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Sunday, Sept. 29, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER ColumnistsE-3 'Sun is not sunny5 with Dr. euss gone Bad news, 1 George fc Blake And so passes Theodor Seuss Geisel, an inspiration for children everywhere. Ted Geisel was 87. His legacy, the books he penned as Dr. Seuss, will outlive him by an eternity. He was, at the least, the Shakespeare of children's books. As a youngster, I loved Dr. Seuss. I loved his imagery, his unique characters and their funny names. Ted Geisel might have been the one who made me into a reader. Oh, sure, he later turned me over to the Hardy Boys (when I really got hooked). But Dr. Seuss was the first one I would read under the blankets with a flashlight after Mom and Dad ordered the lights out. Hussein blocks Mideast peace Jeane Kirkpatrick V As I got off the elevators after lunch Wednesday, I walked down the hallway with Alison Tranbarger, assistant features editor. "There's bad news," she said. "What happened?" "Dr. Seuss died." "What are we doing about it?" "Taking a story off the Tempo cover and putting something there." "Good," I said, but wondered if that was enough. A short time later, features editor Sara Pearce walked in my office. "What are we doing about Dr. Seuss?" I asked. "We've decided to tear up the whole Tempo cover and put together a big package," she said. "We were planning a cover on Jerry Springer, but that can hold until Sunday." "Good," I said, but wondered if even that was enough. I walked into managing editor Tom Dunning's office about 5:20 p.m., nearing the end of the planning meeting for the next day's front page. "Doing something about Dr. Seuss?" I asked. "Top of the page," he said. "Good." It was enough. At 6:30 p.m., Ron Cosby was walking down the hall singing about "How The Grinch Stole Christmas." Ron Cosby is 28 years old. "Man, I grew up with that guy," he said of Dr. Seuss. Ray Cooklis is our entertainment editor. On his desk Wednesday night were five books borrowed from his son, Nicholas. (The books were Green Eggs and Ham; The Cat in the Hat; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; There's a Wocket in My Pocket!, and Dr. Seuss's ABC Book.) Nicholas is 27 months old. "Nicholas helped me find them," Ray Saddam Hussein is doing it again building deadly arms in secret, lying about it, hiding the evidence, detaining U.N. inspectors, preparing for war, proving day by day that there can be no peace or relaxing of vigilance in the gulf as long as he rules Iraq. "As the inspections continue, we don't want to face a new trick or a new stonewall every few days or weeks," a U.S. official said of Iraq's continuing deception. "This is a long-term proposition, and the goal has got to be good-faith compliance." Of course, this official is right. An agreement without good faith is no agreement at all. It is an act of submission, imposed by the stronger on the weaker. It registers power relations and says nothing about intentions. Hussein's persistence Saddam Hussein "agreed" to U.N. inspections under extreme duress. But good faith cannot be coerced. It requires a modicum of acquiescence. Saddam Hussein has submitted to superior power, but he has not surrendered. To the contrary, his policies of repression and deception make it absolutely clear that, for him, a cease-fire is a continuation of war by other means. Saddam and his regime will do what they must as long as they are forced to. There is nothing ambiguous about Iraq's attitude or its actions. It violated its commitments under the Non-Prolifera-tion Treaty and concealed the violations with repeated lies. The documents discovered by the U.N. team last week included designs for a trigger of the type required in nuclear weapons. "It shows conclusively that their nuclear intentions were not peaceful, as they maintain," a U.N. official remarked. In fact, Iraq's intention to produce nuclear weapons has been clear since at least 1981. To know that Iraq intended to develop the bomb and use it against Israel and any other adversary, it was only necessary to listen to Saddam Hus- said. "One was in the toy box, two were jammed onto a shelf of CDs, two were under the bed. But when he saw I was walking out the door with his favorites, he followed me out, crying T want to read the books! I want to read the books!' " Since Ray was putting together our story, he heard plenty of comments. "It seemed everybody had something to contribute to the story: Will we mention this book? Here's a good quote. Did you ever read this one? ... "Reporters were shouting lines from Dr. Seuss books back and forth, even sending Seussian computer messages: "This was no time for play, this was no time for fun, this was no time for games, there was work to be done," Jennifer Schwertman messaged Cooklis. Nicholas' weren't the only Dr. Seuss books around our newsroom that day. Book editor Ann Hicks had picked up a fresh supply from area bookstores. Leisa Richardson, our national editor who soon will take over our Extra zoned editions, has two children. "Did you read Dr. Seuss to them?" I asked. "Sure," she said, then paused. "And read Dr. Seuss, too." There's a quote taped to my computer terminal at home. I showed it Wednesday to Dunning. "We oughta make posters out of that quote and post them in the newsroom," he said. The quote comes, of course, from Dr. Seuss. Here it is: It has often been said there's so much to be read, you never can cram all those thoughts in your head So the writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads. That's why my belief is the briefer the brief is the greater the sigh of the reader's relief is. Children and adults. We'll all miss him. George Blake is editor of The Enquir er. Walter E. Williams found in natural law. In the Allgeyer vs. Louisiana case, the court declared its licensing statute