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Page 4 --The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, January 23, 1991
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Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Editor in Chief

Opinion Editor

Unsigned editorials represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board. All other cartoons,
signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Daily.
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for a potentially long and drawn-out
war in the Persian Gulf, the response
from all segments of the University
community - whatever their political
orientation - has demonstrated
tremendous concern for what is hap-
pening in the Middle East. Meanwhile,
the University administration's role
toward the conflict has remained unde-
Though students both in favor of
and against the war in the Gulf would
probably desire the support of the Uni-
versity in their efforts, the administra-
tion would be remiss in its duties to all
students by taking one side or the
other, and could become a divisive
force on campus.
Instead, the University should ex-
press its support for the activities of
both movements in the coming
months; their demonstrations, protests
and teach-ins are all acceptable ways to
deal with sentiments about the Gulf.
As an educational institution, the Uni-
versity can and should foster debate
and discussion between the pro- and
anti-war movements.
The University - given its facili-
ties, resources, and stated purpose -
has a responsibility to help the com-
munity explore some of the issues
confronting students. It could devote
those resources to promoting further

teach-ins, establishing a film series,
bringing in guest speakers and consid-
ering a one-day moratorium on classes
to highlight all three.
As of yet, however, the University
has remained aloof, hardly acknowl-
edging the existence of the war. Al-
though President Duderstadt and the
Senate Advisory Committee on Uni-
versity Affairs have issued a joint
statement promoting "respectful de-
bate" on the issue, the University has
exhibited almost no concem in assuring
that such debate take place.
What little educational work has
been done for the University commu-
nity on the Gulf has taken place outside
administrative auspices, thanks to the
work of a small group of professors
and students. Although the administra-
tion has supported these activities in its
rhetoric, it has stalled at the prospect of
implementing similar projects on its
If the entire University community
is to learn from one another and pull
together during this crisis, all its com-
ponents - including the administration
- must play their part in promoting
intelligent discourse and positive
learning experiences. Students and
faculty have taken the initiative and
begun developing such an environ-
ment. Now, it is time for the University
administration to do the same.

Support our soldiers

By Rochelle Davis
and Paula Church
This is in reaction to the misrepre-.
sentation of Students Against United
States Intervention in the Middle East
(SAUSI) in the Michigan Daily, Ann
Arbor News, and by various members of
the University community in general.
On Thursday Jan. 17, 1991 an emer-
gency mass meeting organized by
SAUSI was called in response to the re-
cent outbreak of war in the Persian Gulf.
Contrary to Daily reports, the agenda
for this meeting was set by members of
the coordinating committee of SAUSI
and representatives of Ad Hoc Commit-
tee of People of Color Against War in
the Middle East and Racism at Home
only, and did not involve the Anti-Impe-
rialist Action Caucus or the Revolution-
ary Workers League.
The purpose of this meeting was to
plan an action in opposition to the war.
All individuals and organizations
against the war and for a peaceful solu-
tion were invited to attend and partici-
pate in the planning. The meeting was
not a forum for debate about U.S. in-
volvement in the Middle East, and
within that context, the meeting was run
We wish to respond to misconcep-
tions of the student body and faculty re-
garding SAUSI:
We do not support an Iraqi victory
over U.S. troops. We do support a peace-
ful resolution to the Middle East conflict
with a goal of self-determination for all
We condemn the Bush administra-
tion for its racist and imperialist aggres-
sion that places economic gain over
human life. We do not believe U.S.
The authors are members of the Students
Against United States Intervention in the
Middle East Coordinating Committee.

troops are responsible for the administra-
tion's inability to further explore a
peaceful solution.
U Demonstrating against the war is
not an "anti-troop" activity; it is a pub-
lic expression against U.S. intervention
in the Middle East. We support our
troops in the strongest way possible -
we want to save their lives by bringing
them home. Furthermore, to attribute the
demoralization of Vietnam veterans to
anti-war protesters not only belittles the
horrors of war but ignores the govern-
ment's neglect of Vietnam veterans
when they returned home.

Although many lives have already been lost in this
unnecessary war, it is not too late to create a
peaceful alternative. Unquestioned acquiescence to
any leadership in peace or war can only lead to

conditions that force a disproportionate
number of people of color and poor peo-
ple to serve in the U.S. armed forces. A
war in the Gulf will have a particularly
destructive impact upon these communi-
An end to anti-Arab racism, anti-
Semitism, and all other forms of racism.*
We condemn the prospect that Arab
Americans will be interned in Louisiana
and we call for the destruction of the
camp built there for that purpose.
Diminished U.S. dependence on
Middle Eastern oil through conservation,
more efficient energy use, and devel-

Opposing war is fine, but
of the Vietnam era are taking place
across the country in response to the
war in.the Persian Gulf. The large
number of people involved in the anti-
war movement increases each day, and
,his Saturday in Washington, D.C.,
more than 250,000 are expected to
show their opposition to the war.
While it is encouraging to see the
anti-war movement garnering broad-
based support, it is important that a
clear distinction be made between laud-
able anti-war sentiment and a discour-
aging lack of support for the American
troops deployed in the region.
The best way to support our troops
-- and their families here at home -
would be to bring them home before
massive casualties occur; this war has
potential to continue for some time,
and the lives of American soldiers are
undoubtedly at risk. But it is imperative
that the anti-war movement demon-
strate its support for them no matter
what happens.
While maintaining fervent protest,
we must keep in mind the importance
of focusing that protest on the govern-
ment of this country. It is the policy-
makers in the White House, Congress
and the Pentagon who are responsible
for the ever-escalating conflict in the
desert, not the soldiers who are fighting
there. Our leaders are the driving force
behind Operation Desert Storm, and
anti-war activists should criticize these

