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4-Tuesday, November 15, 1977-The Michigan Daily
Eighty-Eight Years of Editorial Freedom
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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o children, IQ under 120


A plot against Iran ian people

On Nov. 15 and 16, Mohammad Roza Shah
Pahlani of Iran is once again coming to the
U.S. This notorious dictator has made this pil-
grimage every time a new administration has
taken office since Truman's presidency.
Shah's meeting with Carter will contain ex-
tremely important aspects which will have
significant impacts on the lives of both
Iranian and American people.
TO BEGIN WITH, Shah's trip is ,taking
place just as a time when the United States
National Security Council (NSC) has com-
pleted a secret study' for the re-evaluation of
U.S. policy towards the Persian Gulf, within
which the Iranian Regime is expected to play
a key role.
The study conducted by the NSC is particu-
larly important in two aspects. First, it repre-
sents the first official admission by the United
States government of the failure of the
"Nixon Doctrine." Under Nixon and thanks to
a $20 billion annual oil income, the Iranian
Regime was bolstered, by huge U.S. arms
sales as well as technical advice, to become
the Persian Gulf's main U.S. policeman. In
less than six years, more than $15 billion wor-
th of arms' as well as 20,000-25,000 U.S. advi-

stage for a not too distant aggression of U.S.
forces, primarily to put down Iranianpeoples'
struggles to free themselves from domestic
oppression as well as foreign domination, and
also as a means of extending U.S.-Soviet
super power rivalry to new heights.
The one thing that is really worrying Shah's
bosses in Washington is the ever increasing
temper of the resistance to Shah's rule by the
Iranian people.
Despite the fact that the Regime is current-
ly receiving $20 billion a year in oil revenues
alone, the Iranian people are going through
one of the most difficult periods of Shah's 34-
year rule.
ages, lack of housing, education and health
care have reached unbearable limits.
Iran's agriculture, which ten years ago
could produce enough to keep the people
alive, is now virtually at a standstill. In this
period Iran has become one of the world's
largest importers of food. Thanks to Shah's
"White Revolution," the country's arable
land has been reduced to 50 per cent of its size
ten years ago - while at the same time the
population has almost doubled. According to

AST WEEK American jurispru-
dence took another step back-
d. New York State Supreme Court
tice Edward Greenfield rendered a
ision that must rank in the annals of
cial misguidedness, -by declaring
New York landlord Stanley Stahl
"acted within his rights" in re-
ng to rent an apartment to attorney
ith Pierce.
Pierce was refused a flat by Stahl
:ause she is a lawyer, and "too in-
igent." Stahl felt that she might be
knowledgeable both of her rights as.
enant, and of available means of
ress. So he simply refused.
In backing Stahl, Greenfield said
t a landlord can discriminate
iinst prospective lessees on the
is of their occupation or intelligen-
Furthermore, he can decide to rent
t his whim" providing that he
sn't violate laws that now ban
erimination on the basis of color,
ed, national origin, race, sex, or
rital status.
Presumably, in Greenfield's view,
cannot discriminate for these rea-'

sons because these are either thing
the individual cannot control (rac
sex, etc.) or things they have chose
for moral reasons (creed, marit
status). But they can control what o
cupation they land in, and so must pa
the price of wishing to pursue the leg
W HAT SORT of nonsense is thi:
Can Pierce help being intel
gent? Should she want to? Does Gree
field actually want to foster the in
pression that the only - people in th
society with true freedom are ti
mediocre? Those who can't thin
can't cause trouble. Is Greenfield su
porting this idiot notion?
Apparently, and that is frightenin
Greenfield is the interpreter of a pubs
trust, the interpretation of laws d
signed, one hopes, to protect ti
people. And yet, we must now rewri
George Orwell's famous Animal Far
All people are created equal, b
some are more equal than others, so
even things up, they can't get apa


Despite the fact that


$20 billion

the Regime is currently
a year in oil reserves

alone, the Iranian people are going through
one of the most difficult periods of the Shah's
34-year rule.



r or3 purd into Ira.Nixo's olden drea
m was to make "Asians fight Asians" in the in-
terest of U.S. monopolies, and the Shah was a
)ut key figure. But that dream was turned into a
to haunting nightmare.
rt- Shah, whose rule rests solely on a vicious
and brutal police state, proved utterly incap-
able of carrying out Nixon's directives. A
bankrupt economy plagued by intensifying
crisis, a government drowned in corruption
and a rule isolated from the people and in-
tensely hated by them is all the Shah was able
to achieve. And despite all the compliments
showered on the Shah for his so-called ability
to push Iran's economy forward, any one even
remotely familiar with the present situation
in Iran can testify to the critical and shaky
position of Shah's dictatorship.
Carter is faced with the problem of some-
how salvaging what is left of Shah's ability to
carry on.
As a result of the NSC study, Carter has is-
sued a secret directive "expanding U.S. stra-
tegic priorities to include defending the Per-
sian Gulf..."4 so the Shah is not incapable of
defending U.S. interests. Hence what needs to
be done, Carter said, is to draw up "... con-
tingency plans that outline the possible use of
ground forces, supported by air and naval
units in the Persian Gulf or Middle East..."5
This represents an extremely dangerous
turn in official U.S. policy. Dangerous, be-
cause it signals Carter's attempt to set the

