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4 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 4, 1996

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'(The youth vote is) damn important.'
- Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), at the Democratic National Convention last week.

Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of the majority of the Daily',5 editorial board. All
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Iraqi bombing was premature
St's an election year. Americans can tell defense of non-Americans
because this morning the working men mate the arguments for
and women awoke to newscasts announcing Kurds, Clinton's decisions
a U.S. missile attack on Iraq. Saddam well. Clinton claims Sadd
Hussein is terrorizing his people again, it agreement that ended the
seems, and President Clinton is ready to Saddam's staff claims thai
reap the political rewards. "productive" - so the argi
After all, it worked for then-President and the Iraqis hold that the3
George Bush in 1990 - for a while. Bush Clinton's interpretation.
made the mistake of engineering his mini- Clinton and his staff co
war too far in advance before the election, educate the the public as t
and lost to the nation's current leader. is necessary. First mentio
President Clinton has been working a the attack seemed to come
one-tracked election scheme: Win the However, Secretary of
Republicans over. The attack on Iraq Christopher said in a telev
appears to be another step in that direction; terday that the Clinton ad
Clinton lacks foreign policy experience, been eyeing Saddam as
and this gives him a good opportunity to August. Furthermore, the
demonstrate strength. Even Republican given to Saddam on how to
presidential candidate Bob Dole will have a sion will not be released to
hard time denouncing Clinton's attack on Most of the public is c
the familiar bogeyman Saddam - it's an administration has not dot
awfully Republican action to take. cate them.
Yesterday morning's attack will surely Despite citizens' ten
establish Clinton's international libido - around a president in war o

. However legiti-
protecting the
don't juxtapose
dam violated the
Gulf War. But
I their move was
ument is circular,
y are confused by
uld at least try to
o why this strike
ned on Monday,
out of nowhere.
State Warren
vised speech yes-
dministration has
early as mid-
"private guide"
end U.S. aggres-
the home public.
onfused and the
ne much to edu-
dency to rally
r near-war times,



C16AKET TE?.. .

00P5. 50 SZRY

Five years ago: U.S. at war in the Persian Gulf

a:ut at the expense of lives.
If his reports are accurate, Saddam's
F body count as of yesterday morning was
.five, with 19 injured. That is five too many
to prove that Clinton does not have a for-
eign policy weakness.
In fact, Clinton's air strike and enlarged
no-fly zone raises more questions about his
foreign policy judgement. The United
States sat dumfounded at human rights vio-
lations in China. Then China presumed to
s criticize a Taiwanese speaker in the United
States - and detained human rights activist
-and American Harry Wu. The United States
kept its open-door trade policy with China.
'?f And now the president is jumping to the

Clinton's home support - especially from
the Democrats, who have been disappointed
in him for some time - may be shaky. And
foreign support is shakier. Nearly all major
countries disapproved of the attack. Several
Arab countries denounced the attack. Egypt
has yet to comment and Congress and the
United Nations have yet to vote on any res-
A French citizen on National Public
Radio pointed out that the world no longer
approves of violence as a way to solve con-
flicts. But Christopher said that Saddam
only understands the language of force.
So that's the language Clinton will
speak, despite its enormous risks.

T he United States is at war.
President George Bush,
despite mixed opinions from
citizens around the country,
last night authorized an air
attack on Iraq and Iraqi-con-
trolled Kuwait. On national
television immediately after
the strike, Bush vowed to con-
tinue attempts to forcibly "lib-
erate" Kuwait through mili-
tary might.
No one yet knows the
number of casualties, either of
the American soldiers or of
Iraq and Kuwaiti civilians.
Further, no one yet knows
how long the war will last, or
how many more will die.
It is shameful that Bush,
while speaking. of peace,
would launch an attack with-
out first exhausting all possi-
ble diplomatic options. Even
economic sanctions, which
the president assured us
would force Saddam-
Hussein's hand, have not been
given enough time for an ade-
quate assessment of their
Bush's action has put hun-
dreds of thousands of people
at risk. He was aided by a
U>5.-pressured . United;:
Nations resolution, which set
Jan. 15 as the arbitrary dead-
line for Iraqi withdrawal. The
deadline allowed those hun-
Editors'note: This editorials
ran in the Daily on Jan. 17,
1991, the day the United
States declared war on Iraq.
In light of the present threat
of war in the same region, the
review seemed appropriate._

