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8A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 8, 2001


Students react to attack on Kabul

By Usa Hoffman
Daily St Reporter
Students and staff stopped their normal Sunday
activities yesterday afternoon as word of the bomb
attacks on Kabul, Afghanistan, traveled across cam-
pus. For many, it was the first time they began to see
war as a reality.
"It was going to happen sooner or later," said Engi-
neering freshman Kristin Mayer, "I'm very angry that
we're causing more destruction, and I don't think it
will help that much.".
"It's affecting my generation a lot," she said.
"I'm really sad because I don't know what they're
doing. There's nothing to attack over there," said LSA
senior Fatima Siddique, who has family living in Pak-
istan. "I feel like they don't have a strategy. They're
just flying by the seat of their pants and could get in a
lot of trouble."
Siddique said she let her personal safety concerns
fall by the wayside when thinking of her family.
"My family is really scared. They don't want to see
people suffer, but they don't want to see fighting in
their country either. They really have to let America

do what they want to do," Siddique said.
Engineering senior Nardos Gebeyehu felt some
sort of action was necessary.
"We're not going to expect (the terrorists) to just sit
quiet. We had to react," he said. "I'm concerned
about the safety of any American outside of the coun-
try because they are going to be targets."
Sympathy towards Afghan citizens consumed Fati-
ma Alkatheeri, an Engineering freshman from the
United Arab Emirates.
"I'm more concerned about the people there that
aren't really involved," Alkatheeri said. "Most of
them suffer already from hunger and this war makes
them suffer more and more."
"If I could somehow send a message to the govern-
ment, I would say, 'Please stop!"' Alkatheeri added.
Questions about the appropriateness of the strikes
also caused concern for University community mem-
"I think military assault on Afghanistan was a seri-
ous mistake," said political science Prof. J. David
Singer. "I think it's unbalanced to mobilize Muslim
opinion around the world against the U.S."
Singer added that he feels the attacks will increase

the likelihood of terrorist attacks across the world
and feels the government should have sent special
services into Afghanistan weeks agb to find the sus-
"The terrorists hope to weaken American resolve
and see what they can do to slow down growth,"
Singer said. "The U.S. is a vulnerable society. There
is no way the fragile system can be kept up."
LSA senior Rich DeYoung agrees that the govern-
ment had other options besides a bombing campaign.
"I can imagine the most ideal situation, which
would be surgical removal of the terrorists. I just
can't see this ending without having needless losses,"
DeYoung said.
Gebeyehu was supposed to travel to South Africa
later this year, but said, "As far as traveling goes,
that's done."
Gebeyehu was not the only one looking to the future.
"After this wave of destruction, we must do some-
thing to rebuild the country and help make the world
a better place," said Frank Wayman, a political sci-
ence professor at the University's Dearborn campus.
"There's no way of knowing what tomorrow will
bring," Mayer concluded.

Football fans cheer news of bombings

Osama bin Laden's taped comments aired yesterday on the Qatari television
station. The comments appeared to be made in daylight, which would mean
that the video was recorded before the night attack on Afghanistan.
Bin Laden praises
God for terrorism

The Associated Press

Cheers of "USA! USA!" echoed through the Atlanta
Falcons' football stadium at news that U.S. forces had
launched strikes in Afghanistan.
Across the nation, widespread support for counter-
strike against terrorism was coupled with worries.
The president- of the Mormon church choked with
emotion as he reported the U.S. strikes to a conference
of the faithful in Salt Lake City.
"Occasions of this kind pull us up sharply to the real-

ization that life is fragile, that peace is fragile, that civi-
lization is fragile," said Gordon B. Hinckley.
Tens of thousands of Americans heard the news
while packed into stadiums for National Football
League games and the close of baseball's regular sea-
The start of the Philadelphia Eagles' NFL game
against Arizona at Veterans Stadium was delayed nine
minutes as President Bush's announcement of the
strikes was shown on the big screen. The crowd of more
than 64,000 cheered when they saw images of the mili-

tary action.
At Miller Park in Milwaukee, baseball fans didn't see
Bush on the scoreboard, but subdued players watched
on clubhouse televisions.
"We all knew it was going to happen," said Milwau-
kee Brewers pitcher Mike De Jean. "Baseball has been
secondary since Sept. 11. I think we all want to get
home and be with our families in times like this."
The news soon spread into the stands.
"It's about time," said Dan Scheuerer of Beaver Dam,
Wis. "I hope we get (Osama) bin Laden."

Emmys delayed again

Awards telecast, delayed three weeks by
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was called
off yesterday after the United States and
Britain launched a military attack in
Afghanistan. Whether the show would
be rescheduled was unresolved. If this
years show is never held, it would be the
first cancellation in the Emmys' 53-year

"We thought this is not the time to
have a celebration, as much as we want-
ed to do it," said Jim Chabin, president
of the Academy of Television Arts &
Sciences, which presents the awards.
There were no Emmy security concerns,
only questions of whether it was appro-
priate to stage the program under the cir-
cumstances, Chabin said. "It's a sacrifice
we gladly make for the country."

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Osama bin
Laden praised God for the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks and swore America
will never "dream of security" until
"the infidels' armies leave the land of
Muhammad," in a videotaped state-
ment aired after the strike launched
yesterday by the United States and
Britain against Afghanistan.
The taped comments appeared to
be made in daylight, which would
mean that the video was recorded
before the attack last night on
"There is America, hit by God in
one of its softest spots. Its greatest
buildings were destroyed, thank God
for that. There is America, full of fear
from its north to its south, from its
west to its east. Thank God for that,"
bin Laden said in the video shown
yesterday on Al-Jazeera, the Arabic
satellite station.
"I swear by God ... neither Ameri-
ca nor the people who live in it will
dream of security before we live it in
Palestine, and not before all the infi-
del armies leave the land of Muham-
mad, peace by upon him," bin Laden
said in the tape aired yesterday.
Bin Laden's war on America has
been fueled in part by'anger over
U.S. support for Israel and the pres-
ence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia,
home to Islam's holiest shrines,

including the tomb of the prophet
After the military action began
yesterday, an official from
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia
said that both bin Laden and Taliban
leader Mullah Mohammed Omar sur-
vived the initial wave of the attack.
There was no way to verify the state-
White House spokesman Ari Fleis-
cher said U.S. officials were skeptical
of the bin Laden tape, noting that it
showed bin Laden in daylight. Fleis-
cher said he did not believe President
Bush had seen the tape as of mid-
"The Taliban and Osama bin
Laden have said all kinds of things
that are often at odds with reality,"
Fleischer said. "What he says is not
as important as what he's done."
In the tape, bin Laden was shown
dressed in fatigues and an Afghan
headdress, sitting in a stone cave and
flanked by two aides. It was the first
time he has spoken himself about the
Sept. 11 attacks, though he has
issued denials of responsibility
through intermediaries.
Bin Laden's top deputy, Ayman al-
Zawahri, who also heads the Egypt-
ian militant group Islamic Jihad,
appeared in the videotape at bin
Laden's side.


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