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Page 2 THE DAILY TAR HEEL Saturday, January 7, 1967 Em Our Opimiom . . . 'Due To My Own Scheduling, We Have Failed To Cover The Last 25 Chapters Of The Text. You Will None theless Be Responsible For Them On The Exam.' B ullet Bob9 Is Shot 'War Is Heir-B ut That Won't Solve The Proble It was more than 100 years ago that Gen. Sherman made his now famous statement, "War is hell!" Since that time thousands have echoed the charge. Even Billy Graham, when he returned recent ly, from Vietnam, had to confess that "War is hell!" It is a generally accepted fact. A generally lamented fact, but certainly no one's new discovery. So why. do opponents of the war insist on distorting the valid questions surrounding the war with charges that civilians es pecially children are being kill ed? The recent "expose" that U.S. bombing has resulted in civilian -deaths was disgusting. Of course civilians have been killed. Civil ians have been killed in every war in the world's history. If someone could devise a plan whereby wars could be fought at the price of no lives other than military personnel, he would pro bably get a Nobel Peace Prize. And if the chatter about the "discovery" of civilian deaths was disgusting, the special color photo section in the current issue of Ramparts magazine, showing Vietnamese children maimed by the cruel Americans, was nauseat ing. So bombing raids result in civilian deaths. So children in a war - torn land die, or if they live, live with arms and legs missing. Is this supposed to be something new? Is this supposed to be uni que to the war in Vietnam? Would someone have us believe that the Americans are the only ones -in . Vietnam who are inflicting such casualties? Who is naive enough to taken by such emotional hog wash. Certainly the cruelty and pain involved in the Vietnam war should be realized. Indeed, we should consider the price of the war when we decide if it is worth while. But to play up American cruelty, to picture civilian casual ties as a front running reason for ending the war, is but to take attention away from the va lid questions that remain in the minds of many Americans con cerning our involvement in the Southeast Asian conflict. To demand that we get out of Vietnam because of civilian deaths and cruelty to children is but to say stop the war because "War is hell!". 5 Man has known that for years. But it has never stopped a war. DTH Awards Of The Week Syntax of the Week: To the WKIX Radio newsman who broke the news to his listeners s that "Jack Ruby died this morning af ter a breakfast of eggs, and a bath." ; Typographical Error of ihp Week; Joint award to the Chicago Tribune and : the f Syracuse (N.Y.) . Herald - American. The Trib carried this sentence: "Photo grapher John Austad of the Tri bune staff was honored with the Beck Award for these phoots." The Herald - American broke the society-scoop: "Miss Neva Good win Rockefeller, daughter of Mr. 'and Mrs. David Rockefeller, was married to Walter J. Kaiser in Pocantico Hills cemetery." Unclaimed Prize Money of N Unclaimed Prize Mone of the Week: To the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vt.) who, for the sixth year in a row, had no winners on its off er to pay funeral expenses of those who notified the newspaper in advance that they would drink and drive during the up for the period from 10 p.m. Christmas Eve to 6 a.m. New . Year's Day, bringing the six-year ; total for the offer to 141. ; Watcher of the Week: To Mrs . - Charles Black who is not a bird watcher, a bee watcher, a star : watcher nor a man watcher. She ; is a Operation Watcher. It start ed when she was 14 then she was known as Shirley Temple when she was visiting an Army hospital in Orgeon. "A boy ask ed me to be with him while his leg was amputated," she told the New York Times. "I held his hand the entire time, and since then have watched many operations. Gall bladders are best the col ors are gorgeous!" Fact of the Week: The Amer ican Carptaho - Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church is a self ; governing diocese in communion 7orth Remembering As Exams Approach "No one can possibly be sat isfied or happy who feels that in some paramount affair he has fail 's ed to take up the challenge of life. For a voice within him, which no one else can hear but which he : cannot choke, will be constantly murmuring: 'You lacked courage. You ran away.' It is . happier, to I be unhappy in the ordinary sense than to have to listen to the end ' of one's life to that dreadful inter- ior verdict." Arnold Bennett with the Ecumenical Patriarch ate of Constantinople (Istanbul) . The late Patriarch Benjamin I canonized the Diocese in 1938 in the name of the Orthodox Church of Christ. There are 69 churches with a total , membership of 10, 000V' Headquarters are in Johns : town, Pa. ' 1. . ..' " 1 r. i" V. Apetite of the Week: To Leon Samson, 28 - year - old Austral ian who bills himself as "the man with the steel stomach." He re cently made a $22,000 wager that he could, within five years, eat an automobile. Already Mr. Sam son has consumed one front fen der, one tire, and one carburetor and he figures he is right on schedule. Crasher of the Social Season: To UNC sophomore Taft Snowdon who appeared at the exclusive Washington, D. C, Debutant Ball complete with black eye patch, diplomat sash and loads of (wrest- ling) medals. The nation's bud 'dirig female socialites were quite honored to be introduced to Lord Michael Darling of the Australian Embassy. 