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April 10, 2008
SO OBAMA didn't make the obligatory stop at Pat's or Geno's. I applaud him on skipping the two tourist traps that are the McDonald's and Burger King of cheesesteaks in the city. There are other joints to get a great cheesesteak, including Jim's, D'Allessandro's and John's Roast Pork. Bryan Flannery, Chalfont
NEWS
March 15, 2007
WHAT IS HAPPENING to our city? A soldier had to come home from the war to bury his mother. He's been in the Army for 16 years and the last two, he's been defending our country and protecting us against the terrorists. Unfortunately, while he was over in Iraq, no one was looking out for his mother. She was a woman who worked hard trying to make a living for her family, a mother who raised five children, 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren - and all she wanted was a ride home.
NEWS
December 4, 1990
Bejamin Frankin offered his thoughts on the efficacy of war in a letter to one of his sisters written from Philadelphia in 1787. It was selected by Roy Goodman, research librarian of the American Philosophical Society. I agree with you perfectly in your disapprobation of war. Abstracted from the inhumanity of it, I think it is wrong in point of human prudence, for whatever advantage one nation would obtain from another, whether it be part of their territory, the liberty of commerce with them, free passage on their rivers, etc., etc., it would be much cheaper to purchase such advantage with ready money than to pay the expence of acquiring it by war. An army is a devouring monster . . . when you have raised it, you have not only the fair charges of pay, clothing, provision, arms and ammunition, with numberless other contingent and just charges to answer and satisfy, but you have all the additional knavish charges of the numerous tribe of contractors . . . (who take)
NEWS
April 21, 2003
COLUMNIST Michael Kinsley wonders what an honest opponent of the war should do now (OpEd, April 16). First, most of the organized antiwar groups aren't honest - they are the Socialist Workers Party and the free-Mumia crazies on the far left. Others, though, might admit that they were wrong, and question their weakness of character in always opposing their country. Finally, the Hollywood antiwar crowd like Tim Robbins and Mike Farrell might opt for the ancient Japanese rite of contrition called hara-kiri.
NEWS
June 2, 1995 | Associated Press, KRT Graphics, Defense Dept., United Nations; DAILY NEWS GRAPHIC
Any attempt to rescue the hostages by force would be "an absurd, catastrophic mistake. " - Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic On sending U.S. troops: "As long as the mission was strictly limited for a very narrow purpose and it was something that we could do for them that they couldn't do for themselves, upon proper consultation with Congress, I would be inclined to do that. " - President Clinton "The U.N. mission in Bosnia has failed. It must be withdrawn and the U.S. should not refuse to assist in its withdrawal.
NEWS
January 27, 1991 | By David Zucchino, Inquirer Washington Bureau
After the first 24 hours, there was the illusion that this war would be easy. But there was a nagging sensation that the antiseptic, technology- controlled script the White House and Pentagon had created was too clean. The euphoria is gone. Now, 11 days into the war, the White House is warning that the conflict may be long and bloody. What America has seen is not the war itself, but the illusion of war. It is war by briefing, not battle. Satellite TV can relay the life and death of a smart bomb, but the war below remains inscrutable.
NEWS
February 12, 2003
I am writing about the people who are protesting against the war. I think that our President knows what he is doing. . . . All of the protesting is just making his job harder. Anthony Conway There must be other options beside war. I feel President Bush is seeking revenge for, or to complete, what his father was unable to complete. This is the wrong reason for war. Ashley Taylor The writers are juniors at Mercy Vocational High School in Philadelphia.
NEWS
November 10, 2006
SIGNE WILKINSON'S Nov. 8 "Stop the War" editorial cartoon accurately depicts the election results as a clear referendum on the war in Iraq. Nevertheless, her analysis is dead wrong on two fronts. First, Republicans and Democrats alike evidently voted for a change in U.S. policy in Iraq. So the words "Stop the War" ought to be purple. Using blue, over a red map of the U.S., perpetuates a false dichotomy of the electorate with regard to Iraq. Second, the cartoon implies that those who voted Democrat want the war to end, regardless of the situation on the ground.
