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4A - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 20, 2004

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"I am convinced that love
is the most durable power in the
world. It is not an expression of
impractical idealism, but of
practical realism. Far from
being the pious injunction of a
Utopian dreamer, love is an
absolute necessity for the
survival of our civilization. To
return hate for hate does nothing
but intensify the existence of
evil in the universe. Someone
must have sense enough and
religion enough to cut off the
chain of hate and evil, and this
can only be done through love."
-Martin Luther King Jr., 1957

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- Former President Jimmy Carter on his
appearance in a Georgia church Sunday
morning with Democratic presidential
candidate Howard Dean of Vermont, as
reported by The Washington Post.

Choose your own adventure: the dread war caper
JESS PISKOR JOIN THI PISKOR

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ou are the presi-
dent of the Unit-
ed States.
I. After an unprece-
dented terror attack at
home, you are faced with a
tough struggle. Declaring
this a war between good
and evil, you invade
Afghanistan and over-
throw the Taliban. However, you are unable to
catch the terror mastermind. With that campaign
sputtering and democracy hard to install, do
you:
a. Decide to work with other nations as a
partner to root out terror cells and build a
worldwide alliance devoted to creating a
peaceful world (go on to X)?
b. Change priorities and invade Iraq (go
on to II)?
II. You attempt to rally worldwide sup-
port for the invasion. However, many other
nations and their citizens remain hesitant.
Do you:
a. Try diplomacy and wait a few months
to get more allies (Go on to XI)?
b. Forget about international support?
Who needs it anyway (Go to III)?
III. Without international support you
slog on, but come across opposition to your
plans even in the United States. It seems you
will need real reasons if you want public
approval. How do you justify war with Iraq?
a. Suggest ties between Saddam Hussein
and al-Qaida operatives (Go to IV).
b. Raise humanitarian concerns and cite a
pressing need to end Iraqi suffering (Go to V).
c. Talk about the need to create a stable
democracy in the Middle East and how
Iraq will serve as a model for other nations
(Go to VI).

d. Hype up the threat of weapons of
mass destruction (Go to VII).
IV. Despite the fact that no evidence of a
link exists outside of William Safire's mad
ramblings you press forward with the al-
Qaida-loves-Saddam theory. A majority of
U.S. citizens are convinced Hussein was
behind Sept. 11. Yet this isn't enough to con-
vince the public and the media doesn't really
buy it. Without other reasons, your war can-
not happen. (Go back to III.)
V. Appealing to humanitarian necessity,
you attempt to create a feeling of urgency in
the U.S. population. That Saddam had once
been a U.S. ally is irrelevant. Yet the public
wonders what is so pressing that you can't
wait a few more months for international sup-
port. Moreover, the humanitarian argument
doesn't really explain why the focus is only on
Iraq - after all, plenty of other countries have
evil dictators. You don't want too many peo-
ple thinking about the deeper reasons why you
want to invade Iraq. This option therefore can-
not work. (Go back to III.)
VI. Although this directly conflicts
with your campaign assurances that the
United States should not engage in nation-
building, you feel that that was a few years
ago and people will have forgotten. Unfor-
tunately, since World War II, while the
United States has won wars, it has largely
failed at installing democracy. Without
international peacekeepers after the war,
you are unlikely to succeed. Having aban-
doned the international community, it is
unlikely to come to your aid now. Try
another reason (Go back to III).
VII. Exploiting post-Sept. 11 fears in a
jittery populace, you raise the terror alert to
orange and declare that Hussein could deliver
WMDs in a few months if the United States

