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Friday, May_ 16, 1975

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Eleven

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Marines removed from Koh Tang

UAC, CONCERT CO-OP presents:

(Continued from Page 1)
away from the tiny, rocky
island inthe Gulf of Thailand
off Cambodia.
The disengagement under fire
ended a three-day confrontation
between the Khmer Rouge gov-
ernment and the United States.
Before the assault, U.S. war-
planes sank three Cambodian
patrol boats and damaged four
others when the craft attempted
to sail toward the island.
PRE - EMPTIVE b o m b i n g
s t r u c k a mainland airfield,
where, according to presiden-
tial press secretary Ron Nes-
sen, 14 aircraft, amphibious
equipment and a b o u t 2,400
Cambodian troops were sta-
tioned.
Nessen characterized the U.S.
actions as having employed the
minimum force necessary. He
said President Ford believed
they were directly responsible
for the Cambodians' decision to
release the Mayaguez crew.
But "obviously, we have no
way of knowing the motives of
the Cambodians," he added at
a midday briefing.
NESSEN disclosed that an
earlier diplomatic communica-
ion demanding the release had
been returned without acknowl-
edgement through the Chinese
liaison office in Washington.
The press secretary quoted
Ford as telling congressional
leaders Wednesday: "I would
have never forgive myself" had
the Marines dispatched to Koh
"lang been attacked by Combs-
dian troops from the mainland-
thus, his decision to bomb.
Shortly after the Marines had
charged onto Koh Tang and
boarded the Mayaguez-only to
find it empty-the entire crew
was spotted, waving white flags,
aboard a Thai fishing vessel.
The U.S. destroyer Wilson took
the 39 Americans aboard and
returned them to their ship.
JUST WHERE they had been
held before the attack was not

clear. Their Cambodian captors
apparently had forced the five
Thais on the fishing boat to take
them aboard, then put out to
sea.
No aircraft were reported lost
in the evacuation, though a
Pentagon spokesman said three
Air Force helicopters were shot
down and two others damaged
in the landing Wednesday night.
The operation was hailed as a
success from both administra-
tion and congressional quarters,
though it strained already trou-
bled U.S. relations with Thai-
land, from which the landing
was staged.
"THE NATION was faced
with a challenge and it met that
challenge," said Senate Foreign
Relations Chairman John Spark-
man (D-Ala.). "We can all be
grateful that the crew of the
Mayaguez has been returned to
safety, that the ship is now
back on course, and that the
right of free and peaceful pass-
age of vessels on the high seas
has been asserted."
As the nation awaited further
word on the fate of the 14 miss-
ing servicemen, the State De-
partment announced that some
800 Marines who stayed behind
at a U.S. base in Thailand would
be flown out of that country "as
soon as possible."
The Thai government had de-
manded that the entire Marine
force, including those who ac-
tually participated in the as-
sault, be removed by Thursday.
PREMIER Kukrit Pramoj de-
clared that the United States
had acted in an "unfriendly"
way by disregarding his re-
quests and delivering the Ma-
rines to the'U.S,-run Utapao Air
Base early Wednesday and later
using Thai bases to stage the
armed rescue of the merchant
ship.
He called a special cabinet
meeting yesterday to discuss
"diplomatic moves" expected to

loosen ties between the United
States and its last ally on the
Southeast Asia mainland.
State Department press offi-
cer Robert Funseth reasserted
t h e administration's position
that the seizure of the unarmed
Mayaguez last Monday had been
patently illegal-and that Cam-
bodian authorities had failed to
respond to U.S. demands for re-
lease of the ship until the mili-
tary attack was under way.
CAMBODIA traditionally has
claimed a 12-mile territorial
right off its shores, contrary to
the international standard of
three miles. Although the Maya-
guez was thought to have been
about 60 miles from the main-
land, it reportedly was within
12 miles of the island-whose
ownership has been disputed by
Vietnam and Cambodia.
Nessen said that letters and
telegrams received at the White
House in the wake of initial
military actions had favored a
"strong" response, 1,978 to 157.
At the Capitol, few voices ex-
pressed even the slightest cri-
ticism of the operation.
Reaction around the world
was predictably mixed. Cautious
but positive comments came
from Israel and Japan. North
Vietnam called the recapture of
the Mayaguez "a flagrant act
of piracy."

Jesse Coh*n Young
and LEO KOTTKE
IN CONCERT
WED., MAY 21, 1975
HILL AU D.-8:00 P.M.
RESERVED SEATS $5.00, $4.50, $4.00
TICKETS AVAILABLE U-M Union, 12-4
daily (763-4553), Discount Records on
State St. and Hudson's. Sorry, no personal
checks.
Smokins & beverages not ermitted in auditorium

rAMINE & STARVATION AT OUR DOOR?
Unemployment, Recession, inflation . . .
WHO WILL SURVIVE??
9 COME OUT;
HEAR THE
TRUTH OF
THESE TIMES!
Ex-Presidential Candidate, Comedian, Author Humanitarian
and Activist at Rome World Food Conference
SPEAKING AT:
HILL AUDITORIUM -7:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1975 Ann Arbor
RECEPTION in Ballroom with Live Music - 10 p.m.
for all ticket-holders - DONATION $4.00
Donations of unperishoble food will be accepted for needy people. All profits qo to help the
hunary. Sponsored by "Spiritual Community of the Sun."

Marion Brando
stars in
Last Tango
7:00 In Paris 9:30
dir. BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI
with Maria Schneider, Jean-Pierre Leaud
"A dispute-provoking study of sexual passion
Marlon Brando gives a truly remarkable per-
formance."-Variety
$1.50
-and-
The Wild One
dir. STANLEY KRAMER
music by SHORTY ROGERS
with Lee Marvin, Mary Murphy
at 7:30 & 9:30 $1.25
The original and best biker film-young Brando
leads the Black Rebels M.C.-"what are you
rebelling against?" "what have you got?"
-$2-DOUBLE BILL-
INDOCHINA PEACE CAMPAIGN
Saturday and Sunday
May 17-18 Modern Languages Bldg.

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