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Action in the Middle East:
The Renewal of Hostilities

THE EVENTS OF the past week in the
Middle East only re-emphasize the
senselessness of the twenty-year old
struggle between the Israelis and the.
Arab Nations.
The destruction of Egyptian petroleum
refineries at Port Suez in retaliation for
the sinking of an Israeli destroyer will
be a devastating blow to the already
strained Egyptain economy. However,
the Egyptians must have known that the
sinking of the -Israeli vessel and the
subsequent high loss in life could only
serve to .enflame the Israelis. It is un-
fortunate that Israel in response to the
perpetual and immediate danger to its
existence during its short period of in-
dependence has become increasingly in-
sensitive to the loss of human life.
The Israelis and the Arabs will con-
tinue to inflict atrocities upon each other
until a permanent peace is established,.
a proposition which will require. changes
in the positions of both sides.: Any real
solution must be based on the recogni-
tion by the Arab states of the right to
existence of Israel. It also would require
that Israel return the territory it con-
quered in the July fighting and the in-
tegration of a portion of the Palestinian
refugees into the Israeli nation.
HOWEVER EGYPT claims that to rec-
ognize Israel would be tantamount to
defeat, while the Israelis say that to allow
Palestinian refugees within its border
would be an invitation to widespread
sabotage. So the deadlock continues and.
the outbreak of new hostilities with a
greater loss of human life is imminent.
The introduction of nuclear weapons into
the area Is only a matter of time and
thus the peace of the Middle East

threatens the peace and existence of the
To advocate that United Nations Sec-
retary-General U Thant arbitrate the
situation is absurd. With the withdrawal
of UN peace keeping forces from the Sin-
ai Pensinsula, triggering the July con-
flict, Isrealis have lost what little faith
they had in that international body and
consider Thant himself an overt ally of
the Arabs. To propose that the Big Powers
take the responsibility for solving the
solution is equally implausible since the
U.S. has minimal control over the dir-
ection of Isreali policy. Marshall Tito, a
supposed neutral, has also failed in his
bid to bring together the irreconcilable
Gen. Charles DeGaulle, whose coun-
try has supplied Israel with aircraft for
the last twenty years has yet to try his
hand. However there is little reason to
believe he will have better luck in secur-
ing -the confidence of both sides.
However, the one thing which is cer-
tam is that the status quo can not re-
main. Israel cannot allow over one mil-
lion hostile Arabs to remain within its
territory and the Arab nations can not
remain in power for long, while Israel
controls such large segments of their ter-
WAR IS CERTAIN, but what the parties
involved apparently do not realize is
that war brings no solution. If the Arabs
and the Israelis really wish a permanent
solution, (and it is questionable whether
the Arab leaders really want peace) they
must realize that significant compromise
is essential to any lasting solution.

IT CAME AS QUITE a shock to learn that tomorrow
night's teach-in on campus war research was being
sponsored by the University Activities Center. Tradition-
ally the overseer of such festive affairs as Winter Week-
end, Michigras, Homecoming, Soph Show, and Musket,
crusty old UAC has taken the initiative in discussion of
one of the hottest campus issues in years. Activists and
skeptics are wondering whether UAC - steeped in the
show business trade - can make the transition to poli-
tics and protest.
I spoke yesterday with one of our more militant ac-
tivists (he was still sitting outside Vice-President Cut-
ler's office protesting last year's HUAC affair) and he
.old me that the UAC Teach-in will go something like
The teach-in festivities will be kicked off with a noon
parade through downtown Ann Arbor and around the
main campus area. Floats - built by Young Dems, YR's,
Voice, and other political groups - will be accompanied
by -the Michigan Marching Band (playing "The Times
They Are A'Changin' " and "We Shall Overcome") and
marching (anti-) war veterans of last weekend's Pen-
tagon confrontation. The winning entry among the
floats will be Voice's colorful paper-mache Royal Thai
airplane (guided by University of Michigan radar), as
it strafes a guerilla enclave in Southeast Asia.
into the excitement of the classified research question,

