New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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‘if you are killed because you are a writer, that’s the maximum expression of respect”
— Mario Vargas Llosa writer, 1984Wishful thinking on Powell
Don’t quit now!
Support for Wurstfest activites, related events has been outstanding this year
All of those good reports coming in about this year’s Wurstfest are a direct result of the volunteer spirit of the citizens of New Braunfels.
At the Civic Center, students from campuses across Comal County have been streaming in to view this year’s exhibit, entitled “The Founding of New Braunfels (The Land of My Dreams).”
This 24th annual evenl which always coincides with Wurstfest, is created exclusively by the Heritage Society of New Braunfels to promote the city’s heritage.
And this year’s exhibit could not have met that challenge any
On Saturday, more than 600 runners took part in the Wurst Five
That outstanding participation (and there were many runners in Austin who didn’t make the trip because of poor weather there) was mirrored by the volunteers that helped stage the event.
Whether working the water stations, registering runners, or cooking the sausage, volunteers put in many hours to help pull off a successful road road through the city.
And that same spirit of cooperation and community spirit drives the members of the Wurstfest Association.
The association has more than 200 members and is a non-profit group that helps raise funds for worthwhile organizations and projects.
So come on out and take part in Wurstfest. You’ll have a ball and
also contribute in a small way to worthwhile causes.
(Today V editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.)
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The widespread encouragement that Colin Powell is receiving for making a run for the White House says more about some people’s yearning for a messiah figure to deliver us from our collective sins, from racism to crime, than it does about reality. It also says something about our willingness (and the willingness of those who want Powell to be President in order to advance their own careers) to ignore unpleasant truths about the man with the golden image.
For instance, look at the memorandum that House Speaker Newt Gingrich requested from University of Texas Professor Marvin Olasky on “The Powell I Could Not Support...And The Powell I Could.” The memo is a triumph of wishful thinking.
Olasky, who has contributed much intellectual substance to the Republican plan to overhaul welfare, hopes that Powell may not be a closet liberal and, though pro-choice on abortion, could be persuaded to speak and act in ways that would reduce the number of abortions. He also believes that if Powell were to become President, he might use the “bully pulpit” and the Department of Education to push abstinence so that fewer teen-agers would get pregnant in the first place. But a pro-life candidate could do the same with far more conviction.
Why, it must be asked, would voters consider a man untested in politics to be their President? If Bob Dole or Phil Gramm announced they wanted to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs, would anyone take them seriously?
Five years ago, few outside the Washington foreign policy community had heard of Colin Powell. He was
just another military bureaucrat. The Persian Gulf War changed that, but Powell emerged from that conflict with more stars than he deserved.
The record shows that in every Gulf planning session, Gen. Powell raised the possibility of an American bloodbath and urged President Bush to use economic sanctions, not troops, to thwart Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. When Bush overruled him, Powell devised a plan of attack for the U.N. forces that was vintage WWI “over the top” stuff. Norman Schwarzkopf was so opposed to it that he threatened to resign if forced to implement it. Assistant Secretary of State Lawrence Eaglehurger called the Powell plan the real recipe for an American bloodbath.
In an apparent attempt to cover himself, Powell called in The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward on the eve of Bush’s fateful moment. He told Woodward of his deep misgivings about the Bush strategy for repelling Saddam’s aggression and relayed his own belief in economic sanctions.
Schwarzkopf and Bush were vindicated by America’s finest military hour since WWII. When Woodward’s book. “The Commanders,” was published, it told of Powell’s opposition to Bush’s military decisions. Worse, we learned that Powell had positioned
himself so that he could have wiggled out of any . responsibility should the war have gone badly. It would have been said that Bush overruled the pro-fessional advice of his Joint Chiefs chairman. But to liberals in Congress, Powell would have been a hero. By speaking out of turn to Woodward, Powell was disloyal to his commander in chief.
Liberal journalists see Powell as the anti-revolutionary who could beat back the voters’ intentions expressed in the 1994 election. Powell himself has called the Contract With America “harsh and punitive.” But who knows where this man, who is so adept at flip-flopping, really stands? As he writes in his book, he started out as a center-leftist. But, after declaring himself pro-choice and for affirmative action and for the Million Man March, within days he changed to generally in line with the Christian right” and questioned the leadership of the march.
