November 8, 2010
To steal a theme from Ronald Reagan, "It is Thanksgiving again in America," and we are in for a miserable holiday. You know the kind of holiday I'm talking about. Where manners and tradition require you to break bread with people who irritate the living daylights out of you, including the two or three who can be counted on to do something so unpleasant as to make the day dreadfully memorable. The kind of holiday where divorces and remarriages and loans that never got paid back and thank-you notes that were never sent create a seething undercurrent that is as ready to bubble to the surface as the fat under the turkey's skin.
December 1, 2013
President Obama will get a break from "Obamacare" when he pardons the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. Each of us can also set aside our cares by pardoning a turkey and choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance - one that gives thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains. And here are more terrific reasons: •You will stay alert through the entire football game. •You are what you eat. Who wants to be a "butterball?"
January 20, 1991
Use of Turkish air bases allows U.S. bombers instant access to targets in northern Iraq from safe air space, without having to cross all of defended Iraq first. The Turkish parliament's granting of this right on the second day of the war helped the U.S. aerial campaign, and showed that Turkey has identified the winner and wishes to be found on the safe side.This action, pressed by President Turgut Ozal and opposed by the opposition on grounds of endangering the country, follows Turkey's closure of oil pipelines to Iraq in August.
April 21, 1993
Few political leaders have had such a clear vision of their nation's place in a changing world as President Turgut Ozal of Turkey. It was no accident that his death of a heart attack Saturday, at age 66, came just after an arduous 12-day tour of five republics in Central Asia with Islamic populations and Soviet pasts. His death leaves a void for Turkey and the free world.Mr. Ozal came to the fore as a politician of the 1980s, the first elected prime minister after a military regime. He championed democracy, secularism and the free market.
July 3, 1993
Turkey can kill the terrorist Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) with firmness toward it and kindness toward Kurds. This it seemed to be doing when the late Turgut Ozal was president and increased Kurdish cultural rights in 1991, and when the PKK called a cease-fire last March. Several things happened. The popularity of PKK went down; Mr. Ozal died; Turkish security forces brutally attacked PKK suspects in southeastern Turkey. The PKK eruption in June is the delayed result.What motivates Abdullah Ocalan, the PKK leader operating from exile in Syria-controlled Lebanon, is unclear.
November 11, 2002
SOME EXPRESSIONS of Islamic faith that would barely raise an eyebrow in the United States -- wearing a veil in a public building, for instance -- are illegal in Turkey. Adamantly secular since 1923, Turkey has fiercely clung to the image of itself as the modern exception in the Muslim world. Yet modernism has a way of growing old. Long after its big neighbor to the north abandoned the cult of Lenin, Turkey still adorns every office and every piece of money and every school building with the image of Mustafa Kemal, or Ataturk, the founding father who wore wing collars, outlawed the fez, drank raki with gusto -- and scorned what he saw as the irrationality of organized religion.