2- The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 27, 1995
U.S. hosts Russian troops for 1st time
Los Angeles Times
FORT RILEY, Kan. - Army Maj.
Gen. Randolph W. House gazed out
aver the parade ground. In a hearty
voice that rolled across the prairie, he
declared: "Oh, what a great day to be a
Under agray sky,on afield rich inthe
autumn gold of the Flint Hills of Kan-
pas, 150 Russian "soldats"joined hands
yesterday with U.S. soldiers at a turn-
ing point in each nation's history..
After the fall of Soviet comMunism,
Mother Russia was now a guest in the
American heartland. Together, in the
first Joint U.S.-Russia military opera-
tion on American soil, they began train-
ing for global peacekeeping.
It was something never dreamed of
during the dark winters of the Cold
War. But the old Soviet bear is gone,
and with it most of the distrust.
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Most, but not all. For although Rus-
sian political leaders want to help with
any peacekeeping mission in war-rav-
aged Bosnia, they are refusing to do so
ifit means submitting their troops to the
command of the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization, which for decades was a
group of Soviet adversaries.
Until that issue is settled, the former
American and Russian foes are rel-
egated to joining hands on the practice
fields of Fort Riley, where on Yester-
day, the small contingent of Russian
fighters seemed dwarfed alongside the
U.S. Army's First Infantry Division.
That famed American division,
known as the Big Red 1, had helped
fight two world wars in Europe this
century, including the 1944 D-Day land-
ings, and remained in Germany after
World War II as one of the original
participants in NATO.
Likewise, Russia's 27th Guards divi-
sion is steeped in history. It won the
prestigious Order of the Red Banner in
1944 for its effort along the Stalingrad
At Fort Riley, the old foes shared
rifles. They traded cigarettes. They
snapped Polaroids and signed auto-
graphs. Army Specialist Jim Probst, 25,
from East St. Louis, Ill., showed his
Russian counterpart, Pfc. Nt Class
Nikolai Ledashev, 18, how to strap an
American gas mask around his head.
The Americans played host. The
Russians, many ofthem blue-eyed, pale-
faced conscripts, took in the scene.
The Russians will eat and sleep the
soldier's life with American GIs here.
Over the next 10 days, they will learn
how to handle new U.S. weapons tech-
nology, share ideas on such basic mat-
ters as guard duty and checkpoints, and
talk strategy over how both sides might
someday come together in a real joint
"If we are called upon to do that, we
can and will make it work," pledged Lt.
Col. Vitaly Nikolovich Mereyanin, 33,
a 16-year veteran of the former Soviet
and now the Russian army.
U.S. Army Spec. Steven Miller, 28,
of Sacramento, Calif., took an even
longer view. "It all depends on what
happens with this Bosnia situation,"
Miller said. "If we get into it with them
over NATO, it might dampen all of our
peaceful relations with the Russians."
Called "Peacekeeper- 95," the cur-
rent training follows a similar effort a
year ago when U.S. Army members
stationed in Germany underwent peace-
keeping training in Totskoye, Russia.
Powell advised to speed up race pace
WASHINGTON - Several Republican friends and advis-
ers have told Colin Powell or his associates that he must move
up his timetable for a decision on whether he will seek the
GOP presidential nomination and begin putting fund-raising t.
and organizational structures in place before Thanksgiving if
he intends to go forward.
Powell, the retired general who concluded his book tour last
week, said then that he would decide whether to seek the
presidency by Thanksgiving. Some who are offering him
advice are predicting he will at least hint at his intentions
within two weeks, perhaps by allowing a presidential explor-
atory committee to be formed. Powell
According to Republican sources, Powell has begun the
intensive consultations with advisers and friends that he said he would conduc
before making a decision on seeking the presidency. He had lengthy phon
conversations this week with at least three conservatives, including William ,
Bennett and Jack Kemp, who have had kind words for him despite his breaks wit
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Oficidals evaluate bus
crash that killed 7
FOX RIVER GROVE, Ill. - Mo-
ments before a commuter train slammed
into a school bus stopped at a traffic
light, killing seven students, the police
chief and an engineer arrived at the
crossing to inspect the balky signal,
authorities said yesterday.
The light is supposed to automati-
cally turn green and clear the tracks as
trains approach, but "the timing doesn't
appear to be proper," National Trans-
portation Safety Board member John
Investigators are trying to determine
why the bus carrying 35 students re-
mained in the path of the train Wednes-
day. They began testing the light over-
night and were seeking police phone
logs to check for complaints about the
Residents said they've been com-
plaining for a long time about poor
coordination between the gates and sig-
nals at the crossing and the stop light at
the intersection just beyond.
"People have been saying
something's going to happen because
it's just not timed right," said Jin
Homola, who was in his car behind the
bus when the train hit.
Five students died Wednesday, an
two more died yesterday after they were
taken off life support.
New AFL-CIO pres.
leads labor march
NEW YORK -One day after takinj
control of the AFL-CIO, John Sweene'
led a march to protest garment distric
sweatshops and demonstrate the more
aggressive leadership he promises t<
bring to the labor movement.
Marching down Broadway an
through Times Square with other labo
activists, Sweeney said he wanted to bI
in the streets on his first day on the job
"It sends a great message," he sair
yesterday. "It's an indication of hov
committed we are to helping worker
who are exploited."
Sweeney's unionthe Service Employ
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disruption and other civil disobedience tc
draw attention to workers' causes, bu
some union presidents have questioner
whether such actions could backfire.
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Germans protest at
BONN, Germany - As protesters
shouted "murderers," Germany's mili-
tary observed its 40th birthday last night
with a torchlit ceremony denounced by
pacifists as a remnant of Prussian impe-
Chancellor Helmut Kohl, speaking
at a reception before the start of the
"Grand Tattoo," urged his countrymen
to support their armed forces.
Several hundred members of the pub-
lic and 1,500 invited guests did that by
attending and watching helmeted sol-
diers with torches and rifles parade onto
Bonn University's vast lawn. Fifes and
drums played march music.
"Soldiers who swear to loyally serve
Germany need the support of all sectors
of society," Kohl said. "We can be proud
of this army of peace and freedom."
He thanked the 8 million who have
served in the army, called the
Bundeswehr, since it was founded 10
years after the end of World War 11.
Scores of protesters, kept about 200
yards away by riot police and metal
barricades, shouted their oppositionas
Kohl, President Roman Herzog and
Defense Minister Volker Ruehe stood
on a dais to watch.
Some protesters pushed againstIine
of helmeted police and were move
back. Police corralled some, detaining
keep tourists away
PARIS - Nuclear testing, a wave
of terrorist bombings and stiff com-
petition from friendlier European des-
tinations are driving tourists away
from France, the world's No. I vaca-
But the French government, aghast
at the specter of shrinking lines out-
side the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre,
is fighting back with an aggressive
plan to woo back wary francophiles
- and seduce new ones.
President Jacques Chirac's resump-
tion of nuclear testing in the South
Pacific has prompted Japanese, Scan-
dinavian, Australian and other envi-
ronmentally aware travelers to cancel
or postpone visits to France, Tourism
Minister Francoise de Panafieu said
A wave of terrorist bombings that
has left seven dead and more than 160
wounded since July also has scared
off many francophiles.
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