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Thursday, September 18, 1986
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A12 IjlEPUBLIC THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1986 AP Firefighters put a victim of the blast on a stretch- 18 Juin, and er. Police cleared a nearby plaza, the Place du to evacuate Blast Continued from Al cut, had half of her face torn off. All .you could Bee was bleeding bodies." , Premier Jacques Chirac called an ' emergency meeting of his top security ministers immediately after the attack. The bombing was the bloodiest since the wave of attacks began Sept. 8. Earlier explosions hit a City Hall post office, a cafeteria in suburban La Defense, the Pub Renault on the Champs Elysees and police headquarters in central Paris. . Groups calling themselves the Committee for Solidarity with Arab and Middle East Political Prisoners, and the Partisans of Rights and Freedom have issued conflicting claims of responsibility for the earlier bombings and threatened ' new attacks unless Georges Ibrahim Abdallah and two other jailed Middle Easterners, Anis Naccache and Varoujian Garbidjian, are freed. In Beirut, an Arabic statement signed by the Committee for Solidarity threatened to launch attacks in the United States. The two-page statement, delivered Wednesday to the independent newspaper An-Nahar, said, "We shall meet soon in your great ' states. We shall get acquainted with Education chief warns of zealots Republic Wire Services WASHINGTON - Education Secretary William Bennett warned Wednesday of religious zealots, including television evangelist and potential presidential hopeful Pat Robertson, who claim Christians are more patriotic and family-oriented than non-Christians. Bennett, in a speech prepared for delivery at the University of Missouri, said such intolerance is a threat to democracy. "This sort of invidious sectarianism must be renounced in the strongest terms," Bennett said. "The vibrant families and warm patriotism of millions upon millions of non-Christian and non-religious Americans give it the lie." Though he did not mention Robertson by name in the text of his speech, released in Washington, Bennett referred to comments made in July by the evangelist and used them as examples of such sectarianism. "A public figure recently said., Evangelist Continued from Al endorsement of a string of religious leaders identified with all aspects of the fundamentalist-Christian movement, from former football star Roosevelt Grier to evangelist Oral Roberts. At the end of his talk, Robertson asked ushers to pass out petitions. The petitions included a "personal gift form" allowing for $100 or $200 contributions, payable by check or credit card. Robertson, 56, who has built a $230 million-a-year religious-business empire in Virginia Beach, Va., through his Christian Broadcasting Network and related organizations, delayed a formal declaration of his candidancy to protect his right to continue appearing as host of great states, your cities, your skyscrapers, your Statue of Liberty. We shall not wait for you to come here. Your streets will soon know us." The statement accused the Reagan administration of pressuring France into rejecting the group's demand for the release of three Lebanese prisoners held in Paris on terrorist charges. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Wednesday, attack. French police said Wednesday that Abdallah's brother, Robert, is -a prime suspect in the cafeteria bombing, and 200,000 posters were being distributed with his picture and that of another brother, Maurice. Authorities offered a reward of 1 million francs $150,000 for information leading to their arrest. Robert and Maurice Abdallah convened a news conference in the northern Lebanon city of Tripoli, denying involvement in the bombings and saying they have not been in France in two years. Their statement was made just before the Wednesday attack. Georges Abdallah, the suspected leader of a group called the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Factions, is serving a four-year prison term for possession of arms and false papers. He also is charged .-with complicity in the slayings of an - William Bennett that Christians feel more strongly about love of country, love of God and support for the traditional family than do non-Christians," the education secretary said. But a spokesman for Robertson -said the evangelist was misquoted. Marc Nuttle said, "It is not only out of context, it is a misquote." Compiled from United Press Interna- ' tional and the Associated Press. . CBNs 700 Club. As a declared candidate, he would be forced under federal law to give equal time on his network to 1 all other declared candidates for the GOP nomination. As of Wednesday, there was only one, former Delaware Gov. Pierre du Pont. In a news conference preceding the closed-circuit broadcast, Robertson said he is ready to run to "combat a flood tide of social problems" that are "a direct result of moral decay." Declaring that "what we are facing is not a governmental problem, it is a moral problem," Robertson called for firmer moral guidance for young people, cutbacks in government spending and rigorous i used it as a helicopter landing pad those with the gravest injuries. American and an Israeli diplomat in Paris. Naccache led a terrorist squad that tried to assassinate Shahpour Bakhtiar, Iran's last prime minister under Shah Mohammed Reza Pah-' . lavi. Garbidjian, an Armenian, was convicted of a 1983 bombing that killed eight people at France's Orly Airport. Naccache and Garbidjian are serving