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Seventy-Sixth Year

On the War

here Opin ios Are P'Ee,
Truth Wi Prey'U


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.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 1967



Draft Committee Findings:
A Foul and Rank Report

IT'S NICE TO KNOW that students
count around here.
President Hatcher's Committee on
Class' Ranking for the Selective Service
yesterday came out with a resounding
affirmation of the status quo. Undaunted
by last semester's draft referendum, and
unphased by decisions of other university
administrations to discontinue class rank-
ing as well as compliance with the Se-
lective Service, our committee blandly
and unanimously recommended that the
University compile ranks by class and by
college for spring, 1967. Attached was a
rider that would grant to each student
the prerogative of deciding whether or
not to submit his rank to his local draft
board. In short, the same privileges(?)
students are permitted at present.
E OBJECT to the present policy at the
University for reasons almost endless-
ly reiterated. The choice granted a stu-

dent is no real choice: failure to submit
ranks by one student places him at a
distinct disadvantage with respect to oth-
ers who may decide the opposite way.
We oppose the practice of class rank-
ing itself because we cannot understand
how a physics major can possibly be com-
pared and correlated with an English
major on a numerical scale. Furthermore,
we oppose the sending of ranks to the
Selective Service because it directly ties
the University to a military establish-
ment that is conducting what we con-
sider a terrible and unjust war.
WE'RE NOT SURPRISED by the "partial
report," only disheartened. Our orig-
inal suspicions that the committee was
an administration ruse to temporarily
pacifystudents has been confirmed.

"O, it is excellent
To have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant."
"Measure for Measure"
T HIS WAS THE YEAR, the first real year, of Vietnam.
Anything else that happened in this country or, for
that matter, on this campus can be traced back to the
Only in the two World Wars and the war between
the States were more Americans fighting than are today
in Vietnam. Our government has committed itself, almost
inadvertently, to fighting the fourth largest war in its
history and the irony is that it is a war for something
nobody believes in.
The American atmosphere has become correspond-
ingly tense, as the promise that this country once held
for humanity is in serious danger of being permanently
polluted by a war that defies the rhetoric of democracy.
Arthur Schlesinger Jr., historian and former Presi-
dential assistant, asks in "The Bitter Heritage" the pro-
found question: "Are we really carrying out our policies
in Vietnam, as we constantly proclaim, to save the people
we are methodically destroying, or are we doing it for
less exalted purposes of our own? Are we treating the
Vietnamese as ends in themselves, or as means to our
own objectives?".
IT'S TOO EASY to pick out villains and heap abuse
on them. There are men in power, 'to be sure, who must
be held personally accountable for what is happening.
But there is a level of analysis more worthwhile and
less paranoid than that of personalities.
Three Presidents, in successively small and what
they judged to be "final steps," have inflated our pres-
ence in Vietnam to the present dimensions. Consuming
over a billion-and-a-half dollars a month, the war has

swallowed up the Great Society dreams, the war against
poverty, the fight for equal opportunity for the Negro and
a chance to re-vitalize the cities.
What has happened is the result of something more
profound than partisan or consensus politics. It is equally
false to blame it on political or economic imperialism.
The condition of America and Southeast Asia in
April 1967, is a tribute to the politics of dehumanization.
Possessing a sense of impotency which has bred a cor-
responding sense of personal irresponsibility, the public
and the men of power themselves have become entrapped
by the mystique of expretise and the feeling that some-
body else knows what is best.
There is deference to expertise and the plain truth
is that the expertise often doesn't exist. Kennedy found
this out at the Bay of Pigs when the Cuban insurgency
on the island didn't materialize as he had been told it
would; he learned it during the missile crisis when the
military urged him to bomb Cuba; he was learning it in
Vietnam where, despite the glowing reports being filed
by his advisers. Diem was overthrown three weeks before
the Dallas assassination.
JOHNSON was advised to increase the forces and
extend bombing on the grounds that this would hurt
the morale of the Viet Cong and impede the infiltration
from the north. After over a year of bombing it is dubious
that either of these goals has been achieved.
And the general public, only partially politicized and
with access only to the often-distorted information which
the government chcoses to release, has no alternative
but to think that somebody is in adequate control of the
The net result is that We continue to blunder along,
ignoring cries of protest, and forgetting about the strange
fact that almost none of the major Asian countries-

