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Terrorist bomb hits Manila airport
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A bomb planted
inside a backpack ripped through an airport terminal
in the southern Philippines yesterday, killing at least
19 people - including an American missionary -
and injuring 147 in the nation's worst terrorist attack
in three years.
The blast comes at a time of heightened debate
over the role of U.S. troops in the war on terror
in the Philippines, where Muslim insurgents
have battled the government for decades with
attacks, bombings and kidnappings.
Three Americans - a Southern Baptist mis-
sionary and her two young children -- Were
among the wounded. Many of the injured were in
serious condition, and officials feared the death
toll could rise. The dead included a boy, a girl,
10 men and seven women.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who invited
U.S. troops to help train Filipino soldiers in countert-
errorism later this year, said the bombing at Davao
airport on Mindanao island was "a brazen act-of ter-
rorism which shall not go unpunished."
President Bush condemned the attack as a
"wanton terrorist act" and sent condolences to the
people of the Philippines, his press secretary, Ari
"The president notes that the bombing underscores
the seriousness of the terrorist threat in the southern
Philippines, and he emphasizes that the Philippines
have been a stalwart partner of the United States in
the war against terror," Fleischer said.
No one claimed responsibility for the blast, but
Arroyo said "several men" were detained. The
military has blamed Moro Islamic Liberation
Front rebels for a string of attacks, including a
car bombing at nearby Cotabato airport last
month that killed one man.
Eid Kabalu, spokesman for the rebel group, which
has been fighting for Muslim self-rule in the pre-
dominantly Roman Catholic Philippines for more
than three decades, denied his group was responsible.
He condemned the attack and said the group was
ready to cooperate in an investigation.
Police said the bomb was hidden inside a back-
pack planted in the middle of the airport's waiting
area. The blast was heard three miles away; some of
the debris landed on the tarmac 100 yards away.
The Southern Baptist Convention's International
Mission Board in Richmond, Va., confirmed that
missionary William P. Hyde, 59, of Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, died in surgery from head and leg injuries.
Hyde had gone to the airport to meet American
missionaries Barbara Wallis Stevens and Mark
Stevens and their family, who were had just
arrived from Manila when the bomb went off.
"I just heard it explode to my side," said Bar-
bara Wallis Stevens, 33, of Willard, Mo., who
was slightly wounded. "I was carrying my infant
son so I grabbed my daughter and picked her up
and ran away. I was afraid there could be more
She said 10-month-old Nathan was hit by
shrapnel in the liver. Her daughter, Sarah, was
also injured but released after treatment. The
family has lived in Davao for five years doing
missionary work with local tribes.
"The president notes that the
bombing underscores the
seriousness of the terrorist
threat in the southern
Philippines, and he emphasizes
that the Philippines have been
a stalwart partner of the United
States in the war against
- Ari Fleisher
White House press secretary
Hyde, a former music teacher, had been a mis-
sionary since 1978. He and his wife Lyn have two
grown sons, one of whom is a missionary in
David Miller, pastor of Northbrook Baptist
Church in Cedar Rapids, called Hyde "kind of
the teddy bear type - kind, gentle and always
"The irony of a man that sweet and kind being
killed in an act of terror and hatred is just really
sad," Miller said."They knew that it was danger-
ous over there," he added. "They were on our
prayer sheet week by week for their safety."
Men charged with smuggling weapons
Two Taiwanese businessmen have been charged with trying to smuggle
U.S.-made weapons to Iran, the latest in a string of illegal arms sales foiled
by law enforcement activities increased in the aftermath of Sept. 11.
Federal authorities announced yesterday that a U.S. grand jury in Balti-
more indicted En-Wei Eric Chang, a naturalized American living in Tai-
wan, and David Chu, a Taiwan resident, on charges they tried to buy early
warning radar, Cobra attack helicopters and U.S. spy satellite photos for
Iran in violation of U.S. embargoes against that country. Chu was arrested
during a sting operation in Guam, but Chang remains a fugitive, authorities
"The object of the conspiracy was to enrich the defendants by shipping
aircraft, helicopter, and weapons system parts to Iran through Taiwan and
elsewhere," the indictment said.
Officials said the indictment resulted from a yearlong arms-smuggling
investigation that grew out of a new cooperative program created by U.S.
officials after Sept. 11 that encourages American sellers of sensitive mili-
tary equipment to report suspicious inquiries and sales.
White House: War on terror outlook positive
New terrorism indictments and a key al-Qaida capture show the United
States making progress in the global war on terrorism, three top Bush
administration officials told Congress yesterday.