life sentences. Meanwhile, French police announced that they discovered a cache of more than 88 pounds of explosives, 10 grenades, more than 80 detonators and a roll of detonation cord. The Interior Ministry said the discovery came as a result of public appeals for vigilance against terrorism, but it provided no other details. Also Wednesday, a delegation of about 100 French Moslems appealed to Georges Abdallah to order an end to the bombings in Paris. The latest wave of bombings began when a blast at City Hall Skilled one employee and injured 18 jpeople Sept. 8. Four days later, a lunchtime bomb in a crowded cafeteria in the La Defense commercial center injured 40 people. On Sunday, a bomb was found in Pub Renault on the Champs Ely-sees and exploded when a staff member and two policemen took it to the basement. One policeman -was killed, and the other policeman 4,000 in Phoenix implore By CHARLES KELLY The Arizona Republic The audience of 4,000 clapped, cheered and thrust their arms toward the ceiling to show unity with God and Pat Robertson as the evangelist Wednesday night beamed his electronic political rally into the Phoenix First Assembly of God Church. "Say it, Pat," a voice pleaded as Robertson, appearing on closed-circuit television, verbally tiptoed around the idea of declaring his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president in 1988. Robertson didn't exactly say it or "go for it," as people interviewed on the broadcast begged him to, but he did say he would declare for the presidency a year from now if he "could get 3 million registered voters -across the country to pray, work and contribute campaign funds to him. Many of the people at Phoenix efforts to reduce the U.S. trade deficit He contended that Americans should tell foreign competitors, "Either give us free and fair access to your markets, or we will shut down America's markets to you." He also asked that his fundamen-'talist religious views be assessed with "the same fairness" that was accorded to John F. Kennedy in 1960. Kennedy the only Roman Catholic elected president faced constant questioning about his faith during the 1960 campaign, with opponents charging that if Kennedy were elected, his actions would be .dictated by the pope. vent their fear, frustration By CHERYL HATCH Special for The Republic PARIS This city is under siege. Parisians awoke this morning to screaming newspaper headlines and sirens, and uniformed men with guns patrolling train stations and erecting barricades. After five terrorist bombings in less than two weeks, Paris resembles a city in a nation at war. The newspapers proclaimed Wednesday's bombing as the worst, publishing pictures of mutilation and apologizing for running them. "It's like Beirut. It's war," said Christophe Trepier, 26, a night receptionist at the Hotel de Verdun, a block away from Gare de L'Est, a train station in northeast Paris. "The words aren't strong enough to say what we feel," said Francoise Deom, 53, who lives in Poitiers, a town in central France. "I'm appalled. I ask myself, 'How far will the horror go?"' At dawn today, early editions of Le Figaro newspaper blared the news of five killed and 52 injured in Wednesday's bombing of a clothing store. - "It's just the beginning," Denise and cafe worker were injured. The following day, a bomb in the driver's-license office of Paris police headquarters killed one person and injured 51. In response to the bombings, " France deployed troops to aid frontier police and imposed visa requirements on all visitors except those from selected European nations. Meanwhile, in Cairo, the U.S. Embassy said it has information that an extremist group may be planning to strike against American officials in Cairo and has warned U.S. citizens to take precautions. The warning from the embassy's security department was distributed via a private American telephone network organized by the embassy. "The U.S. mission has received reliable information that an extremist group may attempt an operation against one or more U.S. officials within the next several days," the warning said. "However, all Americans should be alert to potential dangers and take appropriate personal security precautions." The U.S. Embassy periodically distributes similar warnings. Compiled from the Associated Press and United Press International. First Assembly, 13613 N. Cave Creek, answered the call, writing checks and signing petitions urging ' Robertson to run and handing them to ushers who moved among the crowd after the evangelist's speech. Robertson's fundamentalist-Christian constituency was represented at the church mostly by casually dressed white, middle-age people, with a sprinkling of younger and older people. A few clutched Bibles. The evangelist's rally at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., was of more interest for them, because the church's Victory Singers and its pastor, the Rev. Tommy Barnett, appeared with Robertson. Michael Clifford, president of Victory Communications International in Scottsdale, produced the teleconference, which was broadcast to 216 locations throughout the : Robertson, a Southern Baptist, made it clear that religious issues would be at the heart of his .campaign. In his prepared text, Robertson said that in the past 25 years, "we have permitted ... an assault on our faith and values that would have been unthinkable to past generations." "We have taken the Holy Bible from our young and replaced it with the thoughts of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and John Dewey," he said. "A small elite of lawyers, judges and educators