violated the "due process" provision of the 14th Amendment by denying Allgeyer the liberty to contract. Justice Peckham said, "The liberty mentioned in that amendment means not only the right of a citizen to be free from mere physical restraint ... but his right to earn his livelihood by any lawful calling." Loch-ner-era justices recognized that rights do not have to be enumerated in the Constitution, such as the right of contract, to have the full authority of the document. However, we mustn't confuse rights with hopes or wishes. Rights are held simultaneously and require no obligation of another. In other words, my right to free speech in no way interferes with your right to free speech. But more importantly, my right to free speech mandates no obligation on your behalf. But when a person says that he has a "right" to housing, food or medical care, he really means that another is obliged to give up rights to his earnings to provide the money. Same everywhere It is easy to see why our politicians are so contemptuous of anybody, particularly one who might sit on the high court, holding to the principles of natural law, rule of law and judicial review of economic matters. But lighten up on our politicians, for they differ only in degree, not in kind, from those found in most places throughout the world. And who's to blame for this sorry state of affairs you and I. Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., and a nationally syndicated columnist. si Sorting out the laws that guide the country ousness of their intentions. There is no reason to suppose they will not continue this policy as opportunities become available. Israel exists in a condition of barely contained cold war. It cannot count on its neighbors to negotiate in good faith. This fact profoundly affects the value of the "peace process." One day the problem may be different. As recent dramatic changes in Soviet policy following the radical shake-up in the Soviet government remind us, policy is an expression of governments and their leaders. Iraq's policies would change if its government changed. Iran's policies changed when the regime did; they could change again. Syria's policies could change. The PLO's policies could change, if its leaders changed. These governments and groups forged in the era of Soviet totalitarianism and massive Soviet aid belong to another era: the era of empire, terrorism and the "Zionism is racism" resolution. That era is past. Road to peace The next era may feature more modern governments, which understand that pluralism is the only road to peace in this region, where Hashemites and Palestinians, Kurds and Druse, Alawites and Shi-ites, and Sunnis and Jews live side by side, like it or not. Until time and changing circumstances produce governments ready to negotiate in good faith, it is neither reasonable nor friendly to ask Israel the only democracy in the region to take risks for a peace agreement that is the result of outside pressures. It is like asking the United Nations to accept without guarantees Saddam Hussein's promises of better behavior. Jeane Kirkpatrick, formerly the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is a nationally syndicated columnist. announced plans to publish them. The decision has been hailed worldwide, except at the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem, repository of the scrolls, where the Huntington plans are predictably blasted as theft. But how could this be theft? It is not as if the scholarly labor devoted to previous publication were being heisted. What is at issue instead are the scrolls themselves, which by all rights should be part of the common property of mankind. It would make little more sense to claim that the Sistine Chapel or Michelangelo's David or Versailles or the Kelmscott Chaucer should be hidden from all but a few carefully screened eyes, for fear that someone would misinterpret their significance the excuse for secrecy, believe it or not, offered by one spokesman for the cartel. Fierce possessiveness Openness is a central ethic of all scholarship. But as many fine writers have observed (Henry James a century ago in his matchless tale, The Aspern Papers, the English novelist A.S. Byatt last year in her entertaining novel Possession), old papers sometimes excite the fiercest kind of human possessiveness almost as if they were old gold or rare gems or, for that matter, persons. That very human if unattractive trait accounts for the sorry fact that 44 years have passed since the discovery at Qumran with the scrolls closed to the world. Rebellion was inevitable. The mystery, as deep as any mystery connected with the scrolls, is why it was nearly half a century breaking out. Edwin M. Yoder Jr. is a Washington- based, nationally syndicated columnist Precious scrolls in view at last sein's threats, look at his record of violence and consult evidence uncovered by Israel. It is simply not possible to speak of good-faith compliance in this context. The experience with the current efforts at inspection teach us an important lesson: Signing a non-proliferation treaty and undergoing periodic International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections provide little protection against a ruler with a will to deceive. The evidence of Iraq's willful evasion and IAEA's incapacity have important implications for nuclear plants in Algeria and Cuba also installed by the Soviet Union. The Iraqi experience has demolished many comfortable assumptions about what is required for the development of nuclear weapons and what is required for inspection. The lesson that the value of agreements depends above all on the character and intentions of those who agree has important implications for the pending international peace conference on Arab-Israeli differences. The United States is using heavy-handed pressure to bring the participants