New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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“I know ifs just a job [journalists] have to do, but sometimes I do wish they wouldn’t”
— Princess Diana British royal, 1981Position on abortion hypocritical
Bowing to pressure
Decision by newspapers to publish the Unabomber's manifesto sets bad precedent
Because The Washington Post and The New York Times have decided to publish the 35,000 word manifesto of the terrorist known as the Unabomber, newspapers may become the new targets of blackmail by criminals with a message.
Both publishers for the East Coast newspapers said their decision was not a journalistic one, but was made at the request of law enforcement officials.
After meeting with FBI Director Louis Freeh and Attorney General Janet Reno, the publishers were convinced that publishing the long manuscript should be done for public safety reasons.
Some law enforcement officials have stated that discovering the identity of the Unabomber will be accomplished from a tip received from the public — maybe a friend or relative of the terrorist — and publishing the manuscripts may be the best way to provide clues to people who may know who he is.
That may be true, but the repercussions of printing the manuscript may far outweigh any tips law enforcement officials receive.
Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., publisher of the New Yolk Times, said, ‘It’s awfully hard to put too much faith in the words of someone with the record of violence that the Unabomber has,” But, “you print it and he doesn’t kill anyone else; that’s a pretty good deal. You print it and he continues to kill people, what have you lost? The cost of newsprint?”
We think you’ve lost a lot more than that.
Sulzbeiger is right to note that the Unabomber is not exactly the kind of person to place trust in, but he fails to realize that others may be encouraged to stage similar threats and extortions.
For a country that, at least publicly, is the first to stand up to terrorism and pledge not to negotiate with its perpetrators, the decision by the Attorney General and the FBI to push for publication of this manuscript is confusing and troubling.
: Reno and company must surely have information about the Unabomber they haven’t revealed to the public that makes publication of his writings imperative to their investigations, but we wonder if they’ve considered the consequences.
How many other Unabombers are out there?
(Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.)
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There is much to praise in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s blunt remarks to the U.N. women’s conference in Beijing. Her gutsy defense of human rights was a proper and welcome affirmation of the core values of the United States. To have been more diplomatic and less forceful would have appeared to China’s dictatorial government as weakness. It would have sent a message that America is, indeed, the “paper tiger” Mao used to call us.
Mrs. Clinton said, “It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights.” Although she didn’t mention China specifically, she criticized one-child-per-cou-ple policies and singled out the forced abortions many women are subjected to when they become pregnant with a second or third child.
She is correct, but the greater question is, should the state be determining which lives are worthy to be lived and which are not It is a very short step between abortion-on-demand to forced abortion to Dr. Kevorkian. If all human life is not valuable, then no human life has value. This is the overarching political, biological and philosophical issue that must be addressed. We cannot do it piecemeal—for when one category is devalued, all life suffers.
But when one argues a moral point, one must be consistent—or the point is lost in a sea of hypocrisy.
And on abortion, Mrs. Clinton speaks with no moral capital because she is “pro-choice.” She thinks it wrong for the American government to prevent women from having abortions if they don’t want the child they are carrying. But in Beijing, she said governments should not force women to have abortions against their wishes.
It is too bad that we don’t study logic and philosophy in our schools as much as we used to, because Mrs. Clinton has made assertions that are mutually exclusive. In the one instance, government should not prevent a woman from aborting her “fetus” or “product of conception.” In the other, government should not force a woman to abort her "child” or “baby.” If, as pro-choicers and our Supreme Court assert, the “fetus” or “baby” is not yet a person, why should anyone care if this "barely connected tissue” is done away with? Pro-choicers argue that it is the matter of the woman’s wishes. Whatever she decides should be paramount. But this begs the question.
If the American government doesn’t care enough
about 20 million potential members of the next generation (that’s the number legally aborted in this country since 1973), why should we care what the Chinese government does to millions of its potential citizens?
If unborn life is of no value, or at least is determined to be of insufficient value so that the state has no vital interest in protecting it, then there is little moral difference between the Chinese government forcing women to go along with its one-child policy and the American government telling women they can have a “no-child” policy if they wish.
In China, it is the policy—designed to keep the population down—that matters more than the baby and more than the woman and the father. In America, it is also the policy—’’pro-choice”—that matters and not the unborn life or the wishes of the father.
And women in America don’t matter that much either, otherwise there would be a requirement that they are fully informed about the nature of life within them and alternatives to abortion. Even canned and packaged food has mandated, ful 1-disclosure labels.
So, while Mrs. Clinton is certainly right to criticize the forced abortion policy of the Chinese government, her credibility is questionable because of her inconsistent and illogical stand.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
Bosnian, Croat leaders to discuss gains
By AIDA CERKEZ
Associated Press Writer
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — With help from Croatia, Bosnian government forces have made swift gains against rebel Serbs. Now Bosnia’s leaders have to make sure their ally doesn’t become an adversary.
