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MONDAY, MARCH 13, 1967
The Dally Nebraskan
C.S. In Vietnam .
Saintly, Child-Like View
Expressed By Chaplains
(EDITOR'S NOTEs The following It
one installment of a lerlet cf articles
n the war in Vietnam written by How
ard Moffett, Collegiate Press correspon
dent in Saigon. The Dally Nebraskan
has run two series and several articles
by Moffett, who was former editor of
the Yale Daily News.)
SAIGON, South Vietnam (CPS)-One
of Yale's great courses Is Edmund Mor
gan's review of American colonial his
tory. Beginning with the Puritan fathers,
Professor Morgan teaches that our his
tory has been deeply influenced by the
early Americans' view of themselves as
a morally pure and righteous people
by contrast with the decadent, corrupt
sons of Europe.
Chaplains In Vietnam
I didn't really appreciate what he
was saying until I had been in Vietnam
for several months. What finally brought
the idea home and left me depressed
and scared was a series of interviews
with army and air force chaplains.
There are over 430 American chap
lains in Vietnam tome S20 protestants,
more than 100 Catholics and three Jews.
All are volunteer.
I interviewed thirteen. Almost to a
man, their consciences were aggressively
clear about the moral rationale for the
U.S military commitment.
That might be expected of chaplains.
But what surprised and depressed me
were the glowing terms they used to de
scribe what is basically agonizing, dirty
business of making many people suffer
in order to prove a political point.
On the basis of these chaplains' in
terviews, a disinterested observer would
have to consider the American approach
to war as (a) saintly and (b) child-like.
Consider the following four assumptions:
(1) We are here to save the Vietna
mese people from the evils of Commun
ism. This theme was sounded by at least
ten of the thirteen chaplains. The follow
ing quotes are representative, and in the
complete contexts would not change their
"How can you call this war immoral?
You can't say life is more important than
personal freedoms, honor, integrity and
the dignity of human beings. The basic
moral issue is: are these things worth
defending?" Father Thomas D. Mc
Grath, a Roman Catholic from Worces
"I see China as an emotionally dis
turbed society." this from Chaplain Jack
Keene, United Presbyterian, who believes
the U.S. has an obligation to protect
South Vietnam from foreign domination.
"Tin not so concerned about the
democratic process, but I think the clergy
should be on the side of right. Maybe
the majority of the Vietnamese people
do support the Viet Cong: but, If so, they
do it out of ignorance and fear . . .
It's like our American race riots. The
police at Watts weren't very popular,
but they were right." Orville McCor
mack, Assemblies of God, Oklahoma City.
(2) We should be given credit for
our good intentions, for sincerely wanting
to help the Vietnamese people. Most
American officials including the chaplains
in Vietnam like to talk about how Ameri
ca is helping the Vietnamese.
GI's build orphanages, support poor
families, put hundreds of kids through
school, hand out chocolate bars the length
and breadth of Vietnam, and often make
considerable personal sacrifices in the
But with child-like naivete and al
most total ignorance of what a century of
colonialism has taught the Vietnamese,
they expect to be thanked. They expect
the Vietnamese to take their good works
and good intentions at face value.
Viet Cong's Sneaky Tactics
(3) The Viet Cong should not uses
sneaky tricks to kill American soldiers.
The thought caricatured here runs just
below the surface of many American con
versations. The implication is that war ought to
be played by the rules, as defined in the
U.S. Code of Chivalry.
Chaplain Ross G. Wright, Conserva
tive Baptist, from Los Angeles also showed
me a UPI story of a Viet Cong atrocity.
A young Amerioan captain had been
killed trying to clean out an enemy cave
In the Central Highlands. A North Viet
namese soldier had come out of the
cave, pushing a woman and child in front
Not wanting to hit the human shields,
the American lowered his gun, whereup
on the North Vietnamese shot him point
blank in the head.
It was a dirty thing to do, and I like
it no better than the young American's
mother would. But to suggest that it
wasn't fair, and that the North Vietna
mese soldier was an evil ogre because
he took unfair advantage, is to make
war into a child's game.
Tit For Tat
(Tit for tat: within minutes the cave
had been blown with explosives and one
GI estimated over 100 Viet Cong and
North Vietnamese were buried alive in
side.) With Americans complaining of
sneaky tactics, Vietnamese say Americans
should not be here in the first place,
should not bomb and burn and loose
their horrible instruments of death on
Vietnamese villages, should not seek to
Impose American solutions on a people
whose problems Americans do not under
stand. U.S.'s Benevolent Approach
(4) The Vietnamese should be more
responsive to our benevolent but firm
approach to pacification.
I depart from the chaplains' script
at this point to discuss the American way
of pacification, which refers to making
hostile peasants friendly.
The Marines have been pacifying vil
lages in I Corps (Central Vietnam) for
a year and a half now, and their example
has been followed by many other Ameri
can units engaged in civic action pro
grams. The basic formula is to move into a
village, maintain order by intensive pa
trolling and hunt down any stray guer
rillas with the left hand, while setting up
medical aid programs, building dams
and spillways, and giving out candy soap
and toothpaste with the right.
Affects Of Approach
Often the GI's make friends, especial
ly among the kids. But observers who
live in I Corps say the hard facts are
that most of these villages are less paci
fied than when the leathernecks landed.
There are many reasons for this, but
one may be that the double offer of
bullets to bad Vietnamese and candy to
good ones suggests something of the
father trying to discipline his child.
