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University of Michigan
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual
opinions of the author. This must be noted in all reprints
THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 1972 News Phone: 764-0552
After the gold rush
THE RESULTS of the California primary, while not pro-
viding a particularly impressive vote margin for Sen.
George McGovern, have forced the chameleon-like Hubert
Humphrey to move yet another few steps to the right in
the hopes of wooing just a few more voters.
His "old-line liberal" image rebuffed by voters across
the country, Humphrey has recently donned his most
conservative face to date. Yesterday, immediately follow-
ing the release of the primary results, Humphrey con-
ferred for several hours with Southern governors in an
attempt to gain their support. Although none of the sub-
stance of their meetings was released, it is almost certain
that the Minnesota senator offered some concessions.
And now in desperation, faced with a lack of campaign
funds and an even bleaker outlook for the other primaries,
poor Hubert has announced that "under some circum-
stances" he could accept Alabama Gov. George Wallace as
his vice-presidential running mate.
The announcement, which coincidentally came only
minutes after the meetings with the Southern governors
is in direct opposition to his earlier stance. Only a week
earlier in Los Angeles, Humphrey had ruled out the
chance of accepting a ticket with Wallace.
Poar desperate Hubert has always wanted to be Presi-
dent, and has finally resorted to blatant contradictions
and lies to win as many votes as possible. He calls him-
self "Mr. Civil Rights" and points to his record in the
Senate to win black votes, while at the same time he
warms up to one of the most anti-civil rights politicians
in the country.
THE ONLY ENCOURAGING note is that Humphrey's
maneuverings seem to be failing. His campaign by his
own admission is on the skids, and each day the nomina-
tion is dropped a little more into the waiting arms of
George McGovern. McGovern's 271-delegate victory in
California may have been the last straw.
It now seems that despite his snake-like political
crawlings, in a few months we wont have Hubert to kick
around anymare.

Letters to The Daily

To The Daily: deep, are being1
The University, in its current East Asia every
prosecution of "some" of the per- goes on-and m
sons who dug craters on its main that President Ni
campus in a peaceful, non-violent lated the war.
demonstration, not only looks If Ann Arbor
hypocritical, but also has ob- Vietnam, and s
scured a vital educational re- being blasted h
source. pitals would be
The University looks hypocriti- urgent, serious
cal because technology developed funeral homes w
at the University (and supported to handle the
by .citizens' state and federal The buildings wo
taxesi continues to contribute to like the building
the craterization of South East By charging I
Asia. One "wrong" does not right malicious destru
another one, but if one could put versity has will
side by side the efforts to van- to the gross mi
dalize South East Asia and the those who want a
efforts to dig craters on the cam- moral and illega
pus of the University, the Univer- vandals. No on
sity would appear as the larger maimed, no bui
digger. And the craters created stroyed and the
by war technology are not just filled in by U
holes dug in the ground-they crewmen. The cr
are people killed and refugeerd, all. of us, includ
farm land decimated and build- sity, in South E
ings destroyed, most tragic van
The University, and all of us, world.
need some concrete understand- The University
ing of the bloody and ecological the most creativi
devastation we have caused to the resources recently
aeople andethe land- of Indochina. us all understat
because we are so remote from doing to SouthI
it. For most of us, this war is lowing the crater
antiseptic and relatively painless, encouraging citi
'But if Ann Arbor were in South the destruction,
Vietnam, there would be at least could have made
7,000 bomb craters, each about ucational contrib
twice the size of those which were munity.
peaceably dug on the Univer- We support th
sity's campus, within our city is involved in thi
limits. At least four craters, 40 and as it provide
feet in diameter and 5 to 20 feet portunities andi
U.N. environme
Is nothing sac
rrHE UNITED NATIONS environmental con-
ference in Stockholm,, appears to be having
internal environmental problems of its own.
The trouble began Tuesday when Swedish
Premier Olaf Palme asked the group to "un-
equivocally proclaim" that the heavy channeling
of resources into armaments be stopped. Palme
soundly chastized U.S. policy-he called it eco-
logical warfare-in Indochina.
"The immense destruction brought about by
indiscriminate bombing, by large-scale use of
bulldozers and herbicides is an outrage some-
times described as ecocide, which requires urgent
international attention. It is shocking," Palme
declared, "that only preliminary discussions of
this matter have been possible so far in the
United Nations."
Also Tuesday one of a number of dissident
groups meeting concurrently with the U.N. parley
issued its statement on environmental coopera-
tion. Dai Dong, a peace movement, said "there is
a fundamental conflict between traditional con-
cepts of economic growth and the preservation of
the environment.

blasted in South
minute this war
naybe more now
ixon has re-esca-
were in South
uch craters were
ourly, our hos-
overflowing with
cases, and the
ould not be able
number of dead.
'uld be destroyed,
s of An Loc.
the diggers with
ction, the Uni-
fully contributed
sconception that
n end to this im-
1 war are violent
e was killed or
Ildings were de-
land was easily
niversity ground
raters created by
ding the Univer-
'ast Asia, are the
dalizing in this
destroyed one of
e and educational
y created to help
nd what we are
East Asia. By al-
rs to remain and
zen awareness of
the University
a significant ed-
ution to the com-
e University as it
e search for truth
s educational op-
resources for the

people of Michigan.
We cannot support the Univer-
sity in its war-related research,
which leads to the deaths of
thousands of South East Asians.
Although it is understandable to
some of us that the University
would press charges against this
unauthorized activity, we cannot
support the University in its pro-
secution of demonstrators who,
in a peaceful, non-violent, small
way, tried to illustrate what we
are all a party to - the van- -
dalizing and destruction and kill-
ing in South East Asia.
May we assume, since the Uni-
versity feels it is important to up-
hold the law in this extremely
minor and unharmful incident,
that it would also recognize the
propriety of prosecution, under
the Nuremberg principles, of the
University itself for its part in the
vandalizing of South East Asia.
Barbara Fuller
Interfaith Council for
June 5
Letters to The Daily should
be mailed to the Editorial Di-
rector or deliveredto M a r y
Rafferty in the Student Pub-
lications business office in the
Michigan Daily building. Let-
ters should be typed, double-
spaced and normally should
not exceed 250 words. The
Editorial Directors reserve the
right to edit all letters sub-

ntal conference:
red anymore
The group has asked for a system of technology
review whereby new projects will not be approved
unless they are ecologically compatible and useful
for human survival.
MEANWHILE, at a committee session, the poor-
er countries were critical of the richer countries;
one delegate was audacious enough to suggest that
the affluence of the more advanced nations was
somehow related to global environmental prob-
But yesterday came the coup de grace. The U.S.
delegation retorted to Palme's charges, calling
them improperly political for such a conference.
But at the same time, the U.S. delegates want to
keep East Germany from participating. That's
not a political decision, is it?
SO INNOCUOUS international conferences just
can't maintain their neutrality these days, it
seems. And what a shame it is. Perhaps someday
though, the Nixon administration will wake up
and realize that no amount of world travel or
international cooperation on assorted issues will
repair the harm wrought by U.S. crater digging in

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