May 26, 1993
If Jonathan Paul was not guilty of a part in any of the terrorist activities being investigated by the federal grand jury, then why would he refuse to cooperate with the investigators? Does Paul believe, as do many of his extremist constituents, that their right to free speech fully empowers them to burglarize, steal and destroy property that rightfully belongs to others? I am a hunter and a fisherman. I eat meat. I have freely chosen to do this and I do not expect everyone to be in agreement with what I do. I do not preach to anyone that my way is the only right way. Paul and his friends should be allowed to speak their minds and enjoy the wonderful benefits of living in this great country of ours, but perhaps they should be reminded that the right to free speech is not a license for destruction.
August 25, 2003
I agree with Amos Oz (Commentary, Aug. 21), who argues that Islamic moderates have to assert themselves in trying to influence the Islamic extremists to stop their campaign of violence. As Oz points out, 25 out of 28 violent conflicts in the world involve Muslim extremists who often indiscriminately kill civilians, including women and children, in terrorist attacks. The voices of moderate Muslims are hardly heard. If they continue being silent without trying to make the violent groups understand that not all Muslims are ready to accept violence as the only way to answer grievances, they will contribute to a world conflict that no jihad can win. David Shichor Fullerton It is not appropriate to blame Islam for conflicts such as those in Chechnya and in the Palestinian territories.
June 30, 2002 |
As we approach the nation's first Fourth of July celebration since the Sept. 11 tragedy, a recent CNN-Time magazine poll shows that many Americans believe that terrorists will strike somewhere in the United States on Independence Day. Beyond that, the public hasn't a clue about the specifics of the threat; nor do many bother to know the color-coded threat level of the day. This is not because Americans are uninterested in the war on terrorism--the opposite...
June 15, 2002
Regarding racial profiling, my compliments to the watchful eyes of Southwest Airlines. This is the first time since my trips from Heathrow Airport in London to the U.S. that I have experienced such professionally executed security checks. Yes, I was the "chosen one"--a white woman (not girl), well dressed, with all my credentials, returning from a full day at our Capitol in Sacramento in meetings with some of our Assembly members and state senators, and a congressional reception that was given for us. We were representatives of the Public Policy Committee for the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Assn.
May 21, 2005
Reading in your May 19 editorial, "Send Him to Caracas," that "Venezuela's judiciary admittedly does not have all the due-process guarantees that Luis Posada Carriles might have found in a U.S. court," I had to laugh. What protections? Being tried on secret evidence for secret charges while not being allowed to cross-examine key witnesses, as is now possible in the U.S.? Being declared an "enemy combatant" and never see a court? I wonder where The Times has been the last four years. Christian Haesemeyer Princeton, N.J. Re "To Cuba, a Terrorist; to the U.S., a Quandary," May 18: The only reason the case of anti-Fidel Castro militant Posada is a "quandary" for the United States is that it has permitted Cuban exiles to engage in terrorist activities, both from the United States and inside the United States, for more than four decades, as long as they were "anti-Castro."
February 13, 2004
Re "Taps for Preemptive War," editorial, Feb. 11: It surely was a good thing we "took the high road" in 1940 and waited until Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and killed thousands. By the time we were prepared and capable of waging our offensive in the Pacific Theater, we lost thousands more. Thank God we did the same in Europe. By waiting until we had "real" provocation, only millions of Poles, Russians, French, British and Jews perished. Maybe we need to look again at our road map. Maybe what we call the "high road" isn't.
April 11, 1989 |
The Army's top lawyer has concluded that military strikes against terrorists can be justified legally without running afoul of a 1976 presidential order banning assassinations. Maj. Gen. Hugh Overholt, the Army's judge advocate general, argues in an eight-page draft memorandum that America's diplomatic and military bureaucracies have failed for too long to define the term assassination and that thanks to changes in "the nature of the threat," action against terrorists can be justified under the legal concept of national self-defense.
September 26, 2009 |
It sounds like the setup for a comic sketch: two Middle Eastern American guys launch a comedy festival to dispel those cabdriver-terrorist stereotypes and show Hollywood that "Prince of Persia" star Jake Gyllenhaal isn't the only one who can play a likable Arab. But festival co-founders Ronnie Khalil and Ryan Shrime not only launched the Middle Eastern Comedy Festival last week with four sold-out nights of stand-up and sketch comedy at the Laugh Factory and Acme Comedy Theatre, they also populated the audiences with casting agents and TV executives and persuaded the Disney/ABC Television Group to co-sponsor, with KPCC-FM (89.3)
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January 19, 2010 |
In the years since their daughter Marla was killed by a Hamas suicide bomber in Jerusalem, Michael and Linda Bennett have had somewhat differing reactions. Linda Bennett has been back twice to Israel, to look at the memorials for her daughter and the other victims of the July 31, 2002, attack at Hebrew University and even to see the cafeteria where it took place. Not to go, she said, would be to surrender to terrorism. Michael Bennett cannot bring himself to visit Israel because he will sense Marla's presence everywhere and his pain will only increase.