NEWS
January 31, 2003
HAS ANYONE considered researching how many presidents since FDR have had sons of eligible draft age? Almost every president has had some dealings with war. However, none, to my knowledge, has had sons who enlisted, fought or were eligible to fight in an existing war during their term. Most presidents, Kennedy excluded (John was only 3), had daughters. I believe presidents, congressmen and senators would exhibit a different mind-set if their sons were going off to war. Regina Powell, Lansdowne
NEWS
August 22, 1991 | Special to The Inquirer / CHERIE KEMPER-STARNER
Members of the Rolling Thunder Pa. group rode from Phoenixville to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Saturday. The group brought back etchings of the names of the eight Phoenixville men who were killed in the war. They will be part of the area's planned Vietnam memorial.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2016 | By Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
Dreams are the bridge between our subconscious and our reality; they also can become a bridge between us. On Friday at the Perelman Theater, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts hosts the Philadelphia premiere of Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dream Project , created by Grammy-nominated pianist-composer Vijay Iyer and poet Mike Ladd. A multidisciplinary show featuring music, poetry, and video monologues created from the dreams of veterans, the project premiered at Harlem Stage in 2012 and was made into a 2013 album.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
As his family sees it, Mohammed Jabbateh is the very picture of an immigrant success story - a man who fled political turmoil in his native Liberia nearly two decades ago, and established a successful business in Philadelphia and a growing family in the suburbs. Prosecutors beg to differ. They say Jabbateh is hiding here, running from a past in which he led rebel commandos in acts of violence so horrific that a bridge bearing his nom de guerre - "Jungle Jabbah" - still stands in his home country at the site of a brutal attack.
SPORTS
April 17, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
George Benjamin Jr. was a standout track and field athlete at Woodbury High School, class of 1935. Benjamin will be honored Saturday at the 44th annual Woodbury Relays but not for anything that he did as captain of legendary coach "Cap" Paine's track team at the little Gloucester County school. Benjamin is the city of Woodbury's only Congressional Medal of Honor winner. He will be remembered for his heroism during World War II at a ceremony at the annual track and field carnival at the high school stadium.
NEWS
April 17, 2016
Spain in Our Hearts Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 By Adam Hochschild Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 464 pp. $30 Reviewed by Bob Drogin The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) is most notable to historians for how it foreshadowed the horrors of World War II. Yet, few distant conflicts are so burned into our culture and consciousness. Ernest Hemingway, who covered the war, made it the setting of For Whom the Bell Tolls . George Orwell, who fought in it, called his popular memoir Homage to Catalonia . Less well known are the 2,800 American men and women who risked their lives to defend Spain's democratically elected government.
NEWS
April 16, 2016
By Tom Ridge Striking in the very heart of Europe, the Brussels bombings sent another reminder of the threat that terrorism poses to the free world. Such tragedies have given Westerners a horrific glimpse of what it means to live in a war zone. And the ever-globalizing world is, indeed, becoming a borderless battleground for extremists. In the face of such amorphous danger, our most critical task is to properly distinguish between allies and enemies. All must recognize that this war of extremism is not between Muslims and non-Muslims.
NEWS
April 15, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
The sign outside his Southwest Philadelphia overseas shipping business proclaims Mohammed Jabbateh to be "Professional. Reliable. Trusted. " Federal authorities Wednesday offered another label to describe him: war criminal. In an indictment filed in U.S. District Court, prosecutors accused the 49-year-old East Lansdowne man of lying to U.S. immigration officials about his past as a rebel commander responsible for atrocities during Liberia's back-to-back civil wars. Under the nom de guerre "Jungle Jabbah," they said, Jabbateh carried out or oversaw the murders of civilians, the sexual enslavement of women, and the conscription of child soldiers during the years-long, multifaction conflict that roiled his native country between 1989 and 2003.
NEWS
April 15, 2016
There is a consensus that aggression by one nation against another is a serious matter, but there is no comparable consensus about what constitutes aggression. Waging aggressive war was one charge against Nazi leaders at the 1946 Nuremberg war crimes trials, but 70 years later, it is unclear that aggression, properly understood, must involve war, as commonly understood. Or that war, in today's context of novel destructive capabilities, must involve "the use of armed force," which the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court says is constitutive of an "act of aggression.
TRAVEL
April 10, 2016 | By Sam McManis, McCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE
PETALUMA, Calif. - My descriptive powers, which I like to think are well-developed after years of pumping irony, fail utterly to convey the depth, breadth, and sheer vertiginous volume of Star Wars ephemera on display at a converted chicken farm known as Rancho Obi-Wan in the rolling Sonoma County hills. Might as well not even try. How about this? What say I just list a few of the more than 500,000 items - and growing, ever growing, with 2,000 cubic feet of boxes yet to be sorted - belonging to uber- Star Wars fanatic Steve Sansweet, and leave the rest to you?
NEWS
April 9, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITERS
Over the last 48 hours, the Democratic race for president has descended into a place it had hardly ever gone: the land of invective. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continued a war of words Thursday. Sanders repeated his assertion that she is unqualified to be president because as a senator she voted for the Iraq war, "one of the biggest blunders in U.S. history"; backed most free-trade agreements that cost U.S. jobs; and raised millions in campaign money from Wall Street.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
By now, you're probably on your 18th viewing of this week's biggest home entertainment release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens . But J.J. Abrams' blockbuster isn't the only sci-fi game in town. Tuesday will see the release of Heroes Reborn: Event Series , a 13-episode miniseries that returns fans to the exciting comic-book world of the NBC show, which ran for four seasons, from 2006 to 2010. Exec-produced by series creator Tim Kring, the new story is set about five years after the events of the regular series.
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