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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 10, 2003

WAR
Capture of Saddam
among top priorities

Celebrating victory

WASHINGTON (AP) - With the
fall of Baghdad, top priorities for Amer-
ican forces in Iraq now are recovering
U.S. prisoners of war - including any
still alive from the 1991 Gulf War --
securing the northern oil fields and
unearthing illegal weapons, Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said yester-
day. Another must is to capture "or oth-
erwise deal with" Saddam Hussein and
his sons, Rumsfeld said.
At a Pentagon news conference,
Rumsfeld and his top military adviser,
Gen. Richard Myers, attempted to
strike a balance between celebration
and caution - declaring the Iraqi pres-
ident's rule all but dead but also
emphasizing that much remains to be
done before U.S. troops can go home.
U.S. troops have been through most
areas of Baghdad, Pentagon officials
said later yesterday. Sporadic attacks
from pockets of resistance continued,
but no organized, large-scale fighting,
officials said.
Rumsfeld listed eight missions in
Iraq that must be completed "before
victory can be declared."
LETTERS
Continued from Page 1A
"I never did go to that VFW to thank
them for that package," he said. "About
the time I got it, we were running on
no energy. People back (in America)
don't understand. We had zero energy
- we had left it all in Vietnam."
Lillie, a member of Vietnam Veter-
ans of America Chapter 310, recalled
how important it was to get packages
from strangers while he was fighting in
Vietnam. "It's awesome to think that
there's someone you don't know out
there thinking of you," he said.
Kircos said she objects to anti-war
protests because she feels time spent
protesting could be used to write let-
ters to troops and prepare care pack-
ages. "I don't understand how you can
protest against these soldiers. I hear
their fears; I hear their thoughts -
they could very well die tomorrow,"
she said. "I think I get it from a differ-
ent angle. The war is more real to me
on a personal level than most people
who don't have that connection."
Both Sinacola and Kircos said they
CATERPILLAR
Continued from Page 1A
said although it shares in the world's
concern for the Middle East, the Ameri-
can-based corporation does not have the
legal rights or means to know every
Caterpillar machine or engine is being
used for.
"It's up to our elected leaders to find a
solution for peace, not the private com-
panies," Cordani said.
Next week, the Michigan Student
Assembly will vote on a resolution in
support of divesting from Caterpillar. If
passed, the resolution could provide
more momentum to the divestment call.
LSA sophomore Fayrouz Saad said
divesting from Caterpillar is important
because it is part of a larger campaign
for the University to divest from Israel.
"Every little bit counts, we may be
only one school but it can motivate other
schools to help the cause," Saad said.

He mentioned first the need to "cap-
ture, account for or otherwise deal with"
Saddam, his sons Qusai and Odai, and
other senior members of the government
whom he did not mention by name.
Rumsfeld said he didn't know
whether Saddam and his sons escaped
the U.S. bombing Monday of a build-
ing in Baghdad where U.S. intelligence
believed they were attending a meet-
ing. And he made no promises about
finding the Iraqi leader.
"It is hard to find a single person,"
he said, adding later, "He's either dead
or he's incapacitated or he's healthy
and cowering in some tunnel some
place trying to avoid being caught."
Senior White House officials, speak-
ing on condition of anonymity, said
there is no checklist that must be com-
pleted before Bush declares victory.
The end could come before some of
Rumsfeld's stated missions are
achieved, possibly including the confir-
mation of Saddam's fate, they said.
The air campaign in Iraq is slowing
somewhat, now that Baghdad resist-
ance has been broken.
don't see their friends as faceless sol-
diers. Sinacola says she wrote a poem
in Spanish to her friend. It reads, "In
the eyes of the world you are a soldier,
but in my eyes you are just a boy, my
friend as always."
Fischer does not worry about the
anti-war protests, Sinacola said. He
wrote, "The reason I'm over here is
so people can protest at home." Lillie
has been part of an effort to send let-
ters and packages to soldiers on the
front lines. He said his letters let the
soldiers know how proud he is of
them. "I feel a lot safer than I've felt
in many years seeing how good our
army is," he said.
Lillie also includes "soldier jokes"
in his letters. He said he wrote one sol-
dier, "At the rate you're working,
you're working yourself out of a job."
Sinacola said she worries about the
safety and the freedom of her friend in
Iraq. "I think it's scary that if (the
troops) over there did not agree with
what's going on, they have no power to
say no. They can't protest." But she
added that she thinks the war effort is
going well.
GRANHOLM
Continued from Page 1A
failed to encourage the healthy biparti-
san relationships she initially said would
bond the state's Democrats and Republi-
cans under a common agenda.
The Democrats "don't give us any
votes on the proposals we're trying to
pass, but we've been giving her what she
wants," Johnson said. "To me, biparti-
sanship works both ways."
Johnson added that a lack of commu-
nication and willingness to cooperate on
the part of Granhqlm's staff is slowing
the Legislature and preventing it from
running at its highest capacity.
The speaker said the reluctance from
the governor and legislative Democrats
to aid Republican efforts to preserve the
Michigan Merit Award program is a sign
that Granholm is not willing to work
with both parties.
Not surprisingly, Democrats in the