gry for war, like Bush, to
abandon dialogue and negoti-
ation in favor of aggression.
Unfortunately, lamenting
last night's attack will not
change the fact that the coun-
try is at war, nor will it bring,
back those people who have
already been killed. Though
many Americans have already
expressed opposition to war,
we must now focus our atten-,
tion on ways to halt the mili-
tary conflict.
Even those who were in
favor of an attack must now
see that the importance of any
It is shameful to
launch an attack
without first-
examining all pos-
sible diplomatic
subsequent attack has been
diminished; clearly, Bush's,
promise of an attack on Iraq
lad no :longer been; seen as an,-
unsubstantiated threat.
Saddam must surely hold no
illusions about why U.S.
troops have been sent to the
Persian Gulf.
The United States should
halt bombing and give Iraqi
troops a chance to withdraw
from Kuwait. The United
States should also seek to
reopen negotiations, confi-
dent that Saddam now recog-

nizes the willingness of the
United States touse force.
Ultimately, it will be dis-
cussions and dialogue that
end the aggression. Bush said
he would attack "sooner
rather than later." The longer
the attacks continue, both by
the United States and by Iraq,
the more people who will be
unnecessarily killed.
If Bush means what he
said last night to a national
television audience, he will
demonstrate his commitment
to human life with more than
rhetoric. Talking, and not vio-
lence, is the best way to solve
Here in Ann Arbor, people
must think of and support
U.S. troops, many of whom
are our friends or relatives; it
is not the soldiers' fault the
country is at war.
Students and members of
the community must also
demonstrate their opposition
to continued military conflict.
There will be a rally at IlIa m.
today on the Diag, and anti-
war leaders will announce
subsequent rallies at that time.
Go, and make sure your voice
is heard in Washington.
Whether we like it or not,
the United States is at war.
And though anyone can resort
to violence, it takes strong-
willed people to make peace.
Americans must now make it
clear we support peace
through negotiations, not
more killing through war.

Rebellion does
not come in a
can orfrom
East Quad
E AST QUAD - Coming fro
Ann Arbor, I thought I had see
every kind of freak that ever walked
God's earth.
Granola crunch-
ers, hipster doo-
fuses, raver
infants and every
other manner of
social oddity that
hops, crawls or
walks. I was not
ready for this. It
occurred to me the
second time I saw * JAMES
two guys walking MILLER
around, one wear-
ing a dog collar and the other holding
the leash. It wasn't the collar that dis-
turbed me so much. It was the fact that
I looked at the guy and thought, "Oh
yeah, that's dog collar guy."~ "Dog
Collar Guy." I live with "Dog Collar
I will say this: Living in East Quad
has taught me quite a bit about the
supposed liberal attitude toward peo-
ple. I always thought liberals were
accepting people, ready to embrace all
manner of humanity; crayola hair and
septum rings be damned. Much of the
style in this neck of the woods is based
around rebelling against the notion
that different is automatically bad.
Unfortunately, this has gone streakin21
all the way across the spectrum to "di -
ferent is automatically good."
Apparently, prophets of our generation
won't be wearing swaddling clothes,
but rather jack boots and ska T-shirts.
Guess what? The people that got the
snot beaten out of them in junior high
are now the grand arbiters of taste and
culture. Whee.
Try this. Find someone wearing a
Saran Wrap shirt or with pink hair an
ask him/her/it why they choose to loo
this way. Invariably, they will respond
with a look of dibelief, as if the
answer was painfully obvious and you
are a huge golf pants-wearing, Perry
Cuomo-loving, station wagon-driving
dork for not grabbing it immediately.
The answer is painfully obvious.
In lieu of actual original thought,
which takes brains and time, not Ani
DiFranco records and $45 bags of
ditch weed, the horribly misguide8
will resort to altering their appearance
to whatever attracts the most attention.
Apparently, some people are under the
impression that rebellion comes from
CD jewel cases and bottles of Rit dye.
So I don't get lynched in my sleep,
let me make this very clear: This is not
an indictment of East Quad. Not all of
the fair citizens of East Quad are this
confused. Not everyone who livesi
EQ is an alternateen. But it is impor-
tant to realize that the hippie and goth-
ic-punk cultures have the same band-
wagon tendencies that the
Abercrombie and Fitch legions have.
Brainless conformity knows no cultur-
al boundaries.
Style is no measure of a person. The
most snotty child of the urban East can
put on Birkenstocks, a sundress and
toe rings and be considered a loving,
accepting hippie when really she suc4
ceeds only in looking like something
Janis Joplin threw up.
Everything has politics; try buying
hippie clothes at Urban Outfitters for