Large advances by the allies in western Bosnia have left the Serbs with only about half of Bosnia, compared to the two-thirds they held just weeks ago. But the progress is straining the federation of Croats and the Muslim-led Bosnian government, which has always been shaky.
Croatian President Franjo Tudjman and Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic are to meet today in Zagreb, Croatia, at the end of another shuttle mission by Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke.
Tudjman seems in a strong position to lay claim to large pieces of western Bosnia.
Bosnian Croat troops, backed by soldiers from Croatia proper, have secured many of the past week’s gains. They have hung only the Croatian flag — not the Bosnian one — in recaptured towns.
Bosnia’s Croats also insist the recaptured central town of Jajce, symbolically and economically important to the government, is Croat territory.
Croats and Muslims started the Bosnian war as
allies against the Serbs. Bul the alliance broke down with fighting in central Bosnia in 1993. It was patched in 1994 by the United States, and the two sides are cooperating militarily. But they still often view each other with suspicion.
The United States also is cautioning the two sides lo ease up on the Bosnian Serbs, fearing that, if the losses grow too big, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic will send tile Yugoslav army to their rescue.
Instead of wrapping up the 3 1/2-year war, that would ignite a new, broader conflict.
"So far, the talks are proceeding. And so far Belgrade lias not intervened — (flank God in both cases,” U.S. National Security Adviser Anthony Lake said in Washington.
Observers fear Milosevic might feel he has to commit tile Yugoslav army if the Croats and Muslims push toward tile northern Bosnian Serb stronghold of Banja Luka.
TTieir front lines are about 25 miles away.
Some Croatian and government leaders are buoyantly talking of attacking Banja Luka and ignonng Hoi bn Hike’s plans for a 51 percent-49 percent split of Bosnia with the Serbs.
The Serbs have stated plainly that they will defend Banja Luka, which is jammed with refugees.
“Our only strategic goal is to defend the Banja Luka region,” said Jovan Zametica, spokesman for Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. "All our industrial resources are concentrated there.”
The Bosnian Serbs have acknowledged heavy losses, but they claimed Monday that they have stabilized defense lines.
Bosnian TV reported Monday night that government forces had taken 36 square miles on another front, Mount Ozren in central Bosnia. A Bosnian army source said the offensive was likely to halt soon.
Hospital officials in Serb-held Prijedor charged that Croatian artillery, firing from across the border in Croatia, hit Serb refugee camps to the north of Prijedor early Monday, killing seven people and wounding 22.
The Serbs also were weakened by two weeks of NATO bombing that damaged their communications and hampered military coordination. The airstnkes were halted for 72 hours last Thursday to allow the Serbs lo comply with NATO and U N. demands lo withdraw their heavy guns around Sarajevo. The rebels complied in part, and late Sunday won another 72 hours to finish the job.
U.N. officials reported no more weaponry removed on Monday, but said the Serbs around Sarajevo appeared to be grouping the guns to be withdrawn on Tuesday.
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 1995. There are 103 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 19, 1796, President Washington’s farewell address was published. In it, America’s first chief executive advised, “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”
On this date:
In 1777, dunng the Revolutionary War, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga over the British.
In 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died of wounds inflicted by an assassin 11
In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the ktdnap-murder of the Lindbergh infant.
In 1945, 50 years ago, Nazi propagandist William Joyce, known as “Lord Haw-Haw,” was sentenced to death by a British court.
In 1955, President Juan Peron of Argentina was ousted after a revolt by the army and navy.
In 1957, the United States conducted its first underground nuclear test, in the Nevada desert.
In 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev reacted angrily dunng a visit to Los Angeles upon being told that, for secunty reasons, he would not be allowed to visit Disneyland.
In 1960, Cuban leader Fidel Cas
tro, in New York to visit the United Nations, angrily checked out of the Shelburne Hotel in a dispute with the management.
In 1970, 25 years ago, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” debuted on CBS-TV
In 1984, Bntain and China completed a draft agreement on transferring Bong Kong from British to Chinese rule by 1997.
Ten years ago: The Mexico City area was struck by an earthquake measured at a magnitude of 8.1, the first of two devastating quakes that claimed some 6,000 lives.
Five years ago: Iraq began confiscating foreign assets from countries that were imposing sanctions against the Baghdad government.
One year ago: U.S. troops peace
fully entered Haiti to enforce the retur of exiled President Jean-Bertrand An? tide. President Clinton expressed sal isfaction with the I Ith-hour accor that prevented a U.S.-led invasion, cal mg it a "good agreement.”
Today’s Birthdays: Retire Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell 88. Former New York Times maria), ing editor Clifton Daniel is 83. Authc Roger Angell is 75. Former secretary c defense Harold Brown is 68. Actres Rosemary Harris is 65. Newspapc columnist Mike Royko is 63. Adc David McCallum is 62. Singer-son) wnter Paul Williams is 55. Golfer Jar Blalock is 50. Actor Jeremy Irons is 4 Actress Twiggy Lawson is 46. TV pe sonality Joan Lunden is 45. Adc Kevin Hooks is 37.