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Seventy-Sixth Year
Where OpiioAere,420 MAYNARD ST., ANN ARBOR, MICH. NEWS PHONE: 764-0552
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

Middle East Crisis

backfired with potentially disastrous
consequences for all concerned.
Egypt's request last Wednesday to the
UN peacekeeping force, stationed on the
Sinai frontier with Israel, to evacuate the
area can be viewed as a symbolic ges-
ture of support for the rulers of Syria.
But U Thant's acquiescence to the de-
mand has placed Nasser in the awkward
position of having to make good on his al-
liance with the Syrian government. Nas-
ser, heckled since 1956 by the other Arab
states for allowing the UN Emergency
Force troops to remain on Egyptian soil,
went too far.
THE ISRAELI-SYRIAN conflict has been
an up-and-down affair for the last
several years: spies and saboteurs from
both countries have traversed the bor-
der; Israeli bombers have attacked and
Syrian MIG's counterattacked, blowing
up bridges, trains, water pumps and dam
construction sites in both countries.
Syria has had a paranoid fear that Is-
rael would send a military expedition into
its borders and overthrow the shaky re-'
gime-a task which Israel could have
easily pulled off at any time.
Egypt for the most part has been con-
tent merely to issue bellicose but unful-
filled warning to Israel, not wanting to
risk a major confrontation for several
" First,, a major portion of Nasser's
army-about 40,000 men-has been tied
down in a war.of attrition in Yemen. For
Egypt, the ideal outcome of this strug-
gle would be the creation of a pro-Cairo
regime in that country, which borders
Aden. The British are scheduled to leave
Aden soon, and Nasser would then be
able to use Yemen as a base of opera-
tions to gain control of its neighbor-.
thereby securing a foothold at the en-
trance of the Red Sea, and the means to
control the traffic on that waterway.
f Second, however, is the predominant

strength of the Israeli army-300,000 of
the best fighters in the world.
THE MIDDLE EAST, situation has been
so precarious that the UN departure
was enough to tip, the uneasy balance,
and Egypt immediately mobilized. The
Arab bloc nations, finally rid of the ag-
gravating presence of the UN, and pro-
vided at last with serious Egyptian lead-
ership, have rushed to Israel's borders.
Moreover, the Gulf of Aqaba, Israel's
major reward from the 1956 war against
Egypt, has been reportedly blockaded
and mined by Nasser.
The latter presents an especially grave
threat. It is doubtful that Egypt and its
Arab neighbors will initiate a ground of-
fensive against the Israeli army, but the
threat of a blockade may provoke Israel
into justified defensive measures. Any at-
tempts by the Arabs to stop an Israeli
ship could provide Israel with an excuse
for bombing the cities of Syria and
Egypt. This nervously-awaited confronta-
tion will occur Friday evening when the
first ship attempts to enter. But the
threat extends beyond the several Middle
East participants. President Johnson on
Tuesday gave notice that the administra-
tion views the planned blockade as an il-
legal act, and only yesterday, Senator
Morse openly declared that the U.S. would
not permit Egypt to carry out its threat.
While it is premature to forecast the
American course of action, our involve-
ment cannot be precluded.
THEUN NOW FINDS itself in an em-
barrassing position. The Security
Council, restricted by a probable Soviet
vote, will find itself powerless in the sit-
uation. The only hope appears to be a
combination of Thant's persuasive abili-
ties, coupled with U.S. threats to Egypt.
We await the outcome with crossed

PREMIER KY at a South Vietnamese Army head quarters in Bien Hoa. On his belt is a cigarette
lighter shaped like a hand grenade.
Letters to the Editojr


Bedtime Story

THE PRESIDENT'S now famous "World
War III" bedtime remark to his daugh-
ter, Luci, deserves closer examination.
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The story has been circulating in the
press corps on an off-the-record basis for
months. Mr. Johnson has told it so often
that it is surprising it did not get into
print sooner. It seems to have become one
of his favorite anecdotes. One can under-
stand a worried President telling his
daughter the night of the first air raids
in the immediate vicinity of Hanoi and
Haiphong, "Your Daddy may go down in
history as having unleashed World War
III, adding, in case that was not enough
to get her attention, "you may not wake
up tomorrow." But it is hard to under-
stand the mentality that can tell and re-
tell the story as if it were some kind of
creditable escapade. A James Reston col-
umn last November 4 quoted Johnson as
saying he had been on tranquilizers since
his heart attack in 1955. If this is how
lightly Johnson risks a world war, the rest
of the country had better start taking
them too.
-From I. F. Stone's Weekly
May 22, 1967

