New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
, November 19,1997
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What does latest Iraqi crisis have to do with Israel?
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Our hats go off to the New Braunfels High School volleyball team as they go to Austin this week for the state volleyball tournament.
With their 27-10 record, the Unicorns defeated well-respected teams such as Clark, Austin Westlake, McAllen Memorial and Judson as they powered their way to state.
The Unicorns started die District 20-5A season with an 0-2 record but went on to win 11 of their next 12 district matches to finish 11-3. They were runners-up to C hurchill, which lost in the regional quarterfinals of the playoffs.
Heading into their friday game against Houston Cypress C reek, die Unicorns hav e a mix of veteran ami young players Two starters I .aurei! Reinter and Ayanna Benjamin are underclassmen Reinter is a freshman and Benjamin is a sophomore. Kristi I lull suffered an injury midway through the district season but hits returned to become one ol die team s top blockers. Jessica Barney has responded to becoming die team s lone setter by posting several matches
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The I Inicom volleyball team keeps its focus on the team radicr durn die individuals C oach Phyllis fowler always
says the players on the bench aa* just as important as the ones on die court.
While I louston ( yprcss ( reek is 3K-1 and the top seed at the C lass 5A tournament, Unicom tans should remember diat their favorite team lias defeated teams w ith better records throughout die playoffs.
Hic Unicorns arc the ( mderella team of the state Uxinia-iTK*nt, and we aa* proud of all they have accomplished thus far. We wish diem all the best in die state tournament.
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What do Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s latest provocations have to do with Israel? Nothing at all, of I course. But that hasn’t stopped people who long for Israel’s annihilation from trying to create a link.
So, according to Middle East Digest, hundreds of Palestinians in the areas now controlled by the Palestine Liber ation Organization and formerly controlled by Israel held pro-Iraq demonstrations last week. They carried signs that said: We, the Palestinians, support Hussein.” They burned Israeli and American flags, while waving Iraqi flags and pictures of Saddam. They called on the Iraqi dictator to bomb Tel Aviv.
Unlike during the Gulf War, PLO leader Yasser Arafat has issued no public support for Saddam, but surely Arafat hasn’t changed his stripes.
The London Sunday Times reports that Iraq is developing the weapon of the Day of Judgment,” to be carried on a remote-controlled aircraft, that could spray chemical or biological agents over Israel Flying at slow speeds and low altitudes, the plane is said to be able to elude detection by Israeli radar Meanwhile, Israel’s supposed
friends’ aren’t helping much. The president of the United States — who warmly welcomed China's dictator president to America — has snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his visit this week. What th.s is supposed to achieve no one is saying.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright used an economic conference in Qatar to blame Israel for the “dire” economic conditions in Gaza and the West Bank, forgetting that Arab nations for years blocked economic aid to the region so that Palestinians might be used as pawns in pressuring Israel to relinquish land.
And Henry Kissinger, who has almost as many business irons in the tire as there are martyrs in the totalitarian nations in which he conducts commerce, urged Israelis to prepare
for the world’s certain recognition of a Palestinian state. Never mind that this should be negotiated by the principals most affected.
In a meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai, Kissinger said that while it is certain that Israel will never return to the pre-June, 1967, borders, he would favor Israel’s retention of areas of Jerusalem along with parts of the ancient regions of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. Except that Israel’s enemies want it all, not parts.
Arafat’s national security advisor, Gen. Muhammad Yusef ‘Amra Al-’Amla, has written: “We swear to our martyrs ... to continue the struggle for the removal of the hated forces of occupation from the soil of this homeland.” Does this sound like someone willing to settle for less than a whole pie?
It isn’t just Israelis that the PLO persecutes. In the spirit of equal opportunity, and in spite of the fact that there arc Christian groups affiliated with the PLO, Palestinian Christians feel the PLO’s lash
According to a government report presented last month to Netanyahu, there has been a * massive emigration
of Christians from the West Bank” because of persecution by the Palestinian Authority. The report says that Christians in Palestinian-controlled areas face relentless persecution on •social and religious levels. “Christian cemeteries have been destroyed, monasteries have had their telephone lines cut, and there have been break-ins to convents,” the report says. PLO officials deny any role in persecuting Palestinian Christians. Ifs important to note, though, that during the British Mandate period, Bethlehem had a Christian majority of 80 percent.
Today, under Palestinian rale, it has a Muslim majority of HO percent.
Regardless of how the latest round with Saddam Hussein goes, attempts to undermine not only Israel but anything and anyone regarded as “ infidels” by Arab states and Palestinian leaders continue. Their objective is no Israel, no Jews, no Christians, nothing but Muslims. The methods to be used are anything and everything that will achieve that objective — including Saddam Hussein and his “ “weapon of the Day of Judgment.”
