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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 21, 2002


U.S. may not remove Saddam



WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary
of State Colin Powell, who has spoken
of "regime change" in Iraq for at least
18 months, said yesterday the United
States might not seek to remove Saddam
Hussein if he abandoned his weapons of
mass destruction.
It was the latest in a series of recent
comments by Powell that seemed to
back away from the goal of deposing the
Iraqi president, which remains Bush
administration policy.
"We think the Iraqi people would be a
lot better off with a different leader, a
different regime," Powell said.."But the
principal offense here is weapons of
mass destruction, and that's what this
(U.N.) resolution is working on. The

major issue before us is disarmament."
He said on NBC's "Meet the Press"
that he expects the U.N. Security Coun-
cil to enact a resolution setting strong
guidelines for inspection teams to be
sent back into Iraq.
But, he added, "The issue right now is
not even how tough an inspection
regime is or isn't. The question is will
Saddam and the Iraqi regime cooperate
- really, really cooperate - and let the
inspections do their job.
"All we are interested in is getting rid
of those weapons of mass destruction."
Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's
national security adviser, said the
administration expects to have a resolu-
tion ready this week for Security Coun-

cil members to consider,
"The goal here is to disarm Saddam
Hussein. And in order to do that, we are
going to have to test his willingness to
cooperate this time around," she said on
CNN's "Late Edition." "If he is not will-
ing to disarm, then the world is going to
have to disarm him."
Other administration officials have
sent different signals about Saddam's
ability to retain power.
Undersecretary of State John Bolton,
Powell's chief disarmament official, said
last week that not only Saddam but
Iraqis "who are fundamentally a part of
Saddams regime" would have to go.
"There will be no stability in the
region until he's gone," Bolton said.

Bush said on Oct. 7 that he was "not
willing to stake one American life on
trusting Saddam Hussein."
Powell was an early proponent of the
regime change policy. He told the
House International Relations Com-
mittee on March 7, 2001, that the
administration was considering such a
policy. This February, he told the same
committee that "regime change" was
policy, and the United States "might
have to do it alone."
He began backing away in an Oct. 2
interview with USA Today's editorial
board. Should Iraq be fully disarmed,
he said, "Then in effect you have a dif-
ferent kind of regime no matter who's
in Baghdad."

Saddam releases prisoners in thanks

Scuffle leads to outpost dismantling
Hundreds of Jewish settlers scuffled with Israeli security forces at an illegal
West Bank outpost that was dismantled yesterday after three confrontations in the
past four days.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sought to keep the dispute from escalating into a
political crisis and issued a rare public criticism of the settlers.
"There is no issue which justifies violence against soldiers and the security
forces," Sharon told his Cabinet.
Sharon, a former general and a staunch supporter of the settlers, also scolded
the army for sending troops a day earlier, on the Jewish Sabbath - an action that
caused an uproar in religious circles whose support is key to the prime minister.
"I want to express great sorrow in my name and the entire Cabinet for the
unnecessary, mass violation of the sabbath that was imposed on hundreds of sol-
diers when they evacuated Havat Gilad," Sharon said.
Shaul Yaalom, a lawmaker from the National Religious Party, said he would
recommend that his party, a major patron of the settler movement, withdraw from
the government coalition if Sharon did not investigate why the Havat Gilad opera-
tion began before the end of the sabbath.
The army later announced plans to investigate the incident.
DUBLIN, Ireland
Irish vote to expand EU borders, members
To the relief of Europe's leaders, Irish voters dropped their objection to Euro-
pean Union expansion and gave a resounding "yes" to a plan for nearly doubling
EU membership and extending the Union to the borders of Russia, official results
showed yesterday.
Final official results, announced yesterday by Irish election officials, showed
that 63 percent of the voters approved the expansion proposal during Saturday's
referendum - the country's second on the issue.
Ireland, which rejected the plan in a vote last year, became the last of the 15
EU members to approve a treaty, negotiated in December 2000 in Nice, France,
to admit 12 new members, mostly former communist countries of eastern
Irish approval was considered the most important legal obstacle standing in the
way of the historic expansion - eagerly awaited by Eastern Europe since the fall
of communism more than a decade ago. "The Irish in their great wisdom have
symbolically taken the last brick from the Berlin Wall," said Pat Cox, an Irishman
atid president of the European Parliament.


CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - With a U.S. invasion
looming, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein reached
out to his people yesterday issuing a decree meant to
empty his jails of everyone from pickpockets to
political prisoners.
Freshly amnestied inmates were seen streaming
out of Iraqi prisons carrying their belongings in plas-
tic shopping bags and some chanting: "We sacrifice

our blood and souls for Saddam."
The government called the amnesty a way of thank-
ing the nation for re-electing Saddam last week in a
referendum, but exiled Iraqis said the hearts-and-minds
move was too little, too late. U.S. officials dismissed it
as a ploy to rally domestic and international support.
"They better watch out where the next door is that
puts them right back in jail. I mean, this is typical of

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:s of his," Secretary of State Colin Powell said
ry on ABC's "This Week."
d Abdel Meguid of the Al-Ahram Center for
- Studies, a Cairo-based think tank, said Sad-
iove is an attempt to buy time. "Saddam has
dibility. Nobody will trust him," Abdel Meguid
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after Va.
ASHLAND, Va. (AP) - Investigators
acting on the assumption that the Wash-
ington-area sniper has expanded his geo-
graphic range searched for clues at a
parking lot shooting scene yesterday,
while doctors said the critically injured
victim has a reasonable prognosis.
Dozens of officers completed a
methodical, inch-by-inch search of a
wooded area near the Ponderosa
restaurant where a 37-year-old man
was downed by a single shot to the
abdomen Saturday night. Investigators
said little about what, if anything, they
had found.
Some witnesses said they heard a
shot coming from a wooded area near
the restaurant, but nobody reported
seeing the shooter.
If the shooting is linked to the sniper
-attaceks that have killed nine and'
injured two since Oct. 2, it would be
the first weekend attack and the far-
thest the sniper has traveled - about
85 miles south of Washington.
The longest previous distance from
the Washington area was Spotsylvania
County, about 50 miles south of Wash-
ington. It would also break the longest
lull between shootings, about five days.
The most recent shooting confirmed
sniper attack was the Monday night
slaying of FBI analyst Linda Franlin
outside a Home Depot store in Falls
Residents were on edge in Ashland,
a town of about 6,500. At the Virginia
Center Commons mall, about seven
miles from the shooting, a normally
busy food court sat half-empty yester-
day. Shopper Nancy Elrod said she
almost had been too afraid to come.
"We certainly felt sorry about all the
people up north who were nervous and
now it's down here and we're nervous
too," said Elrod, 45.
Police said the victim, whose name
was not released, and his wife were
traveling and stopped in Ashland for
gas and food. His wife told authorities
the shot sounded like a car backfiring
and said her husband took about three
steps before collapsing.
Authorities were on the lookout early
on for a white van with a ladder rack.
Ashland Police Chief Frederic Pleasants
Jr. said after interviewing witnesses,
however, police had no suspects and no
clear description of a vehicle that could
be placed at the scene.
The man underwent surgery for
three hours Saturday night at MCV
Hospital in Richmond, hospital spokes-
woman Pam Lepley said. Doctors said
they did not try to remove the bullet in
the first round of surgery, but would
try to do so in a second round expected
last night.
Doctors had to remove part of the
man's stomach, half of his pancreas
and his spleen, said Dr. Rao Ivatury,
the hospital's director of trauma and
critical care. The man was conscious
but unable to talk because he was on a
ventilator, he said.

