2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 15, 2004
Fallujah invasion called success NEWS IN BRIEF
NEAR FALLUJAH Iraq (AP) In ..I taes.
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April, 2,000 Marines fought for three
weks and failed to take Fallujah from its
insurgent defenders. This time, war plan-
ners sent six times the troops, who fought
their way across the rebel city in just six
tlays - far more quickly than expected,
the Marine general who designed the
ground attack said yesterday.
"We had the green light this time and
We went all the way," Maj. Gen. Richard
Natonski told The Associated Press.
'Natonski said he and other planners
ook lessons from the failed three-week
O ;S. assault on the city in April, which
was called off by the Bush administra-
wion after a worldwide outcry over civil-
"5 This time the military used swarms
of aircraft - more than 20 types - that
pounded the city before and during the
assault. Troops also faked attacks before
the assault to confuse enemy fighters.
"Maybe we learned from April,"
Natonski said. "We learned we can't do it
piecemeal. When we go in, we go all the
*Privately, U.S. military officials say
Afril's assault was botched by the Bush
administration, which forced the Marines
t6 attack with insufficient forces on just
a week's notice and then called off the
Natonski described the first six days
of ground war as a "flawless execution
of the plan we drew up. We are actually
ahead of schedule."
As quick as the assault was, perhaps
thousands were killed and maimed, most
of them Iraqi defenders. Natonski put
the toll of guerrillas killed at more than
A military statement yesterday
said that 38 U.S. troops had been
killed and 275 were wounded so far
in the operation.
There is still no estimate of civilians
killed or wounded in the assault.
Yesterday, Marines and Army troops
still battled pockets of hardcore defend-
ers scattered inside the Sunni Muslim
stronghold. Behind U.S. forces, Iraqi
troops were engaged in the painstaking
task of clearing weapons and fighters
from every room of each of Fallujah's
Bands of rebels were still roving neigh-
borhoods crushed by tons of U.S. bombs
and shells. The holdouts are harried by
U.S. forces who occupy - but have yet
to subdue - the entire city.
"There are groups numbering from
five to 30," Natonski said. "They're try-
ing to get behind us."
Army operating room nurses walk to the hospital morgue with the body of a
U.S. Marine who died from wounds suffered in Fallujah, according to hospital
officials, while at the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq yesterday.
assault before the city was taken.
For the latest assault, commanders
had time to plan. Also, the Iraqi and U.S.
governments were determined to wipe
out the insurgent nest. And the Iraqi
troops, who melted away in April, stood
Even the worldwide outcry was muted
this time, by revulsion at an insurgency
blamed for grisly beheadings of hos-
Africa calls for Ivory Coast embargo
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Palestinian leader escapes shooting
Mahmoud Abbas, the temporary successor to Yasser Arafat, escaped unharmed yes-
terday when militants firing assault rifles burst into a mourning tent for the deceased
Palestinian leader, killing two security guards and wounding six other people.
The shooting raised grave concerns about a violent power struggle in the post-
Arafat era. Some of the gunmen shouted slogans calling Abbas, a moderate who
has spoken out against violence, an agent of the United States.
The bursts of gunfire came just hours after Palestinian officials set Jan. 9 as the
date for elections to choose a new leader - the first vote in nine years.
The temporary Palestinian leadership, headed by Abbas, has been trying to send a
message of unity since Arafat's death Thursday. Arafat's responsibilities were divid-
ed among several leaders, and officials held talks with rival factions in Arafat's Fatah
movement and the militant opposition groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
However, tnose rivalries burst into the open minutes after Abbas, the new PLO
chief, entered the Gaza City mourning tent, where some 10,000 people - includ-
ing about 3,000 armed men, most of them police officers - gathered yesterday
evening. Abbas, accompanied by Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan and sur-
rounded by security guards, shook hands with mourners.
Iran vows to suspend nuclear program
Iran notified the U.N. nuclear watchdog in writing yesterday that it would sus-
pend uranium enrichment and related activities to dispel suspicions that it was
trying to build nuclear arms.
With its move Iran appeared to have dropped demands to modify a tentative
deal worked out on Nov. 7 with European negotiators, agreeing instead to con-
tinue freezing enrichment - the process to make either nuclear fuel or the core
for nuclear weapons - and also to suspend related activities, diplomats told The
"Basically it's a full suspension," said one of the diplomats, speaking on condi-
tion of anonymity. "It's what the Europeans were looking for."
Shortly after diplomats revealed the Iranian move, Tehran's top nuclear negotia-
tor, Hossein Mousavian, confirmed that his country was giving its "basic agree-
ment" to a temporary suspension.
"We accept suspension as a voluntary measure on the basis of agreement with
the European Union," Mousavian said on Iranian state television, emphasizing that
his country viewed the move as a concession for "confidence building" and not a
Death row population reaches 30-year low
The number of people sentenced to death reached a 30-year low in 2003,
when the death row population fell for the third year in a row, the government
Some 144 inmates in 25 states were given the death penalty last year, 24 fewer
than in 2002 and less than half the average of 297 between 1994 and 2000, accord-
ing to the Justice Dep'rtment.
Death penalty opponents say the report shows how wary the public is of execu-
tions, heightened by concerns about whether the punishment is administered fairly
and publicity about those wrongly convicted. Illinois emptied its death row in 2003
after several inmates were found to be innocent.
"What we're seeing is hesitation on the death penalty, skepticism, reluctance,"
said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.
Clinton's library to open with full disclosure
As former President Bill Clinton's library is unveiled at a gala opening this week.
one thing is certain: His messy legacy will be on full display.
