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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?
May 8, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
Egypt's new government has embarked on adventurous diplomacy to replace the legacy of former President Hosni Mubarak with a bolder Middle East presence less compliant with the U.S. and Israel. Cairo's maneuvers to reshape foreign policy include improved relations with the militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and its decision to ignore Israeli objections and reopen the Rafah border crossing after years of blockade to stop weapons smuggling into the Palestinian enclave.
May 9, 1986
The campaign by Latin American diplomats to draw up a peace treaty for Central America has been given up for dead many times in the last three years, but only in the United States. Latin political leaders understand the consequences of continued warfare in Central America better than their counterparts in Washington.
August 23, 1999
Re "North Won't Deal While U.S. Troops Stay," Commentary, Aug. 16: We should listen and act on Hwal Woong Lee's assertion that it is the strong U.S. military presence in South Korea that forms a major barrier to reunification and peace on the Korean peninsula. U.S. taxpayers have carried this burden too long. If South Korea still needs our soldiers to stop a North Korean invasion through the Seoul corridor they do not deserve our continued support. It is time the 1953 armistice was replaced with a peace treaty and the Forgotten War brought to a final closure.
Israel and Jordan, consolidating what President Clinton called a "warm peace" between former enemies, announced on Monday joint economic and environmental projects intended to give their citizens a tangible dividend from the end of 46 years of hostility. Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Jordan's Crown Prince Hassan completed work on the measures in a meeting at the White House with Clinton and other U.S. officials.
July 12, 1998
Re "Marchers Vow to Beat Blockade in N. Ireland," July 6: The blockade on Garvaghy Road is a great testament to the apparent desire of Tony Blair's and Mo Mowlam's government to create a real peace in Northern Ireland. Any lasting peace will exist only when Protestant Orangemen realize that they can no longer trample upon their Catholic neighbors. The Orangemen's historic march on Garvaghy Road, which they have persisted upon despite the availability of other routes, is designed not to celebrate an ancient military victory, but to assert dominance of their culture over another.
July 25, 2003
"Many Disillusioned by Jordan's 'Democracy' " (July 22) should be required reading at the White House and State Department. It clearly documents that if the state of Jordan had a democracy of the people, then Jordan's friendship with the United States and the peace treaty with the state of Israel would disappear overnight. One may rationally conclude that democracy cannot save the Middle East at this time. Right now the Middle East needs good-hearted, fair-minded, peace-seeking, live-and-let-live leaders to allow the region to live and develop in peace.
November 15, 1994
After 19 years of war, and nearly a year of tortuous negotiations, leaders of Angola's government and rebel forces are tentatively scheduled to sign a U.N.-brokered peace treaty Sunday in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. If all goes as planned, a cease-fire will take effect two days later, ending Africa's longest civil war. The plan calls for power-sharing between the government of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and the rebel UNITA movement led by Jonas Savimbi.
August 6, 1997
Jim Mann rightly pointed out (International Outlook, July 29) that North Korea's celebration of the 44th anniversary of "victory" in the Korean War was Orwellian. However, his categorization of North Korea as a nation that continues to threaten its neighbors and American forces with missiles and chemical weapons is rather misleading. If the U.S. had agreed to supersede the 1953 armistice with a peace treaty and withdrawn its forces from the Korean peninsula, North Korea would not have even endeavored to develop missiles and chemical or nuclear weapons.
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