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8 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 3, 2002
A blanket of white

eadline approaches for Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush said
yesterday "the signs are not encouraging" that
Saddam Hussein will cooperate with weapons
inspectors and avoid a war threatened by the
United States.
As a Sunday deadline neared, the president
said he won't tolerate "any act of delay, decep-
tion or defiance."
Even as U.N. investigators reported
progress in their first week of work, Bush said
war may prove necessary. "The temporary
peace of denial and looking away from danger
would only be a prelude to broader war and
greater horror," he said.
"America will confront gathering dangers
early before our options become limited
and desperate."
Weapons inspectors are carrying out a United
Nations resolution ordering Saddam to rid Iraq
of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons or
face the prospect of war.
The resolution gives Iraq until Sunday to dis-
close its weapons of mass destruction.
Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations,
Mohammed Al-Douri, said the declaration could
be ready as early as tomorrow. "There will be

nothing surprising," Al-Douri said. "We have
repeated our position several times that we have
nothing hidden."
The White House disputed that contention
again yesterday. Senior officials, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said U.S. intelligence
has evidence of Saddam's weapons programs and
is willing to share it with U.N. inspectors to help
rebut the Iraqi declaration.
The U.S. is flying Predator unmanned
surveillance aircraft to look for signs of
Iraq's noncompliance with the inspections,
said a defense official, also speaking on the
condition of anonymity.
The U.N. inspectors completed their first week
of work yesterday by visiting alcoholic beverage
plants and a factory that once made parts for
now-banned missiles.
While inspectors said some equipment of
interest was missing at the Karama ballistic
design plant, they have reported no prob-
lems gaining access to suspect sites nor
have they made public any findings of
deadly weapons.
The lack of a confrontation has raised con-
cerns in the White House that Saddam is win-

ning the early public relations battle by creating
an impression that he is complying with inspec-
tors. Aides said those fears prompted the presi-
dent and Vice President Dick Cheney to deliver
separate speeches Monday to cast doubt on Sad-
dam's intentions.
"So far, the signs are not encouraging," Bush
said as he signed a bill giving the U.S. military its
largest spending increase since the Reagan
"A regime that fires upon American and
British pilots is not taking the path of compli-
ance. A regime that sends letters filled with
protests and falsehoods is not taking the path of
compliance," Bush said.
He was referring to Iraqi letters to the U.N.
protesting terms of the resolution.
In Denver, Cheney spoke ominously about the
Sunday deadline. "This time deception will not
be tolerated," he told 1,500 Air National Guard
leaders. "The demands of the world will be met,
or action will be unavoidable."
Answering critics of Bush's Iraq policy,
Cheney also said confronting Saddam is
not a distraction from the broader war on


With temperatures in the teens and several inches of snow, students trudge across campus
during the season's first major snowfall yesterday afternoon.

Campaign aims to stop male violence against women

By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA sophomore Aaron Pressel spent two hours yesterday
afternoon standing on the snow-covered Diag handing out
white ribbons and talking to other men about the need to take
an active role in ending violence against women.
Around 5,000 ribbons, assembled by Alpha Epsilon Pi fra-
ternity members, will be handed out this week as part of the
Fourth Annual Ann ArborWhite Ribbon Campaign.
"I'm freezing - my hands and feet have been numb for
about an hour, but it's a good cause. Helping end violence
against women is important to me," Pressel said.
Some men walked by, pretending not to notice the table or
the man with the pile of white ribbons rubbing his hands
together to keep warm, choosing instead to watch a snowplow
as it rumbled past.
But Dustin Liron, an LSA junior, was one of the many men
who stopped to ask questions and take a ribbon.
"Still today there's not enough awareness about the prob-
lem. People are still naive to the fact that violence against
women does occur. They think it isn't a problem anymore but
it still is," Liron said.
While he said he probably will not wear the ribbon, he feels
the visible presence of the men with the white ribbons on the
Diag is raising awareness and will impact the rest of his day
as well as conversations he has with others.
"I think talking about it would be more conducive to
resolving the problem than just wearing the ribbon. People
don't really know what the white ribbon means yet," he said.
"I'm more likely to talk about it after getting the ribbon....
Because of the ribbon I'll think about it today, talk about it
today, whereas if they hadn't been handing out ribbons it
wouldn't really have crossed my mind."
Violence against women is an issue that gets taken too light-