does not invade immediately. Enough people
are appeased by this justification and the war
begins. After an easy battle, you scour Iraq
but no WMDs exist. Do you:
a. Stubbornly insist they must exist? (Go to
VIII.)
b. Declare the war wasn't about WMDs at
all but about one of the other previously uncon-
vincing reasons for war? (Go to IX.)
VIII. Looking increasingly out of touch
with reality, you face growing public outrage
over your lies. Intense scrutiny is turned on you
and your administration and more outrageous
lies and shady dealings are uncovered. In a stun-
ning reversal you lose the 2004 election and you
spend the rest of your life trying to find forgive-
ness for the thousands of U.S. soldiers and
Iraqis your orders killed. The End.
IX. Because you control the present, you
control the past. Declaring the WMD actually
stood for "We Make Democracy" you con-
vince the public that the war never was about
weapons of mass destruction. The public
buys it and the future never looks darker for
democracy and accountability. The End.
X. Recognizing a powerful yet humble
ally for peace, nations across the globe react
positively to the United States. Seen not as an
arrogant superpower, the United States starts
the 21st century with a real mandate as a
force for peace, tolerance and humanity. The
End.
XI. You manage to get plenty of allies and
they work together to overthrow the dictator
and build a stable democracy in Iraq. The glob-
al community is strengthened and international
precedents are set that will help ensure dictators
cannot rise to power. The End.
Piskor can be reached
atjpiskor@umich.edu.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Students urged to vote for
Clark in November election
TO THE DAILY:
Students need to know that if they want
new leadership in the White House, they need
not wait until November to vote against Presi-
dent Bush. They can start by voting in their
state's primary for Gen. Wesley Clark.
Clark has come a long way in this cam-
paign. Most recently he has received the
endorsement of filmaker Michael Moore, who
believes that Clark has the best chance of beat-
ing Bush in the November elections. However,
this is not the only reason to support Clark. The
fact is, Clark has plans that will appeal to inde-
pendent and swing voters, assuring a Democra-
tic victory in the fall. Unlike Howard Dean and
Dick Gephardt, Clark supports the middle class
tax cut, and would repeal Bush's upper class
tax cut, which a majority of Americans agree
with. Clark is committed to keeping this coun-
try safe without having to start war after end-
less war. Clark has policies that will appeal to
all Americans.
Clark has served his country for his entire
adult life, and he's not about to stop now. I
urge students to vote for Clark during the pri-
mary so we can ensure that he will be on the
ballot come this November.
DAVID GUZMAN
LSA junior
Wolverines for Clark
Pesick's argument against
BAMN unfounded
TO THE DAILY:
Jason Pesick's latest (Give liberals back
their liberalism, 01/15/04), is nothing but libel
against BAMN. Without offering any evi-
dence, he implies that we are anti-free speech
communist extremists. Despite his warning that
"(he doesn't) mean for this to be another mind-
less attack against the organization," that's pre-
cisely what it is, beginning with his
unsupported statement that we dislike what he
calls "the exploration of ideas."
A complete discussion of his lies and mis-

defendant's role was trivial at the U.S.
Supreme Court, he deceives the reader into
thinking the Supreme Court wasn't familiar
with the evidence from earlier trials.
Pesick concludes that BAMN is too narrow
in its thinking about racism because we only
care about affirmative action - an outright lie.
Unlike Pesick and pundits of his ilk, who pos-
ture about caring about "the big issue," BAMN
has revived the civil rights movement only to
be pooh-poohed for it by armchair liberals. It
was when the civil rights movement died down
that the gap between whites and blacks stopped
closing! It's these phony liberals who are afraid
of radicals because a unified struggle for peace,
justice, workers' rights, gay rights and freedom
of speech would be a real threat to the econo-
my. Somehow liberals have sold the idea that
killing affirmative action is fine because it
wasn't enough to close the race gap by itself.
BAMN doesn't hate free speech and ideas.
However, I hate people like Pesick who need to
tell lies and rumors and then say "Maybe my
main point of contention with BAMN is that
I'm still naive enough to think people can dis-
cuss issues in a civil way before resorting to
more extreme tactics." Yes Jason, you're quite
naive if you think you can have equality with-
out fighting for it.
ADAM DE ANGELI
LSA senior
Connerly's initiative goes
beyond higher education
TO THE DAILY:
A letter recently appeared on your pages
(Waiting for Connerly (A play in three acts),
01/14/04) that elevated complete disregard
for even the most basic facts to new heights.
It began by claiming that "The drama
continued on Monday, when Ward Conner-
ly, the leader of the Michigan Civil Rights
Initiative, announced the beginning of the
campaign to get a proposal on a statewide
ballot in November to end affirmative
action in higher education." The only thing
the author got right was that the proposal
would go on a statewide ballot this
November.
The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative

director, campaign manager and treasurer
are all Michiganders. As is the entire steer-
ing committee.
Had the author actually bothered to
attend the Jan. 12 press conference he
might have noticed that Ward Connerly
was not even there, let alone making any
kind of announcement about anything. I
don't keep his schedule, but I assume that
Connerly was at home in California at the
time, although he certainly would have
been welcome to attend our event.
Indeed, the only Californians present
were from BAMN - an organization of
thugs and hooligans that actually boasts of
its contempt for the entire democratic
process as though that were a virtue. It was
in fact also BAMN members who attempt-
ed to disrupt the July announcement on
campus, before finally being removed by
security. One shouting that she would con-
tinue "until people like (Connerly) are no
longer allowed to speak on a public forum"
(a perfect example of BAMN's disregard
for civilized discourse).
And these were only the beginning of
an unbroken string of misstatements, dis-
tortions, and complete disregard for facts
in this piece. I don't think the author has
much of a future in journalism.
TIM O'BRIEN
Campaign manager,
Michigan Civil Rights Initiative
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