Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1990 · Page 6
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VIEWPOINT Thursday, September 18, 2003 - Page 6 "The Gazette wants to be the friend of every man, the promulgator of all that's right, a welcome guest in the home. We want to build up, not tear down; to help, not to hinder; and to assist every worthy person in the community without reference to race, religion or politics. Our cause will be the broadening and bettering of the county's interests." — Indiana Gazette, 1890 The Indiana Gazette No end to terrorism By R. NETHAWAY Cox News Service WACO, Texas — Americans should forget about wrapping up the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq so we can go home and concentrate on more important issues. There is no end in sight in war on terrorism. Except for annihilation, Osama bin Laden's brand of Islamic terrorism directed at the United States is incurable. According to experts in Islamic fundamentalism, Americans had best get used to the idea that their grandchildren, and perhaps their great-great grandchildren, likely will be fighting the descendents of today's Islamic terrorists. "There is no beginning. There is no ending here." said Akbar Ahmed of American University on a recent ABC News "Night- line" program. "For the jihadist, war is a condition. War is perpetual. War is infinite. Going to battle for them is like going to church," said terrorism expert Brian Jenkins of the RAND Corporation on the same "Nightline" program. "The objective is to ultimately have Islam dominate the world." said Jenkins. "Yes," agreed Ahmed. The aim of the Islamic terrorist enemies of the United States and the Western world, he said, is the "restoration of the time of the coming of Islam in the 7th Century." According to terrorist expert Mansoor Ijaz on the same program, the central thesis of bin Laden's al-Qaida organization "has changed from get the infidel, to get the Saudi royal family, to get American troops off of Saudi soil, to the destruction of the Western economy and the way of life." The United States has been in a war with terrorists dedicated to destroying this nation for years and didn't even know it. The 1993 attack on the World Trade Center by a truck loaded with explosives parked under one of the twin towers was a declaration of war that went unrecognized. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that again targeted the World Trade Center, along with Washington, D.C. targets, finally elicited a sustained U.S. response. • Even now, however, it is difficult to grasp that the United States is at war with an enemy that believes as an article of religious faith that our way of life must be destroyed. Akbar agreed. "In Muslim societies wars are unending," he said. "In Afghanistan, for instance, wars are passed on from fathers to sons. So the notion of honor, revenge, battle is simply passed on. "So what you are seeing are two different civilizations with different cultural codes, different ways of Bghting wars, with different objectives, interacting now at this moment in history." Certainly most Muslims do not accept the Islamic fundamentalism followed by the terrorists, which offers hope for what appears to be a war without end. Mainstream Muslims should ostracize and publicly condemn as heretical the faith-based principles used by the terrorists to justify their jihad against the United States and the Western world. Unfortunately, there is no quick or easy way to wrap up the war on terrorism. We cannot declare victory and go home. We must spend what is necessary and do what is necessary to prevail. (Rowland Nethaway is senior editor of The Waco Tribune-Herald. E-mail: RNethaway@wa- A good economy By CHARLEY REESE King Features Syndicate The problem with many in Washington and the media is that their only definition of a "good economy" is statistical. The gross domestic product, however, does not tell us if we have a good economy. We can increase the GDP by going into ruinous debt or by crashing our cars or by buying a truckload of whiskey. Nor does the Dow Jones industrial average or any of the other stock-market indexes tell us if we have a good economy. The stock markets are akin to gambling casinos, where paper is bought and sold. It is akin to usury, since it's an attempt to make money with money. You define a good economy by asking the right questions. Are there jobs for everyone who wants one? Can working people afford decent housing and adequate medical care on their salaries? Is the currency maintaining its value so that people can save for their retirement? Are taxes both low and equitable? Are usurious interest rates forbidden? Is the gap between the rich and the poor shrinking instead of expanding? Right now, regardless of what the government statistics look like, our economy is unhealthy. There are too many unemployed, too many trying to live on unlivable wages, too many regressive taxes and too many loopholes for the very rich. Housing and medical costs are skyrocketing, while wages are actually dropping. Yet the government tells us that the cost of living isn't increasing. That's actually because the government changed the definitions some years ago. American jobs are being exported, and cheap labor in the form of illegal immigrants is being imported. If you want to create social conflict, then create a situation in which surplus people have to fight each other over the crumbs at the bottom of the economic ladder. People are encouraged to go into debt, and indeed debt — personal, corporate and govern. ment — is at staggering levels. • Remembering that debt is a claim on future income for past consumption, I don't think there is much room for genuine eco- nomic growth in the future. If you were inclined at all toward conspiracy theories, it wouldn't be a stretch to imagine some evil oligarchy deliberately wrecking America. After all, the policies