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April 18, 1986 | DAVID JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
Sit back, and watch America wither. The flame of liberty flickers today because too many Americans have withdrawn from active citizenship and too many ignore the wretched poverty and violence of the growing underclass. Without leaders who will inspire solutions to the problems of the underclass, its seething hatreds could spark widespread urban warfare, creating "Beirut in Berkeley" as one speaker put it.
July 10, 1985 | DAN WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Casualties declined among El Salvador's armed forces in the 12 months ending June 30 despite an increase in military offensives against leftist guerrillas, the country's Defense Minister said Tuesday. It was the second year in a row that the total number of dead, wounded and missing officially fell in the five-year-old civil war. The claims were made in the annual report of Gen. Carlos Vides Casanova to El Salvador's National Assembly.
He is blind, has diabetes, asthma and a heart ailment and is nearly 60 years old. But the U.S. government is treating Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman as if he were a criminal about to escape, keeping him in isolation in federal prison and denying him communication privileges afforded most other inmates. The restrictions on Rahman, convicted in 1995 as the leader of a conspiracy to bomb New York landmarks, follow prison rules Atty. Gen. Janet Reno issued last year for terrorists.
March 8, 2001
Ariel Sharon has been installed as Israel's prime minister, together with an oversize multi-party Cabinet that many expect to behave more like a large, dysfunctional family than a smooth-running government. Its members range from dovish Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on the left to Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi--who advocates expelling all Palestinians from the West Bank--on the lunatic right. Sharon calls it a national unity government.
October 2, 1990
Diplomatic Front: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein followed up a call for dialogue by announcing he will release nine Frenchmen who had been held as "foreign guests." President Bush, meanwhile, told the U.N. General Assembly that all nations hope military force will not be required to drive Iraq from Kuwait. But he won applause by vowing anew that the annexation of Kuwait "will not stand." At a U.N.
The U.S. Marine Corps conceded defeat Friday in its battle to stage a large-scale experimental military exercise in the Presidio, the onetime Army fort that is now a national park. The Marines' War Fighting Laboratory had planned to land 700 troops on the beach March 15 near the Golden Gate Bridge for four days of exercises meant to test fighting skills and state-of-the-art equipment for urban warfare in the 21st century.
October 30, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Scalding steam spewed from a ruptured boiler pipe on the helicopter carrier Iwo Jima in the Persian Gulf today, killing eight sailors and critically injuring two others. That accident and the death of a Marine when his jeep overturned in Saudi Arabia boosted the number of U.S. military deaths to 41 during the nearly three-month-old Operation Desert Shield without a shot being fired.
November 10, 2004
Re "Rumsfeld Looks to Military Success to 'Tip' Iraqi Opinion," Nov. 9: In April, fearful that the assault on Fallouja would result in more casualties than Americans could stomach, and thus derail his campaign, President Bush pulled the troops back. Throughout the campaign, Bush continually assured his supporters in every stump speech that "progress is being made in Iraq." Interim Iraqi leader Iyad Allawi was in the United States, saying that the chaos we saw daily in Iraq was overstated.
November 29, 2008 | Richard Boudreaux, Boudreaux is a Times staff writer.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Friday that Israelis were deliberate targets of the well-organized bands of gunmen whose attacks across the Indian city of Mumbai included one on an ultra-Orthodox Jewish center. Officials receiving reports from Mumbai initially hesitated to judge whether the attack on the center owned by the group Chabad-Lubavitch, where gunmen seized hostages late Wednesday, was planned or random.
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