March 15, 2002
Re David Lewis' March 12 letter: It is certainly an injustice that women have been excluded from positions of power for most of world history. However, there is no reason to believe that when women do in fact get the opportunity to wield power, they do so with any less egoism or aggression than do men. The myth of female pacifism is unfounded: Margaret Thatcher, Janet Reno and Condoleezza Rice come to mind as examples to the contrary. Bob Cheslow Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1991
Last August, when my former country trampled the rights of Kuwaitis, I felt ashamed. Today, after the destruction of Kuwait and Iraq, after the crippling blows dealt from the sky by my adopted country to the daily lives of so many innocent people, my feelings go beyond shame. Would it be possible for someone like me, who still doesn't know whether his family in Baghdad and Basra is dead or alive, to conclude that war is a solution? I often hear that this war was a catastrophe necessary to avoid a bigger future catastrophe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1992
Has anyone noticed (in Jean Edward Smith's just-published book "George Bush's War" and other sources) that Bush was doing absolutely nothing about the "Baghdad Bully" after the invasion of Kuwait until Margaret Thatcher met with him in Aspen and said, "He must be stopped and his aggression must be punished." She spoke of Chamberlain's sellout of Czechoslovakia that had rewarded Hitler's aggression. In the bargain, she reminded Bush of the happy political consequences of quick, popular wars (like her own brief and shining hour in the Falklands)
April 11, 2003
Re "Make Iraqis Pay for Acts of 'Perfidy,' " by Neal Richardson and Spencer Crona, Commentary, April 8: So, Iraqis ought to pay for suicide bombings, feigning surrender and other acts of "perfidy" directed against invading U.S. and British troops, inasmuch as such acts violate international law. Such a suggestion should make Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush shudder. The U.S.-UK invasion of Iraq is clearly a violation of international law. It would seem, then, that one of the casualties of the war against Iraq is that neither the U.S. nor the UK is in a position to appeal to breaking international law as grounds for condemning the acts of others.
June 1, 1992
Re "Violence: Merely Entertaining or Mainly Evil?" (May 25): As an educator and children's entertainer the last 12 years, I have creatively interacted with thousands of children in music classes and concert audiences, and I have witnessed escalating violent aggression. I assert that the entertainment industry is one factor in stimulating it in children. Children develop conflict-resolution skills based on what they experience and draw on this resource when faced with behavioral decisions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1991
I found your March 1 editorial on the opportunities and challenges presented by peace in the Middle East to be both broad and thoughtful. Inexplicably, it omitted one of the most crucial issues facing the region which, if not addressed, could well thwart efforts made in any other sector. I refer to the absolute necessity for some kind of regional security arrangement; sort of an inward-looking NATO. The obvious function of such a body would be to serve as a group bastion against territorial aggression against any nation in the region, whether from within or from outside.
May 19, 1986 |
Elizabeth Delea, an avid letter writer, mailed a peace letter to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's wife and said today she received an answer from the colonel himself. A newspaper photo of Kadafi's wife, Safia, sobbing--apparently over the death of her child in the bombing--prompted her to write, Delea said. Delea asked Safia Kadafi to ask her husband to work for peace, not war.
August 2, 1987 |
The apparent upsurge in highway violence has grabbed nearly everyone's attention. Explaining why it is happening is difficult because the events are dissimilar and have many causes. Some themes, such as "traffic stress" and "copycat" behavior, have been offered as explanations, but these are overplayed. Adding to the difficulty is the lack of research to guide the analysis.
May 5, 1996 |
A 6-year-old is charged with the attempted murder of a 1-month-old baby in Richmond, Calif. It is an act that was carried out in the company of some buddies, a pair of 8-year-old twins. Family, community, state and nation are shocked. The mother of the 6-year-old makes a statement to the media: "My kid's not a monster." We wonder: Is this merely the natural reaction of maternal protectiveness, or is she right? Would the typical 6-year-old be capable of this act?