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Primary assessment
ALABAMA GOV. George Wallace apparently hit the
peak of his career with twin victories in Tuesday's
primaries here and in Maryland.
At the same time, Sen. George McGovern has scored
a victory by beating Hubert Humphrey for second place
in Michigan, which had been considered a walkaway sec-
ond place for Humphrey just a few weeks ago.
While Wallace lies in Holy Cross Hospital, recover-
ing from an attempted assassination, it seems less than
fair to castigate him personally. It is nonetheless re-
markable that his emotional anti-busing campaign man-
aged to rally the support of more than half of Michigan's
Democratic primary voters.
A good deal of the Wallace vote can be attributed to
Republican cross over voting in the democratic primary.
This unfortunate practice obscures the real meaning of
the vote, except to indicate that a contrived issue-bus-
ing to achieve racial balance-seems to have taken prior-
ity over the real issues of the campaign-the economy,
the war in Indochina, urban reconstruction.
Wallace's victory with his busing stance .in a north-
ern, traditionally liberal state should do more than raise
eyebrows a few millimeters.
A VIGOROUS EFFORT must be launched and sustained
to clarify the real campaign issues and the candi-
date's stances on them, paying particular attention to
President Nixon, and democratic delegate count forerun-
ner McGovern as well as second place Wallace.
The people should know that George Wallace and
Richard Nixon say they will end the war, but in fact be-
lieve in aiming for a military victory by the United
States.
They should know that Wallace and Nixon - and
Humphrey, too - talk about tax reform, but have no real
program that will ease the burden on the lower and mid-
dle classes by soaking the rich.
They should know. too, that both Wallace and Nixon
favor a state legislated morality and thus oppose de-
criminalization of marijuana and abortion reform.
OLD GUARD warrior Humphrey had hoped to make a
strong showing in Michigan on his credentials and
history. Instead, his dismal failure--he captured fewer
than one fifth the Democratic votes in a state long con-
sidered friendly territory-has nearly extinguished his
chances for the Democratic nomination.
-ROSE SUE BERSTEIN
NIGHT EDITOR: PAUL TRAVIS
EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR: ROSE SUE BERSTEIN
ASSISTANT NIGHT EDITOR: JIM O'BRIEN
PHOTO TECHNICIAN: JIM WALLACE
Edited and managed by students at the
University of Michigan
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual
opinions of the author. This must be noted in all reprints.
THURSDAY, MAY 18, 1972 News Phone: 764-0552

Lett(
These two letters came to The Daily
trom persons who would not ordinarily
write to a college newspaper. Cleve-
land industrialist Cyrus Eaton is
Chairman of the Board of the Chesa-
ieake and Ohio Railway, and serves as
trustee to several universities.
Hugh Hester is a retired brigadier
general who served in the U.S. Army
tor 34 years. Following both world
wars, he was decoeated for gallantry by
the U.S. and French governments,
awarded with the Distinguished Service
Medal and the French Legion of Honor.
We consider it appropriate to reprint
Eaton's letter-which first appeared in
the New York Times-and Hester's-
which he has sent to President Nixon
-to demonsteate how swidespread dis-
- fection with the war in Indochina
has become.
To The Daily:
THE IVY League Presidents
have rendered a great service co
higher education in their joint
statement of April 19 deploring re-
newed American bombing of North
Vietnam and its civilian popula-
tion. Making this forthright dec-
laration obviously took tremend-
ous courage.
Conspicuous among those respon-
sible for our international policies
since oWrld War I5 hove b e e n
Dean Acheson, John Foster Dulles,
Dean Rusk, William Rogers and
Henry Kissinger, education as such
fatous universities as Harvard,
Yale, Princeton, Cornell and Ox-
ford. The public has urgently need-
ed the Ivy League reminder that
the policies of these men are dis-
cordant with the highest intellict-
ual and ethical standards' of treat
institutions of learning.
FROM THE OUTSET. F r e n c h
and Briish military leaders, fa-
miliar at first hand with Asian
campaigning, have pointed a u t
that the United States could not
possibly win in Vietnam and that
if America persisted in pushing
the war there far enough, it would
find the Soviet Union and t h e
Chinese People's Republic forget-
ting their differences and combin-
ing in a massive undertakicg to
throw us out.
It is alsowell known that Psests
dent Eisenhower, with his exten-
sive military experience, flatly re-
fused to send American troops in-
to Southeast Asia, even though he
was constantly being pushed by
some members of his Cabinet to
get into the war in a massive way.
The Ivy League statement de-
serves to be read by every admin-
istratpr, faculty member and trus-
tee of every college in America.
IF, IN THEIR own self-interest,
all university and college presi-
dents would speak up in the same
vein, it would also help persuade
our Senators and Congressmen to
cut off the funds that permit the
Administration to pursue an utter-
ly immoral and inhumane course
in Vietnam without public sanc-
tion, and to subject the citizens of
America to a crushing burden of
taxation in a completely lost
cause.
-Cyrus Eaton
Cleveland
May 11

