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OPINION
August 21, 2002
Arthur Schlesinger Jr. says it well in his Aug. 15 commentary, "The Immorality of Preventive War": "Unilateral preventive war is neither legitimate nor moral." He argues that aggression by Iraq would play into American hands to give reason for attack and a regime change. Being an aggressor has not been the American way, and such an aggressive action by the U.S. would surely undermine our moral standing in the world. As a people and a nation, our country's greatness has usually been enhanced when we are peace-seeking and working for the common good.
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WORLD
November 20, 2003 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
American military leaders continued their get-tough campaign Wednesday by dropping some of their most powerful bombs on vacant buildings in Baghdad and offering a $10-million reward for the capture of former Gen. Izzat Ibrahim, the top remaining Iraqi fugitive after Saddam Hussein. The campaign, which began this week and is described by U.S.
WORLD
December 31, 2009 | By Laura King
Afghan government investigators asserted Wednesday that foreign troops had killed 10 civilians in a raid this week, including eight students younger than 18. Western military officials called the charge unsubstantiated and urged a joint investigation. The deaths, which occurred Sunday in Kunar, a remote northeastern province, sparked street protests Wednesday in Kabul, the national capital, and in the eastern city of Jalalabad. "Obama, take out your troops!" organizers shouted through bullhorns.
WORLD
October 12, 2012 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The sun pounds down on the U.S. Marine sergeant and the tribal elder in this faceless, bone-colored plain. "We haven't seen any Taliban," the silk-bearded Afghan says, with a grin too large. The sergeant, broiling in his bulletproof vest, anticipates crackling gunfire at any minute. He knows the man is lying and he expects him to lie. This barren, anonymous-feeling landscape matters because it sits outside the biggest U.S. military and coalition base in Helmand province, known as Camp Leatherneck, a miniature city built in the middle of nowhere.
OPINION
December 16, 2005
Re "Bush Admits Mistakes but Defends War," Dec. 15 It's great that the president is finally coming clean about the Iraq war. It would be equally great if he'd apologize to the soldiers killed and wounded, the 30,000 Iraqis killed as well as those who will be killed in the future, the half of America he made feel unpatriotic for questioning the war, the countries he blasted that turned out to have better intelligence (France, Germany and others)...
OPINION
April 3, 2003
Re " 'Terror' as the Ultimate Excuse," Commentary, April 1: Robert Scheer's attempt to draw a comparison between American patriots who fought in the Revolutionary War and modern-day terrorists is asinine. We fought the American Revolution because we dared to believe that a human being has a fundamental right to rule his own life according to the dictates of his own conscience and to think and act for himself without violating the rights of others to do the same. That's a far cry from the wholesale slaughter of innocents because they do not worship Allah.
WORLD
November 14, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Violence hopscotched across Afghanistan on Saturday, as a bombing killed 10 people in a northern province and coalition troops repelled an assault by a squad of gunmen and suicide bombers on a base in the country's eastern region. In Afghanistan's south, North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces reported the deaths of three service members in an insurgent attack. It did not provide details or release the nationalities of those killed, but most of the troops serving in the south are Americans.
WORLD
February 22, 2010 | By Tony Perry and Laura King
Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Nawa, Afghanistan -- Backed by fighter jets and attack helicopters, U.S. Marines and Afghan troops closed in on an insurgent-ridden sector of Marja on Sunday, the ninth day of a coalition bid to wrest control of the southern Afghan town from the Taliban. The fighting, concentrated in northwestern Marja, took place amid what the North Atlantic Treaty Organization called "determined resistance" from holdout fighters in various locations in and around the town.
WORLD
November 21, 2009 | Laura King
Authorities on Friday were investigating whether a blast that hit a crowded marketplace in western Afghanistan was aimed at a provincial governor considered friendly to the United States. A suicide bomber rode a motorcycle into a crowded marketplace in the city of Farah, capital of Farah province, and set off his explosives, killing 16 other people and injuring about two dozen others. At least two children were among the dead and several were injured, hospital officials said.
WORLD
June 3, 2012 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan — Four aid group workers held hostage in a cave in northeastern Afghanistan were rescued early Saturday by NATO-led forces, according to British and alliance officials. The four, a British woman and Kenyan woman and their two male Afghan colleagues, were reportedly in good condition. They had been kidnapped May 22 as they headed to impoverished areas of Badakhshan province on horseback during a mission for Medair, a charity group based in Switzerland. The rescue occurred shortly after midnight in a remote, forested area reportedly inhabited by smugglers and bandits.
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