2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 20, 2005
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - With
168 moments of silence and the mes-
sage that goodness can overcome
evil, victims of the worst act of
domestic terrorism in U.S. history
were remembered yesterday at the
Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Some 1,600 people inside the First
United Methodist Church fell silent
for 168 seconds at 9:02 a.m,, the
moment the Alfred P. Murrah Fed-
eral Building was destroyed exactly
10 years earlier.
Some brought teddy bears and
flowers to be placed at the memo-
rial, which includes 168 empty chairs
symbolizing the human cost.
"All of us respect you for the way
you've borne tragedy over the last
decade and for your great devotion to
the memory of those who died here,"
Vice President Cheney told survivors
and loved ones.
"Goodness overcame evil that
day," he said.
"All humanity can see you expe-
rienced bottomless cruelty and
responded with heroism," he told
the crowd. "Your strength was chal-
lenged and you held firm. Your faith
was tested and it has not wavered."
There was heavy security in the
First United Methodist Church,
adjacent to the memorial, where the
speeches were given.
Former President Clinton, who
was in office at the time of the bomb-
ing,.reminded mourners that "by the
grace of God, time takes its' toll not
only on youth and beauty, but also on
tragedy. The tomorrows come almost
against our will. And they bring
healing and hope, new responsibili-
ties and new possibilities."
Clinton got a chuckle when he
mentioned the Survivor Tree, the
elm that was heavily damaged in the
bombing and is now a leafy green
reminder of it.
"Boy, that tree was ugly when I
first saw it (in 1995), but survive it
did," Clinton said.
"Trees are good symbols for what
you did. You can't forget the past of a
tree. It's in the roots, and if you lose
the roots you lose the tree. But the
nature of the tree is to always reach
for tomorrow. It's in the branches."
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Suicide car bomb attack kills 12 Iraqis
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A suicide car bomb outside an Iraqi army recruit-
ment center and other attacks yesterday killed a dozen Iraqis and wounded more
than 50, police said. Elsewhere in the capital, parliament briefly adjourned after a
legislator belonging to a radical Shiite group claimed he had been roughed up at a
The blast occurred in the Azamiyah section of the capital about 18 yards from
the front gate of the recruitment center, killing at least six Iraqis, including two
soldiers, and wounding 44, said police Col. Hussein Mutlaq.
Insurgents opened fire on Iraqi soldiers in Khalidiyah town, 75 miles west
of Baghdad, killing four soldiers and wounding seven, police and hospital offi-
One of the main goals of the U.S.-led coalition in the 2-year-old war is to train
Iraqi security forces to replace American soldiers in the field, and insurgents often
target centers where such security forces are being recruited and instructed.
In the capital, masked men armed with machine guns and traveling in two cars
in the capital shot and killed Prof Fuad Ibrahim Mohamed Al-Bayati as he left his
home for work at the University of Baghdad, police said.
GOP pushes for Bolton's confirmation
Senate Republicans pushed for swift confirmation of sharp-tongued John Bolton
as U.N. ambassador yesterday in a rancorous committee session. The Senate's top
Democrat raised the possibility of trying to block the nomination when it reaches
the full Senate.
A pivotal Republican senator said he would support Bolton, giving the nomina-
tion a crucial boost.
Republicans hold a 10-8 majority on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
which was preparing to vote on Bolton's nomination, and eight of the 10 had said
they would vote for Bolton. Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island became the ninth, p
saying shortly before the panel met he would support the nomination reluctantly.
"Under the regrettable circumstances, I'm as comfortable as I can be," Chafee
told The Associated Press. "The president gets to choose his team. Most impor-
tantly for me, he's going to be on a short leash with a choke collar."
Meanwhile, the White House said President Bush had no second thoughts about
Bolton despite critics' complaints about his treatment of subordinates and dismis-
sive comments on the United Nations.
Moussaoui to plead guilty to charges
Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person in the United States charged in connection
with the Sept. 11 attacks, is offering for a second time to plead guilty and a federal
judge is evaluating whether to accept the plea, a legal source said yesterday.
The source, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the matter remains
sealed, said if U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema finds Moussaoui mentally com-
petent to make the decision, he could enter the plea before the end of the month.
Brinkema scheduled a hearing yesterday to discuss a letter Moussaoui sent the
court indicating his desire to plead guilty.
The government has accused Moussaoui of participating in an al-Qaida con-
spiracy to commit terrorism that included the 2001 attacks on the World Trade
Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.
Rice confident Russia will not turn totalitarian
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that despite serious setbacks
to Russian democracy, there is no sign that the country is poised to return to its
As evidence of democratic ferment, Rice said Russia's opposition is expected
to contest the-next presidential elections, and she also cited recent protests by pen-
sioners angry about a reduction in benefits. Rice added that "there is a considerable
amount of individual freedom" in Russia nowadays.
"One can't imagine reverting back to Soviet times," Rice said while en route to
the country for talks with President Vladimir Putin and other officials.
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