rs to The
Dear Mr. President:
THIS IS, I believe, the twen
th letter I have written you si
your election as President, Nov(
ber, 1968. For your information
am one of the millions who s
ported you in the president
campaign of 1968, primarily
cause of your promise to end
Indochinese war if elected, and
abolish the Congressional 51a
Act, euphemistically called Sel
tive Service: an act which h
made it possible for success
Washington administrations to
volve the American people in
unconstitutional and immoral w
and one which has now becom
genocidal war of aggression, n
ed and raw. This war is not o
against the fundamental intere
of the American people, but it n
threatens the peace of the wa
in the thermo-nuclear age, wl
all wars are outmoded.
Many of us, of course, w
aware of your hawkish record, 1
we reasoned - certainly I did
that you would keep your prc
ise, if for no other reason th
the fate of your predecessor, 1
Johnson, who destroyed him,
politically because he violated
promise not to send "our bi
8,000-9,000 miles away to do w
Asian boys should do for the
selves." None of those with wh
I have talked even dreamed t
you meant by ending the war,
were talking about a U.S. milit,
victory. Naturally, we feel betr
ed-certainly I feel so deeply.
NO ONE of us wants to hur
fate the United States or vou.t
vast majority of us are enlight
ed patriots who place the intere
of the nation and world above
private interests of a few war x
fiteers. We do not feel that,

Daily
acknowledgement of a s e r i o us
tie- mistake, and its correction by a
nce big power such as the United
im- States, will humiliate you, y o u r-
, I administration or any other pa-
up- triotic American. On the contrary,
tial we believe such action is the best
be- possible way - probably the onl
the way - to restore the deeply tarn-
to ished record of our nation and,
v e people: a record for which we are
ec- all branded as international out-
a s laws, a situation created by five
ive post-WWII Washington administra-
in- tions.
an What can be done to salvage this
ar critically dangerous situation? The.
a deeply concerned, intelligent and
ak- patriotic Americans have no alter-
nly native to opposing your teelection
sts unless you promptly honor your
ow campaign pledge to end the war:
rld a result every one of us devoutly
hen desires. Even if you are defeated,
it may be too late to retrieve the
ere situation. But if you win and con-
but tinue along your present course,
-- I am confident the future histor-
tm- ians will rate U.S. Government
an post-WWII crimes in Asia, unless
Mr atoned for promptly, at least equal
elf in character, if not in magtnitude,
his to those of Attila, Genghis Khan,
oys Tamerlane and Hitler. Only you,
hat Mr. President, can materially re-
im- duce this horrible verdict of his-
om tory.
hat ALONG WITH at least 100 mil-
you lion other concerned and loyal
ary Americans, I urge you in the name
ay- of humanity to honor immediately
your campaign promise to end this
totally evil war of U.S. aggression
mal- which is destroying all of us spirit-,
The ually, whether we know it or not.
en- -Hugh Hester
sts Brig. General, U.S. Army
the (Ret.)
ro- Asheville, N.C.
the May 12

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