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LXXIX, NO. 31 DIOCESE OF LITFLE ROCK, AR AUGUST 76, 1990 b-Americans ated by U.S. ry response By Bill Pritchard Washington (CNS) - Arab-Ameri- tans, both Catholic and Moslem, ex- 'Pressed frustration and torn feelings Verthe U.S. response to Iraq's take- Over of tiny, oil-rich Kuwait and the POWerful Arab state's alleged threat to 8aUdi Arabia. telephone interviews with Catho- Service, they wondered why ;overnment reacted so strongly to Saddam Hussein's inva- i on of its tiny neighbor, vet raised no I111" ~" " _ !lar fuss over Israel's 1982 invasion rLebanon or its 23-year military occu- Pation of Gaza and the West Bank. At the same time, they emphasized citizens of the U.S. and loyal their country, and hope for a peace- to the U.S.-Iraq face-off. said that while many Arabs not approve of Iraqi president Hussein's action or like him Iraq has the welcome ira- of a Strong Arab state to a people for decades have felt powerless to their own destiny in the face of Interests. on the other hand, was con- a selfish nation run by an auto- installed by Britain and by its oil wealth. One Arab- called it a Disneyland" held only by money. might not have the stature Sr. Ottilla Schmucki, OSB, dies at age 89 See page 15 UPIiCNS AT WHAT PRICE? As Ame rica 0 soldiers leave ho e for the heato! desert sand, marly Americans are asking Whether 'the 0.S. is flghtinglagainst "aggression" or for low oil prices. :i: of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the late Egyp- tian leader who personified the dream of pan-Arab unity, they said, but he is the.only leader of the region who has thus far approached that rank in the view of average Arabs. Saddam and Iraq are also seen as standing alone against Iran for eight 'or the 152nd year: Back to beginning page 8 bloody years, and are respected for it. Iran, although Moslem, is not an Arab country.There has been an historic en- mity between the Iranians and the Arab world. Arabs in the Middle East feel that the West's only interest is in their oil, See "Arab-Americans," page 18 SChool principals recently attended their annual retreat at Sublaco Abbey. Included in the group were Sr. Hockle, OSB, Sul rintendent of Schools (left front) and Bishop Andrew J. McDonald (right front). Tom Fox, Editor National Catholic Reporter ...Wizen Iraq invaded Kuwait, our Middle East allegiances and foes changed overnight like shifting desert sands. We are reminded of the adage: Nations have no lasting friends, only lasting interests. However, U.S. intel:ests have set us on a course to war in the Middle East. Our leaders speak of lofty principles, but our actions are dictated by more self- ish policies. One reads: We must assure the free flow of cheap petroleum from the Middle East. We will use military force, if necessary. If this policy were ever que tioned, the question was setfled two weeks ago when U.S. ground troops were ordered to Saudi Arabia. In a world of dwindling petroleum sup- plies, U.S. policy assures that we will remain for years on a warpath. And if the com- modity is not oil, it will be some other considered vital to U.S. interests. And if the batfle will not be with Arabs, it will be with some other Third World peoples. The U. S. constitutes five percent of the world's population while it consumes one- third of its resources. To maintain this posture--and increasingly it will require military force--is neither wise nor eco- nomically or morally tenable. U.S. foreign and economic policies -- because they are linked --- need the kind of public evaluation that this country has never seen. Americans must be shown how See "Opinion," page 18 O