UAC will turn to individual participation. First off, all
housing units will take part in a scavenger hunt on the
Diag - the winning order determining block seats pref-
erence at the teach-in. On the list of scavenger items
are: a pint of liquid napalm; one classified file from
Willow Run Labs; a miniature'of a Strat-X ICBM (be-
ing aided by Willow Run researchers); and a world map
with all countries colored in receiving American counter-
insurgency aid.
After the scavenger hunt, students are invited to
Island Park, the traditional site of the tug-of-war across
the Huron River, where a team of 'U' researchers from
Willow Run Labs battle an all-star SDS unit from across
the state of Michigan.
By this time enthusiasm will be at a fever pitch, and
all students will gather on the Diag at 4 p.m. for the
crowning of the Teach-In Queen. All candidates for the
title "Miss Thailand Project" must be University co-eds,
who can receive security clearance to visit any of the
classified courses offered to University students at this
"public" institution.
final presentation of the teach-in. But lest students be
bored to sleep by a chorus of soporific speakers, UAC
will brighten up the entire ocassion in its inimitable
Broadway fashion. The marquee outside the Teach-in
hall flashes a sign "THAILAND" (based on the musical
"Oklahoma" by Rodgers and Hammerstein). As you en-

ter the hall, the panel sits on stage, with a chorus line
of shapely co-eds singing the teach-in's theme 'sung
to the tune "Oklahoma":
"Proooooject Thailand .
Where guerillas hide along the plan.
And the U. of M.
Gets rid of them
And we've no one but ourselves to blame ... .
You know you belong to the 'U'
That's a tool of the Government too!
And then we saaaaay
O-kay yippee yippee yaaay ....
You're doing fine Project Thailand
Project Thailand Okay
T-H-A-I-L-A-N-D .....Project Thailand!!"
OTHER SHOW TUNES during the discussion include
"The C-47 Surveillance Plane with the Fringe on Top,"
and "There's A Bright Golden Haze From The Napalm,"
Of course, with such an exciting array of songs and
singers (Vice President for Research A. Geoffrey Nor-
man, tenor, and Voice's Eric Chester, alto, are rumored
as lead vocalists) the evening will be a must on both
music-lovers' and intellectuals' calendars.
And this all may set a vital new trend, in teach-ins,
sit-ins, and protests. This December there is another
"Confront The Warmakers" Protest at the Pentagon
music and lyrics by Lennon and McCartney, directed by
Richard Lester, produced by Joseph E. Levine


Letters: Aiding Johnson's Hysterical Adventure

To the Editor:
THERE SEEMS to be no way to
stop the moral defectives on
the University of Michigan staff
who do the "counterinsurgency"
research for the Johnson adminis-
tration. To them, evidently, a buck
is a buck. May they enjoy their
new cars and TV sets.
But the other members of the
University faculty and student
body, whose morality is still viable,
can make quite a ripple if they
express how they feel about the
prostitution of their institution.
I know that some academic peo-
ple are loath to take real, live, ac-
tive stands on any issues of the
day because it compromises their
objectivity-and, anyway, they're
busy. Let's hope, though, that they
can be jarred out of their com-
fortable somnolence now that the
integrity of the institution of high-
er learning which they constitute
has been compromised by the
ubiquitous Johnson war machine.
Remember what happened in
Berlin, Heidelberg and Tubingen
just three short decades ago. If
you want your University to be-
come an instrument of the John-
son administration's hysterical ad-
venture in Southeast Asia, do
nothing. Johnson and Rusk will do
the rest.
-Norm Haugness
Graduate Student
Southern Illinois University

The March
To the editor:
N EACH OF the many articles,
editorials, and features on last
weekend's Mobilization in Wash-
ington, D.C., the word "Penta-
gon" invariably works its way
into the first sentence. The words
The words "hippies," "beard,"
"violence," and "tear gas" are al-
ways found within the first two
paragraphs. This, to me, over-
emphasizes the excitement of the
event rather than its meaning.
Although there may be a rela-
tionship between how disobedient
one is and the strength of his po-
litical convictions, it seems less
than fully relevant to discuss only
how many inches away from the
Pentagon you were, how many
times you were unmercifully
beaten, or how many four letter
words were uttered over a dem-
onstrator's bull horn. What was
more important was how many
and what kinds of people were at
the Lincoln Memorial and the en-
suing march.
Whereas some complained that
there were too many "straight"
types who were too disorganized,
it is vital to point out that the
Peace movement is not under the
sole ownership of innately rebel-
lious teenagers. Rather the num-
ber of adults who, on any other
given Saturday would be playing