74 Years of Editorial Freedom Fred Thomas, Editor Tom Clark, Business Manager Scott Goodfellow, Managing Ed. John Askew Ad. Mgr. John Greenbacker...... Assoc. Ed. Bill Amiong News Ed. Kerry Sipe . .. .. ..... Feature Ed. Sandy Treadwell .. Sports Editor Bill Hass .. Asst. Sports Ed. Jock Lauterer .... Photo Editor Chuck Benner .. .. .... Night Editor STAFF WRITERS Don Campbell. Lytt Stamps, Er nest Robl, Steve Bennett, Steve Knowlton, Judy Sipe, Carol Won savage, Diane Warrrian, Karen Freeman, Cindy Borden, Julie Parker, Peter Harris, Drum mond Bell, Owen Davis, Joey Leigh, Dennis Sanders. CARTOONISTS Bruce Strauch, Jeff MacNelly The Daily Tar Heel is the official news publication ot the University of North Carolina and is published by students daily except Mondays, ex amination periods and vacations. Second class postage paid at the Post Office in Chapel Hill, N. C. Subscription rates: $4.50 per semes ter; $3 per year. Printed by the Chapel Hill Publishing Co., Inc.', 501 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, N. C. '.SlMfel between The Eyes Contain The CMiaese (Editor's note This is portion of a commentary pub lished in The Ecnomist on the anniversary of the bombing of Peal Harbor.) There is, however, one thought which sits less easily on this twenty - fifth anni versary of Pearl Harbor than it did on the twenty - fifth anniversary of Hitler's invas ion , of Poland. For the great difference be tween those two long - distant' ( , events was this: when Hitler started his European war, he had considerable, sober, math ematically realistic chances of winning it; when Japan start ed its war against the United States, it had no realistic chances of eventual victory at all. Japan could hope in 1941 for the initial successes that went in the 1939 - 45 sort of war to any surprise aggressors, and it did in fact achieve them in full measure; but it was obvious to anybody who weighed the vastly different scales of resources available to the two main combatants that, however far - flung Ja- Sad Tale Of An Old Man FROM THE MENTOR The old man was seriously ill when he entered Q u i n c y City Hospital on November 5th, 1966. Less than a full day later he was dead. And as he died his hopes, plans and life long dream died with him. Forty - six years ago Sa bastiano DeChristofor left his native Italy to pave the way for his wife and daughter to join him in America. Just a few short years after his arrival in Massachusetts, where he found work as a stonecutter, he inflicted mor tal wounds on a countryman who had boasted of intimate relations with Sabastiano's wife while in Italy. -De Christofor was sent to Bridgewater, State Hospital for a 30 - day observation per iod which was bloated into a malignant 40 - year night mare, ending only upon his be ing adjudged competent, and a trial which freed him on the grounds of temporary insan ity during the commission of his crime. On a balmy June day in 1965, Sabastiano went looking for a job. He was seventy two years old. A Quincy stonecutter heard of his plight and hired him, but times and tools and meth ods had changed so that De ' Christotofor was soon forced to ask for welfare. , Sabastiano never saw his wife in America; he never got the chance to raise his daugh ter in his new homeland. Af ter forty desolate years time ran out for Sabastiano, and his dream. pan's first successes were, the battle was bound to recoil in the end right to Tokyo. It must surely have been obvious to those Japanese mil itary leaders who were main ly responsible for starting the Pacific war that they were singularly unlikely to be alive at the end of it. Today, many people have come to believe that the sheer horror of the hydrogen bomb . makes it unlikely that even a ' dictatorship would ever start a nuclear war; because the dictator himself would be cer tain to be burned in the holo caust, together with the rest of us. Even with a gen erally educated country under dictatorship, like Hitler's Ger many in 1939, that is not cer tain; a modern Hitler might still be mad enough to risk a nuclear war, on the half -plausible gamble that nobody might dare to stand up to it. But the exaple of Pearl Har bor showed quite clearly that in the case of less advanced, poorer, military dictatorships, even the simples rules of cal culation and logic do not ne cessarily apply. Japan started the Pacific war because it had earlier ad vanced into China, at a time when resistance to aggression was feeble; then, in 1941, America was threatening it with economic sanctions, from which it could escape only by agreeing to withdraw from China; rather than tolerate this "impossible" loss of face, Japan's army and navy lead ers perhaps partly overes timating the consequences of economic sanctions (as non -economists frequently do) and perhaps also over - estimating the eventual importance- of easy immediate successes (as miliary leaders invariably do V but for the most part not estimating at all quite cra zilv opted for disaster. This raises tremulous ques tions for the main danger be fore the world in the last third of this twentieth century. It would be a bold man who ' averred that Red China's rul ing classes today are certain ly more educated, more calcu lating, less emotional and less rash than Japan's ruling