less than $50, if you don't think so.
The social movement on this campus
is the insanely paradoxical, "Hey, be a
non-conformist like the rest of us."
People don't really want everyone to
be unique and different. They want to
be unique and different, and hav4
everyone else fall into line like little
leather-clad sheep.
This is more than a complaint about
social differences. It's about human
nature. Stick around; I think I can
prove this. The hippie and freak hordes
would have us believe than they are the
sole bastions of non-conformity and
acceptance left in America. They are
A cultural movement is a cultur
movement; be it hippie, skater punk,
raver trash or otherwise. Nobody
wants the whole world to live in peace
as one big happy family. It's contrary
to instinct. We all want to be the botti-
savatta in the flowing robes who dic-
tates the gospel to the rest of the world.
And that's not the way things work.
This world has winners and losers,
geeks and popular kids. Junior high
repeats itself until you are dead.
So what's a rebel to do? I don t
know. Try reading. Jack Kerouac is not
still a best selling author because of
his cool Gap khakies. A nation of peo-
ple didn't follow Lenin into almost 80
years of collectivist silliness because

Off to the races
y. .,
.Dole, Clinton must discuss substantive issues
he conventions are over, Labor Day irresponsible tax cuts. He then selected his
,' T has passed, and the presidential candi- long-time rival, Jack Kemp, as his running
pdates are off on the rough and rocky road to mate, further solidifying his election-year
the White House. Along the way, the candi- conversion to supply side.
dates will make promises and levy attacks Thus far, Dole has not told voters exact-
against each other, but they must not forget ly how he will pay for the tax cuts. He has
_the American people deserve a campaign vaguely suggested he will cut discretionary
based on issues. spending. However, most economists -
With about two months before the elec- and many Republicans - believe he would
tion, Bill Clinton looks strong; he appears have to cut Medicare and Social Security
to be gliding to a smooth victory. Thus far, funding, something he has promised not to
he has set out modest proposals, such as a do. While Dole stumps around the country,
targeted capital gains tax cut and new envi- he must not forget that people are listening
r ronmental regulations. and not hearing much.
y However, the president has failed to utter Four years ago, Ross Perot served a use-
r a compelling vision for his next term. In his ful purpose: he helped then-Gov. Clinton
acceptance speech last month, he said he and then-President George Bush focus on
wanted to be a "bridge to the 21st century." substantive issues, such as the economy, the
While the rhetoric may sound good, he has deficit and campaign finance reform. Perot
not presented powerful reasons why the is back again this year as the nominee of his
electorate should rehire him. newly created Reform Party. However,
Instead, he has spent a lot of time telling Perot seems weak in contrast to his appeal
A voters to re-elect him so he can protect four years ago. While he will spend a lot of
r them against the "radical" agenda set forth time improving his standing in the polls, he
by Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole. He was should, at the same time, assume the role he
able to reinvigorate his presidency last year had four years ago, by keeping Clinton and
by standing firm against Republican-pro- Dole talking about the issues.
posed cuts in social programs. However, As the 21st century looms, so does
running against "Republican extremism" is bankruptcy for the Social Security and
only half the battle - he must offer positive Medicare systems. As Americans become
reasons for his re-election as well. more disgusted with the electoral process,
j Dole, the Republican candidate, has campaign finance reform is undone. As
spent a lifetime preparing for the presiden- American troops are in Bosnia and else-
cy, but has spent little time telling people where, the United States has not yet devel-
why. His campaign has suffered from poor oped a clear foreign policy for the post Cold
communication with the press and a lack of War world. Clinton's questionable missile
vision. Last month, in a desperate attempt attack on Iraq has only clouded the United

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