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Page Twelve

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, April 18, 1972

Pa e we v T E I HI A N D IL|T es a,-prl-8 1 7

Bombing of N. Vietnam continues

(Continued from Page 1) counted the tactical effectiveness1
trucks, in the two cities. of the strikes. Nearly four years
The North Vietnamese, accord- of sustained bombing all the way
ing to these reports, were confi- to the Chinese border, he said,
dent that the U.S. wouldn't dare failed to effect the ability of the
resume air strikes in the Hanoi- Communists to support the war in
Haiphong area and military tar- the South.
gets were left uncovered. Another government official ad-
One U.S. source, however dis- mitted that the real purpose of
Rogers pledges U.S. support
(Continued from Page 1) aid request, Rogers was told by
Despite his assertions of a U.S. Fulbright at the start of the hear-
"commitment" to South Vietnam, ing that the topic of the meeting
Rogers made two promises to the had been changed to the weekend
committee. "We are not going to bombings of Hanoi and Haiphong.
re-introduce American combat "What is the purpose of the in-
troops to South Vietnam . . . and tensified bombing?" Fulbright ask-
we are not going to use nuclear ed the Secretary.
weapons in South Vietnam - or Rogers replied that it was in
North Vietnam," he said. order to protect the lives of
Scheduled to speak on a foreign American ground troops during
this withdrawal, to assure that the
withdrawal will continue, and to
LSA student help the South Vietnamese regime
defend itself against what he term-
ed as a "massive invasion."
srvey out He added, however, that Viet-
namization was wo'rking and that
(Continued from Page 1) the ARVN are "defending them-
area distribution, a large majority selves courageously."
of students (84 per cent) again Committee m e m b e r Frank
favored modification of present Church (D-Idaho) asked Rogers
rules. The largest percentage, whether "Vietnamization means
nearly one-third, selected a modi- they learnito defend themselves,
fication in which the number of or (does it) mean a continuous
courses required in each of the American involvement?"
three distribution areas would be President Nixon, Rogers said,
reduced. "has taken this action and he in-
Nearly 30 per cent of the stu- tends to take whatever action
dents offered their own alterna- necessary" to accomplish those
tives, with nearly half of these three objectives.
recommending that distribution Fulbright asked why Congress
requirements be totally abolished. had not been informed before the
In the area of the freshperson weekend bombings.
English Comppsition requirement, Rogers stated that Nixon had an-
strong support (80 per cent) was nounced "he'd take any retalia-
voiced for two possible modifica- tory action necessary," against the
tions of the present scheme. Near- Communist offensive; and that
ly half the students suggested that there was no precedent to an-
the number of possible courses nounce "specific battle plans" to
which would fulfill the require- Congress.
ment be increased. At one point, as Rogers used his
Among the seven alternative oft-repeated phrase "military tar-
learning structures suggested, gets" to describe the areas being
drawn primarily from models in hit by bombs in North Vietnam, a
use at other universities, greatest member of the audience shouted
support was expressed for a credit/ "that's a lie-you're bombing peo-
no record grading model in a stu- ple!" The man was removed by
dent's first two years: Capitol Police.
j We have the BEST w

the strikes was "strictly political."
"I think," he said, "if the, North
Vietnamese continue the offensive
in the South. Nixon will go back to
Hanoi and Haiphong. He has no
intention of demolishing the North
but he wants to let them know
what he will do. He means busi-
ness."
Meanwhile, the ground offensive
in the South continued on a lower
level than in previous days.
The contest for the key city of
An Loc-situated in a commanding
position over the main highway to
Saigon-remained in doubt.
Although the Saigon government
has claimed that all of An Loc is
in their hands, these reports were
contradicted by press dispatches
saying the Communist held the
northern edge of the town and
controlled its strategic airport.
While the fighting for An Loc
raged, U.S. army officials were
becoming increasingly concerned
over Communist advances to the
South along Highway 13-the main
artery into Saigon. The city of Lai
Khe-only 30 miles from Saigon-
is apparently the objective of this
latest Communist drive.
Off the Vietnamese coast, the
U.S. naval bombardment of Com-
munist positions continued.
Unconfirmed reports stated that
the Americanmmissile frigate War-
den was damaged in an attack by
a North Vietnamese torpedo boat
and one sailer killed.
The Soviet government sent a
sharply worded protest claiming
that U.S. bombs had damaged
four Russian ships and wounded
several crewmen in Haiphong
harbor.
In response, the U.S. questioned
whether the bombs were respon-
sible for the damage, suggesting
instead that it "could well be the
result of anti-aircraft fire or mis-
firings from the North Vietnamesej
side."
While stateing that any damage
done to Soviet shipping by U.S.
bombs would be "inadvertant and
regrettable," the U.S. note took a
hard line against the Russians
stating that countries arming the
North Vietnamese must share re-
sponsibility for the effects of U.S.
bombing of Haiphong.

Protests hit
U.S. bombings
(Continued from Page 1)
munities.
Elsewhere yesterday, San Fran-
cisco demonstrators massed out-
side a federal office building and
set fire to a parked Navy station
wagon.
Police cleared away the crowd
of over 2,000 persons who gather-
ed around the vehicle, as 16 others
who identified themselves as mem-
bers of the VVAW occupied an Air
Force recruiting office inside the
building. No one was reported
hurt.
The University of Wisconsin at
Madison was the scene of a rally
at noon yesterday protesting the
aerial bombardment of North
Vietnam. At its peak, approxi-
mately 3,000 persons participated.
After the rally, a number of the
protestors marched to the ROTC
building on campus, where a small
number of paint balloons and
rocks were thrown. At least one
person was arrested.

By GENE ROBINSON
The Rainbow People's Party
(RPP) yesterday endorsed Sen.
George McGovern for the presi-
dency.
According to RPP spokespeople;
the endorsement came as a result
of a pledge McGovern has report-
edly signed to end the Vietnam
War if elected.
Members of McGovern's staff
would not comment on whether or
not he signed the pledge, but add-
ed that the document is consistent
with his previously-stated war po-
sition.
The three point pledge promises
to:
-End all air, ground and naval

RPP for McGovern

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operations in Indochina within 24
hours of inauguration;
-Announce a date not later than
April 20, 1973, by which the with-
drawal of all remaining U.S. per-
sonnel from Indochina will be com-
pleted; and
-Announce on inauguration day
that all aid to South Vietnam, Laos
and Cambodia will be completed.
David Fenton, spokesperson for
the party, said that RPP has not
yet decided what form its support
McGovern will take in he state's
May 16 presidential primary.
THE DAYS OF FIRE
AND BRIMSTONE
ARE-
OVER.
Remember
preachers who
urged us to
repent in tones
that shook the
rafters? Those
days are gone
forever.
The PauIist,~
for instance,,speaks=:::
the language of
today because
he is part of to-
day. He is not
isolated in a pulpit but part of the
scene.
Maybe he became a Paulist be-
cause he felt uneasy about the state
of the world. Or because he wanted
to change things. But whatever he
is doing-whether he is a parish
priest, a missionary, a press, radio
or television personality, an edu-
cator or involved in the University
Apostolate, the Paulist is con-
cerned and involved.
Paulists meet the challenges
that change presents.
For more information about
the Paulist priesthood, write to:
Rev. Donald C. Campbell, C.S.P.,
Vocation Director, Room 600
415 West 59th Street
New York, N.Y. 10019

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