Facing a Senate Judiciary Committee that includes several prominent
administration critics, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Homeland Security
Secretary Tom Ridge and FBI Director Robert Mueller highlighted recent
successes in the ongoing war on terrorism while also stressing the need for
terrorism prevention efforts in the future.
Lawmakers applauded these victories - but many questioned whether
the government's tactics and the need to expand anti-terrorism laws were
Ashcroft said the weekend capture in Pakistan of al-Qaida operations
chief Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was "a severe blow" that could "destabi-
lize their terrorist network worldwide" by providing a trove of intelligence
that will prevent new attacks, showing the success of the U.S.'s ongoing
battle to overcome the problems of terrorism.
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Some professors and Graduate Stu-
dent Instructors have cancelled class or
devoted class time to discussing the situ-
ation in the Middle East.
Physics Prof. Dan Axelrod will dis-
cuss the history of nuclear threat in the
Middle East at one of tomorrow's semi-
nars. Along with visiting physics Prof.
Tom O'Donnell, he will speak about
"The Real Reasons for War: U.S. Hege-
mony in the Middle East," at 2 p.m. in
room 1640 of the Chemistry Building.
"The U.S. has not changed their poli-
cy - this is a long history trend of dom-
ination in the Middle East," Axelrod
said. "Since there are no other super-
powers, the only opposition the U.S. will
face is from the people around the
But despite the growing anti-war sen-
timent, many students on campus do not
oppose war in Iraq. LSA junior Robert
DeVore was called up from inactive
reserve duty in the Air Force after Sept.
11 and served in Saudia Arabia for four
months. "Most don't even understand
what's going on or why there needs to be
a war," DeVore said. "It's as if protesting
is the politically correct thing to do so
that's why they do it."
A new mini-course for credit about
the war on Iraq will also launch today,
with a new speaker every week dis-
cussing a different aspect of the war.
Dean Wang, chairman of Young Stu-
dents for Freedom, said he will attend
class today instead of going to the anti-
war lectures. "A march for peace is a
march for (Saddam) Hussein," Wong
said. "I think war should be used as a
last resort, and this is the last resort.
Hussein needs to be removed."
Other groups, including Students for
Social Equality and Environment Justice
Group, are sponsoring lectures on the
future of progressive left and radioactive
C hinese leadership
prepares to leave
nation to successors
BEIJING - China convened a land-
mark session of its largely toothless
legislature today, preparing to anoint a
new generation of leaders who will
shepherd Asia's fastest-growing econo-
my through fundamental economic and
At the top of the agenda was the vir-
tually certain ascension of Hu Jintao,
the Communist Party's newly installed
general secretary, to the presidency
now held by Jiang Zemin. It will be the
final phase of what is considered the
first orderly transfer of authority since
the communists took China in 1949.
The leadership walked into the Great
Hall of the People in single file, led by
Jiang. Wu Bangguo, a top Communist
Party official expected to be the legis-
lature's next leader, opened the meet-
ing and a military band played China's
Premier Zhu Rongji, in an address
on the state of the nation, identified the
struggle against poverty - rural
poverty in particular - as China's top
priority for the coming year.
"We should do everything possible
to increase farmers' income and light-
en their burden," Zhu said, according
to a copy of his 55-page report that
was obtained in advance.
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ABUKHALIL everything that America is supposed to
stand for. Think how upset we were
Continued from Page 1 when 3,000 people died on September
most affected, will not receive advance 11. We'll kill a lot more innocent civil-
warning;" Abukhalil said. - , ians than that if we go to war."
He stressed the importance of open Abukhalil cited the food drops in
dialogue concerning U.S. propaganda Afghanistan followed by constant bomb-
and its role in war enthusiasm, using '-ft he country as a major example of
Sept. 11 as his primary example. propaganda used to appease the Ameri-
"We should be upset about September can people.
11, but other people have suffered "It's like having a gun to an Afghani
numerous September 1lths. The U.S. civilian's head and asking 'Would you
itself has inflicted countless September like fries right before I kill you?' It was
1 Iths on Iraq but no fuss was made. merely a method to force the American
When casualties are dark-skinned and people into believing in their govern-
Muslim to boot, people don't tend to ment's humanitarianism. The line of
care, but shed even one drop of Ameri- thinking is - if the Afghans were get-
can blood ... suddenly everybody is ting food, little as it was, then it should-
furious," Abukhalil said. n't matter too much that they were being
Abukhalil mentioned the suffering of bombed," Abukhalil said.
the people that tends to be overlooked in, Abukhalil finished by emphasizing
this "war on terror" - the Iraqi people that America was its own enemy in the
themselves. "war on terror" due to its policies and
"The Iraqi people are victims of dou- actions in the Middle East.
ble oppression - the Saddam Hussein "U.S. rhetoric and actions have been a
dictatorship as well as constant U.S. better recruiter for Bin Laden than Bin
attacks. How many people know that in Laden himself ... America has certainly
the past week, the U.S. has been bomb- done a good job of having the U.S. gov-
ing Iraq everyday?" ernment detested in the Middle East.