School Thais That Bind

JUST HOW QUICKLY good old Thailand
U will be able to field a football team
or have a hdnecoming celebration prob-
ably hasn't, been plotted yet by the Unii-
versity of Michigan.
But some of the course offerings are
interesting. They include counterinsur-
gency warfare along with another course
in aerial reconnaissance.
Thailand U's chief academic claim to
fame up to now is its aerial reconnais-
sance laboratory.,
The University of Michigan is helping
to get Thailand U set up under a $1 mil-
lion grant from an unspecified agency.
Is it the CIA? Who knows?
According to a story which appeared
recently in the Michigan student news-
paper - and one which apparently has
been confirmed by responsible university
authorities - two other projects in Thai-
land were completed last year.
One involved a $200,000 contract which
was subcontracted to ..the university

through an organization known as the
Atlantic Research Corp. But apparently
the money originated in the Pentagon.
The project, according to the New
York Times,.involved measuring noise to
help those fighting guerillas.
ONE PROBLEM IS that these techni-
ques are -as useful against non-Com-
munist guerillas who simply have griev-
ances against a government which they
can't move, as they are against the real
life Communists.
Just why universities become involved
in such dubious projects which tend to
discredit their legitimate overseas work
in such areas as agriculture and the
social sciences is hard to fathom.
Perhaps a15-yard penalty for illegal
use of scholarship is in order for the
-from the ST. LOUIS
October 20, 1967

was noteworthy; the multitude of
students who drove, rode, and
hitchhiked many hours to ex-
press themselves in what they
consider normal peaceable means
without trying to become heroes
is encouraging; the variety of this
expression within the anti-war
framework is both natural and
In short, I disagree with those
participants and writers who im-
ply that peaceful demonstration
and violent disobedience are at
opposite ends of the spectrum.
Participation itself, in this case
coming to Washington, rallying,
and marching to the Pentagon, is
a substantial effort. The small
step up to violence is often more
a function of temperament. For
me this involvement, including
my fairly peaceful sitting-in on
the Pentagon steps through early
Sunday morning, expressed my
abhorrence of our battles in Viet-
nam, and perhaps more import-
antly, in the future Vietnams we
can presently opt out of or into.
THE IMAGES I brought back
with me were not just those of a
late afternoon combination of old
war movies and an old fashioned
game of capture the flag. Rather
they were of the wide range of
demonstrators, including a large
contingent of Army Veterans, the
all too rare M.P.'s who were al-
most in tears over what they felt
was their duty, the amazing sense
of community among the demon-
strators late Saturday night, and
the sixty year old woman at the
Lincoln Memorial holding the
flag of the National Liberation
To forget these things, which
circulation-conscious newspapers
often do, is to forget what the
movement and the Mobilization
are all about.
-Jeff Champagne, '69
To the Editor:
FACING Student Government
Council this week is an issue
which the College Republican
Club feels is of great importance
to all students on this campus,
Council will discuss the possibility
of calling a Constitutional Con-
The Daily has begun accept-
ing articles from faculty, ad-
ministration, and students on
subjects of their choice. They
are to be 600-900 words in
length and should be submitted
to the Editorial Director.

vention to reorganize the struc-
of SGC.
Our organization strongly feels
that the present council does not
fairly represent the entire student
body. For this reason, the College
Republican Club Executive Board
last week passed the following res-
Whereas the present structure
of SGC is not representative of
the entire student body, and;
Whereas any reorganization of
SGC must stem from the students,
not from the council itself;
Be it resolved that the College
Republican Club Executive Board
supports the recommendation of
the Tucker Report in calling for a
Constitutional Convention to re-
organize Student Government
This is our stand on an impor-
tant student issue. We encourage
other individuals and groups to
get involved.!
-Executive Board,
College Republican Club
Swinging Doors?
To the Editor:
A FAMOUS GROUP with a hit
record was just the thing for
the cool Michiganstudent to list-
en to as he danced off the effects

of the afternoon parties. What
self-respecting member of the
Homecoming Central Committee
could have expected a mass freak-
How effectively the Doors "kept
their music on a level enjoyable to
the majority of the audience dur-
ing the second set!1 After the
tragedy of the first set, when the
U of M proved unfit for anything
more "radical" than "Light My
Fire," the Doors performed ad-
mirably, playing their hits exact-
ly as recorded and cutting short
any true musical accomplishment
whenever the grumbling from the
audience reached a certain level.
THUS THE DOORS followed the
cherished Michigan ideal of selling
out and abandoning one's orig-
inality in favor of public approval.
Let's congratulate the Home-
comning Committee for. providing
an opportunity for the students to
show their advanced musical
tastes, not to mention their polite
treatment of guest artists.
Apologies are due to the Doors
who were led to believe that Mich-
igan was ready for something bet-
ter than the top forty hits.
-Jeremy Cohen, LS&A '70
--Sue Norton, LS&A '70


golf somewhere in the


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. .. and that one burned his presidential
draft card