class es were in 1941. China is still at the stage where, confronted in any grave crisis with a choice be tween grievously losing face and destroying the planet, it might at least conceivably choose to destroy the planet. And China already has nuclear weapons. A frightening race may therefore be in progress to see which comes first: China's at tainment of the capability to deliver those nuclear weapons plus some incident from which it feels that it can withdraw only with "impossible" loss of face, or China's advance into the stage where it will begin to evince the civilising re straints on government that appear to accommpany the emergence of some sort of a modern "consuming prolet priat" economy. . Moreover, China m this is only the most powerful repre sentative of that greater part of the world today broad ly speaking, the colored - skin ned part which still does" not enjoy the tolerable stand ard of living that most often saves a people from govern ments of desperation. There is an additional cause for alarm. The world, to re peat, seems so far to have survived the peak period of danger from Soviet Russia's emotional immaturity for two reasons; the policy of contain ment, and the concurrent growth in Russia of a stand ard of living where its people now have something to lose and probably do not intend to lose it. The Soviet Union will say that this standard of living is communism's own achieve ment, and owes nothing to the capitalist West. In fact, how ever, the technology of t h e mass consumer age grew up in the West; and Russia has had a sufficiently high level of education to copy or even em ulate some segments of it. But it is very doubtful if the greater part of the poor colored - skinned world today has a high enough level of ed ucation and civilization to make such successful emula tion at all probable in the twenty - five years ahead, al though China itself is in this more advanced than much of the rest of Asia or most of Africa; generally speaking, the world's very poor will need special aid to make a tolerable advance to becom ing mass consumption socie ties, not just examples -to copy. What are the prospects that the two successes of states manship that have saved the planet in the last twenty - five years containment plus ad vance to economic affluence among most countries with any real military capability will also save the planet in the next twenty - five? On the containment of China, far too much is being left to the United States alone, while the rest of the free world sits, spectator - like, on the sidelines and shouts point ed criticisms at occasional American clumsinesses. On the spreading of economic ad vances to the poor, the inter national mechanism for aid to day is limping disappointing ly; in some respects, it has even receded in the past five years. These are the thoughts that should tear most anxiously at the heart as we roll out the old slogan across a whole res cued generation: Remember Pearl Harbor. The Daily Tar Heel accepts letters to the editor for pub lication provided they are typed and double spaced. We prefer that they not exceed 300 words in length. The Tar Heel reserves the right to edit all letters for libelous statements. Editor, The Daily Tar Heel: It is appropriate that the student body president Mr. Bob Powell, should admit that his opinions are his own and do not necessarily represent the thoughts of the student body, which presumably he presides over in one function or another. I should be overjoyed if the Daily Tar Heel editors would offer a similar disclaimer. Powell's assertion that dis affection with the Vietnamese war and with the draft exists among college students can scarcely come as a shock to anyone. And it is certainly true that there is not the "onerous stigma" associated with draft - dodging; today which has existed in the most "popular" wars , of the not too distant past. But I cannot agree with his contention that this disaffec tion of which he speaks is due to the "nature of the war." The disaffection exists in large part because of ignor ance and confusion in the minds of college students who, like Powell, have not been told in a convincing enough manner what to think. Mr. Powell's psyche requir es that a clear - cut dis tinction should exist between good guys and bad guys, such as existed in World War II. I have no doubt but that Mr. Powell would have considered that war "important enough to die for" if he could have been subjected to Gene Autry's stir ring recording of "You're a Sap, Mr. Jap" or to the seem ingly endless number of war hysteria films which grace the late movie on Channel 5 with irritating regularity. But Mr. Powell and his col leagues in the NSA surely the most impotent (in every sense of the word) body con vened since the demise of the Know - Nothing Party are subjected instead to the second hand, propaganda of Harrison Salisbury or to daily commen tary by Morley Safer on the Evil that men do. So what is a young college student body president to do? You guessed it. -. , , Being most probably ill - equipped by training or native ' intelligence to think for him- self like most student bodv presidents I have suffered through Powell takes in struction from the guru - em eritus of the NSA, Mr. Al Lo wenstein, who teaches him the cliches associated with the pronouncements of that most preposterous and ineffectual body, the NSA. The post - war Progressives, a