Powell could fill an important role as a racial healer while speaking out for abstinence and personal responsibility. He could do this in the House or Senate, as a governor, a university presidenl or in private life. But if he chooses to run for President and appears to be a front man for convictionless “Rockefeller Republicans,” who lack a viable candidate, he will open himself up to attacks on his record in the military and his self-serving confessional to Bob Woodward. That will begin a battle he cannot win and he will be a candidate for whom most social conservatives cannot and will not vote.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
Two arrests reported following assassination
By HILARY APPELMAN
Associated Press Writer
JERUSALEM (AP) — The senior secret service official charged with-protecting Israeli leaders resigned today after an internal inquiry blamed serious security lapses for the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Israel radio reported two more arrests in the killing
The radio gave no details on those reportedly arrested, and police would not immediately comment.
The radio said the suspects were to be brought before a Tel Aviv magistrate for a hearing.
The confessed killer, Yigal Amir, 25, said after his arrest Saturday night that he acted alone. But on Sunday, police jailed his 27-year-old brother, Hagai, as a possible accomplice.
Government sources said the chief of the slain prime minister’s bodyguard unit was suspended and two lower-ranking Shin Bet agents were transferred to other jobs. The findings of the investigation were presented today at an Israeli Cabinet meeting.
Security sources said the report found there were too few bodyguards surrounding Rabin just before he was shot at a Tel Aviv peace rally Saturday night, and that unauthorized people were allowed to get too close.
The report also suggested that Rabin’s bodyguards, who work under the Shin Bet, might have been indoctrinated to focus on potential Arab assailants, and thus were inadequately prepared for the possibility of attacks by Jews.
The Cabinet decided today to set up a commission with subpoena powers to look into the security breaches that permitted the gunman to get near Rabin, and into the Shin Bet’s intelligence work on Jewish extremist groups.
The confessed gunman had links to such fringe groups.
The preliminary report said the agency’s database of Jewish extremists and possible attackers was too small and that it had failed to identify many of the
people who took part in violent anti-government demonstrations.
Government sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the head of the Shin Bet’s protective services had resigned, the chief of Rabin’s bodyguard unit was suspended, and two others were transferred.
No one was identified.
Israeli legal experts, meanwhile, explored the possibility of taking harsh legal steps against the radicals, including jailing them without charges — a tactic previously used against Palestinians.
Earlier this year, Attorney General Michael Ben Yair urged Rabin to take such steps, but he refused because he did not want to provoke the outrage of Jewish settlers.
Now, according to the Yediot Ahronot newspaper, Ben Yair is consulting with legal experts to see if Jewish extremists can be detained without charges, disarmed, tried in military courts and have their movements restricted. ;
Authorities cracking down on Jewish militants made their first arrest today.
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 1995. There are 53 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 8, 1892, former President Grover Cleveland defeated incumbent Benjamin Harrison for the presidency, becoming the first — and, to date, only — chief executive to win nonconsecutive terms to the White House.
On this date:
In 1793, the Louvre began admitting the public, even though the French museum had been officially open since August.
In 1889, Montana became the 41st state.
In 1923, Adolf Hitler launched his
first attempt at seizing power with a failed coup in Munich, Germany, that came to be known as the “Beer-Hall Putsch.”
In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated incumbent Herbert Hoover for the presidency.
In 1933, President Roosevelt created the Civil Works Administration, designed to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed.
In 1942, Operation Torch began during World War ll as U.S. and British forces landed in French North Africa.
In 1950, during the Korean conflict, the first jet-plane battle took place as U.S. Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown shot down a North Korean MiG-15.
In I960, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency.
In 1966, Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts became the first black to be elected to the Senate by popular
Ten years ago: A letter signed by four American hostages in Lebanon was delivered to The Associated Press in Beirut. In the letter, Terry Anderson, the Rev. Lawrence Jenco, David Jacobsen and Thomas Sutherland pleaded with President Reagan to negotiate their release. All four men were eventually freed.
Five years ago: President Bush ordered a new round of troop deployments in the Persian Gulf, adding up to 150,000 soldiers to the multinational force facing off against Iraq.
One year ago: Midterm elections resulted in Republicans winning a majority in the Senate while at the same tune gaining control of the House
for the first time in 40 years. California voters approved Proposition 187, designed to deny education and social services and non-emergency health care to illegal aliens.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Norman Lloyd is 81. Actress June Havoc is 79. Actor-director Gene Saks is 74. Heart surgeon Dr. Christiaan Barnard is 73. Singer Patti Page is 68. CBS newsman Morley Safer is 64. Actor Alain Delon is 60. Singer Bonnie Raitt is 46. TV personality Mary Hart is 44. Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is 41. Singer-actor Leif Garrett is 34.
Thought for Today: “Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” — Margaret Lee Runbeck, American author (1905-1956).