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Think about it What do we vt ant most in life? Peace of mind Here arc IO suggestions that, it followed, can allo* us to be content in all things I Accept our imperfections I he drive tor perfection and tranquillity arc incompatible To have a perfect lite, we must give up the quest for perfection in all areas cl our lives I Develop an attitude of gratitude I he contented are thankful for what Oley have instead of focusing on what they want Let us be joyful in prosperity and hopeful iii adversity 3 Keep what s important in our lives. The precious assets — faiih, family, friends - may be neglected tor the pursuit of possessions Most of tfte material we accumulate mess up our lives. Spending time paying tor our toys prevents us from enjoying the treasures we have Less is more Learn to say “No” to the flotsam and jctsam.of life.Today in History
By Th* Associate) Lr ess
Today is Wednesday, Nos. 19. the 323rd day of 1997 I here arc 42 days left in the year Taday’s Highlight in History .
On Nov 19,1863, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetary at die site of the Civil War battlefield m Penn Sylvania On this date:
la 1794, the United States and Bntain signed the Jay Treaty, which resolved some issues left over from the Revolutionary War
In 1831, the 20th president of the United States, James Garfield, was born in Orange, Ohio In 1919, the Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of $3
4. Be gentle and loving to everyone we meet It’s better to be u rule rsi anding than to be right. Learn to walk in the oilier person's shoes. Do something nice for someone everyday without expecting anything in return. Let our life’s wake be awash with kindness.
5 Stop trying to get it all done. We ll never get caught up As achievers we can get obsessed with our activity list, believing that once everything gets done on the list we can be calm and happy There always will be more to do than will ever get done.
in favor lo 39 against, short of the two-thirds majority needed for ratification In 1942, during World War IL Russian forces launched their winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front In 1999, Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edid In 1999, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man’s second landing on the moon In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Unci In 1919, President Reagan and Soviet lender Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for die first time it they began their summa rn Geneva.
Tea years ego: Congressional budget negonmors finished all but the fine!
so we can relax and enjoy doing what is important to us.
6. Breathe Breathe before we speak Breathe when we find ourselves getting tense. Breathe when caught in traffic. Breathe when irritated. Breathe when we feel rushed Breathe to relax.
7 I augh out loud - a ourselves, a life’s absurdities, at bureaucratic bungles Those who are fun loving and fun to be with find humor in magic moments and the mundane meandering of mindless mendacity.
8 Understand that we are what we think about. Negative thinking feeds on itself and grows in our mind like a consuming glob of insecurity that eats away our contentment Overlook the negative by focusing on expectations Why not turn our 30,000 daily thoughts into positive projections? Here’s some great news to underline in our memory bank:
details of a two-year, 175 billion deficit reduction pact, but not in time to avert spending cuts mandated by the Gramm R adman Act
Five years ago: President Bush's mother, Dorothy, died in Greenwich, Conn , at age 91 President elect Clinton paid a call on Congress One year ago: Fourteen people woe killed when a commuter plane collided with a private plane at an airport in Quincy, III. The space shuttle Columbia lifted off with the oldest crew member to date, 61-year-old Story Margrave The United States vetoed U N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s bid for a second term.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Alan Young is 78. Former U N. Ambassador -leant J. Kirkpatrick is 71. Talk show host Larry King is 64. Talk show
Our contentment depends on our thoughts and we control our thoughts.
9. View failure as a successful identification of what won’t work. Here are three principles that, once teamed, will save us all from fretting: a) life is unfair (“The race is not the swift, nor the battle to the strong...but time and chance happen to them all,” Eccles. 9:11); b) Life is difficult, c) We all make mistakes. Let’s learn from outcomes by focusing on enjoying our best effort.
IO Cultivate humility by seeking solitude everyday to contamplate God s awesome power. Even when we don't understand all the chaos and tragedy surrounding us, everything that happens works for good for those who trust in a compassionate, loving God
(John Ingram Walker is a speaker, author and psychiatrist.)
host Dick Cavea is 61. Broadcasting and sports mogul Ted Turner is 59. Singer Pete Moore (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) is 58. Sen. Thomas R I lariun, D- Iowa, is 58. TV journalist Garrick Utley is 58. Actor Dan Haggerty is 56. Wisconsin Gov, Tommy G. Thompson is 56 Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 55. Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is 48. Actress Kathleen Quinlan ts 43. Actress Glyn-nis O’C onnor is 42. Rock musician Matt Scrum (The Cult; Guns N’ Roses) is 37. Actress Meg Ryan is 36. Olympic gold medal runner Gail Devers is 31 Actreit-dhactor Jodfe Feater is 35 Rock musician Travis McNabb (Better Than Ezra) is 28. Singsr Tony Rich is 26. Dsncer-choreographer Ssvrxi Glover is 24. Rhythntqnd-bkies singer Tanuka Scott (Xscape) is 22.