Japan, India, Pakistan, Burma, Malaysia or Indonesia-
support our action
We are fightin this war under two belabored ra-
tionales which don't stand up under close examination.
Contrary to the Sate Department line. Vietnam is hardly
"Munich" nor is it a manifestation of a Sino-Soviet plot
to take over the world
Schlesinger writes that, above all else, the Vietnam
was has "estranged us from the future. The young men
and women who at the start of the sixties were begin-
ning to look on the United States as the hope of the
world today watch our course in Vietnam with perplexity,
loathing and despair "
It is a time for piotest-a time to reject the chauvin-
istic pleas comin:: out of the White House and to fight
for what this country should and ultimately must be.'
There is no disgrace in recognizing an untenable position
and retreating; there is no honor but only infamy in
destroying lives senselessly.
AN EVOLUTION of protest for the soul of America
is underway, with one of its major moments occuring
tomorrow as massive anti-war demonstrations are held in
New York and San Francisco. The original anti-war core
of long-haired New Leftists, which the mass media and
the President seem to believe still represent the sub-
stance of the movement, have been supplemented by a
vast majority of nevi recruits, more conventional both
in attire and attitude.
The new breed of protestors, the one the press and the
President are going to have the hardest time under-
standing and rationalizing away, is not permanently
alienated from the society but rather has too much of an
emotional investment in the American heritage and
potential to allow it to stumble, the lumbering giant, to
its destruction.

.4 1

Avoiding a HUAC Repeat

Power and Poetry: L'Envoi

student records contains an extreme-
ly dangerous elastic clause that evokes
unpleasant memories of the University's
inexcusable compliance with the House
Un-American Activities Committee sub-
poena last fall.
The catchall statement impairs an oth-
erwise excellent report, rendering it com-
pletely worthless. Article Three notes
that "nothing in the body of this docu-
ment shall be construed as a restriction
upon the discretionary privilege of the
vice-president for student affairs, who
may disclose information (in consuita-
tion with such student, faculty and ad-
ministrative person or persons as he may
choose) to preserve and protect the rep-
utation and integrity of the University.
"As the- second largest recipient of
federal scientific research monies, the
University might be persuaded once again
to safeguard its reputation on Capitol
Hill by releasing materials unauthorized
by the individuals directly involved.,
"This section must be deleted before

the report becomes acceptable to the stu-
dent body at large. As the Graduate Stu-
dent Council vice-president stated Wed-
nesday night after his assembly failed to
endorse the report, "It vests complete dis-
cretion in the vice-president for student
affairs. Therefore the rest of the report
is basically meaningless."
NORMALLY the Office of Student Orga-
nizations in the OSA has the duty of
providing information on students or for-
mer students to employers-on academ-
ic matters, employment histories and oth-
er relevant matters. The service of a
congressional subpoena is not an every-
day occurrence.
Nonetheless students must be protected
from unwarranted invasions of privacy by
witch-hunters. The aftermath of the Mc-
Carthy reign of terror, as well as "secur-
ity" investigations, clearly show how stu-
dents may be unjustly haunted in later
life by activities of their youth. The Uni -
versity can never be permitted a HUAC

ONE CONSIDERS many things
in attempting a summing-up;
and-knowing the past Daily edi-
tor is expected to write a farewell
of sorts - here are some final
I thought of my pet theory, the
Window Theory of Education,
which holds that if students don't
actively participate in what's go-
ing on at the classroom, if they're
not just as much a part of the
course as their teacher, then
they'll continue to do what they're
doing now-stare out the window.
I thought of another theory, of
the University of Individuals,
which holds that if students (and
faculty and administrators too)
have not only the freedom to
speak and to do,,but also the op-
portunity to be heard and to be
effective when they speak and
do, only then will they be able to
develop their full potential as
I thought of "the courage to
serve-the responsibility of the
educated citizen," which to me
means that education is in the
final and most important sense
self-education; that the teacher is
not really the cause but rather the
catalyst of education; that the
responsibility of the citizen is to
become educated in this sense,
and the responsibility of the edu-
cated citizen is to help others be-
come educated - by providing
them the freedom to speak and
do and the opportunity to be ef-
fective when they use that free-
dom. It means that, while freedom
and opportunity are sometimes
popular they can often be quite

