Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 8, 1979)
monday, October 8, 1979
ackson's alignment with PLO constricts progress
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Friday re
turned to the United States just in
time to glow in the aftermath of the
Palestine Liberation Organisations
just-announced cease-fire in South
The careful timing of the cease
fire announcement with Jackson's
1 1-day media blitz allows Jackson to
qutetly take the credit for the PLOV
peace overture. The amount of credit
he should take, however, for his so
called peace mission is questionable.
Despite the cease-fire, Jackson's trip
was an enormous failure in many
Shortly after Andrew Young's re
signation as ambassador to the
United States, PLO head Yassir
Arafat invited the leaders of the late
Martin Luther King's Southern
'Christian Leadership Conference to
Lebanon A similar invitation went
The invitations apparently were
isTues to take advantage of black
anger over the firing of Young who
had Violated the policy which pro
hibits the United States from talking
with the PLO until it recognizes the
right of Israel to exist as a nation.
From the start of this trip, Jack
son managed to antagonize Israelis.
In a Palestinian refugee camp he
kissed the babies and hugged the wo
men. At another point he was hoist
ed on the shoulders of a Palestinian
man among cheers of support. He
and Arafat were photographed in an
Such scenes, of course, aroused
the anger of Israeli and Jewish lead
ers in the United States. The anger
was heightened when reports came
r u -fiiil m vkit narts of Israel
uhder seige by the PLO and by his
refusal to speak with Israeli residents
in several places.
And when Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin refused to speak
with him, Jackson tried to pin the re
fusal to racism saying that Begin s re
fusal was a rejection of American
blacks, their support and their
In the end, Jackson called for a re
assessment of the U.S. role in the
Mideast and a reversal of the policy
which prohibits the U.S. from deal
ing with the PLO until it recognizes
Israel's right to exist as a nation.
That is a good point. But it is a
point that Jackson did not need to
go to Lebanon to make. The firing of
Young had already raised the quest
ion of the U.S. policy. Already news-
oaners and critics across the countrv
had called for a reversal of policy.
Common sense says that a settle
ment in the Mideast is impossible un
til the Palestinian question is resolv
ed. Such a settlement is much more
likely to resolve after negotiations
begin rather than as a preliminary to
But all of this was forgotten in the
theatrics of Jackson's trip. By be
friending the PLO and insulting
Israel he tried to turn the issue of the
U.S. policy towards the PLO into an
issue of racism, which it is not.
And in so doing Jackson managed
to anger many persons who had
support revising the U.S. policy of
no discussion with the PLO. He
managed to set back the progress
others had made.
m m m mwvn rxw
i I I ItIt IFsss ".mi- )'" I V 11 H I IV
m ysLm n t. at. av
e " w '
MRRTANCe IN W
T. V. coverage of papal visit good
The visit of Pope John Paul II proved at least one thing
to this columnist. There are too many television reporters
in the United States. There may be too many reporters,
period, but the jury is still out on that one.
While watching coverage of the papal visit to this
country, I was astounded at the number of different re
porters the stations were calling on. Suddenly, every
major station had a reporter who was a 'Vatican confi
dant" or one who had an exclusive interview with a family
who claimed the Pope's visit touched them most out of all
I didn't believe all the experts. I did, however, think
the television coverage of the Pope's visits to the United
States was handled quite well.
It was nice to see television score a few points for a
change. I doubt that any one piece of equipment in the
history of mankind has been as criticized as much as tele
Vision. TELEVISION COULD have bombed out to the ratings
if it didnt have the rigjit people reporting the pontiff's
Howard Cosefl, ABC sportscaster said: This pope, this
pontiff - is a class individual. Although not the man he
was 10 yean ago, he's still able to transmit his message to
V learn of 700 minion Roman Catholics. This man's
managerial ability is divine. Knowing when to pinchWt
for ailing cardinals and knowing how to hit the long ball -tpal
style - are just two of his remarkable ittributet.He .
is indeed, a man for all to revere as much as myself."
Rona Barrett, gossip columnist deluxe said: t)n a scale
of one to five, I'd rate John Paul's visit to America at four
and a half stars. Close to perfection, but not quite. What
held the pope back was his seeming lack of concern for
the movie industry. How anyone could visit America with
out visiting Hollywood and Burbank is beyond me."
