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In the summer of 1963, when I was
an undergraduate student, I had the
privilege of attending a lecture by Dr.
Elizabeth Dodd, a former ranking offi
cial of the Communist Party, U.S.A.
After her infatuation with the ideals of
communism during the 1940s and
1950s, she began to realize that the
Utopian world pictured by the leaders
of the Soviet Union was far from real
ity. In fact, she realized that Marxism
Leninism was not communism at all,
but one more form of totalitarianism. In
her later years, she became a speaker
warning the people of America of the
dangers facing this nation from innu
endo, half-truths and outright lies spread
by the communist world and repeated
by those who had not yet seen the truth.
The gist of her warning, which is as
valid today as then, was that the leaders
of communism have an almost reli
gious fervor in their desire to take over
the entire world. The United States
stands in their way. They knew that
military action.even if victorious, would
destroy much of the industrial capacity
of both nations and plunge the world
into social and economic collapse. Their
best solution was to have the United
States fall from within by Ameri
cans either dedicated to their cause or
tricked into following along.
In the 1930s and early 1940s, the
main targets of the KGB (or its prede-
'Stance of peace' (needed
for Dsirael oot defense
To the editor:
I appreciate the candor of Cohen's
and Bishara's opinions in their joint
cartoon (DTH, Sept. 25). In this small
format they extract some Jewish and
Arab cultural history, personal opin
ions on Israel and the deep frustration
of violence in Israel. However, a car
toon, by its brevity, can not express the
complexity of history, culture, politics
and humanity of all the people and
events beneath the present face of Is
rael. In their simplification of Israeli
history, Cohen and Bishara presented a
slanted cartoon. I'm glad that the car
toon addressed the stereotype of Arabs
as fat Jew-hating people who murder,
terrorize and steal. That they did not
address the stereotype of Jews as
"murderers and thieves" saddens me.
I have not been to Israel and I have
much to learn about Israeli politics and
Arab culture. I admit these limitations.
Through my conversations with Jews
who have visited Israel and many friends
who are simply interested in Israel, I
have extracted a running model for
understanding some of the problems
there. Jews moved to Israel for differ
ent reasons. Some were already there.
Some moved there for economic rea
sons, some because no one else would
take them, some because they were
Foirest should be -preserved SIS
To the editor:
I thought a thought the other day. I
was riding past the enormous lot bared
for the Alumni Center and wondered
just where all these alumni will park
their vans with the flags stuck to the
windows. Will we eventually have to
clear the rest of Big Woods for a
parking deck? Will future students
ever know why Chapel Hill was known
as one of the most beautiful campuses
back in the dark ages of the 20th cen
tury? And then I thought about how
important those trees were not just
for their beauty, especially at this time
of year, but also as a vital part of life on
earth. As everyone learned in tenth
grade biology, people (and other ani
mals) breathe in oxygen and exhale
carbon dioxide. Trees and other plants
take in carbon dioxide from the atmos
phere and release oxygen. Sounds like
a perfect system ... except that people
burn fossil fuels in their cars and power
plants, releasing carbon dioxide into
the atmosphere. And on top of that, the
trees are coming down fast, nowhere
faster than in tropical rain forests, one
cessors) were labor leaders and college
professors. In the late 1940s and 1950s,
they turned to journalists in addition to
professors. In the 1960s, they went
after radical war protesters. Today, the
primary targets are the clergy. Their
success with labor union leaders was
never very good since most rank-and-file
members were very dedicated and
loyal Americans. However, they were
successful in the recruitment of college
professors, especially in political sci
ence, history and journalism. Most of
these were simply fooled into believing
that Marxism-Leninism was really
theoretical communism in which all
people would be equal. The KGB and
its friends have also been successful
with some radical groups and some of
the clergy, especially in nations such as
South Korea, the Philippines and those
of Central America and Africa. Pro
communist clergy in the United States
are also becoming more prevalent.
Generation after generation of
American students have been taught by
teachers this deceived and by clergy
this idealistic. Most of these people
would never knowingly support dicta
raised in the Middle East and tried to
escape institutionalized anti-Semitism
in their Arab countries. For the Jews
who see Israel as their homeland, Israel
is supposed to be a place of peace and
security. And when you have people
who assault you, throw rocks at you or
bomb your houses and synagogues, it is
like having thieves in your home. You
can not get them out and you are frus
trated. You anger and strike out. The
Israelis with this attitude are not in the
majority, but enough are afraid to make
the politics of peace complicated.