Married Housing
The proposed changes in place-
ment policy for University-owned
married student apartments have
two purposes. The most important
is giving couples with the greatest
financial need priority for the $800
subsidy that is inherent in the
extremely low rents. A second
purpose is to end current discrimi-
nation against couples who do not
hear about admission to the Uni-
versity or fellowships until March
or April. For the last few years
the housing has closed before they
had a chance to apply.
Only the stronger "three cate-
gory" system described in yester-
day's Daily comes near achieving
both these purposes. Briefly the
three category system says "yes
immediately" to those with lowest
income, "wait till May first when
we will give it to couples in great-
est need" to those of average in-
come, and "no almost for sure"
to those with high income.
THE INCOME cutoff plan says
"no almost for sure" to the top
30 per cent and yes to those in

the other 70 per cent (below
about $7000) who apply early. It
does not give couples with very
low incomes (such as a teaching
fellow) with infant children that
prevent their wives from working)
priority over those with average
Because of the uncertainty about
the number of vacancies and ap-
plications for August occupancy,
it will not be possible to set an
income cutoff so as to exactly
exhaust the vacancies by closing
in May. In order to fill the hous-
ing at certain times of the year
when excess demand is smaller,
the income cutoff will have to be
set rather high, as has been pro-
THUS THE RESULT of the in-
come cutoff plan would be to fill
the August vacancies before new
graduate students received admis-
sion and fellowship notices in late
March and early April. Besides
being the most needy as a class,
they have a special need for hous-
ing that can be arranged for by

Currently the Off-Campus Hous-
ing Bureau recommends that an
entering married student visit Ann
Arbor at the beginning of the
summer to arrange housing. The
round trip air fare for someone
coming from California is $280.
The trip is impossible for a couple
coming from Peace Corps service
or study in Europe.
Under the three category plan,
couples applying as late as April
for August occupancy would have
an equal chance with earlier ap-
plicants. Yet about 90 per cent of
the applicants, the bottom and
the top income groups, would
know immediately after applica-
tion whether they had housing.
Once in, a couple would be as-
sured of at least a year and
would be able to stay in longer
as long as their income remained
in one of the lower two categor-
ies. I see no reason why we can-
not give the current residents 14
months notice of the -application
of such a policy.
-John Bishop
Student member of SACH

