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Page 4- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 22, 1991

20 Maynard Street

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Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 s ANDREW GOTTESMAN
747-2814 Editor in Chief
Edited and Managed . STEPHEN HENDERSON
by Students at the Opinion Editor
University of Michigan
Unsigned editorials represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board.
All other cartoons, signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Daily.
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Duke-ing it out
Louisiana voters should drop David Duke

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The race for governor in the state of Louisiana
is down to two men, one of whom is David
Duke. Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux
Klan (KKK) finished second in last Sunday's open
primary. Running on the Republican ticket, Duke
won 32 percent of the vote, despite being de-
nounced by both George Bush and the Republican
party. After the vote, Duke declared himself as the
new leader of the Republican party's mainstream.
He said, 'The rank-and-file Republicans of this
state voted for me, and the rank-and-file Republi-
cans in this country believe the way I believe."
Duke's involvement in the KKK is no secret.
Many people say that Duke should not be con-
demned for his past, and that he is a changed man.
However, Duke was not merely affiliated with the
KKK, he was second in command. In addition,
Duke ran a campaign that played on the economic
fears and racial biases of white working class
voters. In a televised debate, Duke said, "We have
a massive welfare underclass committing a great
deal of crime, overloading our educational system
our whole social welfare apparatus." Duke even
had a slick campaign song with lyrics like, "You
may not like my party affiliation/ But I hope you
can recognize me without my sheet." Although
Duke says that a religious conversion led him to
denounce his hate-filled past, it seems clear that his

past is not far removed from his present.
Duke does not see his ideologies as being
contained within the boundaries of Louisiana.
"What we are doing down here in Louisiana is
going to have a lot of impact all over the United
States ofAmerica," he has said. "I think the working
class in this country are ready for a real change in
government." Duke approves of being referred to
as the Boris Yeltsin of American politics. He has no
shame in his past and is making no secret of his
future agenda.
The fact that a man like David Duke can reach
great political heights is discouraging. However,
what is more discouraging is the 484,923 people
(or 32 percent) who voted for him. Duke is one
man. Alone, he has no power. What gives men like
David Duke power is the thousands of people who
vote for him. Men like Duke are also made strong
by his opponents who stay silent. It is naive to
think that Duke cannot reach the highest peaks of
political life. It is naive to think that his racist views
could never extend beyond Louisiana. Only 45
years ago Adolf Hitler - a man whose birthday
Duke has been known to celebrate - was elected
by popular vote. It seems that as a society, we care
more about what politicians do between the sheets
than what men like David Duke do when they are
wearing them.

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Advice & consent
Bush should include Senate in all confirmation process stages

Following last week's narrow Senate confirma-
tion vote of Judge Clarence Thomas, the public
and the media zeroed in on what was wrong with
"the process," and what could be done to change it.
President Bush jumped on the band wagon Friday,
saying he would also come up with suggestions to
avoid the "messy situations" apparent during Tho-
mas' hearings.
Before Bush demands any changes from Con-
gress, the President could help tidy up the process
with some changes of his own. Specifically, he
should follow the words of the Constitution and
seek the advice as well as the consent of the Senate
when nominating candidates for the high court.
Doing so would go a long way toward ridding the
process of the bitter partisanship that has made the
country so angry these past few weeks.
Given today's reality of a divided government,
it should come as no surprise that the Congress and
the White House fail to see eye to eye on the future
makeup of the Supreme Court.
Unfortunately, President Bush makes the pro-
cess more difficult than it has to be, choosing
candidates from the far right and leaving the Sen-
ate out of the nominating process altogether.
As long as the Democrats and Republicans
share power in this process, the President must

employ the expertise and opinions of both parties
in the Senate when choosing a nominee. Doing so
would hinder the administration's strategy to make
the Court even more conservative in addition to
sparing the country the problems incurred during
the Thomas hearings.
The Senate's advisory rolehas beenused before,
playing apartinthe confirmationofJusticeAnthony
Kennedy in 1987, as well as that of Benjamin
Cardozo in 1932, during another period of divided
government. Opponents of the Senate's advisory
role claim that the President has a mandate from
the electorate to carry out his program, which
includes nominating conservative justices. But
giving the people what they want isn't as simple as
this.
The Senate also has a mandate, from the voters,
and the Democrats who control the body have
quite different objectives for the high court. Dur-
ing a time of divided government, these views can
only be balanced by recognizing that both branches
have a say, and that the Senate is not simply a
rubber stamp for the President.
Reaffirming the Senate's advisory role would
defuse the partisanship so painfully obvious dur-
ing the Thomas hearings, and would show that the
confirmation process can still work.

