New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Dave Utmost, General Manager Bsfcwt iebaaea, EditorGuest viewpointSoviets need a tough warning from the world
By TOM LOEFFLER U.S. Rep.. District 21
The outpouring of outrage and revulsion toward the Soviet Union continues following its still inexplicable and reprehensible shootdown of Korean Airliner Flight 007.
With this act the Soviet Union stands alone in the court of world opinion, caught red-handed — its true colors apparent for all to see. The basic facts remain these: after tracking an unarmed commercial airliner for 24 hours, a Soviet pilot — at the direction of his ground control, fired on what the pilot termed “the target" and 269 innocent, un
suspecting people died. Among the dead were 61 Americana.
We may never recover all the remains of the victims of that flight. And we will probably never be told the full story of what happened by the Soviet Union. For, honesty and openness are not attributes of this, one of the most secretive societies on earth. But, in its display of neither remorse nor the decency and basic courage to speak the truth, the Soviet Union has once again verified it callous disregard both for human life and for the precepts of international law to which free peoples everywhere ascribe.
Civilized nations do no recognize
straying off course aaa capital crime. And, in peacetime, no nation has the soverign right to shoot down any person or vehicle that may stray across its border.
Now, Soviet propagandists are attempting to turn their nation’s atrocity into an East-West confrontation. In typical "big lie" fashion, Soviet propagandists accuse the United States of spying claiming that their barbarous act is the fault of our country.
The United States must not be sucked into the Soviet Union’s rhetorical trap and the actions and proposals put forth by the President are designed to prevent such an oc
currence, for an international response is required to this crime against the world. The issue is not the Soviet Union against the United States, no matter what the Soviet propagandists claim. We must not forget that passengers from 13 other nations were also aboard Korean Airline Flight 007.
As the President said, the immediate challenge to this heinous act is to take steps to assure that the norms guaranteeing civilized conduct — norms on which intemationl aviation rest — are not violated again. The United States is now working with other nations and with the appropriate international agencies to
achieve this goal. Also, the international community is, indeed must, find ways to improve the radar network which tracks international flights over vast ocean spaces, such as the downed Korean flight which was traveling from Alaska to South Korea. We must also continue the intematioal effort to press for just reparations for the families of those murdered by the Soviets.
Some have called for retribution, for harsher measures, such as trade sanctions. While I remain open to such proposals, past history does not indicate that economic sanctions successfully achieve diplomatic means, because the Soviet Union
would simply turn to others to supply their needs.
Properly, the President has asked for continued Congressioanl support for his defense modernization program, which I vigorously support, for history has repeatedly taught us that it is strength — not weakness — which impresses the Soviet regime.
In my judgement, the most appropriate way to influence the Soviet Union is through our own economic and military strength in coordinated concert with our allies. Our careful, responsible commitment contrasted with their brazen, heartless indifference strips naked Soviet posturing as a nation of peace.
Syrian president keeps diplomats running in circles
WASHINGTON — Syrian President Hafez Assad has been running our diplomats in circles as they scramble with growing frustration to bring peace to Lebanon. Once again an American administration is being humiliated by a second-rate strong man.
Two months ago, largely to please Assad, the White House withdrew special envoy Phillip Habib and turned his thankless job over to the president’s deputy national secruity adviser, Robert McFarlane. But the ex-Marine colonel has had no better luck with the Syrian prima donna.
There were a few meetings, which accomplished nothing. Then Assad simply refused to see McFarlane again. At press time, despite the efforts of our Damascus embassy to arrange another meeting, the Syrian leader hasn't budged.
The reason that is given shown calculated contempt: Assad is at the beach, the embassy was told. American Marines are being killed; Lebanon is being tom apart by factional violence; the whole Middle East is about to blow up — and the man who has been inciting the insurrection is enjoying the sunshine and surf at Syria's Mediterranean resort of Latakia.
State Department sources told my associate Lucette Lagnado that U.S. Ambassador Robert Paganelli begged the Syrian foreign minister, Abdel Halim Khaddam, to set up another meeting between McFarlane and Assad. The foreign minister refused, explaining that the president was resting at Latakia.
According to a classified report, Ambassador Paganelli protested that surely, at a time of such crisis, Assad could make himself available to the American envoy. Khaddam was unmoved. He offered to meet with McFarlane himself, which of course would have accomplished nothing. Assad alone makes the decisions.
The affront is deliberate, of course, The crafty Syrian dictator is playing a waiting game. He already had the Reagan administration kowtowing ignominiously; Israel has pulled back its troops; Lebanese President Amin Gemayel, the last faint hope for a peaceful, independent Lebanon, has one foot im a banana peel. Just a little longer and Lebanon will fall into Assad’s hand like a ripe fig.
The White House is desperate; and Assad knows it. President Reagan is under congressional pressure to (Hill the Marines out. He is improvising policy day to day as his discomfort, grows. Assad figures a few more American casualties — which he can easily arrange — will raise such an outcry in the Untied States that Reagan will have no choice but to pull out of Lebanon.
An embarrassing reflection of U.S. impotence in Damascus is the fact the Paganellie has considered asking the Saadis to ive their influence to arrange s meeting between Assad and
Unfortunately, the Saudis have no real influence with the Syrian dictate. Though they continue to provide tea with millions in aid, the Saudis
are really terrified of Assad. They know he could foment serious trouble for the shaky Saudi regime through one or more of the Palestinian terrorist groups under his thumb. The effort to use the Saudis as mediators with Assad was described by a State Department official in one word: “pathetic."