don't blame the troops
politicians for carelessly tossing about
the lives of American soldiers and
Iraqi, Saudi and Israeli civilians.
The blame for this war does not lie
with the soldiers on the front lines. If
anything, they are victims of the
hawkish greed of our policy-makers,
and deserve the support of the entire
nation. In fact, many GIs do not sup-
port the motives for U.S. involvement
in this war, and given the choice would
not be in the desert preparing to invade
Kuwait. Others support the war. But
none of the soldiers has a choice; they
volunteered to serve their country in the
armed forces, and are fulfilling the
commitments they made to do so.
Unfortunately, upon returning home
from Vietnam, GIs were persecuted
for honoring these commitments. U.S.
soldiers faced hostile crowds blaming
them for the atrocities that had taken
place in Southeast Asia. These soldiers
paid for American involvement on two
fronts - in the jungles of Vietnam,
and in the streets of their own country.
Thus, as the voice of the anti-war
movement intensifies, and more people
join in the fight for peace, we must re-
member the men and women who pay
the ultimate price for this conflict, and
demonstrate our respect for them. The
American people made a grave error in
their treatment of the soldiers returning
from the Vietnam war, and should be
wary not to repeat the mistake.

We have not passed a resolution
calling for a student strike although we
do recognize the University's integral
part in this unnecessary war.
SAUSI was formed four months ago
and has adopted the following as its
statements of principle:
Immediate withdrawal of U.S.
troops from Saudi Arabia and the
No permanent U.S. bases in the re-
g Diplomatic and peaceful settle-
ment of all Middle East conflicts
through an international peace confer-
ence held under the auspices of the
United Nations. An end to all military
occupations and respect for the self-de-
termination of the Kuwaitis, Palestini-
ans, and all other people in the region.
Supporting the needs of the poor
and marginalized communities of the
country by using our tax dollars and re-
sources at home and not for war. We
are against the economic and racist

SOS condemns anti-
war shanty destruction
To the Daily:
SOS, the newly-formed student group
in Support of Our Soldiers, has seen and
condemns the destruction of the SAUSI
anti-war memorial wall. While we en-
courage all citizens to band together in
support of our servicemen and women in
the gulf, we respect the right of all indi-
viduals to express their opinions in
whatever manner they see fit. It is our
position that there is no place for vio-
lence or violent destruction. We de-
nounce the actions taken against our lo-
cal ROTC officers, as well as those
taken against the structures in the Diag.
The United States Constitution de-
mands that everyone be permitted to
voice their ideas, particularly when
those thoughts run contrary to govern-
mental positions. We ask that all stu-
dents on this campus respect each
other's right to dissent, in order that we
may create a unified homefront, not a
bitter and divisive one. Support Our Sol-
diers, but do not destroy what America
stands for.
Reg Goeke
A--- irCn

for me to find out.
As I looked at the wall, I began
noticing a number of Jewish symbols,
such as a Menorah and a Star of David,
had been included among the garbage
strewn on the wall. As a Jew, I won-
dered what the protesters were trying to
say. Hadn't Saddam Hussein already
done enough to hurt the Jewish People,
without the help of these anti-war
protesters? Was I, simply because of my
Jewishness, somehow responsible for the
fact that Saddam Hussein had invaded
Kuwait? Or maybe the protesters were
actually trying to help Saddam Hussein
involve Israel in this conflict?
I strongly believe in the right of ev-
ery American to express their viewpoint,
even if it means making this campus
ugly by constructing a hideous wall on
the Diag. But one thing is clear. The
leaders of the anti-war movement on
this campus are not humanitarians, and
they don't give a damn about other peo-
If they did, the protesters would not
have trampled on the fears, hopes, and
feelings of this campus' Jewish commu-
nity, or the fears, hopes, and feelings of
the relatives of American servicemen.
I only wish that Saddam Hussein

opment of alternative energy sources.
An end to arms sales and transfers
to the region and a reversal of the arms
build-up in the Middle East.
An end to all military research at@
the University of Michigan.
We call for the U.S.-led blockade
of Iraq to allow the delivery of food and
medicine to the people of Iraq.
We will support military personnel
who refuse to serve.
We oppose the possible imple-
mentation of a draft.
Although many lives have already
been lost in this unnecessary war, it is0
not too late to create a peaceful alterna-
tive. Unquestioned acquiescence to any
leadership in peace or war can only lead
to injustice. If you believe that the con-
flicts in the Middle East should be set-
tled at the negotiating table rather than
the battlefield, please consider our prin-
ciples, and we invite you to join our
Take no public pride in your cowardly
act. You have disgraced yourselves and
the soldiers you support by resorting to
an inarticulate grunt rather than engag-
ing in open debate. You have shown
your preference for demolition instead of
Do you really believe the soldiers
you support are defending your right to
bully peaceful protest out of existence?
Do you hope that such free expression
will expire under the pressure of your
barbaric intimidation? If you do, your
ignorance speaks louder than your patri-
otism, and your deed negates your
"support." Eric Baumann
Rackham graduate student
Support our troops
To the Daily:
War in the Gulf has come, and now
our responsibility is clear. Protests and
cries for peace have lost their point and
now we must do all we can to support
the men and women we have stationed
There is no doubt that most of the
opposition to war in this nation lies in
memories and feelings of our involve-
ment in Vietnam. This hesitation is no

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