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"Opinion," from page 1 their economic life works and who pays the price for it. This public debate must aim at-distinguishing apparent from real U.S. interests. These real interests we de- fine as those that preserve world peace and help build a more just world order. ...Human-rights principles must find their way into U.S. financial and economic decision-making. Tough stuff, but we ei- ther do it while we can or the future will force us to .... ...U.S. nationalism must become inter- nationalism, true globalism. The human community must be seen as part of an in- tricate fabric of life in harmony with the resources that support the planet's life. We must apply the knowledge we have so re- cently acquired in this halfcentury, the understanding that humans live not so much within nations as within regions and as part of a single socio.political-economic ecosystem: planet Earth. In the Middle East, as long as oil inter- ests come before Arab interests, there can be no lasting peace. In any event, there eventually will be no oil. When the world awoke to learn Iraqi Pres. Saddam Hussein had attacked and conquered neighboring Kuwait it was rightly appalled, Arab nations included. The U.N. Security Council quickly voted sanctions. Its singlemindedness became a sign of hope that the community of na- tions had grown through a struggling ado- lescence and into a young maturity. Then came word of yet publicly undis- closed U.S. intelligence that Iraqi military r'That Arkansas Wine "" units were positioning for a possible at- tack on Saudi Arabia. Losing a magnificent opportunity to change the direction of foreign policy, the U. S. broke rank from the U.N. It decided to go it alone. This unilateralism is now being propped up with the help of any nation willing to throw in military wares in response to future U.S. favors. Yet, no other Western nation has vob unteered ground troops. Once American soldiers arrived in Saudi Arabia, it was no longer the U.N. versus Iraq. It was the U. S. versus Iraq. And in the eyes of many Arabs, it was the Great Satan versus the Arab world. Pres. Bush spoke of standing up against unjust aggression, but his words have fallen on hot sand. Looking around, the U. S. finds itself allied in the desert with Turkey, which invaded Cyprus in 1974 and occu- pies two-thirds of that nation today. It is courting Syria, which intervened in Leba- non in 1976 and maintains forces through 60 percent of Lebanese territory today. (Syria, one needs to recall, has been the U.S.-hostage ringleader and the nation that engineered the 1983 attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 U.S. servicemen.) Moreover, the U.S. stands ready with Israel, which has occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1967 and maintains a small enclave in southern Lebanon, all in violation of several U.N. resolutions. Selective sanctions and double stan- dards do not enhance the use of interna- ederhehr Wiederkehr Village Altus, AR 72821 468-2611 J 5114 Kavanaugh 663o4|18 Little Rock R.H. SAXTON WORLD WIDE OFIICAL &221Ash~ Aw. K- Malt Shpg Ctr. Little Rock, AR 568 -0021 AT KELLER'$ COUNTRY DORM RESORT Rhea Drug Co. Air -Conddiom~ IAxJSin$. S~. $9 ~k:ket=, GrinedBmilerC~ut'andBt'e~kfat'Allfr$24 i 2801 KAVANAUGH BLVD. LWTLEROCK uch 1 Call 501 / 253.8418 today l, [ 663-4131 Free Delivery And to what end? i~ I Precise military goals have not be~:l| spelled out. Do we seek a stalemate on fl1 [ Kuwaiti-Saudi Arabian border? The over' | throw of strongman Hussein? The shil~ [ ping blockade and embargo, intended to [ tional law. They do not add to U.S. cred- ibility. To much of the Arab world, 10 million rich and 140 million poor, the U. S. has allied itself with feudal families who head oil companies. The poison-gas wielding Saddam Hussein, meanwhile, widely feared, maintains a popularity in the Arab world that defies the U.S. imagination. He has captured the image of an Arab leader standing up for the powerless against the West and their monarchical Arab friends. The Arab world is currently divided. It will be far less so---shades of the popular- ity of the Ayatollala--once shots are fired and Muslims and Christians are pitted against each other in the Islamic Holy Land. Meanwhile, those back home who brought us Vietnam and MIRVed our nuclear warheads, and who have been ea- gerly building Trident submarines and Stealth Bombers, could not be more pleased. It makes one wonder. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet empire, the Pentagon was finally being forced to live within some limits. We have all, meanwhile, grown to real- ize the nature of our bankrupt economy. But talk of significant military cutbacks has now suddenly ended. We go forward willy- nilly with a new military buildup costing a minimum of $15 million a day. "Arab-Americans," from page 1 not in promoting Arab independence or economic development, according to those interviewed by CNS. Sam Yono, head of the Chaldean Federation of Michigan, said the U.S. might have acted "too fast" to Iraq's in- vasion of Kuwait. Although there was a general feeling that Saddam would make a try for his wealthy little neighbor on the Persian Gulf, Yono said, it seemed unlikely that he would try to invade Saudi Arabia. The Chaldean are Iraqi Christian, mostly Eastern-rite Catholics. Detroit has one of the largest ChaldeanoAmeri- can communities in the U.S. Yono said that when he was still liv- ing in Iraq ?there always was a feeling that Kuwait was part of Iraq." That it would be annexed was certain, he said, but the hope was for a "peaceful take- over." Yono said he hopes for a peaceful settlement between his native land and his adopted country. He said he is wait- ing to see some high-level negotiating toward that end. George Irani, an author and scholar of Middle East issues, said that the standoff at the Saudi-Iraqi border ripples throughout the culture, psy- chology and history of the Arab world. Irani, a Lebanese-American who teaches at Indiana's Franklin College, listed as of central importance these factors: * Efforts since the 1950s by Arabs to manage and maintain control of their own resources. * A history of political and economic domination by outside powers going back hundreds of years. * A thus-far-frustrated dream of a force him to withdraw, may force hii . out---or to lash back, poisono--~as and all. If il ,t Hussein were to withdraw from Ku hi ' would the U. S. then be able to withdra~ [ t from Saudi Arabia? What will keep bin! ~:l ! the next Iraqi dictator from returning? I t As a nation, we are moving with frigh [ t ening speed---and all too unrefiectivel~ -y" ! into sinking sand. Or worse, into an [ out Middle East war ..... [ (Excerpted with permission, National Cat~ [ [ lic Register, Post Office Box 419281, Kant [ City, mo, 64141.) [ t ! 'i unified Arab world. [ I * A region made up not of Weste [ style states, but of a "conglomenU [ 1 of tribes who have come to thanks mainly to their connections wi [ 1 former colonial powers." [ 1 * A view of Israel as "an external imposed upon the Arabs" as a chan [ 1 of continued control from the Wesgtl [ Palestinian-American Bashar M [ said he and many others saw Iraq [ "defending the Arab world against Ir' [ 1 for the past eight years." [ I He said that many Palestinians hzd [ positive view of Suddam as the buildd | 1 of a strong nation who shared tlaii[ 1 wealth with his people and other At# / 1 states, i , Saddam is a power in the region [ [ "we wanta power on our side, Masri, a Moslem married to a Cath011 [ ( But Masri said thought it was . - ! bad of Saddam to annex Kuwait m /[ I did. On the other hand, he said Fre til I George Bush has "exaggerated the . . ation tremendously." ,[ [ "I'm definitely not in support ofb :[ [ ing troops there," Masri said. I But how could Bush have dealt [ ter with events~ "That's a hard qt~gl ] tion to answer, Masri said. " , I I For Suad Cano, a Chaldean I I ,ic, situation m her an est ! I is very difficult to deal with emotior ' I I "as a Christian, as a Catholic, as II Arab." The West should'have resl more [] for the Middle East, and not "in teO0 of petrodollars," Cano said. And rather than mount a I military response to the Iraqi ac(lO i [ she said the West "should deal more on a dialogue.., a peaceful b SW[