One alcove will be dedicated to impeachment, and organizers have promisec
not to sidestep even Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones. The 58-year-old political
superstar is expected to draw hundreds of thousanfdof visitors a"yeafriro h
"Bill Clinton is a rock star," said Skip Rutherford, head of Clinton's nonprofit
foundation that built the $165 million library. "He is Elvis."
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center, a metaphorical "bridge tc
the 21st century" cantilevered out over the bank of the Arkansas River.
opens Thur6.lay as the highlight of a week of programs, exhibits and sym-
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - Afri-
ecin leaders backed an arms embargo and
Ether immediate U.N. sanctions against
Ivory Coast yesterday, isolating President
Laurent Gbagbo's hard-line government
even further in its deadly confrontation
with its former colonial ruler, France.
As a French-led evacuation of Ivory
Coast builds to one of Africa's larg-
est, French President Jacques Chirac
dnounced President Laurent Gbagbo's
"tluestionable regime" - and said
France would not tolerate much more.
"We do not want to allow a system to
develop that would lead only to anarchy
or a regime of a fascist nature," Chirac
told an audience in the southern French
city of Marseille.
Presidents from Nigeria, Sen-
egal, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo
and Gabon, meeting in the Nigerian
capital of Abuja, yesterday backed a
draft U.N. Security Council resolution
calling for an arms embargo, a travel
ban and asset freezes against anyone
blocking peace in Ivory Coast.
The arms embargo "should be imme-
diate," Nigerian President Olusegun
Obasanjo - the current African Union
chairman - told journalists after the
meeting at the presidential wing of Abuja's
airport. The call gives African approval to
a tough stand in today's expected Security
Council vote on the sanctions.
Gbagbo's representative at the
talks, parliamentary leader Mamadou
Koulibaly, condemned the call for sanc-
tions, and complained African leaders
had slighted him - barring him from
most of the talks, and dinner.
No other African leaders "are capable
of resolving our problems with France,"
Koulibaly said. One of his aides, speaking
on condition he not be identified, warned
that other countries should "come and
collect their foreigners from Ivory Coast
- because if there's an embargo we can't
live with them anymore."
In Abidjan, French civilians and
other foreigners sprawled yesterday on
camp beds set up in the airport depar-
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DAAP's platform also includes oppo-
sition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. "We
are opposed to the occupation of Iraq. I
think its is going to take a movement to
mid the occupation," Stenvig said.
'-The group has proposed that MSA
take a stand on the occupation because
6f its role as a representative of the stu-
*'"(MSA I'sthe official voice" of stu-"
dents on campus," Stenvig said, adding
that it can lead student governments at
other universities to do something and
produce a student movement.
On Dec. 10, 2002, prior to the U.S.
invasion of Iraq, MSA passed a resolu-
tion against any unilateral pre-emptive
military action in that country. "I think
that MSA can have as much power as
the people on MSA are prepared to
demand," Stenvig said.
LSA junior Monica Smith said she feels
that this is possible because of the group's
aprevious success in having MSA provide
firm support of affirmative action.
Stenvig is the leader of BAMN, and
throughout DAAP's history many of its
candidates have been members of the
pro-affirmative action group. BAMN
organized a march in Washington when
the U.S. Supreme Court heard the Uni-
versity's admissions lawsuits.
The other issues that DAAP hopes
to focus upon this year involve bring-
ing social and political consciousness
to campus, said LSA junior Lee Powell,
one of the candidates.
The group' also hopes to focus on
budget cuts, Stenvig said, as well as
what she called discriminatory poli-
cies, including harassment and greater
police enforcement at parties organized
by black and Latino organizations at the
Michigan Union, Stenvig said.
"We serve as an example for multi-
culturalism and diversity for other uni-
versities," Powell said. "It puts more
pressure on us to act," he said.
Continued from page 1A
were from the old U party and most are
brand new to student government, Woll
"The party promotes candidates who are
accessible, approachable, and accountable
and who are ready and willing to improve
the communication between the student
body and its government."
Those candidates face opposition
from the Defend Affirmative Action
Party, which formed in 1997. In addition
to protecting the University's race-con-
scious admissions policies, DAAP aims
to increase enrollment of minorities after
black undergraduate enrollment this year
dropped to its lowest level in six years.
MSA Students 4 Michigan candidate
Alicia Benavides's platform is similar
to DAAP's, as she too wants to increase
"I think that members of MSA should
attend student of color organization meet-
ings and events to talk to students and
become informed of their needs. I think
that this practice should also be extended to
more mainstream organizations as well,"
said Benavides, an LSA sophomore.
Benavides says she may implement
such changes by forming an advisory
council through MSA's Minority Affairs
"MSA would work with some of the
academic units that cater to students of
color, such as (Center for Afroamerican
and African Studies) or (Latin American
and Caribbean Studies), to put on events
or programming," Benavides said.
To Benavides, it is not enough to just
reach out - she says the University needs
to draw attention to resources available for
"I will raise student of color admis-
sions by making resources that are
beneficial to students of color more pub-
licized. There are many great resources
such as the (William Monroe) Trotter
House, Office of Academic Multicul-
tural Affairs and the Office of Multi-
Ethnic Student Affairs that exist but are
not well known. These places could aid
greatly in not only the recruitment of
students of color, but also in the reten-
tion of them," she said.
Another candidate for MSA, LSA
junior Mike Rudy, said he seeks to rep-
resent members of the Greek system and
protect them from what he calls "unfair
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