have given us such a tortured view of the establish-ment-of-religion clause of the First Amendment to our Constitution that it has been called by one United States senator 'an intellectual scandal.' "God is out. Casual sex, infidelity and easy divorce, the recreational Deom, a political-science student, said. "It's certain to continue. The government is powerless. It's the weakness of democracy in France. . We won't do what's necessary." Referring to the United States', bombing of Libya, she said France won't do that although she thinks it should retaliate. "It's worse than a cold war, because we don't know who's against who," she said. "The most important thing is not to panic. They (the terrorists) want the public opinion to turn against the government. But we can't do that. We have to support the government, even if, like in my case, we don't believe in what they're doing." Francoise Deom said she plans to return to Poitiers later today but is worried about her daughter's safety. "Whatever will happen will happen," Francoise Deom said, "but we won't have done anything to provoke." That feeling of helplessness dom-. inated the talk of Parisians and Americans here. "The aim of the terrorists is psychological," said Christine Colasurdo, 24, a secretary from Portland, Ore., who works for the Maurice (left) and Robert Abdallah, during a press conference in Tripoli, Lebanon, where they denied involvement in the bombings. Robertson United States. Audience members appeared jubilant as they emerged from the broadcast savoring the thought of a Robertson presidency. "I'm all for it," said Vera May .Lentz of 21002 N. 24th Ave. "Being Christian, I think he'll do a wonderful job." Curtis Kaufmann, of 5937 W. Latham, who identified himself as the head of the Phoenix chapter of the ultraconservative John Birch Society, also was enthusiastic. "He's sure got the qualities," Kaufmann said. "He's strictly against the communist giveaway' which they've been doing for the -last 200 years." Kaufmann rated Robertson's -chances for election at "150 percent" and said, "All moral groups will support him." use of drugs and radical lifestyles are in." Robertson said he has no specific financial target for his supporters to reach by next September. But he said that, if he does become an official candidate, he hopes to raise enough in individual contributions so he will not have to accept the millions of dollars in federal matching funds available to presidential candidates. As Robertson organized the tel-evized extravaganza, controversy surrounding his campaign continued to grow. On Wednesday morning, the liberal People for the American Way held a "Robertson Film Festival." Clips from the 700 Club showed Robertson claiming to have moved a hurricane from its course; arguing that "non-Christian people and atheists" are using the Constitution "to destroy the foundations American Institute for Foreign Study. "They aim at anybody. They make you feel unsafe." Colasurdo was working six blocks away from the clothing store that was bombed Wednesday when she heard the explosion. "I heard the one single explosion and thought, 'It's a bomb,'" she said. "It was like blasting in the mountains, a rumble," She immediately went to check on a French friend who lives near the site of the bombing. "She was on the street when it happened," Colasurdo said of her friend. "She felt the wind from the explosion. She saw the people fleeing in panic." Fear shadows Parisians during daily routines, Trepier said. "Although you try to remain optimistic," he said, "to maintain a philosophic attitude, you can't avoide the image of terrorism. "As soon as you leave the house, you see the police, the controls, and you are obligated to think about it and a little fear comes in." Cheryl Hatch, a Pulliam Fellow reporter at The Republic this summer, Is a graduate student at Oregon State University who is working in Poitiers. France, this summer in an exchange program. AP to run in '88 In contrast, F.E. "Red" Homuth of Apache Junction said he thinks Robertson faced "an uphill battle" in his bid for the presidency. "It's the religious issue," Homuth ,said. "It goes back to (the late President John F.) Kennedy. But 'Kennedy overcame it, and I think' he'll overcome it, too." Homuth's daughter, Barbara Gerber of 2742 E. Larkspur Drive, was impressed by Robertson, too. Gerber, whose husband, John, is a member of the Victory Singers, said she would have liked to have seen more secular endorsements for Robertson during the rally, "but I think that will come over the (course of the) year." Henry Reyes of 12027 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale, said he thinks Robertson might have problems with "small-minded people" who "attack the religious issue without knowing what they are attacking." of our society"; and describing a husband as the "high priest" of the family unit. Lawyers for Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network had threatened People for the American Way with a copyright-infringement suit if the organization showed the film. Anthony Podesta, president of the liberal group, said Robertson is trying to "squelch public debate over the public utterances of a ' public figure." Responding to the film clips, Robertson said, "I think the fact that extremists of the left are taking such incredible pains to malign me must mean that they must see me as a very serious candidate." Compiled from the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, United Press International and the Associated Press.

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