unpopular, because some people t
have more freedom and opportuni-
ty than others.
Well, I think they're all pretty
good ideas although rather in-
volved. But a farewell column, one
is told, shouldn't be complex and,
above all, it shouldn't be calcu-
lated. It should spring from the
heart, a totally spontaneous, ser-
endipitous rendering of four years
of experience,
NONE of the above ideas are
like that, though, and I knew it,
which was why I wvas a little
afraid I'd have a lot of trouble
writing a valedictory. Until sev-
eral days ago, that is.
I was sitting in class and, true
to the Window Theory of Educa-
tion, was casting my glance vague-
ly around the room. I then no-
ticed that my neighbor was writ-
ing an impassioned note to her-
what should I say? -boyfriend?
I'm not sure.
With a typical reportorial in-
quisitiveness and disregard for
privacy (which I suspect is not an
exclusively reportorial property)
I made out some of it: "I love you,
I love you . . . always you, still
you, more you, and yet you again
" "Perhaps I am mad to be
this way," the note continued; I
began to suspect her passion might
not be completely reciprocated.
It was touching, very touching,
and I felt very moved. Pathetic,
perhaps; foolish, possibly; re-
strained, scarcely; impulsive, ob-
viously; but that note struck me
as wonderful and rare. Somehow
it symbolizes what I want to say

(and it probably sounds a lot like
what I'm saying!)
For whether or not it was re-
ciprocated, that brief missive was
an act of love, the kind of thing
which-I think all of us, in the
final analysis, know-makes life
rewarding, and the kind of thing
of which there is too little.
The real reason, I'm afraid, why
teachers don't treat their students
like equals, why they don't in-
volve their .students in their class,
why administrators shy from con-
sulting students (and faculty), is
that they don't love them: that
they don't have the kind of trust
and feeling about them which even
understands weakness and folly
and error which love inspires-or,
if they do have that feeling, they
are too afraid to act on it.
Too often, the feeling is instead
one of distrust, a belief that
"rules must be followed, because
if wedon't have any, people might
get out of hand," a "haunting
fear," as H. L. Mencken put it,
that "somebody, somewhere might
be happy."
PERHAPS the same criticism
equally applies to The Daily and
its critics. For I suspect The
Daily's greatest weakness is not
its inaccuracy or its unfairness in
attacking its enemies-in all hon-
esty I think we have surprisingly
little of that. Rather, we don't
love our enemies; and if we love
them we don't love them enough.
I include myself in that coin-
pany; and I recall the report that
Dean William Haber spent several
hours talking with demonstrators

in the Administration Bldg. that
confused December day, President
Hatcher called him and said, "Bill,
I can't thank, you enough. I
couldn't have done that"
Here, then,, is a man who is
shy, almost painfully so. . who (I
think) has basically good inten-
tions, but for a variety of reasons
("Hell, he was raised before World
War I," a second-echelon admin-
istrator once snorted to me) hadn't
acted on all of them. From what
I gather he and his wife have been
deeply upset by my and The
Daily's criticism of him: looking
back, I do not regret a single word
of what I wrote because I think it
quite justified; but I do regret
that I didn't feel love-and express.
it-as I wrote.
The above should, no doubt, be
grist for the mills of The Daily's
critics, even though, in the last
analysis, The Daily and I have
said far more in praise of the
University and President Hatcher
(his Vietnam remarks, his re-
sponse to the "student power"
crisis, the 'University's position on
draft reclassifications and the
like) than they have said about us.
Indeed, the old chestnut that "The
Daily never says anything good
about the University" assumes
some degree of irony when it is'
BUT ALL THIS simply em-
bellishes the point, which is that
the poetry of love, not the power
of self-interest or money or in-
fluence, is the premise on which
our lives ought to be built and
which we too often forget. "We
want a society in which love is

