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Pope asks crowd
to unite spiritually
before his surgery


The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 7, 1996 - 7A

Evidence backs
basis for Gulf
War syndrome

;VATICAN CITY (AP) - Patients in
casts and bandages crowded into win-
dows and balconies yesterday to greet
Pope John Paul II as he entered a Rome
hospital for an operation to remove an
inflamed appendix.
The 76-year-old pontiff, wearing a
white cassock, walked slowly from his.
car into the Gemelli Polyclinic
Hospital. The operation will be tomor-
row morning, said hospital spokesper-
s9i Giuseppe Pallanch.
Patients flocked to windows and bal-
conies. Some wore casts or bandages
and-some used wheelchairs.
"Good luck. Good luck, yelled some
of the nearly 300 people at the hospital
entrance. The
pope waved to
the crowd. He de
Jtaly's presi-
nt, Oscar Luigi "
ajalfaro, greeted isuil sma
the pope inside. solidar t
" I'm very wor-
ried for him,"
said'a nun, Sister Vat
Valentina, who
had waited for
the pope for hours.
The pope's recurring bouts of fevers
ad the loss of his once-boundless vigor
have led to open speculation that he suf-
from a more serious illness. The
tican has denied every report about a
chionic condition.
Leaving the hospital, the Vatican's
secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo
S''ano, said anyone making guesses
about the pope's health is "practicing
wi0hcraft medicine."

It will be the pope's sixth operation at
the hospital since surgery in 1981,
when he was wounded in an attempted
assassination in St. Peter's Square: His
last operation was a hip replacement in
April 1994.
The pontiff is staying in a private
10th-floor suite that includes a tiny
chapel dedicated to the Black Madonna
of Czestochowa, the Virgin Mary icon
dear to Roman Catholics in Poland.
John Paul is Polish.
In his last Vatican appearance before
entering the hospital, John Paul brought
16 people a step closer to sainthood and
asked the faithful to pray for him. The 2
1/2-hour ceremony put his stamina to
the test.

Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - One morning in
March, a chehmical-weapons specialist
at the CIA's sprawling headquarters
complex put a cassette into a tape
recorder and listened to a replay of a
Baltimore talk show from the previous
The guest, Persian Gulf War veteran
Brian Martin, was describing how his
37th Army Engineer Battalion had
blown up the Khamisiyah weapons
bunker in Iraq in 1991. The CIA man
- who had heard about Martin's
appearance - had been looking for
information on just such operations.
As it turned out, that talk show would
provide a potentially critical clue to
solving one of the biggest mysteries of
the 1991 Persian Gulf conflict: Is there
a "Gulf War illness" from which Martin
and thousands of other veterans are suf-
Spurred by Martin's account, the
analyst ran a computer search of CIA
intelligence records, using
"Khamisiyah" as a reference word, and

matched Martin's description of the
bunker with a long-buried U.N. report
that contained a startling revelation:
In October 1991, U.N. inspectors had
found rockets in a bunker at the
Khamisiyah site that clearly contained;
sarin and cyclosarin nerve agents. They
said the Iraqis had told them that allied
forces had destroyed the bunker just
after the war.
The discovery - confirmed in May
by tests conducted at the site - has-
blown a gaping hole in the Pentagon's
long-standing contention that U.S.
troops had not been exposed to chemi-
cal agents in Iraq.
It also has raised the prospect that
thousands of soldiers now saffering.
from symptoms such as joint ache;
memory loss and depression may not
have been afflicted with ordinary ail
ments, as the Pentagon had concluded,
but instead were victims of low-level
exposure to nerve agents.
The belated disclosure has sent
hopes soaring among the Gulf War vet-

Ill sign of
- Stefano Pola
ican City citizen

"I ask you to
accompany me
with your
prayers," the
pontiff told the
crowd that
filled sun-
bathed square.
"I send warm
greetings to
those in the hos-

Pope John Paul I arrives at Rome's Gemelli hospital yesterday. He is scheduled to
undergo surgery to remove an inflamed appendix.