To Daily:
This is in response to Peter
Davidson's letter on Oct. 7
regarding the Daily's report on
the Taiwanese students' protest
on Sept. 26. We had staged the
protest not against the Center
for Chinese Studies, but aimed
at an official of the
Kuomintang (KMT) who was
speaking at the Center.
As the Daily had correctly
reported, we protested about
the recent arrest of two
Taiwanese scholars and to
support Taiwan's indepen-
dence. However, we must
point out some facts that were
not clear from Davidson's
letter.
While Davidson's letter
was mostly correct, it may
mislead people in thinking that
Taiwan belongs to China when
he stated that the KMT
"retreated" to Taiwan, and that
only "some" people in Taiwan
do notswant reunification with
China.
In fact, Taiwan does not
belong to China, and that 87
percent of the people in
Taiwan are native Taiwanese.
In Taiwan's 400 year history,
it had always been under
foreign colonial occupation.
The occupation began with the
Dutch, and then the Koxinga
pirate regime, Manchu Ching
Dynasty, Japanese, and since
1945, by the KMT forces.

As the Daily had
correctly reported,
we protested about
the recent arrest of
two Taiwanese
scholars and to
support Taiwan's
independence.

At the end of World War II
in 1945, General MacArthur
sent the KMT to "occupy"
Taiwan and Vietnam, just as he
sent the Soviet to "occupy"
Manchuria.''
With the signing of the San
Francisco Peace Treaty in
1951, Japan renounced
sovereignty over Taiwan, but
Taiwan was NOT returned to
China. The status of Taiwan
should have been decided by
the people in Taiwan. At that
time, the "occupying forces"
left Manchuria and Vietnam.
However, the KMT forces
massacred and brutally
suppressed people in Taiwan,
and after losing the civil war in
China, the KMT never left
Taiwan.
Nobody believes the KMT
can rule China again, and the
Taiwanese people do not want
to be ruled by China. Unfortu-
nately, when people work for a
democratic and independent
Taiwan, they are jailed in
Taiwan. or are blacklisted and

banned from returning from
overseas.
A former University Ph. D.
graduate, Prof. Chen of
Carnegie-Mellon University
was murdered upon returning to
Taiwan in 1981. In May 1991,
four activists were arrested,
including a Taiwan history
graduate student and a UCLA
Social Science student who
returned to Taiwan.
In September 1991, two NC
State graduates, Dr. Kuo and
Prof. Lee (S. Dakota Univer-
sity), who founded "Taiwanese
Collegian", were arrested in
Taiwan. All were charged with
sedition.
Taiwanese students who
speak out are spied upon here,
and their families in Taiwan are
harassed. They can be black-
listed and banned from return-
ing, or even arrested when they
return. But rather than being
silent and tolerate KMT's
suppression, we as Taiwanese
students feel that we must take
action.
We hope to help create an
independent and democratic
Taiwan where our children can
live a better life.
Gwun-Jin Lin
Michigan Taiwanese
Student Association

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Mid-East peace
Conference date set, U.S. should now step back

n Oct. 30, Israel and its neighboring Arab
VOnations will meet in Madrid in a attempt to
iron-out their age-old differences into a lasting
peace. The eight-month quest by Secretary of State
James Baker to bring the warring nations to the
peace table was finally completed when the Israeli
cabinet announced its approval of the upcoming
peace talks.
No Arab nation has met with Israel since the
Camp David Accords in 1979, when Egypt and
Israel were on the verge of another war. Hopefully,
this peace process can produce similar results,
ending the continual slaughter of Palestinians and
the perpetual terrorist activities by the Palestine
Leberation Organization.
While the United States is responsible for
bringing the nations together, the success should
not be used as a mandate to interfere in the actual
peace process in Madrid. The only way the chasms
that divide the Middle-Eastern nations can be
bridged, is if the the concerned parties - Israel,
Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon - are able to
conduct their negotiations without having to ac-
commodate additional demands from the Ameri-
can goverment.

