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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1972
Muting the Olympic ideal
}Y THE COMPLETION of Wednesday's
abbreviated Olympic competition,
the bitter memory of the world's most
recent tragedy appeared to slowly fade
from the minds of Tuesday's stunned
populace. As expected, normalcy rapidly
returned to Munich; the bloodshed
ceased, the tense atmosphere evaporated
and Olympic committee czar Avery
Brundage declared that a small group
of terrorists would not prevent the
games of the 20th Olympiad from pro-
ceeding to its conclusion.
The savage members of the Black
September Group, through their sense-
less massacre of eleven Israeli Olympians
succeeded in receiving the world-wide
attention they desired. However, in do-
ing so, they not only blemished Munich's
effort in creating a new, friendlier image
for the German nation, but also dashed
any hopes that were brewing for a Mid-
dle East peace settlement.
IT IS ONLY since 1936, when Adolf Hit-
ler used the Olympics as a showcase
for his Aryan supremacy myth, that the
games have become a theater for elabo-
rate ceremonies, pageantry, fanatic na-
tionalism. The original spirit of man ver-
sus man has been replaced by country
versus country; East versus West; ideol-
ogy versus ideology. Now future gaIies
are doomed to be stained by the blood
that flowed in Munich.
It has been proven time and again that
all the flags and anthems in the world
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cannot stop wars and oppression and
racism and hunger throughout the world.
The superficial beauty of athletes con-
vening from every corner of the globe
obviously had none of the meaning for
the Arab murderers that it had for the
athletes and spectators.
JF THE "Olympic ideal" is ever to sur-
vive and the blood of Munich washed
away from future games,'it must be by
the efforts of all humanity, not the Arab
States, not the United States, not any
. The Olympic Games represent the
quintessence of sport, but they will not
change the world until the world is
ready to change, and sadly the danger of
future Munichs will be clear and present
Assistant Sports Editor
Better than none?
PRESIDENT NGUYEN Van Thieu of
South Vietnam has done his best to
resurrect the Domino Theory in South-
east Asia. And he has succeeded. It is,
however, a different set of dominoes and
Thieu is toppling them.
One after another, Thieu has demol-
ished those fragile democratic institu-
tions that South Vietnam had.
Last Fall, Thieu made himself the only
presidential candidate on the ballot,
while the runner-up from the previous
election languished in jail. Then early
this summer, Thieu suspended the con-
situation and declared martial law.
In recent weeks he has further sup-
pressed South Vietnam's newspapers -.
already docile by U.S. standards-
through strict censorship and the collec-
tion of crippling monetary deposits.
NOW HE HAS abolished popular elec-
tions at the hamlet level, destroying
the base of South Vietnam's symbolic
democracy. From now on, the hamlet
chiefs will be appointed by the province
chiefs-military men handpicked by
In addition, the regime announced
that the staffs of village governments-
one rung up from the hamlets-will also
be appointed by the province chiefs.
The new decree authorizes military
personnel to assume the administrative
posts if enough "qualified" civilians are
not available after extensive screening.
It seems that some of the hamlets and
villages had been electing Communists.
THIEU, ever seeking to learn new po-
litical techniques, manages to cam-
ouflage the erosion of South Vietnamese
civil liberties. He no longer releases En-
glish translations of his speeches and
has mastered at least one standard apol-
ogy for the maintenance of dictatorship.
"I have never denied independence and
democracy," Thieu proclaimed last week.
"But our Government has allowed us to
enjoy too much democracy too, soon."
Even as President Nixon cheerfully
withdraws American troops from Indo-
china, the facade of democratic govern-
ment in South Vietnam is slipping away.
President Thieu can stand on his own
now, Nixon gloats, but the President does
not discuss for what Thieu stands.
By TAMMY JACOBS
ONCE UPON A TIME, the Pre-
sident of Student Government
Council was the most important
student on campus, the one who
generally "set the pace" and led
students in vital campaigns for
But once upon a time is past,
and the year's first example of '
the slim leadership potential of the
present SGC boss was shown at;
Wednesday night's traditional Pre-v
sidents' Welcome to Freshmen.
This year, in a departure from n
the norm, President Robben Flem-
ing spoke first, followed by the
current SGC president, Bill Jac-
obs. Fleming's speech was an echo
of past years, calling for "respon-
sibility" and tolerance towards
whatever causes the new fresh-
man "do not espouse."
BUT, IF THE speech Bill Jac- "30,000 students mo
obs gave afterwards is any har- some of the imper:
binger of where the student move- be changed. And a
ment will go this year, Fleming his war on apathy, hI
needn't have bothered. battle plans.
