2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 18, 2001
Bush visits mosque, urges tolerance
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Bush visited a mosque and bought
coffee for a cafeteria full of aides yes-
terday as he appealed to Americans to
get back to everyday business and not
turn against their Muslim neighbors.
In his socks, as is Muslim practice,
Bush padded through the ornate
mosque on Washington's Embassy
Row and heard stories from his hosts
about Muslim-American women
afraid to leave their homes for fear of
prejudiced backlash after last week's
"Those who feel like they can
intimidate our fellow citizens to take
out their anger don't represent the best
of America, they represent the worst
of humankind and they should be
ashamed of that kind of behavior,"
Bush said, his back to the brilliantly
tiled prayer alcove facing Mecca.
He quoted from the Quran and fer-
vently defended the Islam faith:
"Islam is peace. These terrorists don't
represent peace, they represent evil
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
has, since last Tuesday's suicide
bombings, opened 40 hate crime
investigations into reported attacks on
Arab-Americans, including two
killings possibly motivated by anti-
Arab sentiment, said FBI Director
Bush's hourlong visit to the gated
Islamic Center of Washington was but
one stop on a crowded day when the
president juggled war planning with
an attempt to guide stricken Ameri-
cans back into their daily routines.
The White House, meanwhile,
announced an extraordinary lineup of
foreign leaders coming to Washington
to meet with Bush as he builds an
international coalition for war.
French President Jacques Chirac
will be at the White House today,
Indonesian President Megawati
Sukarnoputri tomorrow, British Prime
Minister 'Tony Blair on Thursday, and
Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-
Thani of Qatar on Oct. 4.
Huddling with his top domestic pol-
icy and economic advisers, Bush
ordered up "a comprehensive pack-
age" to aid the airlines, said spokes-
woman Claire Buchan. She declined
to comment on the industry's request
for a S20 billion federal bailout. Air-
lines are laying off thousands of work-
ers, having lost SI billion already in
the wake of last week's tragedy.
Bush began his day at a White
House cafeteria, where he announced
the coffee was his treat and then
ordered a cup for himself with milk
and sugar-free sweetener. "We're set-
ting a good example. We're showing
we will not be intimidated," he told the
Across the Potomac River, Pentagon
officials briefed Bush on call-up
ordersdfor35,000 reservists. At least
four dozen of them - men and
women being mobilized against an
enemy yet uncertain -- lined the
Eisenhower corridor and applauded
their commander in chief.
While Vice President Dick Cheney
made an impromptu walk outside to
the charred ruins of the Pentagon's
southwest face, Bush headed down-
stairs to the Pentagon cafeteria looking
as if he wanted to shake every hand he
could reach. A woman began softly
singing "God Bless America" and
soon, everyone in the crowd, including
the president, joined their voices to
At the end of one corridor, a preg-
nant woman held a photo of her hus-
band, one of the 188 people killed on
the Pentagon's west side. Bush paused
to speak with her, rubbed her back a
little and gave her a peck on the cheek.
NEWS IN BRIEF,
NEDLwE FOMARUND THE VR
Agreement made to let China into WTO
Negotiators agreed yesterday to terms allowing China to join the World Trade
Organization, hailing the agreement as a signal of confidence in a global econo-
my battered by terrorism in the United States and fears of recession.
Concluding 15 years of often acrimonious talks, Chinese negotiator Long
Yongtu said Chinese accession to the powerful trade club would be an "all-win
situation" unleashing the huge purchasing power of 1.2 billion Chinese and lead-
ing to a vast open market.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick also praised the agreement.
"Today's decision ... will strengthen the global economy," he said in a state-
ment issued in Washington.
"China has made a firm commitment to the rest of the world to open its mar-
kets and adhere to international, market-based rules, which will help American
workers, consumers, farmers and exporters," he said.
A deal was reached in the early hours of Saturday at an "informal" meeting of
the 142-nation body. The agreement was rubber-stamped yesterday afternoon at
a formal session of the team handling China at WTO's headquarters in Geneva.
It is due to be adopted at a meeting of trade ministers scheduled for Qatar in
Bush EPA nominee withdraws name
President Bush's nominee to head enforcement at the Environment Protection
Agency withdrew his name yesterday after encountering Senate opposition over
his roles in opposing some air cleanup measures as Ohio's top environmental
"It is clear to me ... that my nomination will not be considered by the U.S. Sen-
ate in a timely manner," Donald Schregardus said in a letter yesterday to Bush.