Many people do not differentiate one
Arab from another. There are Israeli
Arabs who are citizens of Israel with
civil rights. Some of these say they
would not move if a Palestinian home
land were created. There are Arabs on
the West Bank who have legitimate
concerns of civil liberties. Israel needs
to develop a humane strategy in dealing
with these people as human beings with
families, friends and a valuable culture.
There are Arabs in all the other Middle
Eastern countries, some who want to
destroy Israel, most who want to sur
vive. In the same way, people do not dif
ferentiate one Jew from another. There
are Jews in Israel who hate all Arabs.
There are Jews in Israel working for
concern for work
of our richest supplies of carbon diox
So, earth is rapidly losing its oxygen
regenerating system. (And what do you
think happens to the trees that are cut
down? Right, they're burned releasing
even more carbon dioxide.) All this
extra carbon dioxide produces the
greenhouse effect, a global warming
accompanied by a dramatic rise in ocean
levels, shifting climate patterns, and a
So what can we do? I heard once
about a power company preparing to
build a new plant. The company's offi
cials calculated how much carbon di
oxide would be released into the atmos
phere by the burning of fossil fuels at
the new facility and how many trees
would be needed to process all that
carbon dioxide. Then they bought
cleared rain forest land in Brazil and
replanted that many trees. The point is,
torships or tyranny, but their actions
support such communist goals around
the world. Millions of Americans re
ceive their news from radio, television
and newspaper sources who have been
fooled into parroting KGB propaganda.
Whatever the leaders of communism
want "believed" becomes accepted even
by those who should know better.
Hitler's "big lie" concept is indeed very
valid so far as what the KGB does.
Nowhere is this more evident than in
attacks on the CIA. The ferocity of the
communist campaign against the eyes
and ears of this nation is more intense
than any other currently being under
taken. Seldom does one hear professors
lecturing on, or new people reporting
on, the assassinations planned and
conducted by the KGB; the interfer
ence in the affairs of other nations by
the KGB; the attacks on the character,
morals, intelligence or motives of those
opposed to communism; the disinfor
mation and lies spread by the KGB; or
the brutal involvement of the KGB in
terrorist organizations worldwide. Their
attacks are only on the CIA, which is
restrained by requirements to report to
as many as eight congressional over
sight committees and services under
eightpresidents of both parties of widely
different political views.
Fanciful stories of CIA involvement
peace and cultural exchange. There are
American Jews working for peace.
There are American Jews who, like
most Americans, do not know enough
or care enough to have an opinion
beyond the day's headline.
I have heard too many people con
demn Israel from a standpoint of supe
riority. I discourage this self-righteous
attitude. Only eight months into World
War U, the United States government
suspended the civil rights of Japanese
Americans and had them interned in
camps. These people hacf evidence of
supporting the United States, they were
trying to enlist in the military, they tried
to separate themselves from the enemy.
Israel has suspended civil rights of West
Bank Arabs and interned some of them.
This happened after forty years of war
and to a group of people openly sympa
thetic to Israeli enemies. Compared to
America at war, Israel is doing quite
In no way do I excuse Israel for any
injustices it has committed. Something
needs to be done. Someone needs to
wage peace. I appreciate Becca
Freedman's response to the cartoon in
that she clarified some Jewish history
surrounding Israel ("Cartoonists need
Jewish history lesson," Sept. 28).
However, she wrote from a defensive
we're losing trees like the ones in the
Big Woods by the millions, and it has
to stop, and it can be stopped.
Anyway, here's the thought I
thought: The forest around Kenan
Stadium all the way back to Morrison
should be permanently set aside to be
nothing but forest. No parking deck,
no buildings, just fat squirrels and
lots of carbon dioxide-breathing trees.
Maybe one of the environmentally
conscious groups or student govern
ment, or even the alumni as a gesture
of good will could adopt the forest.
Maybe the senior class could pur
chase the land and create a natural
preserve so future generations of Tar
Heels will have clean air and a cam
pus as beautiful as the one we take for
granted today. It could be kept as a
symbol to those students that we can
do something to improve the world
we are preparing to enter. Maybe we
can keep anyone from paving para
. dise to put up a parking lot.