With the Syrian president frolicking in the Mediterranean surf, there’s a growing feeling at Foggy Bottom that McFarlane’s peace mission is doomed, just as Habib’s was before him.
Footnote: Even when Assad makes
himself available, he gives U.S. peace makers the runaround. For the past year, he has been playing coy while rebuilding and bolstering his power in
When I first reported this a year ago, Assad had been devasted by the Israelis, the Palestine Liberation Organization had been driven out of Beirut and a pro-U.S. government had been installed in Lebanon.
While Assad has kept the Reagan administration guessing, he had loaded up his arsenals with Soviet equipment, brought in Soviet advisers, stirred up a revolt against the Lebanese government and brought the PLO back into Lebanon through Syria.
The money men
The Federal Open Market Committee is an independent arm of the Federal Reserve System that controls the nation's money supply. The group includes five members named by the banking industry and seven appointed by the president. They will have an additional subject for discussion at their next secret meeting; a lawsuit that challenges the committie’s very existence.
The Committee for Monetary Reform and MO other plaintiffs are hauling the Fed into court charging that its "erratic and unstable monetary policy ... has had profoundly harmful effects on business, employment and consumer welfare."
One of the suit’s main legal points is that the FOMC is unconstitutional on two grounds: Five of its members are not appointed by the president, and the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of due process is violated by delegating governmental authority to anyone with a direct interest in the regulatory body's decisions.
Watch on tho Kramlin
The shooting down of the South Korean airliner three weeks ago has drawn mixed reeponee from the Soviet Union’s European satellites. Hungary, supposedly the most in* dependent member of the Soviet bloc, had been strongly supportive of Moscow’s official Une. Not surprisingly, so has Bulgaria, tho moat loyal satellite. The Polish military regime’s response has boon laos
Couple remembers special pet
Tornado XVI was a German Shepherd male dog. He was black and tan. His grandparents and parents came from Germany. He was a pedigreed German Shepherd.
Tornado was born at 513 Aviation, Schertz, Tx, July IO, 1971. Among his brothers and sisters there were nine champions.
Mr. and Mrs. Odell A. Moose of New Braunfels bought their shepherd dog Nx weeks sfter he was born, and on their way home from Schertz they named him Tornado.
We had him registered with the American Kennel Club, 51 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 1M10.
There was given his name Tornado XVI.
During his life his doctors were Dr. Doherty, Dr. Brotza and Dr. Waldrip, DVMs at Creek View Veterinary Clinic, 1121 Eikel, New Braunfels. These are very fine doctors who have taken good care of our dogs and cats.
Tornado was a very fine watch dog, and part of our life. He was very close to us. When he was small we could take him with us when we went riding.
He got to be such a large dog when we went anywhere we had to leave him home, for he became hard to handle. We always saw that he had food and water at all times.
He loved vegetables of all kinds, even tomatoes, and fruit of all kind, banana and orange slices.
After a hard day of driving to visit me when I was in the V.A. hospital in Temple, my wife would arrive home and let Tornado in the house, fix a cup of hot chocolate, and place it on the draining board. She went to another room and returned to her chocolate to find Tornado helping himself to the hot chocolate.
She would not scold Tornado, but would just make herself another cup of hot chocolate. We always saw that he got what he wanted, because we loved him.
Believe you me he got his ice cream and milk every day, and was given the right medication from these three fine doctors when he got sick. He always had a place in the winter to keep warm, and a cool place in the hot weather. The life of a dog is seven
years to a human’s life of one year.
At the age of IO Tornado began to go downhill. He had lots of trouble. He began to get weak in his hips. At the age of 12 years he got to the point where he could hardly get down or up again, and was in very much pain There was no way he could get well.
I talked it over with these three fine doctors and it was left up to my lovely wife and I what to do. We talked it over many a time with tears in our eyes. We couldn’t make a decision. We just did not want to let go of our pet which had been with us for so long. On Sept. I, again we sat down together with tears in our eyes and made our decision to have Tornado put to sleep so he would no longer be in pain. Believe you me, this was a hard decision to make. Dr. Doherty, Dr. Brotze and Waldrip offered their help but left the decision to us..
On Sat., Sept. IO, 1963, Dr. Doherty came to our home and put Tornado XVI to sleep and performed an autopsy. Then Tornado XVI was wrapped in a blanket, and placed in a carpet-lined grave in our backyard.
Dorothy and I are going to min Tornado XVI as well as many wh< loved him and he loved.
Our backyard is a perpetua cemetery for our pets. We now hav< four dogs and four cats at rest there They are gone forever, but still clo* to us where they grew up.
Our greatest gratitude to Dr Doherty, Dr. Brotze, Dr. Waldrip aru employees at Creek View Veterinary Clinic. Also our gratitude to Rem Maldonado, our friend who du| Tornado’s grave. This great taal Dorothy nor I could not undertake.
Our gratitude of thanks to our very dear friends Frank and Judy Kalsoi who came to be by our side at the tins of need to comfort us. They will neve be forgotten.
Please love and take good care o your pets. They love you, as you tov them.
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