It can be argued thatthe United States is, in large
part, responsible for the continual deterioration of
the Middle-Eastern situation. By providing mili-
tary support to both sides of the ancient conflict,
the United States has only succeeded in increasing
regional tensions. By bringing the nations together,
the United States has met its obligations and should
leave the rest up to the Arabs and Israelis.
Skepticism about any chances of this peace
conference producing any concrete results is wide
spread. The many Arab governments and the Israeli
leadership aren't even really interested in attend-
ing a peace process. So, the conference won't
necessarily begin on the right foot. This skepticism,
however, cannot be allowed to interfere in peace
negotiations. There are already too many seem-
ingly insurmountable barriers. With much hope, a
lot of patience, and even more effort, this millen-
nia-old war which has cost far too many thousands
of lives can be simmered down by this conference
until a lasting peace can be created.
The tensions and violence in the Middle-East
continue to threaten innocents all over the world.
The conference in Madrid is our first step to reduce
that threat.

What's normal?
To the Daily:
I just wish to express my
disgust with Jeff Luther and his
bigoted views about the gay and
lesbian community ("Gays not
normal," Daily, Oct. 14, 1991).
Normal or not, homosexual
people are human beings, and
they should be treated as such.
May be Mr. Luther is not
"homophobic," but he certainly
holds a narrow-minded, bigoted
attitude. Popular opinion that
homosexuality is not normal is
prevalent because people are
homophobic - they are afraid to
get to know or get close to people
they know are homosexual.
In my experience with gay and
lesbian people, I feel they are
some of the most sensitive,
considerate, and amiable people I
have ever known. Maybe Luther
should get to know some of the
gay and lesbian people on campus
(if he might be so bold), and then
judge whether or not these people
are normal.
Michaela Petermann
LSA senior
Germany isn't
yielding to racism
To the Daily:
I am writing this letter as a
response to the Daily's article'in
last Thursday's issue of the Daily
condemning Germany's restric-
tions on immigration laws.
As a German, I am personally
outraged and in many ways afraid
about the latest developments of

Most of these refugees do not
leave their countries because of
political suppression or but rather
because of the higher living
standard they expect in Germany.
This fact confronts Germany
with massive economic and social
problems. Even without this
massive influx of refugees,
Germany is facing a severe
housing shortage. In the harbor of
Hamburg, for example, ships have
been chartered to house new
immigrants to Germany.
Other problems are connected
to an increased burden on our
extensive welfare system.
Germany will not be able to
finance her new Bundeslaender
- the Soviet Union and refugee
waves experienced all over the
world - for much longer.
Besides that, the new immigration
laws are still far more relaxed
than the immigration laws of the
United States.
I am certainly not defending
hate crimes, but to claim that the
German government yields to
racist pressure is absolutely not
true. With the new immigration
laws, the German government
tries to target to target economic
and social problems rather than
"racism."
Henrik Bodenstab
LSA junior
Religion article
omitted key facts
To the Daily:
Being a representative of one
of the largest groups of Muslim
students at the University. the

close to 1 billion (about 20
percent of the total world popula-
tion). In addition, it was not
mentioned that there are about 46
Islamic countries in the world,
spread over Asia, Africa, and part
of Europe.
Also, the article does contain
some very glaring mistakes. For
example, when the author says
that "Islam is a dominating
religion in the Middle East, and
North Africa, parts of Southeast
Asia, and the South Asian
countries of Afghanistan and
Bangladesh," she forgets to
mention Pakistan, whose popula-
tion is much larger than Afghani-
stan and about equal to
Bangladesh.
Similarly, the number of
Muslims in India is also equal to
the Muslim population of
Bangladesh. Together, the number
of Muslims in South Asia is about
360 million.
The omission of Pakistan
shows the ignorance of the author
of Islamic world as Pakistan is the
only country in the world which
was founded on the basis of
Islam. Another noticeable
omission was the fact that the
largest Muslim country is
Indonesia.
We expect in the future that
such mistakes will not be repeated
in the esteemed Daily and its
readers will receive correct and
accurate information, which is
their right.
Ghazanfar Ali Khan
Executive Committee,
Pakistani Students
Association
The Daily encourages reader

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