ly by most men, LSA sophomore Nick Speyer said. Speyer,
who is also a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, said he
feels it is an issue people joke about, "which is not OK."
He added that violence against women is an issue that often
goes unaddressed out of ignorance.
"Most people don't know. They feel like it's an issue that's
distant from them when it's really not - when it strikes closer
to home than they might think," he said.
Every man has a role to play in putting a stop to violence
against women and it's every man's responsibility to take
action, Gary Brouhard, a Rackham student and White Ribbon
Campaign organizer, said.
Brouhard has been involved in the campaign for the past
few years and said he has known many women who are sur-
vivors of such violence. He said he also takes part in the cam-
paign out of a sense of responsibility. "It's out of a general
sense of moral responsibility and moral outrage for being a
man, seeing what other men are doing and feeling that as a
man it's my responsibility to tell those men to stop," he added.
Men's outward receptiveness to the ribbons and the mes-
sage are often influenced by their surroundings, he said. In his
time working on the campaign, Brouhard said he has noticed
that men are more likely to make snide comments and
respond negatively if they are in a group, and that if he
approaches a man walking alone, the man is more likely to
take a ribbon and be positive about the campaign. At the heart
of the interaction, he said, are peer culture and how men view
women and their responsibilities toward women.
"I think what it's saying is that men's peer culture discour-
ages us from standing out as advocates for women," he said.
The idea- of giving women honor and respect he feels they
are due is also being called into question in modern times,
and 'a new definition is necessary with regard to how men
should treat women, Brouhard said.
"I don't think there are many men in the group who are too

LSA sophomore Michael Landau hands out ribbons on the Diag yesterday for the Men Against Violence Against Women White
Ribbon Campaign that will be going on all week.
excited about the 19th century notions of the gentleman, but ty that the gentlemen had at that time," he said
at least at that point men thought of themselves as owing Brouhard hopes some of the ribbons will reach men that
women something. An important part of being a gentleman are violent, even if they choose not to wear the ribbons and
was that you respected women. I think a lot of us would like a that the message will get across. "At the very least they'll
modern notion of that idea which kept the respect for women have been confronted by another man who hands them the
but subtracted the condescension and pretension of superiori- ribbon and tells them that their behavior should stop," he said.


Al- aida claims i'
was ehind attacks

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - A statement
attributed to al-Qaida claimed responsi-
bility yesterday for last week's car-
bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in
Kenya and the attempt to shoot down an
Israeli airliner the same day.
The statement, posted on an Islamic
website, called the Thursday's attacks a
Ramadan greeting to the Palestinian
people and referred to the al-Qaida
attacks against U.S. embassies in Kenya
and Tanzania in 1998, which killed 231
people - including 12 Americans -
and wounded more than 5,000.
"At the same place where the 'Jewish
Crusader coalition' was hit four years
ago ... here the fighters ... came back
once again to strike heavily against that
evil coalition," the statement said. "But
this time, it was against Jews."
In Washington, U.S. counterter-
rorism officials said they consid-
ered the claim credible and part of
growing evidence that al-Qaida was
involved in the Kenya attacks.
Three suicide bombers attacked
the Paradise Hotel, killing 10
Kenyans, three Israelis and the
three bombers. Just minutes before
the hotel bombing, two Strela mis-
siles narrowly missed an Israeli
charter plane departing from Mom-

basa's airport, in what was the first
phase of the dual attack on Israelis
in Kenya.
The five-page claim was made in the
name of "The Political Office of al-
Qaida Jihad Organization."
Unlike four years ago, when the
United States was the target in
Kenya, the statement said this time
the message was for Jews.
"We send them a message: Your prac-
tices in corrupting earth, occupying
sacred places, criminal acts against our
families in Palestine ... all your prac-
tices will not pass peacefully without fir-
ing back," it said. "Your children for
ours, your women for ours, your elders
for ours, and we will follow you wherev-
er you are because you made us live in
terror and fear."
It pledged that further attacks would
be carried out, saying "it is a war
between faith and the infidel, between
truth and fallacy, between justice and
The only other claim of responsibility
came shortly after Thursday's attacks,
made in a fax to news organizations in
Beirut from the previously unknown
Army of Palestine. Palestinian officials
have denied any involvement by Pales-
tinian groups.


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