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Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of the majority of
the Daily's editorial board. All other articles, letters and cartoons do not
necessarily reflect the opinion of The Michigan Daily.

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come for good films.
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go with the market."
- Isaam Abdul Kareem, a movie ticket
collector in Baghdad where the audience
for pornographic films has increased
drastically as the films are no longer
prohibited, as reported by Reuters.

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didn't watch the
> Democratic presi-
Y dential debate last
week. I know that to
h some people, these tele-
vised sparring matches
are important to help
determine who they'll
support in the coming
presidential elections.
But for me, pulling the
trigger on any one of these fine, highly com-
petent politicians will be hard, with or with-
out having seen them bicker at each other on
live T.V. With a battery of such stellar candi-
dates, how can you pick just one? I sure
Sigh. These guys suck.
Somehow, the best the Democrats have
to offer are Sens. John Kerry (Mass.) and
Joe Lieberman (Conn.) and former Ver-
mont Gov. Howard Dean, each honestly
believing that he will lead the working
class to the polls in droves. Granted, each
candidate is highly qualified, but qualifica-
tions alone do not a leader make, and the
standard issues Democrats relied on in
1992 will not carry the day in 2004. In
their speeches and press releases, the can-
didates do show an understanding of issues
like health care, abortion and unemploy-
ment. Each thinks that this will win them
the election, but in reality, none of it will

matter. The rules have changed.
It's about war. It's about terrorism. Are
we safe, are we winning and are we right? To
these, President Bush claims all the answers,
while the Democrats still don't understand
the questions. As a nation, the past two years
have seen us plunge into a mentality, not
unlike how we spent the decades of the Cold
War - tense and anxious, awaiting an event
that will probably never come. Few of us
have ever seen terrorism touch their lives
personally, yet many will vote as if it had.
Gone are the social and moral imperatives of
peacetime politics.
Meeting the threat, Americans want to
see strength, charisma and dogged self-
assurance, not the vacillation and partisan-
ship that haunts each of the Democratic
nominees. Americans want to feel safe
again, and the GOP makes it happen, by
way of the very comforting, but morally
dubious policy of moral and international
absolutism. Whereas Bill Clinton was a stu-
dent of policy and often sought a variety of
different sources when debating an initia-
tive, Bush is a student of doing whatever
the hell he, or his party sees fit. He won't
let pesky little things like "other nations" or
"operational strength" or "deficits" get in
the way of what he deems right. This is, by
far, the most partisan administration that
we've seen in decades.
And America is eating it up.

Democrats hope that the hemorrhaging of
American dollars and American blood in Iraq
will save the election for them. However, the
damage isn't being done to the this adminis-
tration, which has an uncanny ability to defer
blame for its failures simply by having been
in office the day America came under attack.
It's the ultimate alibi. True to form, whenev-
er he needs more money or his polls sag a bit,
Bush can just look at the TelePrompTer and
orally fart out the following equation: war on
terror, plus making progress, plus 9-11,
equals Democrats are bad.
But when you connect the dots from the
past three years - all of the deflection,
blame and unilateralism - it still spells
"dumbshit." Make no mistake, Bush is highly
beatable, but judging by the field of candi-
dates, the Democrats don't seem interested in
winning. While I hope retired Army Gen.
Wesley Clark jumps in, this coalition that the
Democrats have pieced together will find
itself demolished by the same Texas buzzsaw
that walked away with the Oval Office in
2000. This time, there will be no recounts,
and certainly no excuses. Years of a muddled
message have left the Democratic party noth-
ing but Rev. Al Sharpton and the shadow of
the Clinton years as their only selling points,
and America just isn't buying.

Adams can be reached
at dnadams@umich.edu.


Daily should stop ranting,
provide real solutions for
thirsty University students
The remarks made at the end of your
unsigned editorial, Entree Minus (09/11/03),
appear to have been made with very little
research. I suggest the members of your edi-
torial board get down off their soapbox and
check their facts. For one, they claim that
"It is indefensible that the Big House charge
so much money for water when students are
not allowed to bring some with them." This
is entirely false. As the list of prohibited
and permitted items for the stadium clearly
states, "Clear, sealed, plastic water bottles"
are allowed. Don't want to pay the $3
charged at the Big House? Get your water
elsewhere and bring it - either from your
grocery store of choice, or from a stand out-
side the stadium, or from one of the kids
with hand-drawn signs standing by coolers
near Elbel Field, who would be more than
willing to sell you their water for $1. For
that price, you might as well buy three. As
long as the bottles are sealed, you won't
have any problems; I personally have done
this for both games so far this year.
The editorial also states that "The admin-
istration should consider allowing students to
bring empty containers to fill up at designated

