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July 15, 1972 - Image 7

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Saturday, July 15, 1972


Page Seven

13rot hels spring up near McGovern pi'cks woman
reopened Thai air base

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Sng is aipthNw evc
Singapore - based contributor to
DNS. lie is currently traveiling in
' Thailand and covering events
TAKHLI, Thailand - "An
army that goes to war also
goes to bed," or so the saying
goes among many soldiers. This
is also true of pilots in a mod-
ern air farce, for whom some of
,the realities of war are kept at
'a distance by sophisticated
But technology isn't the only
)sophisticated thing in Takhli.
Within' days of the opening of
the air base here, which was
closed in 1971, over 30 bars
and brothels have mushroomed
in the town. To date, 1,000 girls
in the area have registered at
the local V.D. control unit. In

recent weeks, more than 245
cases of V.D. among GI.'s have
been reported.
A new strip tease establish-
ment called the "Crazy Horse"
opened in late June. Its hostess-
cs and dancers are required to
have venereal diaease checkups.
At the "Crazy Horse', scantily
clad 'Thai dancers can be seen
performing to an intent audi-
ence of G.I.'s and CIA men.
Less than two months since
Takhli re-opened, the base is
already flying the largest num-
ber of missions in Thailand.
Prostitution, bars, massage
parlors are all part of the local
cultural milieu that has recent-
ly flourished. Additionally, fath-
erless Amerasian children are
often sold because of the sup-
posed superiority of mixed

to take- tJ'IIins piace

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (A') - In
a major break with tradition,
Democratic presidential nominee
George McGovern chose J e a n
Westwood yesterday to ssucceed
L~awrence O'Brien as the party's
national chairperson.
Westwood, 48, hecame the first
women to take the top national
committee post in either m a j o
She co-chaired McGovern's pri-
mary campaign and was a key
figure in the pivotal California
credentials contest victory.
O'Brien, who had chaired the
party since March 1970, resigned
from his post despite urgings
from McGovern to stay on.
McGovern said O'Brien cited
personal reasons for his resigna-
The Sooth Dakota senator
spent several hours conferring
with O'Brien in what he said was
a final attempt to persuade h :m
to stay.
"I respect his wishes." Mc-
Govern said, "I respect it. hut
I regret it."
The selection of Westwood,
which was unanimously ratified
hy the national committee, be-
gan McGovern's reshaping of
Democratic party machinery f or

his campaign against President.
Westwood - has been reported
as the likely successor to O'Brien
for several weeks, starting wi',h
a McGovern statement that if
O'Brien did resign the U t a h
woman would be high on the list
of replacements.
O'Brien and McGovern a p0-
peared together at a delayed -es-
sion of the Democratic N itisnsl
Committee to make the an-
In introducing McGovern,
O'Brien, former presidential
campaign manager to Lyndon
Johnson and Hubert Humphrey,
slowly and somberly implored
the committee members to work
hard for the party this year and
run a positive campaign.
"If we engage in an anti-Nix-
on campaign," he said, "vwe will
have failed."
O'Brien then introduced Mc-
Govern as "the next presidTent
of the United States."
McGovern answered, "if that
prediction becomes fact there is
no one in the party who deserves
any inure of the credit than the
man who just introduced me,
Larry O'Brien."
Basil Paterson of New Turk
was chosen for the national com:-

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McGovern had suggested his
aide and former White House
press secretary Pierre Salnr
be named the deputy chairper-
But Salinger withdrew h is
name after Paterson, a former
New York senator, was nomiinat-
ed from the floor by a commit-
tee member who said a black
should have a role in the party's
high command.
McGovern said either man ws
perfectly acceptable. "I sense
the feeling of this committee,"
he said.
O'Brien, who broke in as a
tsp campaigner for the late
President John Kennedy, s erve
two terms as chairperson a n d
was postmaster general1 during
the Johnson administration.
O'Brien presided over t he
Democratic National Consention
that nominated McGovern, and
the nominee calld it "the best
convention of any political party
in the history of this country."
"I want to do everything I can
to be a reconciling and unifying
force in the Democratic Party,"
McGovern told- the nationl com-
mittee yesterday:
He said he believes O'Brien
will play a part in the csupagn
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Peace, Equality, Justice
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