Washington Post estimates, if imports were
halted Iran's annual agricultural production
could only feed the people for 34 days. Iran's
imports are 36 times its exports, and prices
have risen by leaps and bounds while real in-
comes have been actually reduced. Industries
are shutting down one after another throwing
more workers into the streets.
It is these miserable conditions that have
forced the Iranian people into a massive re-
sistance movement. Workers, peasants, stu-
dents, shopworkers, religious segments,
women and, in a word, all of Iran's 34 million
are intensely bitter about their situation,
which is the direct result of Shah's U.S.-
backed rule.
ONE HUNDRED thousand political prison-
ers, and more than 500 summary executions
since March 1971, are evidence of the un-
imaginable depth of Shah's bloody terror.
And yet the Iranian people are not intimi-
dated. They are turning their massive hatred
of the Shah into a potent force which will
eventually bring him down.
It is primarily this fact that necessitates
Carter's "... contingency plans that outline
the possible use of ground forces, supported
by air and naval units..." Not just the Rus-
As much as unrestrained terror is Shah's
one last chance of staying on top, the Shah is
Carter's last chance of keeping the profits
coming in from Iran. For no one but the Shah
has displayed such unwavering obedience to

Shah of Iran
U.S. dictators. And, shaky as the Shah's rule
is for the United States, there is no viable
YET TO CARTER, who hasbeen giving so
much lip service to "Human Rights," it is
going to be rather difficult to justify his
staunch support of the terrorist gang headed
by the Shah.
The excuse, of course, will be that "over-
riding national interests" have forced Carter
to come outpraising the Shah!sIt was not long
ago when 50,000 U.S. soldiers died in Indo-
china under the same pretext! The American
people will believe Carter's fairy tales about
"Human Rights" as much as they would
believe Nixon is (or was) an honorable man!
Shah, with the active support of the Carter
Administration, is trying to hoodwink the
public opinion into believing him to be a
"democratic, benevolent monarch." With the
aid of U.S. police, SAVAK is trying to organ-
ize a "pro-Shah" demonstration to
"welcome" the Shah. The Iranian Student
Association (ISA) and progressive Iranian
students have so far been refused permits for
demonstration, while SAVAK-led demonstra-
tions have received their permits. SAVAK has
paid $300 to $600 to each demonstrator who is
willing to cheer the Shah. That is the only way
the Shah can expect any support!
But they want to push this action as a
"spontaneous" outpouring of affection for the
Shah and therefore whitewash his blood-soak-
ed rule. Join us in protesting and opposing
these reactionary plans. Protest Shah's visit.
The author is a memnber of the Iranian
Student Association of the University of
Michigan and Eastern Michigan Univer-
1. ChicagoSun-Times Sept. 11, 1977.
2. Washington Post May 12. 1977.
3. U.S. Military Sales to Iran - A Staff Report to the
Subcommittee on Foreign Assistance of the Committee
on Foreign Relations U.S. Senate.
4. Chicago Sun-Times Sept. 11, 1977.
5. Ibid.

Letters to

The Daily

t/r, - r-,,,

Release Watergate tapes

LAST YEAR, a federal appeals
court ruled that the 30 infamous
Watergate tapes were no longer confi-
dential, and could be sold to the public.
Richard Nixon challenged that ruling,
and it is now in the hands of the U.S.
Supreme Court.
Nixon's attorneys argued before the
Supreme Court last week that the
tapes' release would invade the former
president's privacy, and cause him
great embarrassment and mental an-
guish. The lawyers contended that if
the tapes were made available for pub-
lic consumption that they would be sus-
ceptible to uses that would humiliate
the ex-president and his aides.
But the point here is that the tapes
are no longer private.
The tapes in question are those
played during the 1974 Watergate cov-
er-up trial of Nixon's closest associ-
ates. They were used in the convictions
of John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman and
John Ehrlichman. They were played in
open court, and heard not only by the
judge and 12 jury members, but also by

umpteen books by nearly everyone in-
volved in Watergate, offering his or
her version of what the tapes actually
said. But the only accurate version of
the tapes is the tapes themselves, and
the public deserves nothing less than
the full truth.
While it may be true that Nixon and
company will be embarrassed by re-
lease of the tapes, they have no one but
themselves to blame. We must remem-
ber that the issue is not the humiliation
of innocent people. The tapes are em-
barrassing to Nixon and his associates
only because they reveal the truth
about their ignominious and often
illegal behavior. And though'the truth
may hurt, the public has a right to
DEBORAH DREYFUsS..................... Business Manager
COLLEEN HOGAN.......................Operations Manager
ROD KOSANN .............................. Sales Manager