that are causing the problems — the export of jobs under the guise of free trade, a deliberately devalued currency, open borders, huge government deficits, all- time record trade deficits, and encouragement of usury and consolidation of wealth in fewer hands — are deliberate. Moreover, even debate about these policies is discouraged. Recently, when Howard Dean questioned these pseu do-free-trade policies, Joe lieberman immediately accused him of wanting to cause a depression. I strongly believe George Bush's administration should be ousted in 2004 for domestic blundering, let alone foreign blundering. It wouldn't hurt to also clean out the House and the Senate. We have to stop the export of jobs and devise a policy to bring them back. You can do that with tariffs by telling corporations that if they make their products in Mexico or China, to sell them in Mexico or China, because the products aren't coming into the United States. We must replace "free" trade with fair trade. At present, we are allowing lousy rich corporations to pay sweatshop wages in Asia and sell their products at high American prices in the United States. The heads of these corporations are swine. They dump Americans into the unemployment lines, exploit foreign labor like a 19th-century slave owner, and then gouge American consumers, relying on advertising and celebrity endorsements to peddle their junk. This has to stop. Any politician who claims he or she is going to do something about the loss of American jobs but defends free trade is a liar. There are two things all countries must have if they are to prosper: strong agriculture and a strong manufacturing base. Both of these pillars of prosperity are eroding to the point of collapse. When we get to the point where we are all consumption and no production, we're dead as a nation. (Write to Charley Reese at KO. Box 2446, Orlando, FL 32802) The Senate says no By WILLIAM SAFIRE New York Times News Service How are a majority of Americans, standing with a bipartisan majority of both houses of Congress, going to stop the Federal Communications Commission from making the biggest mistake in its existence? A handful of media giants want to further concentrate their power by gobbling up more local TV and radio stations, beyond the 35-percent- of-penetration limit. The FCC chairman has called arguments for local diversity "garbage" and this week branded the proposed Senate resolution disapproving of his anything-goes ruling as "bordering on the absurd." The Senate answered this arrogance on Tuesday by voting, 55-40, for Sen. Byron Dorgan's resolution to disapprove the FCC's green light for power- grabbing. Though a House majority would agree, the GOP leadership there declared the Senate bill "dead on arrival" and will block a vote. Therefore, the Senate's expression becomes a dramatic gesture, but not law. Meanwhile, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia has put a hold on the FCC's ruling. When administration lawyers tried to yank the case over to a D.C.. appeals court — more likely to rubber-stamp the order — the Philadelphia judges said nothing doing. That gives Congress time to pass legislation directing the FCC to hold the line against the Disney-GE-Fox-Viacom takeovers. The FCC chairman, Michael Powell, sensing that not even his friendship with Sen. John McCain nor his backing by Big Media is stopping the popular groundswell, has resorted to a fear appeal: That stopping more gobbling up of local stations by the broadcast networks will be the ruination of "free TV" That's the ludicrous party line being peddled by GE, which owns NBC. But four-fifths of broadcast network TV is now delivered to homes by cable or satellite — not free — and NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox are making money hand over fist. "Powell's Last Stand" on this false argument has become an embarrassment to the Bush White House, which has been foolishly threatening to veto any disapproval of the FCC's abdication of the public interest. (The GOP leader Tom DeLay still can't get 148 signatures on a letter promising to sustain what would be Bush's first veto.) How do we break out of this, impasse, with the mediopoly and its political trained seals on the merger side, and with the most diverse coalition of lefties and righties ever assembled on the other? Sen. Trent Lott, a Republican, knows how these things work; I crosshatched his analysis with that of a savvy Democratic mole in the House. Tuesday's Senate expression of disapproval was a good sign, but will die in the House. The bill already passed by McCain's Senate Commerce Committee detailing what the FCC must do to protect diversity in TV as well as radio, and to restrict new cross- ownership of TV and newspapers, will j ribt spori; get 'zl fjbbr; vote as the majority leader,'Bill Frist, goes u along with White House wishes. But thanks to the canny Alaskan Ted Stevens, the rollback of the Powell abomination will appear in the Senate appropriations bill for the Commerce, Justice and State Departments. It is already in the House bill funding those departments, and Democrats will not let it be stripped out behind closed doors in conference.. Thus even restraint of cross- ownership of newspapers and TV—which those of us in diversity's ranks thought a lost cause — may be carried along in the wave of resentment against the 45-percent-of-TV-audience penetrators. "Today's victory — and don't kid yourself, it stunned 'em — is ; just one step in the process," • says Lott. "The final step will be • even harder for the president or • the leadership to stop. An appropriations bill for Commerce- Justice-State -— that would be hard to veto over the issue of a regulatory review." Why would the president want to bring the financing of the war on terror to a grinding halt to rescue an appointee aching to resign? Or to curry favor with a tight bunch of media biggies who" might' : use ' their