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should use military
It’s funny how pervasive movies have
become in our national discourse. Take
the crisis in Iraq as an example.
In 1978, Francis Ford Coppola
released “Apocalypse Now,” a strange
story of the Vietnam War. In that movie,
Lt. Col. Kilgore, played by Robert
Duvall, commands the Air Force to
napalm some Viet Cong soldiers. “Bomb
them back to the stone age, son.”
rorwara to inis weeK. in a press con
ference, Defense Secretary William
Cohen said, “We are not looking to bomb
anyone back to any stone age,” but they
aren’t ruling it out.
While mildly humorous, Cohen’s
words are at the same time - firm but
diplomatic - as the United Nations
The Crisis in the Gulf, as the media
has branded it, is more of a crisis for the
United Nations than for the United States
or Iraq. For the United Nations’ credibili
ty is on the line.
In order for the United Nations to save
face in this crisis, it should insist upon
full compliance with U.N. security coun
cil resolutions set in 1991 after the Gulf
After the coalition forces drove Iraq
out of Kuwait in 1991, a cease-fire was
signed and Baghdad agreed to abide by
the security council’s edicts. One of those
edicts was that an international team of
inspectors be allowed into Iraq to root
around for weapons of mass destruction.
This month, Saddam Hussein decided
that the U.S. representatives on the
inspection teams were spies, and
demanded their removal from the teams.
The United Nations refused, Hussein did
n i Duage ana eventually tne united
Nations pulled the teams out. The U.S.
members were expelled from the country.
The United Nations is now insisting
on full compliance with the post-war
orders. It should. Anything less than that,
and the international organization should
not hesitate for a second to use military
means to a political end.
If the United Nations is to be a gov
erning agency among nations, it has to
show solidarity among members - and a
willingness to back up its edicts with
muscle. This must be a U.N. and not sole
ly a U.S. effort.
If this succeeds it will restore some
credibility to an organization that has
gone out of its way to destroy its good
name. Anyone remember Bosnia? Or
Somalia? Iraq is the United Nations’ suc
cess story, and it is no time to ruin that.
Without full compliance, the United
Nations should not hesitate to follow Lt.
Col. Kilgore’s advice.
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Fight for your right
The DN Special Report
(Monday’s DN) commented exten
sively on the high number of on-cam
pus injuries to both pedestrians and
I refuse to call them accidents, as
the article does, because they are usu
ally caused by negligent drivers.
The article reports the numerous
4 possible solutions to these “acci
41 dents”: lowering speed limits,
installing flashing lights, diverting
traffic, etc. All of these proposed solu
tions could, of course, decrease the
possibility of future injury to pedestri
ans and cyclists, but they all neglect
the most obvious solution. And the
least expensive to the university and
city, I might add.
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message out to drivers that the pedes
trian has the right of way in a cross
walk. The most infuriating aspect of
this topic is that most of the injuries
occur when the victim is in or near a
crosswalk or area that implies pedes
trian right of way. Yet the article men
tions nothing about driver responsi
bility other than a small paragraph
proposing a project to develop com
munity awareness. Yet this suggestion
was made by the two people men
tioned early in the article who were
injured in crosswalks, not by people
who could implement such a plan.
Bottom line: Drivers need to slow
down and watch for people crossing
streets both in and out of crosswalks.
When these drivers see someone in
the street, they must stop and let them
cross. So my fellow pedestrians, take
your right of way and don’t let drivers
push you around.
Be safe, but be assertive!
Robert A. Aguirre
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I’ve been extremely disheartened
lately at the apathy this student body
holds toward Husker athletics.
Take basketball, for example. The
Devaney Center holds more than
14,000, and through seven men’s and
women’s games, not once have we
filled half the seats. Student atten
dance is just as pathetic. The band out
numbers the students at most games.
Maybe people don’t realize what
we have here at Nebraska. In Paul
Sanderford, we have one of the top
coaches in the nation. He has a career
winning percentage of .753 and in 15
seasons has taken 12 teams to the
NCAA Tournament and three to the
Final Four. Anna DeForge was honor
able-mention All-American last year
ana is one or me oesr in me nation
again this year. Sanderford has bent
over backward in an attempt to get
students to his games. There are give
aways nearly every night and he even
went as far as to send every student at
the university free season tickets
(with awesome coupons on the back, I
Coach Danny Nee and the men
have just as much going for them.
They have possibly the most athletic
and best defensive squad ever put on
the floor by a Nebraska team. Just
watching Tyronn Lue play is worth the
cost of admission. Lue is also a legiti
mate candidate for All-America hon
ors and is projected as a first-round
pick in the NBA draft.
It’s the students who create the
atmosphere and can change the
momentum at these games. Grandma
and Grandpa can’t be relied upon to
make too much noise. We have to get
the students to get out to these games,
create a hostile environment for our
opponents and give our athletes some
When you watch other schools on
TV you always see their student sec
tion packed, making a ton of noise and
having a blast. There’s no reason why
that doesn’t happen here, as well.
We’ve got the real deal at Nebraska
this year. Both these teams will be
playing in March contending fo
championships. No more complain
It’s about time we get off our
behinds, get out to the games, make
some noise and support the Huskers.
Check your facts
It would be amazing if those who
propose a university holiday for
Martin Luther King Jr. would actually
stop to study his character rather than
just his skin color and the sound bites
Fact 1: King plagiarized his doc
toral thesis. When this was finally
made public, Harvard University
changed King’s degree from an
earned doctorate into an honorary
doctorate. Admittedly, the main
stream press scarcely reported any
thing about this.
Maybe Fact 2: Additionally, there
were FBI reports (for whatever they
are worth) that King used his title as a
Christian minister to sexually seduce
young women, similar to the “sons of
Based upon the content of King’s
character, he deserves neither holiday
nor respect. In any event, why do “lib
erals” insist on using the power of
government to coerce everyone into
thinking exactly as they think - or
S. Duane England
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