AP PHOTO
A smiling Iraqi boy flashes V-for-victory signs as he walks with U.S. Marines in
the Iraqi capital of Baghdad yesterday.

DEPRESSION
Continued from Page 1A
others, to manage the stress of being a
college student,' Sevig said.
The sophomore said that when she
went to CAPS for the first time, she
completed an evaluation answering dif-
ferent questions and was eventually
paired with a counselor.
"I thought seeking help was bad,"
she said. "I thought I would be admit-
ting that I was crazy. But it was better
to get help than lose everything and
kill myself," the sophomore said.
She said asking for help and admit-
ting she had a problem was the first
step in addressing and eventually over-
coming her depression.
"If you are depressed, talk to some-
one. Talk to your friends, tell them how
you are feeling. At least try to get some
form of help - you can't deal with it
yourself. I thought I could, and I was
dead wrong on that fact," the sopho-
more added.
Sevig said CAPS operates on both a
walk-in and appointment basis. At the
legislature have been much more posi-
tive about the beginning of the gover-
nor's term. Sen. Liz Brater (D-Ann
Arbor) said she is extremely pleased
with Granholm's leadership and that the,
governor is effectively leading Michigan
in the right direction.
Boyd denied that the governor is
responsible for partisan divisions, citing
the Land Use Leadership Council that
Granholm established in March as evi-
dence that the governor is looking for
solutions to problems that satisfy both
parties' concerns. The task force was
established to find effective solutions to
urban sprawl and environmental crises.
"She's meeting regularly with leader-
ship in the Senate and the House, both
Democratic and Republican;'Boyd said.
"She wants a strong bipartisan working
relationship."
Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michi-
gan Politics, agreed with Johnson on
many of the speaker's arguments, but

initial session, a studentcan talk to a
counselor, and set goals for the ses-
sions. The duration of the counseling
depends on the situation.
Besides CAPS, other counseling
services on campus help students deal
with both everyday stress and trau-
matic events that can occur. A senior
that wishes to remain anonymous said
that she went to the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center for
counseling after being raped while
vacationing in Greece.
The counseling "was much more
comforting than anything else. I felt
everyone was well-qualified at the coun-
seling service, but I didn't think the ther-
apy was my personal approach. It was
very standard, it seemed like a very
repetitive procedure for them rather than
as if they understood you," she said.
She added that it takes someone who
has been in the situation to really under-
stand what the person is going through.
LSA senior Erica Tepper, who has
used University counseling services,
said although there may be draw-
backs to the counseling, its availabil-
ity is a benefit.
added that it is too soon to judge the
effectiveness or direction of many of
Granhohn's proposals.
"I'd say we have to give her a grade of
'incomplete', because so much depends
on where she ends up with this budget,
and we may not know that for three or
four more months,"Ballenger said.
Both critics and supporters have
agreed that governor has done an effec-
tive job in dealing with the public rela-
tions crisis that the state's budget
shortfall presented.
"I think the governor did a good job
getting around the state and talking to
people about the budget," Johnson said.
"She's a very articulate person."
According to Boyd, the governor
found the most personally difficult
moments of her administration when
she called the families of Michigan's
fallen servicemen in Iraq. The proposal
of a balanced budget was the high point,
she said.

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