friesenhahn said. “And that’s the day before Mother’s Day, so getting her car washed might be a real nice thing to do for your Mother”
What a deal: You can have your car and your mother’s car washed, and you can contribute at the same time to a very worthy cause.
We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity.
David Sullens is editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
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So Les Aspin wants to put women into combat positions.
Aren’t we talking about the same gender that has to go to the bathroom every IO minutes? What will happen when a female fighter pilot is engaged with an adversary and feels the urge to pull over and ... well, you know.
Why do they want to go into hostile situations anyway?
Women spend countless hours in self-defense classes, and millions of dollars on instruction and gadgets to avoid potentially dangerous situations?
Now they want to be able to willfully walk into a firefight. I guess they just want to see if that can of mace really works.
Women complain they don’t get treated like men, then they complain they don’t get treated like women, then they complain they don’t get the same opportunity to get killed.
When men go to war, it seems like it would be the perfect time for women to take advantage of the open gaps of rungs on numerous corporate ladders — instead of possibly taking a bullet through the skull.
As anxious as women are to
Gary P. Carroll
cure the masculine ills of society, the absence of a few good men during wartime could play to their advantage.
I guess they don’t realize that the highly-trained fighting machine of the United States of America is a male-dominated force with a self-prophesizing goal of perseverance, success and victory without compromise.
It’s a serious killing machine — not a heavily-armed junior league.
And a woman’s definition of a strategic objective is what color to wear on a first date.
Allowing women into combat roles would serve no other purpose than to undermine the commitment to excellence, intensity and purposefulness of the greatest military force on the planet.
Gary P. Carroll is a reporter for the Herald-Zeitung.
All this “discussion” about women being allowed to fly combat missions isn’t really about a commitment to ending discrimination, preserving men’s jobs or seeking a level playing field.
It’s about fear.
Rudyard Kipling said, “the female of the species is more deadly than the male.”
That’s the real reason women haven’t been given guns and bombs in the military.
You guys are afraid of us — and rightfully so.
We would not call a 24-hour truce to exchange presents and eat a Christmas meal. We would not take prisoners of war. We would not stop without a decisive victory.
Women would, in fact, be different kinds of soldiers.
Our perspective on war is different.
We naturally consider every alternative to violence because we know in a battle based on physical strength, we are weaker.
Once there are no alternatives, however, we face our adversaries with only one thought in mind — survival.
We will use any means to
insure that, and the best insurance is complete annihilation of the threat.
Pretending women should not be allowed to go into combat because they’re weaker or too emotional or suffer some other gender handicap rendering them less effective is just that old Tnale ego trying to keep up appearances.
War is not a game with rules and gentlemen’s agreements used to keep the game going. It’s the last resort, or at least it should be.
And when you’re playing for survival, the name of the game is PLAY TO WIN, or in other words, KILL.
The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
Rose Marie Eash is a reporter for the Herald-Zeitung.
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■ FlfiUC*A hint of Vietnam in debates about BosniaBy WALTER R. MEARS Associated Press
WASHINGTON — When teen-ager Bill Clinton met John F. Kennedy in the Rose Garden 30 years ago, the youthful Democratic president was embroiled in policy debates and decisions that led to the long, lost war in Vietnam. Now Clinton's White House is dealing with Bosnian intervention questions no less difficult and potentially divisive.
The dilemmas that faced Clinton’s first political hero are not unlike those he faces in deciding how to wield American force abroad, in this case in the Balkans, where strife has been historically habitual.
The policy has been one of warnings, backed by U.S. pressure on European allies for a policy of force if necessary, presumably to include air strikes and an end to the United Nations arms embargo that has left Bosnian Muslims outgunned by Serbian forces in the year-old civil war.
It has gained at least the gesture of agreement by Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to a peace plan accepted earlier byAnalysis
Muslims and Croats. The administration is skeptical, shellfire in Bosnia continued on Monday.
Until that happens, Clinton has said, he will continue planning on military moves against the Serbs, who have occupied about 70 percent of Bosnia-Herzogovina in a year of bloody civil war and socalled ethnic cleansing.
When, or if, there is a cease-fire and peace accord, the president said Monday, the United States would be prepared to join a United Nations peacekeeping force “heavily engaged in by the Europeans" to make it stick.
But he said he is not “interested in sending our soldiers in there into combat, into a fighting situation ...”
There has, however, been talk of assigning Americans as spotters on the ground in the event the peace settlement fails and U.S. air strikes are ordered. In fact, there are reports those troops already are there.
Either way, the Balkans are per
ilous territory. Clinton said he would explain his policy to the people before I agree to put one American soldier there....”
In Kennedy's time, the forces in Vietnam were advisers, about 900 when he took office in 1961, some 16,000 by the summer of 1963.
They were fighting forces, and about 75 had been killed, but it was early 1965 before President Lyndon B. Johnson sent the first designated American combat troops to Vietnam. By then, the United States was bombing North Vietnam in an air campaign that lasted for eight years.
A divisive decade and two presidents later, the United States surrendered South Vietnam to the communist North.
The echoes of that traumatic conflict, of the war Clinton opposed and avoided, now haunt the debate over efforts to stop the ethnic killing in what was Yugoslavia. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa, sees the Balkan conflict as another Vietnam, where he served, and said he’d told Clinton to “stay the hell out of there.” The bombing option has its detractors in part because of its futility in Vietnam.
The basic issue remains the
same: how and when to send American troops abroad to face at least the threat of hostile action.
George Bush decided to do it in Somalia to bring order for famine relief, but avoided involvement in the Balkans.
Candidate Clinton had advocated a tougher U.S. policy, and had talked of using air power against the Serbs.
> When Kennedy succeeded Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had avoided U.S. combat involvement in Southeast Asia, the outgoing Republican president told the new one that American troops probably would have to be sent, unilaterally if U.S. allies would not help.
Yielding office to Clinton, Bush said the use of military force abroad makes sense when the stakes warrant, when intervention can be effective, and “where its application can be limited in scope and time
In Senate testimony, Secretary of State Warren Christopher endorsed similar guidelines and added: “Is there an exit strategy? Can we get out quickly?”
Those were theoretical questions. They may soon require practical answers.
Today in HistoryAssociated Press
Today is Wednesday, May 5, the 125th day of 1993. There are 240 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History: One hundred years ago, the “Panic of 1893” hit the New York Stock Exchange. Various factors
were blamed for the panic, including the bankruptcy of a major railroad and shrinking national gold reserves. By the end of 1893, the country was in the throes of a severe depression.
On this date:
In 1494, during his second voyage to the New World, Christo
pher Columbus first sighted Jamaica.
In 1818, the political philosopher Karl Marx was bom in Prussia.
In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St. Helena.
In 1891, Carnegie Hall (then
named “Music Hair) had its open-ing night in New York City.
In 1892, Congress passed the' Geary Chinese Exclusion Act,; which required Chinese in the-United States to be registered. !
In 1912, the first issue of the’ Soviet Communist Party news ! paper “Pravda” was published, j