Jacobs does realize that t h e
University is, to use a Fleming SGC PRESIDENT
euphemism, an "imperfect place". that before. They h
He even did a half-decent job Wed- massive street actio
nesday night of listing several is- for bringing pressur
sue which display the University's te mto
imperfections quite clearly. the administration.
So far, so good. Jacobs went on But, true to ther
to tell the freshmen that with road positions Jacob
By SARA FITZGERALD What a c
THIS SUMMER'S Republican convention think the P
wasn't exactly a marketplace of ideas, peace - e
but it was a marketplace of merchandise. splashing a
The lobbies of the posh Fontainebleau drop soup.
Hotel headquarters were crowded w i t h Granted,t
delegates clad in red, white and blue, and ficant overt
milling journalists - but above all with of China. B
booths, selling every sort of pachyderm also that "
paraphernalia imaginable. with the coi
There were the Young Voters for the of Communi
President hawking lottery tickets for such THIS CA
prizes as a doodle drawn and autographed as a doctor
by Health Education and W e 1- of "renewe
fare Secretary Elliot Richardson. The an arm wh
Florida Federation of Republican Women war casualt
offered cookbooks including a recipe for ing,"..
Mamie Eisenhower's sugar cookies. There or have die
were outward entrepreneurs offering wat- Get the pi
ches withthekfaces of' Pat and Dick in- The two c
stead of Mickey House.
AND DOWN AMONG the pens shaped phrenia oft
like President Nixon and the "Elephants ne Nixo
Eat Lettuce" buttons, was also an unob- Nel peac
trusive little booklet entitled "Security is Nobel peac
Re-electing President Nixon."Ca "n
Though only 10 pages long, it seemed Vietnam -
to set the tone and strike the theme of the
Republican gathering and the party's up- wAnd he w
coming campaign. Instead he'
The book, designed like the "Peanuts" die, let mor
book of a similar nature, the work of ans die an
artist Al Victor, who notes that his bookyins i
was "inspired by our great President and in the face
dedicated to my wife, Millie Victor, and THE NIXC
her fellow delegates from the Common- Te iX
wealth of Virginia." qone alright
a ,,quo, keepinl
It offers definitions of "security," in- with its sci
cluding, for instance, that "Security is rationalizing
having a President who limited the spread duct of the
of nuclear arms!" But despit
TWO CARTOONS in particluar catch the the adminisi
eye - both by their message and their For "ecu
apparent contradiction. ging inciden
One suggests that "Security is having ahedurrs
President who will go anywhere in the headquarter
cause of world peace!" It is accompanied police.
by a picture of Nixon eargerly looking into
a soup tureen labeled China and saying, Sara Fitz
"The MEIN thing is to find out what's in Republican1
this CHOW!' Miami Hera
which resulted in a commitment
for a 10 per cent black enrollment
that should be attained by next
Both of those examples are also
studies in the failure of Jacobs'
way of accomplishing things. Both
of those goals - bookstore a n d
black enrollment - had been going
through countless committees,
countless meetings - but were
getting nowhere until actual phy-
sical action was taken.
There are many such examples
peppering the annals of' not only
this campus, but many others
throughout the country.
Jacobs' existent, if imperfect,
knowledge of the imperfections of
the University deserves to be com-
mended, although he makes such
errors of judgement as calling the
University's snail-like forced ad-
vance towards equal opportunities
for women "significant progress."
His war on apathy also deserves
to be commended - ending apathy
is always a commendable goal.
HOWEVER, the fact remains
that Jacobs' wishy-washy means
are not likely to rapidly bring
about the necessary and desirable
Tann y Jacobs is managing edi-
tor of Jie Daily.
A choice or an echo?
he laid out the
S have d o n e
ave called for
is, for sit-ins,
e to bear on
middle-of-t h e
s has taken into
the first months of his reign, his
solution to the pressing problems of
our times is to "get involved -
join one of the groups on campus."
