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January 12, 2011 |
Richard "Dick" Winters, the "Easy Company" commander whose World War II exploits were made famous by the book and television miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 92. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Winters as Williams in the second paragraph. Winters died Jan. 2 at an assisted living facility in Campbelltown, Pa., after battling Parkinson's disease for several years, said longtime family friend William Jackson.
October 2, 1998 |
Within days of Germany's World War II defeat, Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered his aides to draft contingency plans for an Anglo-American invasion of the Soviet Union, a British newspaper reported. Citing documents recently discovered in Britain's public archives, the Daily Telegraph said the plan, code-named "Operation Unthinkable," eventually was rejected by Churchill and replaced with a strategy to guard against invasion by Josef Stalin's Red Army.
April 28, 2013
Re "A 'red line' on Syria," Editorial, April 25 The lessons of our disastrous invasion of Iraq have been ignored. Syria presents no direct threat to the U.S., and yet the foreign policy elite and the media are increasingly saying we may have to intervene militarily in that country's civil war because a "red line" may have been crossed. The Obama administration must resist the urge to take on another war; it should focus on rebuilding our nation. Furthermore, any U.S. intervention in response to Syria's use of chemical weapons would be grossly hypocritical, since our forces in Iraq used white phosphorous and ammunition made from depleted uranium, which have been linked to an increased rate of birth defects there.
October 15, 2009 |
The government said at least 85,000 Iraqi civilians, military and police were killed from 2004 to 2008 in sectarian violence. What remains unanswered is how many died in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and in the months of chaos immediately following it. A report released by the Human Rights Ministry said 85,694 people were killed from the beginning of 2004 to Oct. 31, 2008. The figures do not cover U.S. military deaths, insurgents, or foreigners, including contractors. And they do not include the first months of the war after the March 2003 invasion.
October 1, 1989
My family watched in amazement at "Totally Hidden Videos" on Sept. 10. The parade of cruel humor was nothing sort of irresponsible. Segments that involved assault and robbery, and a man in a wheelchair falling into a pool were not funny, but desperate. For the producers to solicit home videos that encourage pranks like ringing door bells is juvenile and should alert viewers and the Fox network to question the show's validity. And speaking of the producers, they should change their company name from Invasion of Privacy Inc. to Invasion of Integrity.
November 11, 1990
With interest in ETs and UFOs soaring, it is time to bring back "The Invaders," the well-executed series from 1967 that focused on a young architect's quest to thwart an alien takeover of terra firma. Roy Thinnes, the star of that series, could take up where he left off, combatting the invasion. Franklin R. Ruehl, Glendale