Premier Iy: Our
Man in Vietnam.
Although the presidential elections in South Vietnam is 100 days
away (Sept. 3, 1967), the Vietnamese people already know who is
going to be "elected" unless the war ends, the U.S. changes its pol-
icy in Vietnam, or the Buddhists and the students are not suppressed
by the Saigon military junta. These, unfortunately, are unlikely to
happen soon.
The future "elected" president of the Republic of Vietnam (South
Vietnam) will be His Excellency Air Vice Marshal Nguyen Cao Ky,
presently prime minister of South Vietnam cum South Vietnamese
Air Force commander. As a matter of fact, Nguyen Cao Ky has an-
nounced on May 11 that he was going to run despite past assurances
to the contrary. On May 13, 1967, while touring a refugee resettlement
hamlet at Lai Thieu, 15 miles north of Saigon, KY declared to all
who could hear him both at home and abroad: "If he (his civilian
opponent in the presidential race) is a Communist or if he is a neu-
tralist, I am going to fight him militarily. In any demcratic coun-
try, you have the right to disagree with the views of others." (This is
Ky's understanding of democracy. Also to him, neutralism, Communism,
anti-militarism, peace, anti-corruption, are all synonymous.) He fur-
ther stated his intentions of "running for the presidency to provide
continuity to the present military regime."
In other words he is going to succeed himself. To make sure that
everyone in Vietnam and in the U.S. understands his concept of de-
mocracy, he said that "press censorship would continue during the
election campaign." At this moment, in Saigon, while General Ky
muzzles the Vietnamese press, his own radio and his own "Vietnam
Press Agency," his own papers label all his "opponents" as neutral-
ists, Communists, pacifists .
Let us have a look now at this man who is going to reign over the
destiny of the people of South Vietnam for the next four years or
more, for whom the U.S. soldiers have been dying by the hundreds
per week to keep in power:
NAME: Nguyen Cao Ky, referred to by the Vietnamese as Nguyen
Cao Boi (cowboy).
" "Ky himself has moderated his playboy activities, but it is
common knowledge in Saigon that he has kept a table permanently
reserved at Maxim's, an elegant Saigon nightclub owned by ARVN
(Army Republic of Vietnam) generals where a single drink costs
more ($3) than a peasant earns a week . . . ." (John Mecklin, report
from Saigon in the April 1967 issu ofe Fortune Magazine. Mr. Meck-
lin, a veteran journalist, was chief U.S. press officer in Vietnam from
9 "When the press calls him a playboy and a cowboy and a girl
chaser, he likes that" (Statement by Madame Ky herself to Look
Magazine, Dec. 27, 1966.)
ORIGINS: Ky was born 37 years ago in Son Tay province, west
of Hanoi. Like most of the influential members of his military junta,
he is from North Vietnam. He opposes the Viet Cong, whose presidium
is composed entirely of Southerners. His parents were bourgeois, upper
middle class.
EDUCATION: He has not finished high school. He was trained as a
pilot by the French Air Force during the Vietnamese War of Inde-
pendence against the French, and has also spent six months at the
Air Command and Staff College at the Maxwell Air Force Base in
PAST POSITIONS: The premier served in various capacities in
the late President Ngo Dinh Diem's air force, In 1961-1963, as a
leader of the "Transport Wing" of the South Vietnam Air Force, he
was responsible for dropping South Vietnamese saboteurs and agents
in North Vietnam (all arrested or killed). He became commander
of the South Vietnamese Air Force with the rank of colonel in late
1963, after the coup d'etat (in which he did not participate) of Nov.
1, 1963 which ousted President Ngo Dinh Diem.
He thereafter succeeded in forestalling several attempts of coup
d'etat by blandly threatening to bomb Saigon from the air. He finally
came into power after a coup d'etat in June 18, 1965, and became
prime minister, retaining his position as commander of the South
Vietnamese Air Force.
PAST ACHIEVEMENTS: In May-June, (1966, with the U.S. sup-
port, he ruthlessly suppressed the Buddhists and others. Ky threat-
ened to personally shoot Dr. Man, the mayor of Da Nang, and a
strong Catholic. Later imprisoned, the mayor is still in jail.
Other victims of Ky's campaign of suppression: four Vietnamese
generals of Central Vietnam origins including the popular and hon-
est Nguyen Chanh Thi, now exiled to Washington, D.C.

Also, according to Robert Shoplen, five or six hundred officers
and non-commissioned officers, several thousand ordinary soldiers,
200 students in Hue and Da Nang, about 200 more in Saigon, an un-
determined number of Buddhist monks and their pagoda followers and
at least five members of the faculty of Hue University including its
rector were arrested. Of these people perhaps four or five thousand
in all are still in jail, in Hue, Da Nang or on the Phu Quoc Island, most
of them without having any charges brought aainst them.
In Time Magazine's cover story of Feb. 18, 1966, we read: "His
trademark was a black flying suit, a legacy of secret missions over
North Vietnam dropping saboteurs. He also affected pearl-handled
pistols in the cockkpit and has a considerable gun collection."
Ky has met President Johnson three times: at Honolulu, Manila,
and Guam.
MARITAL STATUS: His first wife was a French woman who gave
him five children (three boys, two girls); then with a dancing girl
named Lan; then in 1964 with the present one named Mai. She was
born in North Vietnam and was a stewardess. While on a trip to
Tokyo on Dec. 13, 1966, to have plastic surgery on her nose and her
eyes (for a more "Western" look), she lost her handbag containing
$1200 in U.S. cash. Ky's salary: $6500 a year.
From the same Time article: "Ky and his wife Mai intended to
show their interest in the peasants. Snipers were firing and it would
have worked well except that Ky and Mai arrived in matching jet-
black flying suits, purple scarves, fight boots and blue flying caps.
The villagers were struck dumb. 'Good God,' said a watching Ameri-
can, 'they look like Captain and Mrs. Midnight'." (Feb. 18, 1966.)
Ky and his wife live at the Tan Son Nhut air base. He goes to
work by helicopter and tours the country in a personal plane equipped
with a gold trimmed bar.
0 Admires a German named Adolf Hitler (now dead).





