- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 3, 1994
-U.N. forces may share blame for
shootout involving U.S. Marines
LET THE SUN SHINE IN
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -
Evidence is emerging that the deaths
)of eight Somalis in a shootout involv-
ing U.S. Marines might not have hap-
.pened except for the poor coordina-
tion among the 25,000 foreign sol-
diers in Somalia.
The Marines say their convoy was
-returning fire from snipers when it
-drove around a corner and encoun-
tered an unexpected crowd of people
-Waiting for a food handout. They say
,ome of those Somalis had rifles and
.also began firing.
Somali witnesses offered a differ-
,ent version of Monday's shooting.
They said there were no snipers and
that the Marines did not fire until they
came upon the crowd and panicked
after mistaking the people for a mob
trying to waylay the convoy. They
said some Somalis then shot in self-
U.S. officials said the Marines did
not know Saudi peacekeepers were at
an aid center handing out food, an
event sure to draw a crowd in
Somalia's war-wrecked capital. The
convoy could have taken a different
route through the area, which the
Americans consider one of the most
dangerous in Mogadishu.
Despite criticism from relief work-
ers and other U.N. troops, Saudi sol-
diers often distribute free food with-
out notifying the U.N. commander or
relief agencies, said Uli Schmid, a
supply officer for the World Food
That is what happened Monday,
when hundreds of people lined up in
the street outside a distribution center
waiting to get flour, sugar and dates.
The commander of Saudi Arabian
troops in Somalia, Col. AliAlghamdi,
conceded yesterday that a crowd
jammed the street outside the food
center. But he scoffed at the idea the
Saudis should warn other peacekeep-
ers before giving out food.
"We've never had any problem
doing this before, and I have never
heard any complaints," he said in an
Alghamdi also disputed reports
from some Somali witnesses that
armed men guarding the Saudi food
trucks joined in the shooting after the
Marines began firing machine guns
and grenade launchers. He said none
of his soldiers or their Somali guards
fired any shots.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The
United States should pursue an aggres-
sive diplomatic effort to avoid a "night-
mare scenario"of nuclear warin Korea,
William Perry told senators yesterday
at his confirmation hearing to be de-
fense secretary. International sanctions
against North Korea could be around
the corner, he said.
Perry, whose soft-spoken demeanor
has become a hallmark, evoked laugh-
ter from the Senate Armed Services
Committee when he quipped that he
would "work very hard to overcome
that problem." Sen. Robert Byrd (D-
W.Va.) told him not to apologize, that
"the reason you are going to get an
overwhelming vote, if not a unanimous
vote, is because of who you are."
"I can't think of anyone who's got
the experience and temperament that
you have for this job," said Sen. Carl
Perry, now the No. 2 official at the
Pentagon, would replace Les Aspin,
who resigned under pressure in De-
Aspin stayed on as President Clinton
nominated former CIA deputy Bobby
Inman, then picked Perry after Inman
Perry told the senators he supports
sending Patriot missiles to South Ko-
rea. He said a final decision by Presi-
dent Clinton awaits consultation with
the South Korean government.
The North Koreans have denounced
the potential deployment and threat-
ened to respond by withdrawing from
an international pact barring develop-
ment of nuclear weaponry.
The prospect of "the rogue regime
of North Korea" adding nuclear weap-
ons to its huge conventional force is a
prime example that "old threats can still
pose new dangers" in a post-Cold War
world, Perry said.
"We are continuing aggressive dip-
lomatic efforts to deal with this night-
mare scenario," he said.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) aske
Perry whether the administration was
"bordering on appeasement" by offer-
ing more carrots than sticks to North
Perry said he backed efforts to im-
prove China's human rights stance. The
issue "would pale in comparison with
the prospect of a nuclear war on the
Korean peninsula," he said.
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(AP)- As Serbs fired from surround-
ing hills, Benazir Bhutto and Tansu
Ciller came to Sarajevo yesterday to
comfort its besieged residents.
