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420 Maynard Street, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Edited and managed by students at the
University of Michigan
Editrius 'prited in The Michigon Doaily exress the ,!.dii
opiosolftreyauthor This must be noted in e seprints.
Tuesday, August 17, 1971 News Phone: 764 0552
NIGHT EDITOR: ANITA CRONE
Pizza Bob
N A COMMUNITY where merchants are often con-
sidered an advanced species of ripoff artists
whose sole purpose is to prey on students, Pizza
Bob was a beautiful exception.
There was nothing but love between Bob and
the hordes of us who constantly crowded his estab-
lishments in search of the finest pizza and sub-
marine sandwiches available in Ann Arbor, Michigan,
and possibly the world. Indeed, Pizza Bob's proud
reputation seemed to just keep on growing and
justify that superlative.
Pizza Bob really cared about the quality of his
creations - there was love in every one of them,
from the magnificent Carrier on down. And he was
always experimenting to find better ways of making
pizza and subs, sometimes collaborating to produce
personal triumphs with his customers.
But, more than that, Pizza Bob really cared
about the people who came to him for Favorites and
luxurious 40-cent shakes. He listened to their troub-
les and often would help them out - with advice,
with credit for the hungry and broke, with honor-
able employment serving his creations.
There is not mnuch else to say about a good man
who has died. No words can make any difference.
Pizza Bob is gone, and we will all miss him.
Those who remember Pizza Bob may want to
help his family out with the heavy medical expenses
left to pay. Friends at Pizza Loy are collecting dona-
tions to help them out.
-M.A.
Summer Ediorial Staff
MARCIA ABRAMSON LARRY LEMPERT
Co-Editor Co-Editor
ROBERT CONROw .................. . ............ Books Editor
JIM JUDKIS... . . ... . . . . . . ..Photography Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Anita Crone, Tamiy Jacobs, Alan Lenhoff, Jonathan
Miller.
ASSISTANT NIOHT EDITORS: Patricia E. Baier, James Irwin, Christopher
Parks. Zachary Schiler.

Letters to The Daily

enla Desh
To The Daily:
AT A STATEWIDE MEETING
of anti-war groups in Lansing on
Aug. 6: <Hiroshima Day), t h e
following resolutions were adopt-
ed:
1. The meeting denounces U.S.
complicity in the genocide in Ben-
4la Desh (East Pakistan) by con-
tinuing to arm and otherwise aid
the Yahya regime in Pakistan,
and demands that this support
end immediately.
2. The meeting demands t h a t
President Nixon heed the senti-
ment in Congress, which has un-
animously passed the Gallagher
amendment to the foreign assist-
ance act of 1961, which would cut
off all aid to Pakistan.
3. Aware that, if U.S. support of
the Yahya regime persists, Bengla
Desh could become the Vietnam
of the future, the meeting urges
all anti-war groups to devote ma-
jor attention to the Pakistan cris-
is in their planned activities for
the immediate future.
-Lansing Area Peace Council
-Michigan People's
Coalition for Peace and
Justice
Aug. 13
Irelanzid
To The Daily:
YOUR FRIDAY - the-thirteenth
editorial about the Irish question
was distorted at best and down-
right wrong at worst. Instead of
hammering away at the distress
of the Catholic "minority" it
might have been more realistic
to examine all of Ireland (North
and South together) and to con-
sider the problems of a belea-
guered Protestant minority, sur-
rounded by a sea of Catholicism,
desperately trying to hold onto its
own cultural identity.
Furthermore, you state that
"when Ireland won its independ-
ence, Britain retained six of the
nine counties of Ulster . . . to pro-
tect Protestant business interests"
and that "the six counties were
chosen purposely." Reread your
history, please. A plebiscite was
held and its outcome showed that
the overwhelming majority of the
people of these counties reaf-
firmed their loyalty to the Crown.
Your implications are hardly sup-

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ported by the fact
"a movement . . .
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surd inasmucha
never under Irish R
the word "return'
propriate.
And, of course,
formed me that "
sponsible for the e
Wow!! Do you me
terrorists have n
gling arms over1
years in order to
murdering andn
Lynch, the Prime
Irish Republic, h
demned the outlaw
publicly called for
of the governmentE
land. Britain, resp
entire situation? Ft
George H. F
Aug. 16
To The Daily:
PIZZA BOB is de

s. You refer to knew him, I mourn his death. Un-
to return all of like many who patronized him. I
le." This is ab- viewed him as a friend and a
as Ulster was beautiful human being.
Republican rule; My memories of Bob are very
" is hardly ap- precious and nobody's business.
One memory I will relate, though.
the editorial in- Last spring when I was gasping
Britain was re- for breath after two bites of his
ntire situation." latest creation (Bob proved that
an that the IRA anything could be made into an
ot been smug- art), he came over and perforced
the border for minor corrective surgery on my
continue their sausage sandwich.
maiming? Jack Last October in a moment of
Minister of the temporary insanity I almost wrote
as never con- a letter to The Daily suggesting
ed IRA and has that instead of naming the Hatcher
the overthrow Graduate Library after one of the
of Northern Ire- biggest crooks in Ann Arbor, we
onsible for the should call it the Pizza Bob Cradu-
uddle duddl ! ate Library and build a fifty foot
statue of him holding one of 1212
Brown, Jr. foot "mother-in-law subs.
Bob died as he lived-a peace-
ful, happy human being. Ann Ar-
Pizz Bob bor has lost half of what made
it a nice place.
Robert Bernard
ad. Like al who Aug. 15

