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12 View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana March 1, 1991 SOUNDS OF COUNTRY By S. E. DURCHOLZ When conflict hits home, then we feel the pain Gauntlets thrown down, By the two men now so renown. On either side of "A Line In The Sand," Where camels walk in a distant land. Saddam, enemy of our enemy, once our friend, A bully for us, foreign policy with a knee-jerk end. Arms, technology...rice and wheat on credit to go, While citizens to work and play not to know. From bully friend to (a recognized) villian in only a day, Shock, indignation, high moral ground, suddenly we say! To war, to war, the cry to right the world for all, Technology to prevail, making all pieces in place to fall. Blank pages await, history, the final judge to see What folly humans play, each as proud as we. Copyright 1991 S. E. Durcholz Many of the feelings that people are having now, the conflicts they experience in their minds and hearts, are always present for some people somewhere in the world. Only when they sudden- ly touch us in our most personal life, are we aware how painful they can be. We pride ourselves as human beings, in being able to produce the technological marvels that will prevail for America in the Gulf War. This equip- ment can process millions of pieces of information, and in a few seconds, come up with the right solu- tion or the optimum move for the human operators. Electronic magic, however does not work in handling the human emotions of people caught up in a war. A fascination with hi-tech weapons of destruction have indeed captured the attention of nearly everyone. At best, though, it can only postpone, the inevitable human reactions to the cost of war. The agony of the heart and soul in what human beings have always been confronted with. Trying to sort out their experiences in the search for values and meaning they can live with as their life goes on. In a short period of time, we have been expos- ed to a near overload of information...some of it, many people may find conflicting and troubling. A case in point, on Sept. 11, the PBS Frontline program aired the hour preceeding President Bush's speech. Complete with documents on shipments of arms and official state department statements and photos, it demonstrated the extent to which American companies and our government were involved in the build-up of Saddam Hus- sein's military power. An hour after the Presi- dent's speech, ABC, with its new program title of "A Line in the Sand," repeated some of the infor- mation and added a lot more. On Sunday evening, Jan. 20, CBS's Sixty Minutes presented one of the main arms dealers who described in detail, how he moved arms to Iraq, with he said, either the approval of, or blind eye from the government...right up to within two days of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. He said that his conscience was clear, because that was how enemy and friend were defined during those years. NBC followed with their "Expose" in which it was stated that some American companies have continued to ship materials of a critical nature to Iraq since Aug. 2, and even some since the war began. The. program also pointed to U. S. govern- ment law enforcement efforts to stop it and bring the individuals and companies to justice. If you didn't see the programs on Jan. 20, I suggest you find a friend who taped them. This highly questionable approach to foreign policy cannot be addressed within the government now. However, Congressman Lee Hamilton, in a letter, stated his desire for a congressional hearing at a later date. Any resolution of the torn fabric of emotions, has to begin with the truth. Truth is the basis for all human understanding. Truth is seldom found in slogans or press releases. It must be sought out with a great deal of perseverance. The search is obvious within the many reflec- tions on, or reactions to, the war that suddenly invaded our lives. Letters Continued from page 5 with Saddam Hussein at one time, speak about the nature of the man Saddam Hussein. One man said, "If we do not deal with Saddam Hussein now, the world will have to confront him later." He spoke about him as if he knew him well. Not only do my prayers go out for all the Allied Forces but to the many Kuwaiti people who are not followers of Sad- dam Hussein, but are the vic- tims of this oppression. I do not think President Bush made his decision to go to war without much consideration and prayer. I believe there is a moral code of ethics we have to stand united on. My prayer is that "My God's Will be done and all heads of government be given the wisdom to know it." "In God We Trust." Virginia Whitledge , Princeton, In. See LETTERS page 13 FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. RT. 1 ST. ANTHONY I IxM00cMB CONSTRUCTION Co. Inc. MARK NAAB 203 Molan Dr. Vincennes, IN 47591 882q Golden jubilarians Roy and Helen (Lee) Metcalf of Tennyson will celebrate their fif- tieth wedding anniversary with a buffet and reception for friends and relatives from noon to 5 p.m. March 10 at St. Clement Social Hall in Boonville. The couple was marriedat Blessed Sacrament Church in Louisville. They have two daughters, Jan Fuchs of Evansville and Judy Ashley of Boonville, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Metcalf is semi-retired from the farm where they Mve. The couple requests no gifts. f .... FU,E,,L ,OME Charles H Browmng FUNERAL DIRECTOR (Father) Pre-planning ..... 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