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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, September 27, 2001Forum Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 625-9144 ext. 220. New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson, Managing Editor Brian Grant, News Editor (830) 625-9144 Other Views By the Associated Press The Independent, London, on Bush declaring war: Bush has not yet earned the right to lead us to war. We await conclusive evidence that Osama bin Laden was the architect of the appalling attacks in New York and Washington. President Bush has described Mr. bin Laden as the “prime suspect,” but he also promised to make public the evidence. Surely it would make greater sense to do this before any military action is undertaken. Where is the evidence, Mr. Bush? On the eve of military action, we have no clear evidence of who was involved, nor a sense of how far-reaching the conflict might be. There is no need for leaders to give away details of tactics, but there is a duty to explain the war’s scope. The rhetoric of the President is becoming more bellicose. His acclaimed address to Congress on Thursday has been described by his admirers as Churchillian. But Churchill had clearly defined war aims and a sense of the means required to achieve them. President Bush is talking Churchillian with only a shadowy enemy and war aims that are so vague as to be almost meaningless. There are too many questions to answer before he becomes the legitimate war leader of the West. Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo, on the fight against terrorism: The multiple acts of terror were intended to sabotage modern civilization. The perpetrators made detailed preparations and targeted a U.S. facility that is an icon of globalization. It is understandable that President George W. Bush wants to call it a new kind of war in the 21st century. However, French President Jacques Chirac, who pledged to join hands with the United States, has carefully avoided characterizing the terrorist attacks as a ‘war.’ That is probably because he pays heed to the domestic opinion in France fearful of retaliation exclusively by force. ... Even if the United States uses force single-handedly, it must win the full understanding of the international community in advance. If the United States gives an impression of avenging the terrorist attacks by force alone, that will impair solidarity among the coalition partners. Terror is a challenge to all humanity. The fight against it cannot be fought without the cooperation of the international community. Today in History By The Associated Press rIbday is Thursday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2001. There are 95 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 27, 1939, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered after weeks of resistance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. On this date; In 1779, John Adams was named to negotiate the Revolutionary War’s peace terms with Britain. In 1854, the first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner occurred when the steamship Arctic sank with 300 people aboard. In 1928, the United States said it was recognizing the Nationalist Chinese government. In 1942, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed together for the last time, at the Central Theater in Passaic, N.J., prior to Miller’s entry into the Army. In 1954, “Tonight!” hosted by Steve Allen, made its debut on NBC TV. In 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev concluded his visit to the United States. In 1959, a typhoon battered the main Japanese island of Honshu, killing nearly 5,000 people. Letters Policy The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung encourages letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included for confirmation purposes. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax: (830) 606-3413 e-mail: [email protected] Letters To The Editor Sense of brotherhood unites America’s finest Dear Editor: If one just sat and contemplated everything that is going on in America today, most would be stricken with grief, pain, anger, fear and an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. People go on throughout their lives trying to do their daily “chores,” putting the thought of the thousands of lives that were shed to the side — at the back of their minds to be thought of later when something strikes a memory. On the morning of Sept. ll, a black shroud covered America from shore to shore. It brought tears to grown men’s eyes; it tested our pillars to see if they would crack, give way and tumble. All it did was weave a tighter grip. It brought Americans together in a way that they should be. In many ways, this affected everyone in America in some form or fashion. Those families who lost loved ones. Friends who lost those they were close to. The emergency personnel who lost co-workers, and the brotherhood of emergency medical technicians and firefighters across the nation who felt their hearts grieve for the people they never knew, whose faces they had never touched, but whose soul, personality and bravery they know all too well. There is a brotherhood of these brave men and women, which stretches not only across America, but past its shores and over all the countries around the world. It is a security blanket for these people, so they’ll never feel alone — there will always be someone there with them, whether they are pinned under thousands of tons of twisted metal and brick or lying in their own beds. When your life is threatened, your entire world changes. Your sense of security is shattered. Even though the attack that happened on Tuesday was centered in New York and D.C., it touched people all around the nation. Americans are used to seeing on TV this sort of thing happen in far away countries. This hit us right at home. I myself pray that this will bring Americans together. Don’t let it drain us of our hope and pride. We shall go on; we shall prevail and prove to the world that we are the United States of America. My last words to leave you with are this: God bless you, and God bless America. Devine Brooks Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department Night construction work disrupted residents’ sleep Dear Editor: Recently, the residents on Seguin Avenue have endured