Trapped in the Middle

IT'S A FRIGHTENING feeling to be a
"man without a country."
It's a frightening:feeling to turn dis-
illusioned from the faces behind you only
to back away in horror from the faces in
That is how I was affected by last
weekend's demonstration in Washington,
when I stood.outside the massive gray
walls of the Pentagon in the autumn sun-
shine, with a foot in each camp.
Surrounding me were more than 30,-
000 marchers. They milled noisily on the
green lawn in front ofthe war building
and offered throaty chants to the clear
air. "Hell, no, we won't'go!" "Hey, Hey,
LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?"
One of the demonstrators secured a
bull-horn and began a tongue-in-cheek
"news commentary" of the confrontation
between guardsmen and marchers taking
place on the steps above. He referred to
the guardsmen as the "black hats" who
were "clumsy and inefficient." The crowd
I wondered how many of those guards-,
men were 19 year-olds who were sickened,.
scared, and made clumsy because they
were given rifles and tear gas for use
against other 19 year-olds.

pamphlets, torn posters, broken buttons,
and plain garbage. The reflecting pool
at the base of the Lincoln Memorial was
filled with sodden banners - caricatures
of LBJ half hidden in the muck.
I was glad to be leaving the noise, the
crowds, and the trash. I though about
the line of young guards who had been
forced to stand mute and motionless
while they were taunted and condemned
by the righteous and intellectual pro-
If my sympathies had been weighed
then, the scale would have barely regis-
tered for the marchers.
But while retracing my steps past the
Lincoln Memorial, I was halted by a sight
that I will never forget.,
A Negro evangelist was shouting en-
ergetically on the steps, his arm-waving
and verbal fervor had attracted the at-
tention of a group of people.
The crowd was divided into two parts.
One segment consisted of about 20 re-
turning marchers in various constumes
from feathers to button-downs. These
young people were listening intently
with heads cocked, without laughter at
the oratory of their blustering friend.
High above the marchers, seated in
rows of blue and silver metal, was the



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In Defetiftse of Classi* i.ed, Resea **41h

The author is Professor of Electrical
Engineering at the University.
the Vietnam war have moti-
vated many to try to appraise
the influences exerted by the mil-.
itary establishment in our society
and/or our University. It is prob-
ably fair to say that on occasion
academic communities have been
very proud of the contributions
they have made to the defense
posture ofourcountry.
For' example, the Radiation
Laboratory at M.I.T. was our ma-
jor center for radar and related
developments during World War
II; and the advances in knowl-
edge and technology created by
that staff, many of whom came
from the LS & A academic comn-

priate it is to conduct classified
research at the University, nor do
they decrease the need for dis-
cerning study of the activities of
the Department of Defense and
other organizations (if the mili-
tary happens to go down the
wrong road, perhaps the State De-
partment isn't functioning prop-
advanced as to why classified re-
search exists at the University. In
terms of simple economics the
Department of Defense is the larg-
est single sponsor of activities in
some professional areas. It may
be that a disproportionate amount
of the national resources are de-
voted to defense; however, even

search for other organizations.
Specifically, analogous industrial
work is "company proprietary"
rather than defense proprietary.
For that matter nearly all staff
members of the professional
schools do some proprietary work
(M.D.'s-patient proprietary, Law-
yers-client proprietary).
The fact that some aspects of
the work done by the staffs of the
professional schools is proprietary
is in conflict with academic ob-
jective of disseminating knowl-
edge. However, if the teaching and
research staffs of engineering
schools do not work on problems,
closely related to the interests of
prospective employers of our grad-
uates, the staff will tend to lose
its ability to provide the teaching

lems are most likely to be con-
ducive to their improving the state
of knowledge. Perhaps academic
freedom can be dispensed with
after we find someone who can
tell us under which rocks to look
for knowledge.
Experience does indicate that
military problems sometimes pro-
vide the necessary stimulation for
major unclassified gains. It may
be thatsome staff members (and
students) work on defense spon-
sored work for the practical rea-
son that this has been one of the
more available sources of support;
however, the major issue here is
that we do our best to acquire
people who are more concerned
with the creation of value than
with finance.-

SOME DIALOGUE: - Engineer-
ing Professor, "Since the taxpay-
ers send their kids here so that
they can get a job, why in hell
do we waste so much money in
LS & A - except for service
courses." Fine Arts Professor,
"How can we pretend to be a
University when nearly all of our
graduates have only been told
what to do rather than being
helped to discern how things are;
and this influx of vocational pro-
grams, especially engineering, has
progressed so far :that I wonder
if a cultured person will long be
tolerated, let alone find a place
to appreciate and create beauty
for those to come." On top of this
rumble of discontent I still think
our University should be able to

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