May 14, 1999
"I interviewed some of these refugees two days ago. When
I interviewed the refugees, I found some things to be
tremendously interesting. They all said the same thing:
In fact, they didn't have any problems until the bombing started.
- Senator James Inhofe (April 29, 1999)
For the first time in 41 years of piloting his own plane,
a propeller fell off Senator James Inhofe airplane. It
happened last Saturday. I just learned about it today.
Readers who have been following these posts from the
beginning know that Senator Inhofe has visited Yugoslavia
personally and been an outspoken critic of the
bombing. He's also expressed doubt on the veracity
of NATO's claim that "the Serbs" are responsbile for the
mass exodus from Kosovo. He attributes the Albanians'
leaving to what he says refugee camps residents
told him unanimously: They had no problems until
the bombs started dropping.
Inhofe's comments have been all but censored from the
US news media, though the transcript of his remarks
is available in the Congressional Record and his
web site. http://www.senate.gov/~inhofe/fl042699.html
Inhofe is Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Readiness
Details about Inhofe's recent aircraft mishap:
Sen. Jim Inhofe, a pilot for 41 years, made an emergency
landing early Saturday after the propeller fell off his
Inhofe, R-Okla., was not injured, but his single-engine
airplane was slightly damaged, said press secretary Danny
Finnerty. Inhofe was alone in the aircraft.
Inhofe said he glided for about eight miles before landing
the plane at Claremore Airport. He said he took off from
Ketchum, where he keeps his 1979 Grumman Tiger, and had
been in the air about 10 minutes when trouble began.
``I noticed a vibration,'' he said, then heard a pop as
the propeller dropped off.
The plane became tail heavy and he knew it would be difficult
landing, he said. ``I wasn't sure I could make it,'' he said.
Inhofe, an experienced, commercially rated pilot, was en
route from northeastern Oklahoma to Oklahoma City, where he
was to meet President, who was touring tornado-ravaged parts
of central Oklahoma.
Finnerty said the FBI has been asked to investigate because
``propellers don't just fly off airplanes every day.''
Michael Parenti and Peggy Norton treated the death-by-airplane
accident of labor leader Walter Reuther at some length
in Parenti's book "Dirty Truths." Reuther was an outspoken
opponent of the war in Vietnam and Cambodia and despised
by Richard Nixon. Parenti's account is well worth reading.
Nearly 30 years later after his death in 1970, the FBI
still refuses to turn over nearly 200 pages of documents
regarding Reuther's death.
"The labor movement is about changing society...What good
is a dollar an hour more if your neighborhood is burning
down? What good is another $100 pension if the world goes up
in atomic smoke?"
- Walter Reuther, founding member of the United Auto Workers
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