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The North Texas Dally
Tuesday, November 19,1986
Arms race must stop
Today the leaders of the Soviet Union and the United
States will meet for the first time in six years at the
long-awaited Geneva summit.
President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev will have two days to begin thawing the cold
relations between the two nations.
The toughest problem Reagan and Gorbachev face at
the summit is finding a way to halt the arms buildup.
And it is an old problem. Several summits and treaties
have not halted the suicidal nuclear arms race. The last
three treaties worked out by the two nations have not
been ratified. If Reagan and Gorbachev do not go into
the summit with realistic views of the problem, the race
The United States and the Soviet Union have a com-
bined population of more than 500 million people. At
this summit, however, Reagan and Gorbachev are repre-
senting the world, with more than 416 billion people.
This is what the two leaders must realize if they are to
make any progress in U.S.-Soviet relations.
The suspicions of two governments have kept the Sword
of Damomcles hanging over a vast population of innocent
people — a population that has no reason to be split
into warring factions. Unfortunately, the Soviet and
American people have been.
The atomic bomb that brought a suddent halt to World
War II was the acorn that has grown into a tremendous
oak. It sprouted in 1949 when the Soviets developed the
bomb that the United States would not share. The arms
race, the world’s greatest problem, had begun.
The next step was the U.S. development of the
hydrogen bomb in 1953. The Soviets answered in 1955
with their own.
In 1957, the Soviets tested an ICBM. Intercontinental
ballistic missiles soon gave each side the ability to destroy
the other with little warning.
Soon after, anti-ballistic missiles were developed. The
Soviets developed ABMs to destroy incoming missiles.
But the United States answered with MIRVs, or multi-
The buildup has been incredible. The United States
now has 20,792 nuclear warheads, and the Soviet Union
has 19,701. Each of these warheads is far more powerful
than those that leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The
two countries have the power to kill every human on
the earth several times over.
The latest addition to the line of weapons could be
the defensive system in Reagan’s Strategic Defense
Initiative. Although it is a defensive system, it could
give the United States the capability of launching a first
strike without suffering from retaliation.
Reagan and Gorbachev can solve the problem if they
are able to stop the rhetoric. The United States, the Soviet
Union and the rest of the world are losing too much
already. Money and technology that should go toward
the preservation of human life is being funneled into the
development and production of useless weapons.
Each government argues that it must produce weapons
to counter the production of weapons on the other side.
If the world’s most powerful leaders cannot see the
stupidity of this argument, the whole world is in trouble.
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Curbing chemical war
The United States and the Soviet Union may agree at
the Geneva summit to stop producing chemical weapons
and destroy each of their existing stockpiles. This
agreement, if nothing else, will make the summit a
The use of chemical warfare was banned in 1925 in,
of all places, Geneva. However, the 1925 agreement
did not say anything about the production of chemical
weapons arsenals. Probably in 1925, those involved
assumed that a promise not to use chemical weapons
meant no one would manufacture chemical weapons.
The assumption was logical, which is something war
Both sides since 1925 have used some form of chemical
weapons. The United States in Vietnam used a jungle
defoliant, Agent Orange, on enemy territory. Though
Agent Orange might not have been specifically a chemical
weapon, it has caused much of the suffering that the
agreement was trying to limit.
The Soviets alledgedly have used chemical weapons
in Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. Refugees from these
areas tell of chemical destruction of their crops and
In the Iran-lraq war, Iraq has been accused of using
chemical weapons. Both the United States and the Soviet
Union have expressed their displeasure and concern.
War is always a tragedy, but at least bullets and shrapnel
will not pass to the next generation. The earth will
eventually reclaim a bomb crater with new grass and
trees, but chemical weapons keep on maiming and killing
long after the conflict is settled.
Man does not know enough about the balance of nature
to use weapons that alter man and his environment. The
mentality of war reasons that if one country can kill and
destroy more of another country, it can eventually own
and control that country. With chemical weapons, how-
ever, everyone loses because the land suffers the most
as it absorbs the deadly chemicals. Like the body that
can die from only a small disruption of its system, the
Earth dies when its system is brutally attacked.