more possible," former SDS Pres-
ident Carl Oglesby likes to say.
So do I, and I guess'that's what
I've "learned" here. If the Voice
members at President-designate
Fleming's press conference really
believed in love and acted on it
would he have run a closed ques-
tioning procedure or called stu-
dents "creatures?"
These situations, of course, put
to a test our belief in love, largely
because the other fellow seems to
be hating us. But if James Farmer
could say, "We're gonna love the
hell out of Mississippi," then even
when love meets hate there is no
justification for not loving, not
for Voice, and not for Pollock.
Of course, a belief in love often
seems useless because it is so often
almost a panacea: if everyone
would just start loving each other,
everything would be fine. There
wouldn't be any more student pro-
tests, war in Vietnam, revolts in
Nigeria or fistfights at football
games, But that's not going to
happen tomorrow. What does one
do in the meantime?
YOU FIGHT your enemies,
whether they live in the Adminis-
tration Bldg. or the Kremlin; but
you realize-and hope he does-
that you love him and he ought to
love you, too. So perhaps things
may change eventually.
"Have love in your hearts as you
do this thing," Joan Baez told 800
demonstrators as they prepared to
sit-in at Berkeley's Sproul Hall.
I 1know that sounds naive and
romantic; I know I do. I know it
won't always succeed (e.g., my
neighbor's note). But it sounds
good, and perhaps it's worth a try.



Crucial Link

WE HAVE BEEN treated to a bit of
wishful thinking on the part of whites
and Negroes alike that the issues of civil
rights and Vietnam can be segregated.
On Wednesday, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche,
undersecretary of the United Nations and
a director of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People,
attacked fellow Nobel Peace Prize re-
cipient Dr. Martin Luther King for try-
ing to lead both a civil rights campaign
and a crusade against American involve-
ment in Vietnam. In his view the "two
efforts have too little in common," and
constitute "a serious tactical mistake."
It appears, though, that Dr. Bunche is
the one who is making the serious tacti-
cal error; his actions are regrettable. To
separate the two pressing problems re-
stricts the citizenship of the black Amer-
ican to one important field when the
demand for full citizenship requires the
active participation cf all Negroes in de-
termining all the policies of the nation.
THIS APPLIES to an even greater ex-
tent to the issue of war and peace.
Disproportionately drafted, wounded and
killed, black men must by definition be
Dr. Bunche's statement can only be
viewed as a continuation of subservience
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to the Johnson war administration, and
as such, practically condones the con-
comitant scrapping of the anti-poverty
apd anti-ghetto promises.
Dr. King, however, along with civil
rights leaders Stokely Carmichael and
Floyd McKissick, is doing a great service
to every segment of the nation. All too
often in the past black men have been
confronted with broken promises and
unenforced legislation. By rallying against
the Vietnamese war they can only
strengthen their organization as a civil
rights movement, and this is a necessary
step for the attainment of their too-long-
Dupes and Dopes
THE HOUSE Committee on Un-Ameri-
can Activities charged about a week
ago that Communists are the principal
organizers behind the extensive demon-
stration which will take place during
Vietnam Week, April 8 to 15. The commit-
tee report, aptly titled "Communist Ori-
gin and Manipulation of Vietnam Week"
says the aims of these demonstrations are
to reverse the U.S. policy of resisting
Communism in Vietnam, to undermine
the U.S. and to destroy any possibility of
establishing a democratic government in
TO THE THOUSANDS of innocent dupes
marching in New York and San Fran-
cisco tomorrow, we offer an antidote:
Just keep repeating to yourself, "Better
dead than red."
Oh, IDo It!