"This war seems to me, a terrible Such a good job that even kooks like
thing to institute," Ann Arbor resident Bin Laden get a little sympathy because
Anne Remley said. "It goes against of strong anti-American views."
Gov. Bush asks voters
to reconsider budget
With Florida facing its tightest
budget since he was first elected in
1998, Gov. Jeb Bush said yesterday he
wants voters to reconsider expensive
constitutional amendments they passed
to cap class sizes and build a high-
speed rail system.
In his annual State of the State
address, the Republican governor said
the amendments would require tax
increases and hamper the state's ability
to strengthen the economy and protect
its residents from terrorist threats.
"I believe we must go back to the
voters and have them make a deci-
sion with all the information in hand,
information about the new chal-
lenges our state faces, and informa-
tion about the massive tax increases
that will be necessary to pay for
them," said Bush, who has proposed
a $54 billion budget.
Bush says Florida is better off than
most other states.
Bush's health plans
Republican lawmakers showed the
same disdain for President Bush's latest
Medicare prescription drug plan yester-
day as they did his first one a month
ago, promising that after two failed
attempts by the White House they will
write their own plan with bigger bene-
fits for older Americans.
The administration spent the day
explaining facets of the proposal, which
offers a general outline but leaves
specifics to congressional discretion.
At the center of the proposal is a
plan to offer older people increased
prescription drug coverage if they
choose to participate with HMOs or
other private health plans.
As Bush was outlining his propos-
al in a speech to the American Med-
ical Association, senior Republicans
in Congress responsible for putting
legislation together were picking it
Poor economy causes
health insurance loss
The sluggish economy and rising
health costs are combining to cost more
people their health insurance, with 75
million uninsured at some point during
2001 or 2002, a study finds.
In tight times, businesses cut back cov-
erage or charge their workers more for it.
The result: the ranks of the uninsured
now cut deeper into the middle class.
It's a scenario that could spur Con-
gress, stalled now on how to solve the
problem, to approve some sort of
"I think that there's more and more
interest as the problem gets larger and
larger," said Sen. John Breaux (D-La.),
who is proposing a major overhaul of
the health insurance system. Breaux
wants everyone, including workers, the
elderly, the poor and veterans, to get
insurance from a central system.
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effectively curb militant Muslim activi-
ties, terrorist attacks can be stopped.
"In the past, there was no control,"
Wahid said. Terrorists "were able to
bomb, like in Bali," Wahid said.
Addressing the relationship
between Islam and the West, Wahid
said Muslim youth feel endangered
by the West. But the differences
between the two cultures do not have
to result in violence, he said.
"We are different from each other
but that doesn't mean that we have to
be against each other," Wahid said.
"We will be able to overcome the chal-
lenges of Western civilization."
In the political climate after the Sept.
11 attacks, Wahid said the public needs
to be educated about Islam.
"We have to explain to the masses,"
Wahid said. "Osama bin Laden is not
He said Bush's pre-emptive war in
Iraq is largely based on Middle East-
"I feel that George Bush will fail in
his objectives," Wahid said. He added
that the Southeast Asian nations will
speak out against U.S. action if a full-
fledged war takes place.
Cleaven Yu, an Engineering graduate
student, said the lecture was an excellent
way to understand the current political
"Islam and terrorism are such a hot
topic right now," Yu said. "What better
way is there to learn about them than
from a well-versed person?"
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protest and we're talking to our allies
about the best manner to do that,"
Fleischer said, adding that "North
Korea continues to engage in provoca-
tive, and now reckless actions. And
North Korea engages in these actions
as a way of saying, pay me. That will
In a commentary, North Korea's
Minju Joson described Bush as "a
political illiterate and a shameless
aims: a nonaggression treaty and
"The reckless move is a signal to
the United States at a time when
Washington pays little attention to
North Korea's repeated demand for
direct dialogue," said Lee Suk-soo, a
military studies professor at the
National Defense College in Seoul.
North Korea yesterday reiterated
its demand for a nonaggression
pact, saying through Radio
Pyongyang that it was "to remove
an unreasonable U.S. threat, not to
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