to the table. It may be tempted to use still heavier pressure to secure agreement. Is it considering what an agreement so secured will be worth? Israel is the premier target of Saddam Hussein's hostility, but Iraq is only one of the governments and groups that have sworn to destroy the Jewish state among them Iran, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and its various dissident factions, Syria and the Palestinians in Jordan who rallied to the cause of Saddam Hussein. There is no reason to doubt the seri Edwin M. Yoder Jr. readers with a smidgen of historical sophistication. Whatever may ultimately be made of ' the scrolls, the real scandal has been their capture and restriction by a small, almost hereditary clique of scholars. Until Israel captured East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War, in fact, the kingdom of Jordan with unexampled pettiness denied access to the scrolls to Jewish scholars. Israeli administration, in this as in most things, has been more enlightened. Still, the "cartel," as it has come to be called, was permitted to maintain its tight control. And the pace of publication would do credit to a snail. Thus there is every reason to hail the fact that the exasperation of scores and maybe hundreds of excluded biblical scholars has finally boiled over, and shattered the cartelization of Dead Sea Scroll study. A month or so ago, scholars at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati announced that they had reconstructed one of the texts not yet published. They had used a concordance of the scrolls (a word list, with contexts) to program a computer; and the yield was an inferred version of the text possibly reliable, possibly not. The mere existence of that dubious labor is a mark of the frustration scholars have felt that the scrolls are so closely held. Now, perhaps spurred by the Cincinnati example, the Huntington Library, which owns a set of photographic negatives of all the 800 or so documents, has ml During Judge Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings, we heard about natural law, a concept not hard to understand but easy to obfuscate. Let's look at it. Natural law is simply a philosophy, developed by John Locke and adopted by the framers of the Constitution, in which Locke argued that humans in the state of nature are free and equal but insecure. When people form a government, they surrender only those rights necessary for their security; all other rights pertaining to the integrity of the person and his property are retained. For example, they give up the right to be judge, jury and executioner in exchange for state adjudication. Positive law Positive law refers to statutes actually in existence. Statutes are moral laws if, and only if, they are consistent with the principles of natural law. Positive laws protecting free speech or those making murder, theft and assault punishable crimes are in keeping with natural law principles. Laws that deny people the right to engage in peaceable, voluntary exchange and laws that result in one person's property being taken for the benefit of another violate the principles of natural law, referred to in the Declaration of Independence as "self-evident, unalienable rights." Now we can see why the senators were so worked up over whether Judge Thomas was an adherent to natural law. Much of the daily business of our Congress consists of attacks on the basic premises of natural law. Second only to taking the property of one American and giving it to another, Congress loves giving monopoly privileges to one group or another. Very little of what our Congress does would win approval from men like Jefferson, Madison and Mason. What about Judge Thomas and Loch-ner? Actually the controversy has to do with four important Supreme Court decisions: Allgeyer, Lochner, Adair, and Cop-page. The decisions struck down state provisions which violated freedom of contract and openly granted monopoly privileges. The Supreme Court reached its decisions based largely on principles WASHINGTON: One day in 1947, a Palestinian shepherd boy casually threw a stone into a cave near the ruins of Qumran on the Dead Sea, some miles east of Jerusalem. Hearing the sound of breakage, he investigated. In the cave stood rows of ancient jars full of leather-bound documents. He had stumbled upon the greatest of all documentary finds on early rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity: the so-called Dead Sea Scrolls. The late and long overdue news in recent days is that they are at last to enter the public realm, thanks to the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. High time, too, for as with all sensational discoveries this one spawned many fantasies. It was whispered, for instance, that the scrolls would reveal so close an identity between the Essene sect (whose library of Old Testament books and commentaries the scrolls are) and the early Christians that the supposed uniqueness of the Christian Gospels would be wholly undermined. Jesus of Nazareth would turn out to be a sort of honorary Essene. Rumor accepted Such follies multiplied. Edmund Wilson, the great American literary critic, whose crankiness (especially on religious matters) sometimes led him astray, bought the Jesus-was-really-an-Essene rumor wholesale. In a New Yorker magazine series of the 1950s Wilson theorized that the secretiveness with which the scrolls were being examined suggested a conspiracy most probably originating in the Vatican to hide the truth and protect Christian orthodoxy. None of these wild speculations was borne out, although the study of the scrolls has deepened our understanding of the very real affinities between sectarian Judaism of the first century and early Christianity no novelty to the readers of Edward Gibbon nor indeed to any i

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