the headaches of a decision made to repave the street during the night and early morning hours. The guests at the Faust Hotel and those of us living on this normally quiet street during the night have been inconvenienced by the continuous beeping, vibrating and other irritating loud noises, as well as very bright and flashing lights, while the construction workers repaved the four-lane street. It should also be noted that residents were not given advance notice of the paving, giving us the opportunity to stay elsewhere at night to ensure a good night’s rest. I do not understand why the street could not have had alternate lane closures, enabling a successful completion without going into the early morning hours. The construction one night began at 9 p.m. and was still in progress at 5:30 a.m. I was able to sleep a total of 3.5 hours and am expected to work at a high-level job for IO hours today. It would have made better sense to begin the construction at 6 p.m. or earlier in the day and detoured the traffic. New Braunfels has the experience of avoiding Seguin Avenue as sections of the street are closed throughout the year for special events. I ask you to take into consideration other alternatives for all future construction on Seguin Avenue. The residents of Seguin Avenue have sacrificed their sleep and peace of mind for the street to be repaved without inconveniencing the citizens of the city. Please know that the decision has affected people who deserve an apology and recognition for what we experienced this week. JanetS. Ward New Braunfels Write ’Em PRESIDENT George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20500 GOVERNOR Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 PO. Box 12428 Austin, TX 78711 (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE SENATORS Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 Judith Zaffirini PO. Box 627 Laredo, TX 78042-0627 (956) 722-2293 12702 Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio, TX 78233 (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262 STATE REPRESENTATIVE Edmund Kuempel PO. Box 911 Seguin, TX 78155Netanyahu finds honor as a ‘prophet’ at last If there were such things as prophets in our day, as there were in ancient times, former (and perhaps future) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be one. Iii is past week, Netanyahu, whose grandfather was a rabbi, was in Washington sounding vindicated. For years he has been prophesying about terrorism but few would listen. Now everybody is listening. Netanyahu testified before the House Committee on Government Reform and later met in private with senators. What he said should be required reading for every person who loves liberty and wants to maintain it. “What is at stake today,” he warned the committee, “is nothing less than the survival of our civilization.” Three weeks ago, that would have sounded alarmist, even extreme. Not anymore. “Our values are hated with an unmatched fanaticism that seeks to destroy our societies and our Cal Thomas way of life,” he said soberly. Netanyahu knows the neighborhood in which he lives and has been personally scarred by terrorism. His brother was killed in 1976 during a commando raid he led to free hostages from Palestinian terrorists who had hijacked a plane to Entebbe, Uganda. Echoing President Bush, Netanyahu told the House committee that terrorism is sustained by nations, such as Syria, Iran, Iraq and Libya. ‘Take away all this state support and the entire scaffolding of international terrorism will collapse into the dust,” he said. While Netanyahu spoke only of modern terrorism and gave a les son in recent history, the fact is that Islamic terrorism has been an endemic element of the Middle East for 13 centuries. With the exception of Turkey, all modern Islamic regimes have come to power through violence. None has tolerated any challenge to its supremacy. They first terrorize their own citizens who fail to comply with the regime's political or religious beliefs, then they terrorize outsiders, claiming a divine mandate. Equal rights, especially for women, are unknown in such nations. Terrorism is not an aberration, nor is it born primarily out of frustration to achieve economic parity with wealthier nations. Terrorism is a policy. It is embraced to achieve an objective its practitioners believe cannot be reached in any other way. It has nothing to do with the existence or non-existence of Israel; otherwise there would have been no terrorism in the Middle East for so long. It matters little that a majority of Moslems have not pledged themselves to the forced implementation of radical Islam. They do not have the guns or the fanaticism of the radicals, who seek, according to Netanyahu, to “roll back the West and install an extremist form of Islam as the dominant power in the world.” It makes one long for the good old days of communism. In a telephone conversation before returning to Israel, Netanyahu told me he sees America’s tardy recognition of the terrorist threat as “the beginning of the beginning.” He worries, though, that not everyone has gotten the message, noting the continued “pressure on Israel” to meet with Yasser Arafat, an author and promoter of the very terrorism the U.S. opposes. Netanyahu wants us to know about a “terror museum” erected at Al-Najah University, in the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus. The grisly exhibit glorified the recent suicide bombing of a Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem. Natanyahu says he believed most of the American public now understands what he and Israel have experienced for decades. ‘The liberals are smashed,” he says. “They must be quiet or join in the applause (for President Bush’s policies).” Not exactly. The ; “peace at any price” crowd is beginning to stir, but it is less likely to be taken seriously by the | public, which gives President Bush a 90 percent approval rat- J ing.    J In his appearance before the J House committee, Netanyahu warned, “Some of you may find it; hard to believe that Islamic mili- ; tants truly cling to the mad fan- J tasy of destroying America. Make.* no mistake, they do. Unless they ; are stopped now, their attacks will continue, and become even J more lethal in the future." That sounds like the warning of*. a prophet. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) ;