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4A -The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 22, 2004


tuaU ANN ARBOR, MI 48109
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I think he's
done a terrible job
on the war against
- Former Bush White House terrorism
advisor Richard Clarke, in an interview
that aired last night on "60 Minutes"
with CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl.

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Happy anniversary, liar

n March 20,
2003, I watched
the televised
beginning of the war in
Iraq like many other
Americans. The argu-
ments in favor of war
laid out by President
Bush in the months lead-
ing up to the invasion
made me uncomfortable, and the president
was a bit smug for my liking, but I was
willing to give him the benefit of the
doubt. It all sounded good in theory.
Depose the evil dictator, destroy his
weapons of mass destruction, install a
working democracy and make the world a
safer place for us all. He made it sound so
simple and painless.
One year later, as it turns out, it's actu-
ally complicated and painful. The state of
affairs in Iraq is a mess of epic propor-
tions, and we have more enemies now than
when the whole thing started.
I waited curiously to see how Bush
would mark his one-year anniversary on
Saturday. With the situation as it is, you'd
expect at the very least he would spend it
in quiet contemplation and perhaps attend
a vigil for all the lives lost in Iraq. Or per-
haps he would deliver an open and honest
speech outlining what went wrong and
what he would do to fix it. Or maybe he'd
throw a huge party and invite all of his
Alas, as it turns out, he opted for a
huge party. Bush, still happily oblivious to
reality, spent Saturday at a campaign rally
in Florida defending his decision to go to

war and taking jabs at John Kerry.
Thus I decided it would be appropriate
for me to lament the president's anniver-
sary in the only way I know how: by call-
ing him a liar, belittling him and
encouraging people to vote for John Kerry.
The anniversary celebration kicked off
when Laura Bush introduced the president
and planted a kiss on his cheek. He joking-
ly wiped his face with a handkerchief as he
sauntered up to the podium. It would have
been cute, if he weren't so evil.
Then with the most Orwellian of words,
Bush told supporters at the rally, "Septem-
ber 11th, 2001, taught a lesson I'll never
forget. America must confront threats
before they fully materialize." He boasted
that he would "defend the security of
America, whatever it takes." The smugness
and swagger are still there, and that's the
saddest part of the affair: He still honestly,
in his heart of hearts, believes he made the
right decision in invading Iraq. He still
believes we can win the war on terror.
Almost two years ago, long before the
invasion of Iraq, indie comedian David
Cross said, "You cannot win a war on ter-
rorism. It's like having a war on jealousy.
... It's an absurd notion. At no point in
time are we gonna go, 'Woo! Got em all.
Everybody loves us again!' ... All we're
doing is making new terrorists ... Cause
people fucking hate us again." His words
ring truer and scarier now than ever. You
know your country is in trouble when a
foul-mouthed indie comedian has a better
understanding of modern-day foreign
affairs and can express himself more elo-
quently than the president.

Still, in the face of rampant anti-Ameri-
canism abroad, Bush had the nerve to say
"The world is counting on us to lead the
cause of freedom and peace," which makes it
rather unfortunate then that the president is
"going to keep (his) campaign right here in
America." One would think that when it
comes to determining what the world wants,
the world would have a say, but apparently
it's best left up to American voters.
Bush also took the opportunity to lob a
few potshots at his likely opponent in the
upcoming election, Sen. John Kerry. He
criticized Kerry's claim that several for-
eign leaders have offered him their support
and said, "The other day, here in Florida,
(Kerry) claimed some important endorse-
ments. He won't tell us the name of the
foreign admirers. That's OK. Either way,
I'm not too worried."
Kerry's decision to not disclose the
names of his "foreign admirers" is a wise
one, because Kerry, like many of us,
knows that the president would summarily
bomb said admirers' countries if that infor-
mation got out.
Through it all, chants of "U-S-A" and
"Four more years" rained down. It scares
me that, with all that's happened in the last
year, so many are still unable to see
through the president's good-old-boy
facade to the evil within.
And so, in conclusion, I would like to
offer a heartfelt "happy anniversary" to
President Bush. May your next war be as
fulfilling as your first.