To those Vietnamese who are weary
of being treated as children by great
white fathers, this approach misses the
heart of the problem by about 180 de
grees. The lessons we learn from the Ameri
can experience in Vietnam will be largely
conditioned by our view of ourselves. If
the foregoing is at all to the point, it
suggests there are a lot of psychological
cobwebs that will have to be cleared
IDCCs Final Meeting
Set As IDA Begins
GIMMICKS USED FOR PARTY THEMES
A fire engine was Just one of many
gimmicks and different kinds of decora
tions used for Basketball Tournament
Earty themes at fraternities and Cather
all Dormitory Saturday night. Other
party accessories included go-go girls, a
devil, a chug wagon and "crazy" LSD
signs. The fire engine was located outside
Chi Phi fraternity.
Greek Week Set For April 4-9;
Centennial Festivities Planned
This year's Greek Week,
complete with a Centennial
Day and a Centennial Ball,
will be held April 4-9, ac
cording to Bob Bartee, chair
man of the Interfraternity
Council (IFC) affairs com
mittee. With the exception of the
Centennial festivites and an
thropic project, this year's
program will be very simi
lar to past Greek Weeks,
Ticmann To Speak
The week-long program
will begin with exchange
dinners and a Greek convo
cation on April 4, he said.
Gov. Norbert Tiemann is
slated to address the convo
cation. The next two days will
feature a group of sminars,
involving Greek and dormi
tory leaders, who will dis
cuss issues pertinent to the
student community. Other
items planned include quiz
bowl matches between IFC
and Panhellenic representa
tives and a housemothers'
bridge party, Bartee said.
April 7 will be designated
Centennial Day, he said,
and Greeks will canvass the
city selling Centennial arti
facts. The day will be cap
ped by the Centennial Ball,
featuring the Astronauts
combo. Princess Athena will
be crowned at the ball and
winners will be selected in
a beard-growing contest.
The following morning
fraternities will compete in
the traditional Greek
Games, highlighted by a
"marathon" Greek relay
from Crete. That afternoon
fraternity and sorority lead
ers will hear nationally
prominent speakers at the
annual Greek conference at
the Nebraska Center.
Greek Week will conclude
April 9 with an awards
banquet and a philanthrop
ic project, Bartee said.
This project, a new innova
tion, will involve the pre
sentation of variety shows
at five Lincoln orphanages
by fraternity and sorority
Bartee said that Greek
Week has a twofold pur
pose: to show individual
Greeks the benefits of the
fraternity and sorority sys
tems through working,
playing and discussing
to show the campus and
the community that the
Greek system is an impor
tant and beneficial contri
butor to society.
With its duties and obli
gations fulfilled after a one
year existence, the Inter
ing Committee (IDCC) will
disband after its final meet
ing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
in the Cather Hall North
IDCC chairman Jim Lud
wig said that all floor presi
dents, dormitory represen
tatives and residence hall
executive officers would at
tend the conference, and in
vitations have been offered
to various housing adminis
trators to also attend the
Looking back over the
IDCC, Ludwig said, "We
were able to develop a
strong basis for all dormi
tory governments and in
the start, even this was
He said the dormitory
leader workshop, held last
semester, proved that gov
ernment can function in a
coordinated unit. He added,
"Now it remains to be
proven how effectively and
efficiently this unit will be
With the Inter-Dormitory
Association (IDA) formed,
Ludwig said that although
the housing office has done
a pretty good job of com
municating with the resi
dence halls, "it will now be
a two-sided exchange in
stead of them trying to feed
information into the sep
arate units. They will be
able to deal with system as
a whole and we (IDA) will
be able to ask questions."
The IDCC, which saw its
first constitution defeated
by the dorms six to four
in an earlier residence hall
vote, was formed from a
started for the social coor
dination of the dormitor
ies." "With the formation of
this committee, many peo
ple saw that the time was
right to further develop ,the
idea into an all-dormitory
He credited Marv Almy,
then Selleck president, as
probably "most responsible
for the development of IDA
as he provided ideas and
"His attitudes stimulated
active discussion in the de
velopment of most of the
concepts currently em
bodied in the IDA," he
He added that "I know
John Fryar, IDA president
elect will do his best to im
plement the possibilities
that lie within this organi
zation." After its first constitution
was rejected by the resi
dence halls, the group re
vised the bill and the halls
voted to form the IDA on
Feb. 21 and gave the con
stitution approval two days
later, fulfilling the IDCCs
The demand for gradu
ates of the University it
mounting steadily in all
fields as more employers
look to the University to
fill their employment oppor
tunities, Frank M. HaD
gren, placement director,
Hallgren stated that there
will probably be 700 com
panies recruiting graduates
at the University this year.
He said that except for
students with specific re
gional or geographic pre
ferences or with highly
specialized Job interest,
the average number of Jobs
available for each gradu
ate is seven or eight
(AH meetings are at the
Nebraska Union unless oth
Los Angeles DA
Visits Law School
The District Attorney of
Los Angeles County and
former Los Angeles Munici
pal Judge, Evelle J. Younger
will spend Monday with stu
dents at the University Col
lege of Law.
He will conduct a discus
sion on criminal law at 1:30
p.m. m the law college build
ing. Younger is a 1940 graduate
of the Nebraska College of
Law. He later studied crim
inal law at Northwestern
University. He served with
the FBI in Washington and
New York for six years
before moving to Los Angeles.
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UNION Film Committee,
TASSELS, 4:30 p.m.
DELTA ZETA, 5:30 p.m.
PI TAU SIGMA Smoker,
TAU KAPPA EPSILON,
DELTA ZETA, 7 p.m.
UNICORNS, 7 p.m.
Rehearsal, 7 p.m.
PHI MU, 7 p.m.
ECONOMIC and Business
Round Table, 7:30 p.m,
MATH Counselors, 7:30
ZETA BETA TAU, 9 p.m.
CAMPUS LIFE Commit
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