The United States and the Soviet Union, some military
strategists believe, would fight a conventional war before
they would release their nuclear arsenals on each other.
Both sides would use chemical weapons if they were
readily available. The "cause” of war washes a lot of
sins. Not having the immediate temptation of using
chemical weapons could save both countries’ future.
Many believe that if the two superpowers ever started
conventional fighting, it would only be a matter of time
before nuclear weapons would be used. If that’s true, it
really won’t matter if genetic and environmental havoc
is wreaked on the way to global destruction.
But if cooler heads prevail and diplomacy wins, the
absence of chemical warfare will benefit everyone, and
generations to come will not have to bear the scars of
past superpower stupidity.
T ast Tuesday, this column left off with
l_ja convention conversation — this
week it continues.
If this past week hasn’t obliterated your
memory storage capacity, we last were
discussing censorship of the press by
religious colleges. We mentioned Oral
Roberts University in Oklahoma and Tex
as’ own Baylor University in Waco. ORU
won’t allow editorials or any opinion on
many controversial topics, and the Baylor
prez will talk to only one reporter — one
he handpicks from the journalistic crowd.
These gentlemen (I'll give them the
benefit of the doubt) are suffering from
the same disease a large percentage of
the Christian population is suffering from
— Tunnel Vision.
Some Christians need to wake up and
realize there is a world out here. God
doesn't tell Christians to isolate themselves
from non-believers but rather to separate
themselves. When denomination-affili-
ated schools begin to dictate what can be
said and what cannot be said in a news-
paper, the very same freedom that provides
for our ability to choose how to worship
is being usurped. It’s a vicious circle. Wc
want the freedom to worship, but yet we
won’t allow our school newspaper, which
is a part of the spiritual body, to deal
with controversial issues or present student
I THINK I’M going to like my profes-
sion — due to personal observation during
the convention. I noticed at ,. “ry lecture
I attended, girls outnumbered guys two
to one. Geesh, I can't lose that way. Or
so I thought.
Arriving late to a seminar about how
to improve column writing (I’ve already
had people say I arrived too late as they
read this) I rushed in and found a seat. I
sat elbow-to-elbow with an attractive
blonde. We smiled at each other, made a
few trivial remarks and listened to John
Kelso, a columnist for the Austin Ameri-
can-Statcsman. After he finished 30 min-
utes early (“I'm not a public speaker,”
he confessed), this attractive girl, Trish,
and I got to talking. First things first.
Important matters are priority.
To me, that means names, dates,
schools, classifications, where are you
from, where you arc staying ... To Trish,
names aren’t important. My name wasn’t
"So, where is Greenville Avenue?” she
asked. "How do you get there and where
is Monopoly’s again?”
After drawing a detailed map of the
party strip, 1 tried to wedge my name into
the conversation, but she kept on rolling.
"Where’s Billy Bob's and how do you
get there? Willie Nelson is there — it’s
gonna be great." I told her I knew Nel-
son’s drummer, but she wasn't impressed.
I gave up on finding a marriage mate
and concentrated on Kelso’s words of
In fact, he said he contacted the people
with the intention to write a humorous
column, but the situation is far from being
funny. Somehow, someway, that person
did encounter something. She is losing
her hair and has visible bum marks. Kelso
said the woman was driving down the road
and came over the the top of a mountain
when she saw a huge dome-like structure
in the middle of the road, with flames
shooting from it. It got so hot, she couldn’t
even touch her steering wheel. This is
scary stuff, folks. Think the feds have
something up their sleeves, or is there
really life elsewhere?
Kelso exploded the ideals of many a
young, aspiring journalist. First, he reiter-
ated that old saying, “It’s not what you
know, it’s who you know.”
“Folks,” Kelso said, “knowing some-
body is the bottom line." Second, Kelso
said to always have an old column handy
just in case the idea list is depleted or the
evil creature journalists fear most —
writer’s block — attacks.
KELSO CAPTIVATED the audience
with his UFO story. It seems a person in
Dayton. Ohio, is suing the federal govern-
ment for nuclear radiation from a UFO.
Laugh if you will, but Kelso’s serious.
FOR THE SAKE of my feature writing
instructor, as well as my own behalf, I
listened to three feature creatures offer
their views on good feature writing.