Hoard can be reached


American and campus
Jews will vote for
Democrats in 2004
Having read Jonathan Goldberg's
response (Jewish voters are not ignorant,
will vote to support Israel in 2004, 03/19/04)
to Jason Pesick's column (Jewish voting pat-
terns: Tradition!, 03/18/04), I find that both
of the authors are short on nuance and
understanding of the American Jewish
vote. I tend to agree with Goldberg that
Jewish voters are not ignorant of the Arab-
Israeli conflict and that strong support of
Israel is important to almost every Jewish
voter. That is why most Jews support the
Democratic Party, which has been strongly
pro-Israel since Israel's birth. The Republi-
can Party is only a recent supporter of
Israel, often allying itself with oil interests
through the 1970s and thus the Arab oil
If both candidates adequately satisfy
that threshold, Jewish voters overwhelming
support candidates who champion progres-
sive stances on economic and social
issues. Jewish voters are lucky to have
such a candidate this year in Sen. John
Kerry. No Republican since 1916 has gar-
nered 45 percent of the Jewish vote, and
over the last 11 elections, most Republican
candidates haven't even gotten 20 percent.
If anyone in the Bush campaign believes
President Bush can equal this feat, he is
either foolish or stupid, and if Goldberg
were better informed, he would not repeat
such a prediction.
Having been heavily involved in Gold-
berg's organization as well as the entire Jew-
ish community at the University, I would
confidently predict that an overwhelming
majority of campus Jews will cast their votes
for Democrats this fall. Recent polls on the
subject, historic voting patterns and social
science analysis all point to Kerry carrying
the national Jewish vote with ease. No social
science research has validated Republican
claims of a shift of Jewish voters to the
Republican Party. As long as the Republican
Party fails to practice the Jewish value of
tikkun olam, creating justice in the world,
Jewish voters will continue to give 70 to 80
percent of their vote to the party that does,
tha Tlnt-ir Pa

cle, author Victoria Edwards refers to Rachel
Corrie as a "human rights worker." This is
patently false.
Core was complicit in carrying out ter-
rorist attacks against innocent Israeli civil-
ians and children. We have all seen the
all-too-familiar photo of an enraged Corrie
burning a picture of an American flag among
impressionable Palestinian youth. It seems
bizarre that someone who supposedly stands
for human rights would be promoting and
instigating violence against America and
Israel among young Palestinians.
Corrie was a member of the International
Solidarity Movement, a blatantly anti-Semitic
organization which works to protect terrorist
groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad. In
March, 2003, the ISM attempted to shield a
leading member of Islamic Jihad, Shadi
Sukia, from the IDF by hiding him in its
Jenin office. The ISM coordinator, Susan
Barcley, refused to let the IDF in, and subse-
quently she was arrested along with the hid-
ing terrorist.
There is also no mention of the reasons
why Corrie was standing in front of the
bulldozer in the first place. She was not
attempting to protect innocent citizens. The
town she was in was Rafah, which is well
known for its tunnel networks used by ter-
rorists to smuggle arms in from Egypt. Cor-
rie was standing in the way of a bulldozer
that was demolishing havens for terrorists
who smuggled weapons to kill innocent
civilians and children.
It is tragic when anyone dies, and Corrie's
death certainly deserves mourning. However,
it is important that members of this campus
realize that Corrie was not a peace activist;
she promoted terror and violence toward
Israeli civilians and children.
Davis a poor choice for
commencement speaker
Last week, University President Mary
Sue Coleman announced the keynote
speaker for this May's commencement.
"David E. Davis Jr., founder of Automobile
Magazine and arguably the foremost writer
in automotive journalism" was selected to
deliver the address to an estimated crowd

Coleman was quoted as saying, "I think it
is really important for our graduates to see
how one person can have a big say."
"Through his (auto) critiques, he has really
had an impact on a big industry ... in Michi-
gan," she added.
What Coleman fails to realize is that
the University is not a technical institute
or a professional auto school somewhere
in the boondocks of Michigan. If I were a
student at such a school, a selection like
Davis may be acceptable. The University is
a world-class institution with an Ivy
League reputation. It maintains the advan-
tage, both academically and financially, to
attract speakers who are distinguished on a
global scale and who truly influence our
future. With the University's U.S. Supreme
Court victory, an upcoming presidential
election and an ongoing war in Iraq, the
school's choice in Davis is odd at best.
While other schools will be treated to
such captivating and moving speakers as
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Bill
Cosby, the president of the United States or a
Supreme Court justice, the University, how-
ever, will once again not. While Davis's
achievements and life story are surely
notable, the selection of such a speaker with
so little experience in public speaking by
such a highly esteemed university is not only
distressing for seniors, many of whom have
paid thousands of dollars in tuition, but an
embarrassment to the school.
LSA senior
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