stations", presumably for free. Although
empty containers may not be allowed, there is
free water at the stadium; near Gate One there
is an Absopure "Hydration Station" at which
anyone can get glasses of water for free,
which you could then refill your water bottle
with if you like.
It may be a bummer that Entree Plus is
no longer allowed at the stadium, but there
are easy ways to have water at the game
without paying the Big House's exorbitant
prices. Instead of just making angry,
drawn-out rants in your editorials, please
consider also giving students viable solu-
tions for the problems you complain about!
Engineering senior
Aninistrution should epki n
where tuition is being spent
As an out-of-state student and graduating
senior, I would like to thank the Daily for
including an article relating to increased tuition,
Bil may penalize colleges for raising costs of tuition,
(09/11/03). Under this newly proposed federal
bill, LSA could face government sanctions due
to the now annually tuition hikes.
It is important to note, however, where
this money goes. As students, we peruse
through the "fishbowl" hurrying to find a

vacant computer, or at least one that we know
how to use. This is clear in the University's
latest edition of Windows XP on most work
stations; it has caused more computer prob-
lems than it had hoped to alleviate. Printing
problems, coursetools problems, Adobe
Reader problems, the list goes on. Let's put
this money elsewhere.
Why doesn't the University take the enor-
mous amount of money it receives, and ask the
students what they would like to see different on
campus. Instead of the latest flat screen mom-
tors, which take up an iota less of space, I am
wiling to bet that we could come up with excel-
lent (and legal) ideas.
It is important to ensure the increase in
tuition goes to the appropriate resources and is
allocated for with the utmost of care. After all,
the students on this campus are what make it
such a wonderful place to be, so let's flesh out
just what's on our minds.
LSA senior
Kudos 'Opeaon Pussycat,'
best polit ccatoon in memory
I'd like to congratulate Steve Cotner and Joel
Hoard on "Operation Pussycat," one of the best
Daily political cartoons in recent memory.



Roadmap to failure

Since the end of major combat operations in
Iraq, President Bush has tried to broker peace
between the Israelis and the Palestinians by
insisting that both parties adhere to his
"roadmap to peace." While this attempt by
Bush to gain stability in the Middle East by
quelling Israeli-Palestinian tensions was brought
to the table with good intentions in mind, it is
now clearer than ever that the President must
rethink U.S. policy with respect to Israel. It is
now time for Bush to put the "roadmap" on
hold and let Ariel Sharon proceed with security
measures with no U.S. restrictions. In light of
recent terrorist attacks against Israel, it is clear
that the Palestinians have no intention of crack-
ing down on the terrorist groups that preside in
the West Bank and Gaza. Until the Palestinian
Authority makes real attempts to eradicate
rather than negntiate with terror gromes the

gained with. They must be dismantled and
destroyed," DeLay understands the harsh reali-
ty of the situation in the Middle East. It makes
no sense for the state of Israel to give away
more concessions without the Palestinian
Authority destroying terrorist groups.
The new revelations regarding the depar-
ture of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud
Abbas should force Israel to expedite its
security initiatives since Yasser Arafat will
once again reclaim all of the power in the
West Bank and Gaza. Arafat, who has
proven himself to be a corrupt ally of terror-
ists, is not a figure that Israel can trust in its
quest for a peaceful resolution in the contest-
ed territories. America must continue to treat
Arafat as an irreverent figure and insist on a
change in the Palestinian leadership before
continuing with the "roadmap." Israel's fight
against terror should be seen as no different
from America's fight against terror, as both
Ameriea and Tral are free demncratic

Likud government led by Sharon. His refusal
to deal with Yasser Arafat and his belief in
Israel's right to defend itself should remain in
the minds of all Americans when they think
about which political party can be the strongest
defender of Israel. Americans would be naive
to believe that the Democratic Party could suf-
ficiently protect Israel, as one imagines the
sentiment toward Israel that would be seen at a
rally for presidential candidate Howard Dean.
In addition, throughout the primary season no
Democratic candidate, even those who claim
to be supporters of Israel, has taken a position
on the Middle East conflict that would be
regarded more pro-Israel than the current pres-
ident's position.
With the renewed hostility in the contested
territories, and the resignation of Abbas, the
Middle East will become more volatile in the
coming months. During this time, it is impera-
tive that the United States respect Israel's
riht tn self defense and maintain its current


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