After a brief visit to the capital
defended by Muslim-led forces, prime
ministers Bhutto of Pakistan and Ciller
of Turkey appealed to the world to act
decisively to the 21-month-old war.
Turkey and Pakistan have been
among the strongest backers of
Bosnia's Muslim-led government,
whose troops are fighting a desperate
battle against better-armed Bosnian
Serbs and Bosnian Croats.
"Rarely in the annals of human
history has a nation been subjected to
such merciless savagery in the full
view of the world," Bhutto and Ciller
said in a joint statement.
"We who live in peace take life
and peace for granted," Bhutto said
"In Sarajevo, we saw shattered
people, a shattered city and shattered
Elsewhere in the city, at least five
people were killed by Serb shelling
Bhutto later called for air strikes
against Bosnian Serbs and exempting
the Slavic Muslim-led government
from a U.N. arms embargo imposed
on former Yugoslavia. She spoke in
Bosnia's Muslim president, Alija
Izetbegovic, said the two were ready
to give "material and other help to our
country. I thank them for that." He
was not specific.
The visit was welcomed by most
Sarajevans. Many Bosnian Croats and
Serbs remain loyal to the Muslim-led
Sporadic gunfire sounded from th,
hillsides surrounding the city. as
Bhutto and Ciller arrived at thedown-
town Bosnian presidency building. A
crowd of about 150 braved the the
open street to cheer the two premiers
and shout "Bosnia, Bosnia!"
"I haven't been asked and if I were
asked I would decline," said Yale
Kamisar, a prominent Law school pro.
fessor. Kamisar has been a vocal oppo-
nent to Kevorkian's actions and has
written many articles against euthana-
"I think the guy's a good lawyer. He
knows his stuff," Kamisar said.
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speech will be another way to show the
University how important this issue is
"It's a real victory for us because
(Fieger) can express our viewpoint very
eloquently," the third-year Rackham
student said. "There is a strong voice of
protest against the administration's re-
fusal to consult with us on who the
commencement speakers will be."
It was suggested that a member of
the University's Law school should
debate Fieger, but Denno said the idea
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Sweeney for the vagueness of the lan-
guage in the Alpha Proposal.
"Ambiguity would be really bad in
a code that everyone is supposed to be
afraid of," said one student juror.
Sweeney defended the ambiguity.
"That's the job of the jurors to find
out if that was an isolated incident be-
tween 2 or 3 students or it is something
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He promised to make resolution
of the POW-MIA issue "a national
priority" by insisting on a full ac-
counting of all those soldiers still listed
as missing before normalizing rela-
tions with Vietnam.
On Memorial Day, he confronted
his detractors directly in a visit to the
VietnamWar Memorial. Amid cheers
and jeers, as some veterans turned
their backs on him, Clinton declared,
"Let us continue to disagree if we
must about the war. But let us not let
it divide us as apeople any longer."
His pledge on that day to the fami-
lies of soldiers who did not come
home from Vietnam, "We will do all
we can to give you not only the atten-
tion you have asked for, but the an-
swers you deserve."
that is prevalent throughout the organi-
zation," Sweeney said. "There is al-
ways going to be some ambiguity. If
you write it to the letter it will be bad."
Pradnya Parulekar, an LSA sopho-
more, presented an amendment to ex-
tend the amount of time allowed to file
a case from six months to one year after
The student panel members asked
questions about restricting the amend-
ment to apply only to cases of physical
and sexual assault or to time periods
shorter than one year.
Parulekar said any extension of the
current six-month period would be help-
ful, but that an extension to one yea@
would be ideal to allow students ad-
equate time to file cases, especially
when they are off-campus for summer
or are victims of assault.n t
MSA proposed an amendment ask-
ing for more access to the case records.
"It would allow the community to
have some kind of oversight," said David
Schwartz, a Law student.
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