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general trend at American universities
is to create opportunities to spread
knowledge, enlightenment and demo-
cratic ideals wherever possible."
These principles underscore Wayne
State University's academic relations in
foreign lands, he said.
Syria was allied with the United
States during the Gulf War, the 1991
action that drove Iraq from Kuwait.
Diplomatic ties between the two
countries have further improved since
9-11, when Syria pledged to support
the U.S.-led war on terrorism.
Although Syria now strongly oppos-
es any new U.S.-led military strike on
Iraq, its representatives recently voted
with America and Britain on a United
Nations Security Council resolution
urging Baghdad to disarm.
Annetta Miller, one of the three
Jewish members of WSU's board of
governors, said she was waiting to hear
more about the agreement, but
believes "anything that improves peo-
ple's lives in other countries might
help bring about peace."
To illustrate the transforming nature
of education, Dr. Reid told a story about
how his son was in southern Turkey on
9-11, when suicide bombers brought the
reality of terrorism to America.
"Those who were the least educat-
ed," his son later told him, "expressed
themselves at the level they were capa-
ble of: 'U.S. Boom.' The educated
It's this nuicet of understanding and
sympathy by the educated that Dr. Reid
hopes to foster through agreements such
as that with Damascus University.
"In spite of the fact that they
demonstrate against us," he said, "our
role is to inspire them."
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