I’m glad to know that somebody agrees
with me. Charles Evans of the Fort Worth
Star-Telegram, who looks a whole lot like
Timothy Hutton, said a high-strung report-
er breeds mistrust. He said a good reporter
acts normal and blends in with his (or
The Star-Telegram’s Linda Hosek radi
ated a human side to the news profession
as she discussed her coverage of the Delta
Flight 191 crash at Dallas-Fort Worth
It was a satirical column, not an objective article
It is unfortunate that Joan Marshall
so obviously misinterpreted Holden
Lewis’ column. "A correct Bill of
It is obvious from Marshall’s letter
(Nov. 8 issue) that she took Lewis’
Lewis' column was meant to be satiri-
cal — and it was good satire.
Marshall seems to have forgotten that
we live in a country that is in the midst
of an extremely conservative mood, and
we have a president who probably would
see little wrong with Lewis’ Bill of
Rights. It is the job of a responsible
columnist to point out the folly of such
attitudes — something Lewis did well
in his column.
Marshall objects to her student service
fees supporting what she believes to be
What Marshall peihaps doesn't under-
stand is that since The Daily is published
on ? college campus, its writers and
editors assume its readers to be intelli-
gent enough to distinguish satire from
a straightforward article.
Perhaps Marshall should refrain from
reading The Daily’s editorial page until
she learns such a skill.
rather starve than stop sending free
money to Israel. They vote every year
500 S. Bonnie Brae
Aid to Israel illogical
Israel, whose population is infinitesi-
mal compared with the world’s popula-
tion, receives more economic aid from
the United States than any region in
the world. Unlike other recipients of
the U.S. aid. Israel gets it all in the
form of non-repayable grants. American
farmers, students and taxpayers would
to make sure that Israel gets more money
out of their income.
According to the recently released
State Department’s Special Report No.
128 of May 1985, titled Foreign Assist-
ance Program: FY 1986 Budget and
1985 Supplemental Request, “Israel will
receive from the 1986 U.S. budget a
regular grant of $3 billion, more than
Europe ($2,077 billion for 10 countries
with a population of over 200 million),
more than the American republics ($1.908
billion for 24 countries).
Given the degree to which Israel has
been allowed to dig with both fists into
the American cookie jar, one would
expect it to be less troublesome for U.S.
policy in the Middle East. Israel’s re-
jection of the Reagan peace initiative
of September 1982, its annexation of
Jerusalem and the Golan heights, and
its program of settlements in the occu-
pied West Bank and Gaza are examples
or instances where Israel thumbed its
nose at declared U.S. policy objectives.
It is now doing the same thing in the
matter of U.S. dialogue with a Jordanian-
Hearing all the commercials about
America’s great asset in the Middle East,
one is bound to tremble at the thought
of how troublesome and costly Israel
would have to get before it is recognized
for what it really is: America’s most
onerous and risky liability in the world.
Of course, regular budgetary alloca-
tions for Israel do not tell the whole
story, because Israel comes back for
more. In 1985, the bonus amounted to
$750 million. There is also a hidden
burden, in the form of lost revenues
due to tax-deductible contributions col-
lected in this country by Zionist organi-
The bottom line is that every single
Israeli is subsidized with about $1,000
a year by the United States. Those who
complain about the cost of the welfare
program for needy U.S. citizens should
consider the fact that the American
welfare system also covers the state of
Israel, its poor, its businessmen, and
its generals. Israel is the costliest “en-
titlement" program financed by the
Moreover, U.S. policy exempts Israel
from the general rule applicable to all
other recipients of American aid. Aid
to Israel is not made conditional on its
behavior. It has been frequently made
clear that the U.S. would not use its
aid to Israel to ensure Israeli policy
responsive to U.S. wishes or interests.
Israel’s lobbyists in America have
made support for aid to Israel the litmus
test of political legitimacy in the U.S.
Congress. Politicians, even when they
are provoked into being critical of Israel,
continue to give unquestioning, increas-
ing and unconditional assistance to it.
It has become the main irrationality in
contemporary American foreign policy.
Mosa Abu Sleem
The General Union
of Palestine Students
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