pital or in nursing homes, knowing that
I can count on their spiritual solidarity."
When the pope finished, a man near
the altar cried out, "Long. life to the
Wearing emerald green vestments,
John Paul appeared tired and at times
his voice wavered during the ceremony
of beatification, the final step before
consideration for sainthood.
The pope's left hand quivered notice-
ably - an affliction that has led to

widespread speculation he could be suf-
fering from a more serious illness, such
as Parkinson's disease.
The pontiff gave communion to
dozens of people who approached the
flower-ringed altar. Many people came
to wish the pope a speedy recovery.
"Hle deserves this small sign of soli-
darity," said Stefano Pola, standing fear
back in the square with his young

from the pontiff's homeland of Poland.
They were followers of the Eastern Rite
Catholic Church, later united with the
Vatican, who were killed by Russian
soldiers in 1874 during Czarist persecu-
tion against religious ties with Rome.
After beatifying Edmund Rice, a
wealthy Irish widower who founded the
Christian Brothers, the pope appealed
for "new harmony and peace" between
"people of different political views" in
Northern Ireland.

I I . -

Those beatified included

13 martyrs

Qntinued from Page 1A
Traugott said.
;Dole did not answer moderator Jim Lehrer's "soft-
ball" question about the personal differences
between the candidates, Traugott said.
"As far as I am concerned, this is about issues,"

"I hate drugs, senator," he said.
The two candidates clashed not only about the
drugs kids find on streets, but on the weapons and
potential criminals they may encounter there as well.
"The Brady Bill has kept at least 60,000 felons,
fugitives and stalkers from getting guns," Clinton

Dole offered an

Dole said.
-Jae Jae Spoon, chair of the
campus College Democrats,
uid Clinton's presentation
st night was more organized
and polished than Dole's.
"What made (Dole) look
ba4 is that he didn't say, 'l'm
gdnna pass,' but he went off
aril talked about something
that had nothing to do with it
for"two minutes,"^Spoon said.
Dole did not hesitate to
slight Clinton personally in
s answers to other ques-
ons, however.
I won't mention the things

Clinton doesn't
really have to do
very much except
remind people that
this will increase
the deficit".
- Prof. Michael Traugott
Communication studies dept.

alternative to the Brady Bill with
the assault-weapons ban - an
instant check policy that Dole
said would keep more guns off
the streets.
Both candidates went
beyond voting records and
platforms to discredit their
challenger's plans. Dole didn't
deny the country's progress -
but he wouldn't give Clinton
all the credit.
"He didn't do all these
(good) things," Dole said.
"Gov. Engler in Michigan cut
taxes 21 times, so did Gov.
Thompson (of Wisconsin) - a
lot of people deserve credit,

"With this risky $550-million tax scheme of Bob
Dole, even his friends say it won't work."
One of the few times Clinton took the offensive
last night was to battle Dole's 15-percent tax cut
"Clinton doesn't really have to do very much
except remind people that this will increase the
deficit," Traugott said.
Political science Prof. Richard Craig said this tac-
tic made Dole's plan sound underhanded and untrust-
"Clinton never called it a tax cut or a tax plan, it
was a tax scheme every time he mentioned it," Craig
Clinton played heavily on another key campaign
issue Dole links to his tax plan -- education. Dole's
theory of less government and more power in the
hands of the people dictates a local school of choice
policy and elimination of the Department of
Education, a move that does not stand well with the
National Education Association.
"We need to be doing more in education, not less,"
Clinton said.
Dole, however, said his votes against bills support-
ing programs such as HeadStart and AmeriCorps
were due to extra "pork" in the legislation.
"Let's give the schools back to the teachers and the
parents and take it away from the NEA," Dole said.
Lehrer, a PBS commentator, will also moderate
Wednesday night's vice presidential debate.
- Daily Staff ReporterJeff Kosseff and The
Associated Press contributed to this report.

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that have happened in your administration or your
past with drugs," Dole said.
Clinton also used his personal history to strike
bAk at Dole's criticism of the administration's drug
policies. Clinton's brother's drug abuse familarized
his family to the tragedies of drug addiction, Clinton

Mr. President."
Clinton repeatedly referred to Republican insid-
ers who he said "admitted" that Dole's past deci-
sions and current proposals were unwise and
"His running mate, Jack Kemp, once said, Bob
Dole never met a tax he didn't hike,'" Clinton said.

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