"The prognosis is still guarded, but
since he is a very healthy man and he
is very young, the chances are fair to
good, I would say'" Ivatury said.
Unless the bullet is removed, offi-
cials can't conclusively determine


SEOUL, South Korea
Talks focus on North
Korea nuke program
South Korea appealed to North
Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons pro-
gram, but got no response yesterday on
the first of three days of talks.
The talks in the North Korean
capital of Pyongyang originally were
to focus on reconciliation between
the two nations on the divided
But South Korea devoted most of its
keynote speech to persuading the North
that its nuclear weapons program vio-
lates a 1994 agreement with the United
States and should be halted.
"We demanded that North Korea
faithfully honor all international agree-
ments it has signed," Rhee Bong-jo, a
South Korean spokesman, said after the
first round of talks.
North Korea did 'not'resppnd, but
officials cautioned their counterparts
from the south "not to be too pes-
simistic" about prospects for agree-
ments between the two nations.
JAKARTA, Indonesia
Three bombs used
in nightclub attack
Authorities are making progress in
the investigation of a bombing in Bali
that killed nearly 200 people, with
investigators now concluding that three,
not two, explosives were used in the
attack, police said yesterday.
Meanwhile, authorities considered
how to interrogate the ailing spiritual
leader of a group suspected of carrying

out the Oct. 12 nightclub attack as
about100 Islamic students protested
outside a hospital to prevent police
from removing him.
"We want to make sure that police
will not take Abu Bakar Bashir from
hospital until he recovers," said
Mudzakir, one of the students gath-
ered in front of the Muhammadiyah
Hospital in the town of Solo where
Bashir is being treated for breathing
Armed policemen monitored the
protest but did not intervene.
Explosion kills one,
injures sixteen more
An explosion ripped through a mar-
ket near a military base west of Islam-
abad yesterday, killing a girl and
injuring 16 other people, officials said.
No one claimed immediately respon-
sibility for the blast in eastern Punjab
province and police and Interior Min-
istry officials said they were not sure
who was behind it.
The girl, whose age was undisclosed,
died from her injuries after being taken
to a hospital, officials said.
The state-run agency, the Associated
Press of Pakistan, said the explosion
was caused by a time bomb in a veg-
etable bag placed at the entrance to the
Sunday Bazaar.
The market was still crowded with
shoppers when the bomb went off about
5:30 p.m., police said. The explosion
occurred in Kamra, about 45 miles west
of the capital Islamabad.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

It is about a fifty-year effort by the Arabs to destro
the Jewish state, and the refusal of the Arab state
in general and the Palestinian Arabs in particula
to accept Israel's existence. If the Arabs were willing
to live peacefully as Israel's neighbors, there would
be no occupied territories and there would be a
Palestinian state.
The Arabs claim that Jewish settlements in the West
Bank are the obstacle to peace. But there are Arab
settlements in Israel. They are actually one million
Arabs living in Israel who have more civil rights
than the Arabs living in any other Middle Eastern
state. So why should Jewish settlements be a prob-
lem for the Arabs? The reason is that the Arabs will
not tolerate a Jewish presence in their states or
anywhere in the Middle East. This is the source of
the Middle East problem - Islam's war against the
infidels; the Arabs' hatred of Jews. The Middle
East conflict is not about Israel's occupation of the
territories; it is about the refusal of the Arabs to mak

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The Palestine Liberation Organization was created in 1964, sixteen years after the estab-
lishment of Israel and the first Arab aggression. The Palestine liberation movement was
created at a time the West Bank was not under Israeli control but was part of Jordan. The
Palestine liberation movement was not created so that the Palestinians could achieve self-
determination in Jordan, which comprises 90% of the original Palestine Mandate and
which is a majority Palestinian state. The goal of Palestinian liberation, inscribed in its
original charter, was the "liquidation of the Zionist presence." In the words of its leaders,
it was to "push the Jews into the sea."
That was the meaning of liberation then; it is the meaning of suicide bombing now. The root
cause of the Middle East conflict is Arab and Islamic Jew-hatred. It is the Nazi virus revived.



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