Jean Gowen is a senior biology
frorn Virginia Beach, Va.
in plots to assassinate foreign leaders
have been created by the KGB, swal
lowed by news people, spread by both
dedicated communist agents and their
dupes and believed by those unable or
unwilling to find out for themselves
more than "sound bites" or front-page
editorials. A very detailed report of the
U.S. Senate into CIA activities involv
ing purported assassinations was re
leased in November 1975 (the so-called
"Church Report"). In this investiga
tion, only five situations were
uncovered. One as a real CIA plot
the plotted assassination of Fidel Cas
tro (probably approved by John Ken
nedy personally). One involved CIA
activity in trying to prevent he assassi
nation of General Schneider of Chile
by persons who were in contact with
the CIA for support. One involved Diem
of South Vietnam was done without
CIA support (the CIA was involved in
planning his overthrow but not the as
sassination), and the others (Trujillo of
the Dominican Republic and Lum
mumba of the Congo) resulted from no
direct CIA involvement. Even so much
as contemplating assassinations by the
CIA was forbidden in 1976. However,
one cannot help but wonder how much
better the world would be if Britain's
plan to assassinate Hitler had been
successful, or if Marx, Lenin or Stalin
had been removed, or if Qaddafi, Cas
standpoint. What is needed, though, is
a stance of peace, not defense. Defense
invites offense. Peace has the possibil
ity of inviting peace. A stand for peace
is dangerous and a stand for peace
offers the possibility of peace. I thank
David Halperin's response for its open
ing of hope by mentioning an informal
peace conference of Palestinians and
Israelis at Toledo, Spain, last summer
Group should hear other views
To the editor:
I was disturbed to read Jason Kelly's
article about the protest the College
Republicans conducted against Arnoldo
Ramos on Oct. 6 ("Republican group
protests speaker"). The protest is dis
turbing because it shows a total lack of
scholarly thought among the students
involved. The "communist pig" remarks
and the "terrorist party" remarks can
only be construed as political dogma.
The actions of the clearly radical Col
lege Republicans demonstrate brain
washing. Only a wrong-thinking per
son would label a belief inherently evil
because it differs from his own beliefs.
A person who truly wants to find the
correct path does not fear or hide from
opposing information. A scholar must
seek to understand all points of view.
We attend this university, among other
reasons, to become educated. How can
one learn without listening or looking?
I have the utmost respect for Mr.
Ramos even though I do not agree with
his political position. I respect him
because he has gone through a great
deal of turmoil, a great deal of persecu
tion, such as that thrust upon him last
Wednesday, and yet he stands firm
upon his beliefs.
"The protesters wanted Ramos to
know that the whole campus did not
Rallies, rankings and racism
"It was the most amazing experience
I have ever had. I got the best feeling
because there were hundreds of thou
sands of people all marching for the
same reason. It was such a high."
Lori Marks, a junior from Tunkhan
nock, Pa., on participating in "Hous
ing Now," a national rally held in
Washington, D.C. last weekend to draw
attention to the problem ofhomeless
ness in the United States.
"This is an opinion survey, and it
shows how well UNC is regarded
around the country. I am very grateful
for the high jegard shown by the sur
vey." Chancellor Paul Hardin
commenting on the announcement that
UNC was ranked 18th overall and
tro or Ortega could be silenced.
Recently, stories of CIA activities in
the international drug trade have be
come popular by these agents with at
tempts by far left and pro-communist
organizations to bring false charges
against the CIA (which have all been
thrown out of court as completely
groundless). Interestingly enough, at
different times, these moles and dupes
seem to claim that the CIA is on both
sides of the drug war wrongfully
interfering in other nations in fighting
the drug trade but also wrongfully being
a part of the distribution system. What
ever benefits the CIA or the United
States would derive from activities other
than destruction of the distribution
network is never very clearly elabo
rated by these dedicated "believers"
except in their vivid imaginations and
in supposed grandiose "conspiracies."
I once had an acquaintance in the
CIA tell me he wished the CIA were as
effective as its enemies claim it to be.