ever- greater power to turn on him when he least expects it? The first Bush veto should advance a principle, not be wasted on a bow to a muscular Mickey Mouse. Libertarians of the left and right are resisting the concentration of power and insisting on the preservation of competition. This strange bedfellowship will not equivocate, and we will be heard. The two minds of John Kerry By SCOT LEHIGH The Boston Globe So let's see. Just two weeks after John Kerry issued a statement saying that no campaign shakeup loomed, the assurance that all is fine is now apparently, ah, inoperative. Chris Lehane, Kerry's communications director, has now jumped ship, said to be frustrated that Kerry sat on his hands while Howard Dean soared by him. And last week, Kerry distanced himself from the controversy- dousing declaration that he planned no changes in his team. "Those weren't precisely my words," he told the Globe's Michael Kranish. "They were the words of a press release sent out." Apparently only utterances from the candidate himself can be taken at face value. Of course, when it's the senator himself speaking, the sentiments can be awfully hard to decipher. Last Tuesday, during the Democratic debate in Baltimore, Kerry was asked about his vote to authorize the use of force (or "to threaten the use of force," as Kerry has tried to characterize it) against Iraq. Replied the candidate: "If we hadn't voted the way we voted, we would not have been able to have a chance of going to the United Nations and stopping the president, in effect, who already had the votes and who was obviously asking serious questions about whether or not the Congress was going to be there to enforce the effort to create a threat." To call that answer incoherent is to pay it a fulsome compliment. Kerry, a close friend of John McCain, must know that voters want someone authentic, direct, genuine. Can he honestly imagine he is within a country mile of meeting that standard? With Lehane gone, there's now some talk that Kerry may install someone to supersede campaign manager Jim Jordan. Given the candidate's recent performance, here's a better idea: The campaign should find someone to supersede John Kerry. Oh, not forever. Just until the candidate decides who he is. And what he stands for. Maybe Teresa Heinz could do it. She is more real and far less programmed than her husband. Or perhaps Tom Vallely, Kerry's old friend and fellow Vietnam War vet, could stand in as a surrogate for a few weeks. Vallely, after all, was once a state rep, which means his political instincts may well be sharper than Kerry's these days. Now, as I've argued before, the senator's plight is hardly as dire as the death spiral sometimes portrayed. Two new polls show Guidelines for letters Address letters to: Viewpoint editor, 899 Water St., Indiana, PA 15701, or Fax them to 465-8267. Go to the Gazette Web site,, and click on Submit A Letter in the bar to the left. All letters to the editor must be signed and include •the writer's full address and telephone number before they can be considered for publication. Letters must be factual and discuss issues and not personalities. A recommended limit for length is two typewritten, double- spaced pages. Writers of letters should not ask to have their names withheld. All letters to the editor are subject to editing. him narrowly leading the Democratic race nationally. And a new Boston Globe survey in New Hampshire reveals that the 21-point lead that Dean supposedly held over Kerry there is really a more manageable 12- point margin. So Kerry is still positioned to bounce back. But to do so, he will have to improve. Dramatically. His problem? Seeking an office he has coveted all his life, Kerry still can't decide how he wants to run. His campaign is a study in duplication: Two media consultants, two pollsters, two inner circles. Which, in one sense, is perfect for a candidate often of two minds. The various duplicates can line up and debate their competing approaches — and Kerry can lake it all in, head pivoting back and forth like a poodle at a Ping-Pong match. Now, Kerry is still capable of the big moment. As those who watched him in his epic 1996 battle with William Weld know, when his back is against the wall, Kerry can reach deep, find his core, and fight his way to daylight. But waiting for the impressive Kerry to appear is getting to be a little like .waiting for Godot. Meanwhile, Wesley Clark, the former NATO supreme allied commander, has reportedly decided to enter the race, trumping Kerry's military credentials — and thereby eroding some of his rationale. If he's to regain his footing, the senator will have to decide what he really wants to say about Iraq. Was his vote the right one to confront a dangerous tyrant, as he has sometimes said? Was he misled by faulty intelligence, as he has suggested at other times? Was it, .therefore, a mistake? It can't be both. And he must decide when, and how, he will take on Dean. At a time when Kerry needs to be at his very best, his campaign looks undisciplined, divided, and adrift. But there's an axiom in presidential politics that's as true as it is old: Problems in the campaign usually reflect inadequacies in the candidate. The basic problem here? John Kerry. ; The only one who can solve it? John Kerry. (Scot Lehigh's e-mail address is lehigh@globe. com.) (gazette (USPS 262-040) Published by THE INDIANA PRINTING & PUBLISHING COMPANY . 399 Water Street Indiana, PA. 15701 (724) 465-5555 Established in 1890 On the Internet: R.HASTIERAY Publisher, 1913-1970 LUCY R. DONNELLY Publisher, 1970-1993 IOE DONNELLY Publisher, 1970-2000 MICHAEL I.DONNELLY .President Publisher lASnED.KINTER Secretary Assistant Treasurer STACIED.GOTTFREDSON Treasurer Assistant Secretary OSEPHL. GEARY General Manager HOBERTYESILONIS.... Adv./Mklg.Director SAMUEL I. BECIITEL Executive Editor IXNN SCOTT As*. 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