To The Daily
A demonstration last TI
by the Iranian
Association (ISA) ended
arrest of an Iranian
charged with the "cr
wearing a mask while
strating in public! The S
Youth League protests th
of this Iranian and dema
all charges be dropp
mediately! The harass
Iranian students in Ann A
in Chicago recently w
militants were savagely
by cops and 20 arrested,
fought by all suppor
democratic rights and o
of the blood-soaked rule
Reza Pahlevi.
Mere arrest for a
Iranian militants raises
mediate threat of depor
deported they face cerl
prisonment, likely tortu
many cases death in the
dungeons. Despite t
political differences the
with the ISA, we uncon
defend them against b
repression. The left a
movement must demand
charges be dropped, th
deportations and a
timization of anti-Shah
militants be stopped now
was called to protest th
November 15-16 U.S. V
scale of repression'in Ira
staggering. Over 100
nonents of the Shah lan

shah elementary act of self-protection,
must wear masks when they
demonstrate in public.
The Shah was installed in a
'hursday CIA-engineered coup in 1953. Iran
Student has been strategiclly crucial as a
with the local military power policing the
student, Persian gulf for U.S. imperialism
ime" of and carrying out a primary aim
demon- of U.S. policy: isolating and
partacus pressuring the Soviet Union. This
he arrest is the essence of Carter's "human
ands that rights" crusade: bankrolling and
ped im- arming to the teeth tyrants like
ment of the Shah who will act as flunkeys
Arbor, as in assisting an imperialist holy
vhere 40 war against the USSR.
y beaten The activities of the SAVAK
must be have been far from limited to in-
rters of filtrating organizations opposed
pponents to Iran's murderous regime. Last
of Shah year the CBS television program
"60 Minutes" documented that
nti-Shah assassination squads had been
s an im- dispatched to the U.S. and
tation. If Europe to liquidate opponents of
rtain im- the Shah's reign of terror. The
re and in crackdown on Iranian militants
ie Shah's in Ann Arbor, Chicago and across
he deep the U.S. points to the willingness
SYL has of the U.S. bourgeoisie to bolster
ditionally the Shah's regime and his con-
bourgeois tinuing policy of harassment,
nd labor repression and death for all those
J that the who criticize his rule. On cam-
ere be no puses across the country SAVAK
all vic- agents act with impunity. Free
Iranian all victims of the Shah's white
v. terror! Cops and SAVAK agents
off campus! No deportations -
nstration political asylum for all left op-
he Shah's ponents of the butcher Shah!
visit. The -The Spa rtacus
in is truly Youth League
,000 op-
nguish in froP P noch

represent a threat to his freedom
as an American. The real threat
is not Ms. Fonda. It is the threat
to freedom of speech posed by
Dow's action. This freedom alone
is one of our strongest defenses
against the kind of tyranny that
Mr. Orefice fears.
Of course, he will argue that
CMU can do what it pleases, but
Dow will not subsidize it. This is a
shabby defense on two counts.
First, the money that Dow cut
back was earmarked to subsidize
tuition, not to fund educational
programs. Secondly, this move is
a blatant example of how money
can be used in a free society to
cripple the mechanisms that in-
sure this freedom.
It is sad to see a situation like
this today. It is even sadder to see
the Daily so oblivious to real
student issues. Where is the
Daily's commitment to free
speech? If Dow Chemical can so
openly attempt to subvert free
expression in the universities
with so little reaction from a
leading "student newspaper,"
then social awareness has
deteriorated far below the death
of student activism. I shudder to
think that this same brand of
apathy must have prevailed
during the "red-baiting" years of
the fifties. Dow's action should be
called for what it is-and it
should not be tolerated!
-Michael Malkovich

To The Daily:
It has always puzzled me why
people view recycling as the
solution to . our solid waste
problem. Take the case of
non-returnable glass bottles in
particular. The bottles (which
were used only once) that are
presently being recycled (only
a very small percentage of
those which are produced)
have to be crushed, melted and
made into new products. This is
a tremendous waste of raw
materials and energy.
Rather than recycling no-re-
turn bottles, we should be
promoting re-use (or re-filling)
of glass bottles. Returnable
deposit bottles can be used
about twenty times before they
are broken or have to be
remelted. The small monetary
value placed upon these bottles
provides an incentive for peo-
ple to return them, as opposed
to essentially "worthless" no-
return bottles. It is much easier
to toss these worthless bottles
in a trash can or more likely,
along a public roadway.
Just look around and you
must realize that recycling
no-return bottles is .not the
answer. Let's re-use, not re-
Ruth Glinski

Contact your reps
Sen. Donald Riegle (Dem.), 1205 Dirksen Bldg., Washington,



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