4

Sudan: A significant counter-coup

By ZACHARY SCHILLER
IE ABORTIVE COUP last month in
Sudan, the second in the Arab world
within a matter of days, has faded from
the front page back into oblivion.
And, one would think, justifiably so:
the incidents of the coup itself are now
several weeks old, even though in its
aftermath more than -a dozen Com-
munists and leaders of the coup were
summarily executed.
The outrage in the Soviet Union and
other nations at these executions also
seems to have subsided, and as yet no
positive action in terms of withdrawing
aid or technicians is forthcoming.
HOWEVER, LOOKING over the events
of the coup and the search "or "traitors"
which followed, one can gain some force-
ful insights into Arab politics and the true
position of the various Arab leaders.
After the~July, 19 coup, led by Major
Hashem el-Ata, two military figures con-
nected with Ata boarded a plane in Lon-
don, expecting to arrive in Khartoum in
time to participate in the new government.
However, the plane was forced down over
Libya when it received a warning by ra-
dio to either land or be shot down. The
two leaders were taken off the plane,
and handed over to forces supporting Ma-
jor Gaafar Nimeiri, whom he ceup had
temporarily ousted from power.
At that time, Libyan and Egyptian
planes were flying pro-Nimeiri troops to
Khartoum to overthrow the rebels. Ni-
meiri was thus returned to power as a
direct result of Egyptian and Libyan aid.
Upon his re-emergence as the Sudanese
head of state, Nimeiri ordered a crack-
down on the Communst Party, which he
claimed masterminded the abortive coup'.

OVER 1,000 Communists were arrested,
literature was seized, and trials began
for key figures in the most powerful Afri-
can Communist party. By the day after
the coup, Ata and three other leaders had
been summarily shot, and the hunt was
on for Mohammed Abdel Khalek Mah-
goub, the chairman of the Sudanese Crm-
munist Party,
Mahgoub's trial was initially open to
journalists, but when the prosecution's
chief witness failed to testify, the pro-
ceedings were closed to the public. Mah-
goub was found guilty and hung secretly.
During his trial, he said he "knew about
the coup before-hand."
Meanwhile, the Soviet press became
more vehement in its objections to the
anti-Communist crusade launched in the
Arab country. The Communist party news-
paper Pravda said that, "At meetings
held all over the Soviet Union, the de-
mand is sounded-to stop the bloody ter-
ror and the acceleration of anticom-
munism in Sudan, to free all political
prisoners."
These echo-like slogans resounded in
the streets of Moscow and other major
city, as demonstrators marched in pro-
test of Nimeiri's. actions. Even the West-
ern European Communist parties took
up the cry.
MEANWHILE, high officials in the Ni-
meiri government held press conferences
decrying the "traitorous" acts of the Com-
munist party. The Sudanese Information
Minister observed with a smile that, "We
want to look civilized, anyway," while
pointing with pride to the fact that there
had been no mass trials,
Nimeiri himself said, "I don't want any
deterioration in our relationship with the

Soviet Union and other socialist coun-
tries, but if they want to choose that path
we have no alternative."
The Soviet Union threatened to with-
draw aid and technicians, who number
well over 1,000, if alleged provocative acts
against Soviet advisers and diplomats did
no stop. The correspondent for the Soviet
press agency Tass was not invited to any
of the trial proceedings, and had his tele-
phone and teletype machines cut off.
AT LEAST ONE diplomat from the So-
viet Union, as well as Bulgaria, was ex-
pelled from the Sudan. The whole Arab
world supported Nimeiri, with the excep-
tion of Iraq, which had announced its
support for the rebels the day they seized
power.
Meanwhile, Egyptian President Anwar
el Sadat told the Soviet Union unequivo-
cally that his country will continue to re-
sist Communism in the 4rab world. Sa-
dat, in a speech following close on the
heels of the attempted coup, said that
Egypt would never be Communist and
would never recognize an Arab Com-
munist government.
Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi, Libyan
leader and himself the engineer of a coup,
supported Nimeiri through armed force,
helping to'convey pro-Nimeiri forces to the
Sudanese capital of Khartoum.
Qaddafi had earlier the same month
supported the abortive coup in Morocco
in defiance of much of the rest of the
Arab world.
The Syrian president sent a message
of congratulations to Nimeiri, condemn-
ing the leaders of the coup as "deluded
and deceitful."
BUT WHILE the controversy over the

incarceration and executions of high-
ranking members of the Sudanese Com-
munist Party continued, Nimeiri was con-
fronted once more with the staggering
problems of his nation, the largest in
Africa.
While roughly half of the budget is
devoted to military expenditures, the life
expectancy at birth in the Sudan is only
40. Less than ten per cent of the popu-
lation is literate, and the economic growth
barely keeps pace with the population.
As tensions increase with the Soviet
Union, Sudan's largest trade partner and
supplier of aid, it is unlikely the country
will progress from this dismal state.
The real losers in the coup are thus
the Sudanese people themselves. With
the political crackdown also may come a
lessening of Soviet support and aid, which
props the economy up from collapse.
The counter-coup also leaves the Soviet
leaders in something of a quandary. Their
policy of supporting states opposing Israel
clashes with the desire. to withhold aid
from an openly anti-Communist regime.
BUT THE COUP has also clarified the
real political status of the other Arab
nations. Sadat is most obviously anti-
Communist, while receiving aid from the
Soviet Union. The Soviets are thus faced
with the same choice with regards to all
Arab nations, not just the Sudan.
At least temporarily, it seems that the
USSR has taken the course of verbally
censuring the Sudanese while not taking
positive action.
Perhaps the biggest certainty, as one
observer astutely commented to an
American, is that, "The Sudan proved
you don't need Israel to keep Com-
munism out of the Middle East,"

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