October 5, 2008
Re "Calderon in a corner on drug battle," Oct. 1 The Times failed to mention the one option that would actually work: The legalization of all the drugs the cartels deal in. Law enforcement didn't eliminate the alcohol cartels in 1933 -- the re-legalization of alcohol did. The metaphorical war on drugs cannot be won. Who is going to surrender and sign the peace treaty? Kirk Muse Mesa, Ariz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1990
In response to Graham E. Fuller's column "Steal Iraq's Thunder on 'Linkage' " (Commentary, Dec. 10): Fuller has an excellent point. This is an opportune time to arrange a peace treaty in the Middle East. I agree with his general thinking with additions: Since Jordan has more than half of its population as Palestinians, another million or more would make little change there. This would give Israel more assurance of peace, if the West Bank and Gaza Arabs were accepted in Jordan. I'm sure Israel would help with the prosperity of Jordan if this could be arranged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2001 |
Saad Mourtada, Egypt's first ambassador to Israel, has died in the United States. He was 78. Mourtada, who died Monday at a nursing home in Falls Church, Va., had been suffering from prostate cancer, the Washington Post reported. He became ambassador to Israel in 1979 after his country and Israel signed a historic peace treaty the same year. He was recalled in 1982 after reports of the massacre of Palestinian refugees in Israeli-occupied West Beirut.
October 6, 2011 |
Egyptians have hardly noticed as the 30th anniversary of Anwar Sadat's death approached this week. It isn't only because they're too busy with ongoing political protests and labor strikes as the country zigzags toward democratic elections. They just don't care. To the young people who made the January 25 "revolution" in Tahrir Square, Sadat is a figure from a distant past. If they think of him at all, many are quick to curse him for making peace with Israel. There is little regret or grief over his assassination by Islamic extremists at a military parade in a Cairo suburb on Oct. 6, 1981.
July 16, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Egypt is sending more troops into Sinai to quell militant activity in the demilitarized area, according to Israeli officials who have veto power over such troop movements under the peace treaty between the two countries. According to Israeli reports , the additional forces include two infantry battalions to be deployed near the towns of Arish and Raffah in the peninsula's northern tip. The move followed a recent attack in Sinai, where militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at a bus carrying workers, killing three people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1995
Re "His Korean War Lasted a Lifetime," June 23: K. Connie Kang's story about Chang-Ho Cho, the first South Korea POW to escape from North Korea after 43 years of ordeal in that country, though truly amazing, is but one of innumerable accounts of Korean tragedies emanating from the Korean War of 1950-53. As was pointed out in the story, the Korean peninsula is still technically under war since a peace treaty to end the war has never been signed, thus indefinitely prolonging all sorts of human agonies resulting from the war. If a peace treaty had already been signed, it would have ended the ordeal of Chang-Ho Cho along with many other untold Korean tragedies.
May 31, 1988 |
Belgium and the Colombian province of Boyaca have formally ended a war declared by a lovesick general 121 years ago, with nary a bullet fired. Gen. Jose Santos Guttierez went home from studies at the Belgian university of Louvain with a broken heart after a local girl rejected his love. Seeking vengeance on her country, he declared war on Belgium in 1867 as soon as he became ruler of then-independent Boyaca.
November 19, 2006
Re "Toll mounts in Mexico's drug war," Nov. 14 For the drug war, there is a simple and relatively easy solution to end the violence caused by it: legalization. The legalization of now-illegal drugs would allow us to regulate, control and tax the in-demand products. When is the last time you had a story about a liquor dealer shooting his liquor distributor? Probably about 1933, the year that ended the disaster known as Prohibition. Our war on drugs is not winnable. Wars on poverty or drugs cannot be won. Who is going to surrender and sign the peace treaty?