A general's courage saves lives in BosniaLt. Gen. Philippe...

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March 25, 1993

A general's courage saves lives in Bosnia

Lt. Gen. Philippe Morillon is a career military officer and U.N. military commander in Bosnia. Unable to defend victims under the U.N. mandate, he has had to watch with impotent outrage as Serbs practiced genocide against Bosnian women and children. Apparently, this disciplined senior officer had seen enough.

In the village of Srebrenica, without other than moral authority, General Morillon took a stand.

Instead of mouthing more diplomatic nonsense in the face of atrocities, the general put himself and his 20-man military escort directly between the advancing Serbian forces and 60,000 half-starved Muslim civilians.

The Serbs would have had to kill him to get to them. Fortunately, the Serbs stopped.

Like the student in Tiananmen Square, one man's courage defied overwhelming force and, at least temporarily, saved lives.

If European leaders possessed a fraction of the courage and wisdom of the heroic General Morillon, the Serbian brutality would have ended long ago.

Roger C. Kostmayer

Baltimore

Antiquated idea

Dorothy Dowling's letter (March 15) calling for the creation of an all-girls middle school in the eastern region of Baltimore County is an antiquated idea that should have died out long ago.

This is the 1990s; girls and boys and men and women compete on an equal basis. To show special treatment to either sex is detrimental to all.

No longer are women just secretaries in the office; they are corporate officers and chief executive officers. No longer are women just nurses in the hospitals; they are doctors, technicians and administrators.

No longer are women relegated to "womanly" assignments in the military. They are pilots, medical technicians, mechanics and vehicle operators.

Women are not only qualified, but are doing all the jobs that men are doing -- and rightly so.

To separate boys and girls in middle school would be a disservice to both sexes.

The sooner they learn to work together and cooperate with each other the more prepared they will be to go out into the working world.

Walter Boyd

Lutherville

Knocking the NRA

The anti-National Rifle Association visual tripe that was supposed to be a cartoon on the editorial pages of the March 10 Evening Sun reached a new low in media idiocy.

I must assume that the uninformed loony responsible for the drawing which involved hand grenades, rockets and other illegal weapons was trying to be an illustrative clown. He succeeded in being a clown.

The NRA has no agenda to legalize or allow for sale any weapon capable of destroying or defeating any type of armor.

Whatever such equipment is claimed to be in the hands of the beast who believes he is Jesus or a "prophet" holed up in Waco, Tex., was acquired without the help or blessing of the NRA.

Whenever some fruitcake explodes in a violent bloody frenzy or a law enforcement agency botches an attempt at arrest resulting in innocent death, the liberal media tries to blame the vaunted National Rifle Association.

In truth, if the NRA was as powerful as the ink fools would have us believe, we wouldn't have the Hillary and Bill act ongoing in the White House with its "easy on the poor criminal" philosophy.

The deadly serious killers of the modern world -- as in Ted Bundy, John W. Gacey or even Jack the Ripper -- didn't use guns to ply their chosen grisly pastime.

Even Henry Lee Lucas, who was probably the most prolific serial murderer in recent times, didn't use a firearm unless one happened to be nearby when the urge to kill struck him.

No matter! I'm certain that even the acts of these experts in human butchery could be a product of NRA folly if the friendly fact twisters were allowed to do their job. Credibility be damned and to hell with the truth!

Ronald L. Dowling

Baltimore

School vouchers

I note that the Maryland House of Delegates voted to kill the school vouchers for Baltimore City children.

To kill the school voucher program in light of the delegates' concern about school performance is unfortunate. It reflects either special interest pressure or poor reasoning.

The school voucher offers parents disappointed with the schooling of their children an opportunity to send them to what they think will be a better school. This in itself is a good thing.

It also offers the possibility that public school officials and teachers will see the need to improve public schools as a means of retaining public and parental support.

If the delegates want to get the attention of the Baltimore City xTC school system, vouchers would prove to be a very effective way of doing it.

In addition, a voucher worth $3,000 -- approximately half what it costs to educate a child in Baltimore City schools -- would save money. If it were expanded, we can also assume there would be less need for additional schools or expanded existing ones.

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