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OPINION
Page 4 Thursday, September 26,1985 The Michigan Daily
Salavdoran anguish 'Why we did it'
has provided $1.7 billion dollars, military nment of El Salvador. This is despite the Boston Tea Party would say. We America. That includes the police. We
By Peter Rosset training, and countless weapons, bombs and receiving, by the admission of his aides, an criticize the German people who heard the regard them as fellow American citizens
planes to the government of El Salvador. It overwhelming proportion of letters and rumors about Jews in cattle cars, but who should be concerned about U.S. policy,
On September 241985;Ind4othr is a government that maintains 900,000 of its figured it wasn't their job to find out if they and as such we try to be respectful and
Oitizn Septemb rb,8- iand 48 other s 5 million citizens in absolute poverty, ac- were true. So how can we stand by while our avoid confrontation. We hope that our at-
members of Aenir, ity m ny cording to the U.S. Congress. 1 out of 4 We remained gravely concerned about the con- government supports atrocities in Central titude gives them a pause for thought.
members of the Univ ersitye maunito children die before the age of five, and 50% tinued involvement of all branches of the security America? Our country is moving fast toward
were arrested in a peace Carl Prsell Why of those that survive are malnourished. t and military forces in a systematic and widespread There is a national campaign, begun by
__________r ___ngressman,__rs _. y is a government that for years has savagely program of torture, mutilation," disappearan- Church organizations, called the Pledge of
repressed peaceful dissent, leaving only ce," and the individual and mass extrajudicial Resistance. Acting on their highest moral,
"At first the Air Force dropped bombs that armed struggle as an alternative for the im- execution of men, women and children from all religious and civic principles, almost 100,000 "How is a man to behave toward this American
knocked down trees and houses, killed people, and poverished majority. According to all sectors of Salvadoran society... (and) continued to Americans have signed a pledge to engage government today? I answer, that he cannot be
made three-meter craters. Then they began to drop. respected human rights agencies, more express its concerns to relevant officials in the in acts of nonviolent resistance whenever associated with it... I think that it is not too soon
bombs that exploded before they hit the ground than 50,000 civilians have been executed or United States concerning the possible direct effect the United States escalates its involvement for honest men to rebel... What makes this duty
and others that made craters eight meters deep to disa ppeared. which military assistance could have on the human in the killing in Central America. This week the more urgent is the fact that the country so
kill us as we hid in our shelters. Now they use the Since June, 1982, the Salvadoran airforce rights situation in El Salvador." the national pledge was called in, to overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading
worst of all-theflaming liquid (napalm)." has been waging an air war against the -AmnestyInternational dramatize our opposition to President army."
-Salvadoran refugee civilian population in rural areas. In what is _Reagan's request before Congress for $438 -Henry David Thoreau,
the most intensive bombing ever in this million in further aid to the government of Resistance to Civil Government, 1849
hemisphere, an average of 60 500-pound and phonecalls from his constituents urging him El Salvador. Our demand here in Ann Arbor
75 750-pound bombs are being dropped per to oppose such aid on humanitarian groun- was that Rep. Pursell pledge to vote against
did we do it? The answer is that we feel a month (New York Times, 7/18/85). There is ds. Many community groups have tried to that aid. Unfortunately he has refused to another Vietnam war in Central America.
terrible injustice is being committed in our more than one bombing mission per day. reach him through reason, through com- oppose it. The last war stopped by public protest, but
names, it is in a sense our moral obligation And all this can only continue because of passion. But it hasn't worked, and at some In order to be more effective, the Pledge ntutlhnrd ftosnso olg
tomdsomths ing abssou bgtin n m assv U suppor. Te Unitedtaes point we had to decide where do we go from of Resistance needs more signers. We need not until hundreds of thousands of college
to do something about it. massive U.S. support. The United States ple who age American men lost their lives. This time
Since 1981 the United Statesgoenet roie556otheniebdeofte hr.polwharwiigtoatcptetay
ahUid tgrvadon goemente feth the hCan we say, "we tried our best," so it is no level, be it illegal civil disobedience or legal let's stop the war sooner. We in Ann Arbor
Rosset is a U of M graduate student in time has come to say enough. We cannot i longer our fault that thousands of innocent, demonstrations and other forms of protest. ovementhsi in thiscamp nti-w
biology and co-author o The Nicaragua good conscience allow more genocide in our men, women and children are dying We are committed to non-violence, open- pu
bRe a:Docu-entsoof Thevoltionamgecns. nc aowmregeoc i or because of our tax dollars? Well, I know ness, friendliness and respect toward all the nation in public opposition to an unjust-
Under Fire (available at Borders in Rep. Purell has consistently voted for what Thoreau would say, what Martin whom we encounter as we engage in our war. Let us continue in. that honorable
paperback). economic and military aid to the gover Luther King, Jr. would say, what the folks at witness against U.S. intervention in Central tradition. GO BLUE!