Letters: No Grounds for Dismissal of Lawyer

To the Editor:
WE WERE RATHER surprised
T and somewhat taken aback
to read the Voice Statement in
yesterday's Daily. Although it
raises some legitimate questions
about what can be called the ab-
stract issues at hand; its conclu-
sions and some of its hypotheses
are in no way related to fact:
Mr. Forsythe is not legal advi-
sor to the Student Rental Union.
He is paid to handle legal prob-
lems of individual students of all
sorts and varieties. He has been
consulted by SRU and Student
Housing Association people on an
individual 15 minute appointment
basis concerning legal questions
surrounding their operations.
VOICE asserts a "blatant con-
flict of interests." In an abstract
sense this is true. There is a con-
ceivable conflict of interest situa-
tion, but it has not materialized.
In his dealings with SRU repre-
sentatives and with other indi-
viduals, Mr. Forsythe has been
honest, straightforward and very
helpful. From personal experience
we can note that he has given in-
valuable advice in at least two
cases on how to break a lease with
an individual landlord and proce-
dures for bringing landlords to
Ironically, Mr. Forsythe's posi-
tion as a realtor (although a very
small one and one with a good
reputation) which VOICE decries
makes him all the more qualified
to dispense competent opinion on
10"l llsznn enerninL' rntal

legal advice. So far this has proved
to be the case.
IN SHORT, the success enjoyed
by the Legal Aid Program has in
no way been endangered by Mr.
Forsythe's appointment. He has
proved to'be a competent and im-
partial dispenser of legal opinions.
Theresare no real grounds for his
dismissal as is suggested in the
VOICE letter.
Sam Sherman
SGC Treasurer
Tom Van Lente
SHA Chairman
To the Editor:
news, Rep. Esch's recent state-
ments on Vietnam in an interview
with your reporter are unexcelled.
Would Mr. Esch consent to an-
other interview to discuss spe-
1. Hs said, "If the North Viet-
namese would show any signs of
a reciprocal action, I would favor
a halt in the bombing." What
wouldtbe an acceptable "sign of a
reciprocal action?" (for they have
made numerous signs of various
sorts),, and how does his state-
ment differ from the administra-
tion's policy?
2. He said, "We must find a
third group who will be able to
effectively govern all of Vietnam."
What does this mean? Where do
we find such a group? (After all,

Ky and Ho persuaded to step
3. He said, "We must articulate
our policy in regard to Vietnam
in particular, and Southeast Asia.
as a whole;" and, "We should
strive for unity within our own
government concerning the war.
That's fine, but on what policy
shall our government unite, and
what policyshall we articulate?
What are the elements of a South-
east -Asia policy Mr. Esch could
DOES HE CONTINUE to be criti-
cal as he was in his campaign, of
the proposal made by his predeces-
sor, Rep. Vivian, in the House, to
recognize mainland China? Does
he continue, as he did in the cam-
paign, to support cutting off Food-
for-Peace to countries which per-
mit trade with North Vietnam?
Would he agree with Mr. Vivian's
proposal of January 5, 1966, in
the House of Representatives, to
submit the conflict to the United
Nations. Does he support the Ful-
bright proposals? The U Thant
proposals made last summer?
His constituents elected Mr.
Esch primarily to speak up in
'Washington. What has he said in
the House of Representatives on
the subject of Vietnam?
We all want an articulate, uni-
fied policy which will bring ovr
troops home, insure peace and
justice for all the people of South-
east Asia, reduce our taxes, and
allow us to better support educa-
tion. the war on povertv and eco-

erable buses with limited and ir-
regular service."
As a regular patrol of this sys-
tem, I find,'to the contrary, that
the buses are quite adequate, and
their service, though not unlim-
ited, quite regular.
What I do find qgtite miserable,
however, is the irresponsibility of
the editorial writer (has he ever
ridden a bus; looked at a bus map,
or read a bus schedule?) and
the attitude of The Daily in re-
fusing to give this bus system
the necessary support that it de-
THE CITY Bus Company very

recently instituted new routes and
new schedules throughout the city.
The Ann Arbor News publicized
these changes by announcing all
the discontinued routes but none
of the added ones. The Michigan
Daily joined this conspiracy of
silence by printing nothing at all!
WouldThe Daily care to redeem
itself to the student body which
it seeks to serve, and to the bus
company which offers service to
the student body and townspeople
alike, by offering to tell the pa-
per's readers what public trans-
portation is indeed available
throughout the city?
-Ben Z. Rubin

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