The Corbin Times-Tribune from Corbin, Kentucky on May 19, 1977 · Page 6
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The Corbin Times-Tribune from Corbin, Kentucky · Page 6

Corbin, Kentucky
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Thursday, May 19, 1977
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-- Corbin Times-Tribune, Thursday, May 19,1977 ENTEBBE . . 9 Survivor Recalls Hijacking And Then Rescue By Israelis B y B I L L H E N D R I C K Associated Press Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Air France Flight 139 had been airborne less than 10 minutes last June when Dr. David Bass, an American who emigrated to Israel five years ago, realized "something was dreadfully wrong." He heard a man's voice over the plane's intercom stating that the craft no longer was in control of the pilot. The man spoke English, but with a heavy German accident, and Bass guessed then what was happening. '··'. "I thought we were all going to die," Bass said in an in- terview here Wednesday. "We all thought that." : The plane had been hijacked just after taking off from the airport in Athens, Greece by two pro-Palestinian Germans and two Arabs. All were heavily armed. ,. The ordeal for Bass and more than 240 others began last June 27. It ended when Israeli commandoes stunned the world b*y flying hundreds of miles to ftscue more than 100 Israeli Citizens who had been im- prisoned for days at Uganda's Entebbe Airport. \ More than 100 non-Jews were flowed to leave, but Jews and Israelis were forced to stay. The date of the rescue -- July 4 -- won't be celebrated as a national holiday in Israel this year. The raid was a success, but it rekindled memories of the "holocaust" -- the exter- mination by Nazi Germany of more than six million Jews during World War II, Bass said. It has left emotional scars in Israel to this day, said Bass, a a 40 year-old surgeon who now teaches at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. "You can't say a situation like that doesn't change you in any way," Bass said. "There are some .people in Israel who were psychologically disturbed by this." He said several of the rescued Israeli women had "spontaneous miscarriages" when they returned to their homeland. "There are quite a few people who are under psychiatric care," Bass said. "There is a man lying in a hospital in Tel Aviv who in the raid got a bullet in his spine. He is paralyzed from the neck down." Bass said one question which always arises among American Jews who emigrate to Israel is whether they made the right decision. "I think one always questions whether he made the right decision to live in Israel," Bass Is President Above Law? By H A R R Y F. R O S E N T H A L · Associated Press Writer ^WASHINGTON ( A P ) -- Burglaries and other crimes are not illegal if they are ordered by the president of the United States, Richard M. Nixon says in his latest television in- terview. · T In the interview to be broadcast tonight, the former president tells television per- s'onality David Frost that 'iWhen the president docs it, that means it is not illegal," according to excerpts from the program published in today's New York Times. 'Specifically asked about the White House-ordered burglary Of the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, Nixon denied advance knowledge of the break-in. But he said if White Mouse aide John Ehrlichman had told him of the planned burglary: "I would have said 'Go right ahead." 1 The Times quotes Nixon as saying: "If the president, if, if, for example, the president approves something, approves an action because of the national security or, in this case, because of a threat to internal peace and order of, of significant magnitude, then the president's decision in that instance is one that enables those who cany it out to carry it out without violating a law." i3ut Nixon stammered and objected when Frost asked the inevitable question -- does that mean a president could order a legal murder? "There arc degrees, there are nuances which are difficult to explain," Nixon protested. He agreed that the dividing line would be the president's judgment. Nixon said his administration got tough with Vietnam dissenters to avoid "a situation where this war would be lost in Washington." Nixon says he practiced the politics of polarization in the Vietnam years to rally majority support behind his policies. "I had to make a choice," he says, speaking of protesters. "Arc we going to allow this group to first -- where they were violent ... violence prone -- to endanger the lives of others? (And) Second, even more important, are we going to allow our potential enemies, those we were negotiating with in Paris, to gain the impression that they