hodgepodge collection of weirdies, who constituted the New Left of its day, were once described (by Dwight McDon ald, I believe) as inhabiting a land of perpetual fogs, where the warm gulf stream of ra dical liberalism came into con tact with the Soviet glacier. Mr. Powell's fog - bound mind would have surely found a comfortable niche in the old New Left. While it is regrettable that Mr. Powell must distinguish between his ex catehdra state ments and his personal opin ions regarding events of which he betrays little understand ing, it is unforgivable that the pages of the Daily Tar Heel are used to buttress Powell's invantile declarations. In the January 5 number of the Daily Tar Heel a person or persons unknown has writ ten a piece- called "A Signa ture Well Placed," in which the author writes "We strong ly (a dubious adverb) support Student Body , President Bob Powell in his signing of the letter etc." Who in the hell is "we?" I trust I am not included in the unfortunate usage of the personal pronoun. But the su preme insult to the intelli tence'of the strong - hearted and patient body of students in this university who look in vain for evidence of a well thought out idea in the pages of your presuipptuous rag, is your naive assertion that "the office of the student body pre sident carries with it a great deal of prestige." and furth er, "the public can realize the respect in which a student must be held by .his peers to be elected to this office." Prestige! Respect! Peers! In case you haven't heard the office of student body pre sident is about as prestigeous as that of the DTH editor or of the resident canines who fertilize the mall. Since entering this institu tion I have found no evidence which would indicate that the writers of your little tract sheet know anything about what they write. I realize that the columns of the DTH have to be filled with newsprint in order to staisfy the require ments of the journalism de partment and also because of institutional pride, but your columns are almost as sparce in quantity as they are in quality. Not infrequently your writers use one line para graphs after which they skip three lines. And you probably set some kind of record last year by allowing your cartoonist to - draw an obscene gesture anjd then proceeded to editorialize about it. The student body, whose fees evidently contri bute to your efforts, might better be served by news bul letins from Associated Press or United Press International. That way if the world came to an end we might know about it, and you would not have to waste so much space on the exploits of Bullet Bob, our prestigious and re spected president, the identity of whom is probably a great mystery, to much of the stu dent body and faculty of this ancient and honorable seat of learning. Will Rogers used to say "all I know is what I read in the newspapers." God pity the man who only knows what he reads in the Daily Tar Heel. Harry Walsh Language Problems And The Blind Date To my knowledge, there has never been published within the covers of this newsaper a brief, definitive guide for those girls whose task it is to get some poor male a blind date . A friend suggested that such a study be .compiled, and we have below the fruits of our investigation: Be advised, ladies, that those men who find themsel ves in the position of seeking a blind date, for one reason or another, tend to look upon the arrangement as a tempor ary one at best, not designed as a long - term affair. For this reason, the male of the species reverts un abashedly to his primitive in stincts. "If she isn't tough, forget it," he dictates. Though he may not mention it, he usually hopes that she drinks liberally and is the vanguard of the sexual revo lution. What he usually gets, how ever, is a different matter. The fond dreams are frequent ly shattered when the woman of the evening turns out be a six foot four inch primitive Baptist who could pass as a guard for the Green Bay Packers. Since young men today are deciedly unchivalrous, he will either ditch her with vague tales about how he must leave town quick because his grand mother is dying, or accept his fate, finish his fifth and promptly pass out. However, if the one who ar ranges the blind date wishes the boy to meet the girl at all, she must be doubly care ful about what she, says to him before hand. When the boy asks what his date looks like, he is trained from experience to react to certain key phrases. If he hears any one of these, he will likely call the whole thing off immediately: "All the girl like her." This old groaner, when trans lated, simply means that the girl is so ugly that none of the other females on her hall regard her as competition. She also is the kind of person who can be depended upon to type term papers at the last min ute or make up someone's bed, or maybe run errands. "She makes her' own cloth es." It's a shame they all have to fit around her 52 inch middle. "She comes from a good fa mily." So did Ivan the Terri ble. , "She's a party girl." , Re member the Dixiecrats? "She likes to drink." Be sure to stock up on soda pop. Now that we've been through it all, the only thing left to do is to list the ques tions the girl asks about her dates: "Is he good - looking? Does he have a car? Is he going to be a doctor? Is he rich? Is he . . ." Ah love. John Greenbacker

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