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Vol. XCVI, No. 16

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Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board

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Boy's
resident Reagan's game plans
have met with an imposing
phalanx of opposition.
It appears that the release of a
Congressional Office of Technology
Assessment report which casts
aspersions on the feasibility of the
"Star Wars" defense plan could
inhibit his drive to develop the
great missile shield in the sky.
The report, commissioned by the
House Armed Services Committee
and the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee clearly contraverts the
Administration's assertion that a
high-tech missile defense would
make nuclear weapons obsolete.
Reagan's Strategic Defense
Initiative (SDI) director James
Ionson had candidly stated that his
office is "trying to sell something
to Congress,"and now it looks as if
it might be a tough sell.
While concerned scientists
nationwide have expressed doubts
about the Star Wars plan, Congress
must now consider the non-
partisan agency's highly resear-
ched document which states that
Star Wars "does not appear
feasible." Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.)
chairman of the House Armed Ser-
vices Committee, a consistent

toys
proponent of a strong national
defense, has conceded that the
research and development of the
technology necessary to implement
the new mechanisms could be a
destabilizing, unwise maneuver on
the part of the United States.
Simultaneous to the release of
the report, yesterday the world was
in fact presented with a clear
illustration of the destabilizing im-
plications of Star Wars. In an ad-
dress to the UN General Assembly,
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A.
Shevardnadze said that the Soviets
are prepared to make "truly
radical reductions" in existing
nuclear stockpiles if only the U.S.
would abandon the Star Wars en-
deavor.
Unfortunately, the world is
collectively witnessing a
dangerous fantasy being pushed to
the logical extreme. Scientists,
educators, and other experts have
maligned the scheme from the
start, but Reagan remains enchan-
ted with his ever expanding war
chest of nuclear toys.
It is time to hear the informed,
resounding choruses of protest;
sorry Mr. Reagan, there is no "Star
Wars."'

CAPTAIN, I
THIUK MONSIt iR
WhEFHrfrU cm utrfes
ol W-,
ere Ore Co P.U er feeS.

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WE IKEEPHIM AROU)ND
IN CaSE WE NEED MORE
NEVA..p

To the Regents:
We read with consternation in
both the Detroit Free Press and
the Michigan Daily that you, the
regents, put through a tuition in-
crease of one hundred dollars per
term for the use of university-
owned computers. A number of
things annoy us about this
decision.
First, the University of
Michigan is a public institution.
By definition (or at least in
theory), the facilities should be
affordable to the public. Since
recent legislation passed by the
Federal Government has made
the ability to attend U of M rather
difficult for some who depend on
their own resources to come here
and learn, the assumption by the
Regents that all U of M students
would blithely agree to an
automatic increase inetuition by
nearly ten percent is rather blind.
To some whose bills are paid by
parents or scholarships and
grants, a $200 increase may not
seem like much. But topa
majority of students who pay
their own way, $200 is a lot of

this fee has been imposed do not
use, and have not used in their te
nure at U of M, a computer, let
alone a University-owned one.
Did the Regents impose this fee
because they, the seven that
voted unanimously to put this
policy into effect, want more
computers? Then the sensible
answer would be to impose a fee
on those who use the University-
owned computers. The fee should
not be imposed on those who
never use them. If, for some
reason, a student wishes to use a
terminal for a one-time project,
he should pay a small fee. But
there are students at U of M who
don't use the facilities who will
find the mandatory $200 fee un-
fair. The reasoning of the Regen-
ts would then beg the question
shouldn't the student body be'for-
ced to pay a mandatory fee to pay
for new instruments for the mar-
ching band?
Finally, the first anyone (who
isn't in the know, i.e. on the Board
of Regents) heard of this move is
today (September 20), after the

vote had been taken and the
policy put into effect. Did the
Regents decide to keep a lid on
this policy in order to quell
whatever opposition from studen-
ts that might arise? Or was it an
oversight on the part of the
Regents-they meant to tell us
before the vote was taken so they
might weigh student opinion as to
how they felt about a $200 tuition
increase to pay for some to use

the computers, but they forgot.
Either case is inexcusable.
This is a public institution, and
should take into account student
feeling and opinion. Several
students, one might presume, do
not wish to have a mandatory fee
imposed on them for a facility
they do not use. Certainly in this
case, the students, the public at
this public institution have been
overlooked.

We encourage our readers to use this
space to, discuss and respond to issues of

their concern.

Whether

those topics

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cover University, Ann Arbor com-
munity, state, national, or international
issues in a straightforward or unconven-
tional manner, we feel such a dialogue is
a crucial }function of the Daily. leters
and guest columns should be 'yped,
triple-spaced, and signed.

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