In other words, become a com-
mittee member. Change can oe ac-
coniplished "without rioting and
rock-throwing," Jacobs alliterative-
That, indeed, is true. But thank
goodness, Jacobs isn't the o n 1 y
force in the community who wants
FOR ALTHOUGH change can be
accomplished without the violent
trashing of yesteryear, Jacob's so-
lution is not the way to accomplish
it. There is another road, a road
of non-violent pressure which has
worked in the past, and can work
The oft-used examples are9t h e
bookstore sit-in of Sept., 1969 -
which gained the University a
bookstore - and the Black Action
Movement strike of spring, 1970,
lever play on words! And to
'resident would go anywhere for
even to talk to the "gooks",
round in their tureen of egg
the President did make signi-
ures to the People's Republic
ut the book goes on to claim
Security is having a President
urage to take action in the face
RTOON portrays the President
, giving a "blood transfusion"
d bombing and blockade" into
ose veins are identified as U.S.
ies and POWs. Nixon is think-
So they shall not be forgotten
d in 'vein.' "
artoons demonstrate the schizo-
the Republican administration,
on between the "old" and the
)n. He's been nominated for the
e prize for his excursions to
Russia, yet he is not about to
nmies" to run over S o u t h
even if it means full scale
on't let U.S. soldiers die in vain.
ll simply let more of them
e Vietnamese soldiers and civil-
d let the POWs spend another
n camps while he "takes action
of Communist aggression."
ON administration is a secure
- concerned with the status
g the lid on, refusing to deal
hizoid approach to the world,
away its doubts about its con-
war in the POW issue.
e its apparent self-assuredness,
tration is up tight.
rity" is really a Watergate bug-
t and a Doral Hotel canmpaign
s, closed off to the public by
gerald, who helped cover the
National Convention for The
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Letters to The Daily: Esch' s position noted
To The Daily:
I MUST take exception to your
characterization of Congressman
Esch's voting positions as men-
tioned in your August 11 editor-
ial on the ABM system and on the
extension of the Wagner Act (un-
employment compensation) to agri-
The ABM. On October 2 and 3,
1969 The House considered Defense
Procufement Authorization, HR
14000. Representative O'Konski, a
member of the Armed Services
Committee and a supporter of the
ABM system, offered a motion to
recommit the bill to the Armed
Services Committee with instruc-
tions to delete procurement and re-
search funds for the Safeguard
The Cognressional Quartelry's
1969 Almanac described the vote
this way, "The measure was pro-
posed by Alvin O'Konski (R-Wis.),
a member of the Armed Services
Committee, over protests by ABM
opponents. They claimed that such
a proposal to cut research funds
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did not represent the position of
any ABM opponent and was mere-
ly designed by ABM backers to in-
sure a substantial vote in favor of
the President's ABM program. Re-
publican Leader Ford virtually ad-
mitted that was the intention be-
hind the proposal. Opponents of the
ABM sought to block a vote on the
recommittal motion." Congressman
Esch voted with other ABM op-
ponents against bringing the O'Kon-
ski motion to a vote:
The only other votes taken on
the ABM were taken on April 29,
1970. Congressman Esch voted
against ABM on two occasions that
day in non-recorded teller votes.
Congressman Esch's record on
defense spending is clear. He has
voted for percentage defense cuts
on the defense budget on virtually
every defense appropriations bill
since he has been a member of
Extension of the Wagner Act to
Agricultural Workers. Your char-
acterization of Congressman Esch
as "an outstanding opponent of ex-
tending workmen's compensation
law to migrant workers" somewhat
mistates his record. First, it im-
plies that he was a leader of the
opposition - which is clearly un-
true. He did not even speak on the
Floor at the time of the motion -
let alone take a leadership role
in opposing it.
Second, it implies that he is op-
posed to all legislation helping the
migrant worker -- which is also
untrue There has been one vote
Education and Labor Committee
in the House, which has jurisdic-
tion over this matter, had held no
hearings, took no votes, and held
no debates on the subject at that
point. In short, there was no re-.
cord on which to base a decision
- especially with regard to how
this would affect other rights of
agricultural workers. Second, a re-
commital at that point would have
opened up the entire bill to new
conference meetings and disagree-
rhents, thus endangering the pas-
sage of any improvement in unem-
ployment compensation. Third, as
implied by the first, .the -w h o 1 e
question of agricultural labor rights
has been largely avoided by the
Congress and Mr. Esch strongly
feels that they should be consid-
ered as a whole.
While searching for long term
solutions to the problems of the
migrant worker, the Congressman
has actively worked with migrants
in his District to provide better
housing, educational opportunity,
etc. Until Lenawee County w a s
gerrymandered out of the -Second
4 District he worked actively with
the Community Action Center of
Lenawee County in the often frus-
trating task of securing adequate
housing needed for the migrants,
and post-migrants who are resi-
dents there. He also worked active-
ly with this group in efforts to se-
cure funding from O.E.O. and oth-
er federal agencies.
to Marvin Esch
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