represented the majority?" A source on the Frost staff says Nixon makes no apologies for his conduct of the war, but expresses regret that he didn't accelerate military actions earlier to bring the North Vietnamese to the bargaining table. The talks that finally brought the end of the war followed intensive air strikes against North Vietnamese supply lines and the mining of Haiphong and six other harbors in May of 1972. Nixon maintains, the source says, that such actions in 1970 might have hastened the end of the conflict. "In my view, I had a responsibility which was above everything else to bring that war to the earliest possible conclusion, and I did it," Nixon is quoted as saying. There also arc discussions in tonight's show of the political enemies list disclosed at the Senate Watergate hearings, the use of the Internal Revenue Service against political dissenters and the atmosphere in the White House that led to those things. Sfofuw wen 680 On Your Dial THURSDAY P.M. 6:00 Mows 6 : 1 5 Spoils .4:25 Night Train 1 1:00 News-Sign Oil FRIDAY A.M. 5:00 David Scotl Show 5:55 U.K. Farm Mows 6:00 News 6:25 Farm and Homo News 6:30 Mows 6:50 Trading Post 7:00 Nows ' 7:IOSporls 7.15 Johnny Reeves Show 8:00 News 8:15 Changing World 8:20 Good Music 8:30 Bailey Boys 9:00 News 9:05 Obituary Column 9:10 Devotion Q :35 Gospel Music 9:45 Campmeeling Hour 10:00 News 1! :00 News 12:00 News 12:15 Farm Profit 12:20 Sports 12:30 Church ol Chiisl 12:'+5 World Missionary Evang. I :00 A f t e r n o o n Show- News 1:30 Mental Health Mat- tors 6:00 News 6 : 1 5 S p o r t s 6:25 Night Train 8:00 Cinn-Now York 11:00 News-Sign OK Southeastern Kentucky's Most Powerful Fulltime Station For WCIT-FM DM 107.1 said. "If there were any doubts in my mind as to my mind, I t h i n k this completely eliminated them. Israel is my home. "Israel carrying out this Entebbe raid was reinforcing my belief in the State of Israel," he said. "We were threatened to be killed because we happened to be Israelis and Jews." Bass said he has no doubts that Ugandan President Idi Amin "was part of this entire thing from the very beginning to the very end," despite the Ugandan dictator's statements to the contrary. Bass said that when the plane landed at Entebbe, an airport official smiled and said, "We knew you were coming." He also said it was obvious the Ugandans were helping the four hijackers and eight Arabs who joined the terrorists at Entebbe. "When we landed, it looked like a concentration camp," Bass said. "From the very beginning, as you got off to disembark to get off the plane, you were shoved to the ter- m i n a l , you were walking through columns of Ugandan soldiers holding guns on you." He said the hostages were guarded night and day. "You realize you are in a country which is run by Idi Amin, whose greatest hero is Adolph H i t l e r . . . It was clear to us that on Sunday, they were going to start shooting," Bass said. "I was actually convinced that we were not getting out. I thought I was going to be executed." Before anyone was executed, however, the Israeli com- mandoes arrived. Three hostages, one Israeli soldiers, the terrorists and about 20 Ugandan soldiers were killed. Bass said the German woman "was brutal and she was psychotic," adding that she was edgy throughout and held a live grenade in her hand. The German man, Bass said, was afraid of her and was much calmer. He was "cool and calculating" and "came back several times out of the cockpit and you could see he was trying to calm her down. "Ironically enough, his j o b . . . was . . . to get us to the con- centration camp to Entebbe. His job was to get us there safely,"Bass said. Despite the success of the raid, Bass is cynical that it will curb international terrorism. "This really hasn't altered anything," he said. "I still think there are going to be attempts and there may be very similar attempts." But he said the Entebbe raid "drives home that Israel will not hesitate to do anything when it comes to its citizens." Bass desribed Amin as "sort of like a big buffoon" who was constantly smiling when he talked to the hostages and obviously enjoyed being in the spotlight of the cameras which followed him everywhere. Will Israel celebrate the Fourth of July as it did last year? Bass thinks not. "We've had too much tragedy," he said. "We don't need reminders. Loin Or Thin Cut Pork Chops $149 Lb. X End Cut Table Rite Ground Beef Lb. TableRite 790 bleRite Ground Chuck 99 C Table Fresh Green Cabbage Pork Chops ,69 C Country Style Spare Ribs Lb. 19 Del Monte FOODS Sale Of Del Monte Products! Whole Kernel Golden Corn.. 0r . c . ream . style ...4 ££ 99 C Tomato Juice " ' 49' Pineapple"'TM"" .*« I *1 M0 ""' . 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