'MEANWHILE, MY sources have learned that John
Paul has turned down the lead role in "North Vatican
Forty. The story of an ex-professional football player
who becomes pope after realizing that Pete Rozelle,NFL
commissioner, was not, is not and never would be God,
Al McGuire, former Marquette University Basketball
coach and now color commentator for NBC: The thing
to remember is that the Pope is S9-years-oM. He can't lead
the fast break like he used to. His ball handling has been
hampered by the long robes he wears. He keeps tripping.
Watch for the Pope to try and get an early lead and then
concentrate on playing tough defense on the ordination of
women priests. He has momentum on his side and
remember ... the Pope blesses to his left."
Paul Harvey, radio personality said: 'Hello Americans,
stand by for Pope news. Page one. Americans are learning
that Paul John is a man of warmth and good humor as he
traverses from the metropolitan areas in the east to the
farmlands of Iowa.
But perhaps the wittiest line of the papal visit was
spoken by AHen Muse of ADC affiliate KMTV in Omaha.
Muse, covering the papal visit in Iowa, noted the long
line of people waiting to use the portable toilets at Living
History Farms. Muse said, (and I paraphrase), that it was
obvious that Paul wasnt the only john these people were
A major concern this school year has been the debate
over the' Regents' budget request, the tuition increase, and
low faculty salaries. I remain confounded by some
people's perceptions of the issue.
The main point of a Sept. 12 editorial seemed to be
that the regents err in asking for a 15 percent increase and
that their action will "anger the senators." I agree with
James Lake (Sept. 17) in hoping that regents and senators
alike do not take action on matters out of malice towards
each other, and that the legislature votes on what they
feel is best for our state rather than on the basis of any
anger they might feel towards some of the regents. The
regents are justified in requesting what they feel is needed
for the university, and the senators are equally justified in
not granting that request.
It has been frequently pointed out that our faculty
salaries are the second lowest in the Big Eight while our
tuition is the second highest. Yet when our faculty tries to
unionize in an attempt to raise their salaries, people seem
to hope these urges will "dissipate" (Oct. 2 editorial),
rather than introduce more "antagonism between the
regents and faculty" and cause more "danger to the stu
dents." Presumably our faculty is to be placated by the
vague realizations by administrators and regents that
"faculty input is important" and that "the concept of
shared governance by all" is followed.
In regards to the tuition increase, I thought it prepost
erous that Mr. Cuca asked for a zero percent increase at
the Sept. 14 regents meeting, a move that could hardly be
seriously considered. Original considerations of a 5 per
cent compromise seemed more reasonable. As Shelley
Smith stated (Aug. 30), "Some increase can be warranted
because of the economy's decline, and 5 percent should
cause only minor cuts in the education market." On Sept.
27 she stated that University areas can't be cut and tuition
can't be raised again in order for UNL to remain a viable
educational institution. Face it-areas will have to be cut
in the future and tuition has to be raised-eventually.
What matters is what is cut and what our tuition is fund
ing. I encourage the proposed study of where our dollars
are going at UNL and I also encourage lobbying against
the budget increase if we feel it is unwarranted, despite
Ms. Smith's warnings (Sept. 27) that the regents will Con
sider the lobbying effort a form of revenue,' and that it
will inevitably increase tension between students and
regents. She stated that it would make them aware of stu
dent power but it's not the power play we should make.
May I ask in what manner we should make our power
felt? We have to quit pussy-footing around and acting like
our regents and legislators act only out of anger, revenge
and gut reactions and meet them face to face with collect
ed, forceful arguments and organized lobbying efforts.
I don't understand why some people will urge students
to stand up and fight yet will hedge when things threaten
to produce beyond rhetoric. Students need to not only
take stands on issues, but to take action. Of course tact
and diplomacy are needed. I'm not suggesting that we
pluck the whole chicken, but we should ruffle some
Senior, Teacher's College
The Daily Nebraskan welcomes letters to the editor
md guest opinions. Timeliness, clarity of writings and
Driginality are considered when selecting material for
Material should be typed if possible and submitted
ivith the writer's name, class standing, academic major
sr occupation, address and phone number.
Powered by Open ONI