The View From Here . . . By Robert Klivans
Strange World of Grown-Mups

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big fascination of the American
press this spring has been to de-
termine what the "Young Genera-
tion" is really thinking. And late-
ly, writers have undertaken their
most serious examinations to date
by cleverly infiltrating the teen
and collegiate set and living among
Very soon, Simon and Schuster
will publish "I Passed as a Teen-
ager," a revealing account by 36-
year-old Lyn Tornabene, on her
experiences while disguised as a
high school junior. Her conclusion
after the masquerade: adolescents
now aren't much different than
when she was a kid.
And Life Magazine has just pub-
lished an account by Gerald Moore
on a stay inside a dormitory at
Indiana University, discovering
the shocking political apathy and
materialistic way of life preferred
by the New Breed at the multi-
the Young Generation has shifted
the spotlight from the really im-
portant group in American life-
the "Grown-up Generation"-that
huge bloc of nameless people over
30. I decided it was about time
someone infiltrated their close-
knit society and observed their
hushed-up rituals, thinking and
strange practices.
The most difficult aspect in dis-
guising yourself as Over 30 is
dress. I discarded my collegiate

begin that way. But this facade
of indifference cannot fool the
keen collegiate observer. Rejecting
the marijuana and LSD of the
campus scene, they instead "tune
in, turn on, and drop out" on a
strange liquid substance known as
alcohol. Served in countless varie-
ties, the substance - chemically
simple - can produce hallucina-
tions, wild feelings of weightless-
ness and amnesia, an has been
known to produce acts of viol-
ence. Viciously habit-forming, the
Over 30 crowd is convinced of its
relative harmlessness. Its users are
in the tens of millions, far ex-
ceeding the innocent and with-
drawn potheads on college cam-
puses, and one Over 30 member
confided to me that helpless ad-
dicts of liquor number in the mil-
lions, both behind bars and in
front of them.
The sexual antics of the Over
30 crowd can only bewilder an ob-
server. In their normal habitat of
the cocktail party, the sexes in-
evitably divide, in an almost comic
retrogression to grade school days
when girls would line one side of
the room and boys the other. Here,
the men congregate to discuss
mundane matters of business and
sports, while the women isolate
themselves to exchange facts of
society, whether infidelity or high
fidelity. One Over Thirtyite said
that "sexual promiscuity" is about
the same as it has always been,
even with the introduction of The
Pill. This scientific gift, so oppos-

showed the colors of the Other
Generation. While thousands of
dissenters marched in the two
great parades and hundreds of
others picketed Selective Service
offices, April 15 also witnessed
thousands of males over 30 lined
up outside Internal Revenue of-
fices, virtually blocking the en-
trances. These politically aware,
sensitive people were demanding a
de-escalation in taxes and negotia-
tions with the enemy. But, faced
with the same alternatives as the
Younger Generation, they recog-
nized that dissent was unpatriotic,
and - more importantly, would
land them in jail. They retreated
and paid their debt to society, lit-
However, the most striking as-
pect of the whole Over 30 gen-
eration is its pathological con-
cern with things young. Grand-
parents can be found frequenting
discotheques, wrenching their aged
bones in a fashion that would
frighten the most sturdy student.
Matronly women can be found
wearing mini-skirts, displaying
areas of the upper knee that would
be banned in Boston. And any-
thing that strikes the fancy of
the younger set is quickly grabbed
by those Over 30: leading sym-
phony orchestras begin adopting
the Beatles in their repertoire;
everyone dresses mod; psychedelic
art is everywhere.
IN FACT, the Other Generation
tries harder thinking young than


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