Sen. James Jeffords (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Environmental and Public
Works Committee, had promised to spend months scrutinizing Schregardus'
record as head of Ohio's EPA before allowing a Senate vote on the nomination.
Schregardus said in his letter to Bush that he remains proud of his record,
which included 17 years with the federal EPA and eight years as director of the
White House spokeswoman Anne Womack said yesterday that Schregardus
had not been asked by the administration to withdraw his name.
"We continue to believe that Donald Schregardus would have made an excel-
lent enforcement chief at EPA," Womack said.
IMF cancels Washington meeting
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The World Bank and the Inter-
national Monetary Fund (IMF) canceled their
upcoming annual meetings in downtown Washington
yesterday in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks
on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
. In a joint statement issued yesterday, World Bank
President James Wolfensohn and IMF Managing
Director Horst Kohler said the decision to not hold
the meetings Sept. 29-30 came after consultation
with federal officials and the governments that make
up their members. "This decision was taken out of
deepest respect and sympathy for the families of all
those touched by the horrific events of last Tuesday,
and in order to dedicate law enforcement personnel
fully to the extraordinary and immediate priorities at
hand," the statement read.
No alternative arrangements have been made
about when and how to conduct the business of the
City and police officials had taken extraordinary
security precautions to ready Washington for the
expected large-scale demonstrations. A S29 million
plan, part of which was to have been paid for by the
federal government, had been prepared as tens of
thousands of demonstrators were anticipated to fill
the streets to protest World Bank and IMF policies in
conjunction with the sessions.
Demonstrators with the anti-globalization move-
ment had also been gearing up for the meetings, with
close to two dozen activist groups organizing marches,
rallies and other events for the last week of September.
Most groups have announced that they will not
be holding street protests in light of the attacks,
though some of the educational teach-ins will go
on. The Mobilization for Global Justice, one of the
main Washington-based activist coalitions,
announced Sunday that they were canceling their
demonstration plans, joining the AFL-CIO and
other groups that have pulled out.
The International Action Center, which had
issued a call for thousands to surround the White
House on Sept. 29, changed its plans and is now
organizing an anti-war rally instead.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland
post in N. Ireland
John Hume, Nobel Peace Prize win-
ner and the intellectual architect of the
pe.ace process in Northern Ireland,
announced his resignation yesterday as
leader of the major moderate Catholic
party after 22 years in charge.
Hume said he would surrender the
helm of the Social. Democratic and
Labor Party - which holds the most
Catholic posts in Northern Ireland's
foundering unity government - at the
party conference in November. He cited
ill health as the only reason why he was
leaving with key parts of the 3-year-old
Good Friday peace accord still in doubt.
But analysts pointed to his party's
growing challenge from Sinn Fein, the
Irish Republican Army-linked party
Hume worked hard to involve in peace-z
In June elections, Sinn Fein outpolled
the moderate SDLP among Catholic
voters for the first time.
Violence in Chechnya
is worst in months
Rebels in breakaway Chechnya shot
down a Russian helicopter yesterday,
killing two generals and eight colonels,
and attacked the republic's second-
biggest city in the largest rebel assault
The officers were members of a gen-
eral staff team on an inspection trip to
the rebel region, the Russian military
commander in Chechnya, Col. Gen.
Valery Baranov, said on Russia's state
Rebels fired a portable surface-to-air
missile at the Mi-8 helicopter after it
took off from the Chechen capital
Grozny, killing the 10 officers and
three crew members, Baranov said.
Also yesterday, rebels attacked
Russian outposts on the outskirts of
city, where many officials in the
region's Kremlin-appointed adminis-
tration are based.
23 die in mudslides
from tropical storm
Tropical storm Nari tore through
northern Taiwan yesterday, killing 23
people in mudslides and flash floods
that swallowed up homes and main
streets in the capital.
On some Taipei streets, only the
tops of cars could be seen in what
looked like streams of chocolate milk.
Rivers of rainfall came roaring
down mountains, swamping many
homes in the suburbs. Several people
drowned in their sleep.
In eastern Taipei, truck driver Chen
Wen-lin was trying to deliver food to
his two brothers who were trapped on
the second floor of thefamily's deliv-
"Water rose quickly to their chest and
they could not get away," Chen said.
Some 8,000 people were forced to
evacuate and more than 820,000
homes were left in the dark, emer-
gency officials said.
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