The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 16, 1996 · Page 18
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 18

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 16, 1996
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C4 WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 16, 1996 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL TIRAQ Iraq rebuilding after missile attack despite U.S. warnings Saddam has restored much of Iraq's capabilities after bombing By Scripps Howard News Service WASHINGTON — Last month President Clinton warned Iraq that any attempt to rebuild its air-defense network would bring a new shower of missiles down upon them. Now the Pentagon concedes that Iraq has defied that threat and repaired its anti-aircraft defenses. But don't expect another round of U.S. air strikes anytime soon unless Iraq makes overt moves that threaten allied warplanes patrolling the "no-fly" ^one in southern Iraq, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. "If they 'paint' a plane, it's a threat and we'll react. They haven't and we don't see any signs" the Iraqis intend to, an administration official said, referring to the "painting" or "illuminating" of a U.S. or allied plane by Iraqi radar in preparation for an anti-aircraft attack. Administration officials said privately Tuesday that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has restored much of his military air defenses since the United States launched 44 cruise missiles at them Sept. 2 and 3. But the White House and Pentagon said the Iraqi defenses remain "significantly degraded" as a result of the strikes. White House spokesman Mike McCurry acknowledged that Saddam had performed some "reconstruction" to the air defense sites but in- sisted that allied pilots were in no danger. After the September strikes, Clinton and other administration officials proclaimed the raids a success in punishing Saddam for a military incursion into a Kurdish safe zone in northern Iraq. They also hailed the strikes as successful in rendering Iraq's air defenses impotent. But in the weeks since, reports have shown that the $1 million missiles were decidedly less' accurate than initially declared. Meanwhile, Pentagon officials have been closely watching developments in northern Iraq, where fighting apparently has resumed between rival Kurdish factions. Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said there is no "clear evidence" of Iraqi involvement in the renewed conflict. "We'll just have to see what's happening," he said. It was similar bloodshed that prompted Sad- dam to send his troops into the safety zone in late August in support of one of the Kurdish factions, the Kurdistan Democratic Party. That faction ultimately succeeded in taking control of a large chunk of the Kurdish zone. Now the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan appears to be close to reclaiming the territory. If so, Saddam may be tempted to send his soldiers into the fray again. If he does, that would put pressure on the United States to retaliate again. T CAMPAIGN '96 CLINTON Television H- violence declines President touts study in attempt to generate •positive headlines ..- .By The Associated Press ""-., ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — President Clinton showcased a net- work-financed study Tuesday ' showing a decline in TV violence as part of his homestretch strategy to look presidential and generate positive head' lines. -- " • Breaking from debate prepara- ; tion, the president praised the latest -''"•results of a three- ''year study by the *•; University of Cal"• ifornia, Los Ange; les. Despite shows like "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and "Nash Bridges," gra- - tuitous violence declined in the " '1995-96 season, the report says. ' - ' "We are moving measurably in the right direction — away from vi- •'"olence and toward more program•'" taing for children," Clinton said. ' • "'We have a long way to go but we " 'are making progress for our children." Jeff Cole, director of the UCLA center for Communication Policy and the study's author, flew to New Mexico for the event. "Much more work needs to be done," he said. "But we hope this is a trend." The president and rival Bob Dole have attacked Hollywood for glam- '*i>rizing sex and violence. Clinton •pushed for a ratings system for television programs, more hours of children's programming and "V- chips" for television sets so parents can block shows they consider inappropriate for their children. "I think we deserve some credit," White House press secretary Mike McCurry said. But he later added, "I .would credit Bob Dole as well." Clinton was less generous: "This project ... was well under way before Senator Dole ever said anything." V LIBEL Lawmaker wins verdict over report Station linked candidate to insurance scam just days before election By The Associated Press HOUSTON — A state lawmaker won a $5.5 million libel verdict 'against a TV station for a 1991 broadcast he said cost him Houston's mayoral election. In a 10 : 2 verdict for Rep. Sylvester Turner, a jury decided Monday that KTRK and reporter Wayne Dolcefino libeled him by linking him to an insurance scam involving a faked death. To successfully sue for libel, a public official must prove the me. dia acted with actual malice. The station plans to appeal. The jury ruled that KTRK ^hould pay Turner just over $5 •^•million and that Dolcefino should »l*pay $500,000. £'< In 1991, Turner was in a tight ^•funoffrace for mayor with develop* j *5er Bob Lanier, who went on to win P-^jihe election. 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