The people of the United States, indeed
the world, could rest much safer if it
There are pro-communist and far
left organizations ad-nauseam which
parrot the Communist line and spread
lies in their every action. These pose a
graver threat to the security of the United
States and the peace of the world than
Adolph Hitler or Joseph Stalin ever did
("Cartoon should have a different end
ing," Oct. 2). He said that he wished the
cartoon had ended with the Arab and
Jew saying to each other, "Both our
people have suffered insanely; we need
to learn to share a land that will be a
haven for both of us."
To this end, I request of the reader
that when talking about Israel you say,
"there can be peace," not "peace can
support his presence." That is a posi
tion that could only be made by an
ignorant radical dogmatic person. I want
the College Republicans to know that
they don't even come close to repre
senting the Republican Party on this
campus. Most Republicans stay far
away from the College Republicans. I
want students of this campus to beware
of those who seek to educate without
having knowledge or seeking it.
"He thought he was dealing with
uneducated students who had not read
about the FMLN, but we had documen
tation of the FMLN's terrorist activi
ties." I disagree. I believe that Mr.
Ramos thought that he was speaking to
an educated group of students, but the
protesters were in attendance. To read
information means nothing. To under
stand it and the reasons behind it is truly
The action taken by the College
Republicans is an embarrassment to
the entire University community. It
demonstrates that there are those among
us who do not wish to learn, but wish to
make comments about things that they
do not know.
I am only a freshman. I believe in
education, and I work hard to uphold
my status as a scholar. I drove 17 hours
from St. Louis, Mo., to attend school
Week in Quotes
fourth among public universities in the
US. News & World Report's annual
survey of universities across America.
"You can't speak out on all the
wrongs of the world at my forum if
there's nothing I can do about it." -Administrative
Trial Judge Delores
Nescow, explaining that her decision to
overrule a motion by UNC's attorney
to dismiss the grievances of Keith
Edwards was influenced by uncertainty
over the extent of her authority in ad
dressing issues of discrimination.
Edwards, the University's only black
since they represent rotting from within. '
Some universities are training their
students to believe the KGB line with-
out thinking and question only the ac-
tivities and motives of the United States '
and its leaders and not those of our '
Anyone who sees the danger is at
tacked as paranoid or ignorant or both.
Anti-communists are attacked as crack
pots. However, upon being asked about
those who see communists "under every '
bed," Eldridge Cleaver in the Sept. 4,
1 976, Rolling Stone replied, "But there j
are Communists under the bed."
Dr. Dodd and others tried to warn us,
and we didn't listen in the 1960s. We ;
still didn't listen in the 1970sand 1980s. '
As we enter the 1990s, the gravest
period of all is upon us since the Soviets' '
are no longer seen by most of the public -(due
to good press about current re- '
forms, which have resulted from many ; .
of the people of the Soviet Union coming
to the correct conclusion about their
government) as a threat. Foolish pro- -'
fessors, journalists and ordinary citi-? - -zens
are being fed garbage daily by;.
KGB disinformation specialists and .
then ask for more for dessert. Wake up
before it is too late!
R. Everett Langford is a graduate '
student in public health from Chapel .
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never happen." Even if you do not
believe it, someone will believe it, and :
if enough believe, then someone will
act on it, and if enough act, there will be
peace. If there can be peace in Israel,
then what is the possibility for human
here, because Chapel Hill is known for
its academic excellence. I have met
many scholars here and many good
students. Chapel Hill is a great place to
learn. But one must have an open mind. '
The belief that the presence of an ;
informative source, such as Mr. Ra'
mos, can corrupt is a critical flaw in the
education of this nation. Such an ab
sence of information has helped teen
age pregnancy and teenage drug abuse
Thomas Jefferson once said, "If a
nation expects to be ignorant and free in "
a state of civilization, it expects what
never was and never will be."
One cannot be ignorant and yet be
free. Ignorance is the path to subjuga
tion. One certainly cannot be ignorant
and still be civilized, since civilization
results from superior knowledge and .
ignorance results from its lack.
I say to the College Republicans, we
will not be misled. For we seek the
truth. I thank Mr. Ramos for coming to
this campus and enlightening a few of
us. It was for our betterment regardless '
of whether or not we agree with his
DAVID JAY KAUFMAN
female police officer, has accused the ',
department of racist hiring and promo- ;
tion practices. ;
"I really think this is a personal
vendetta against The Daily Tar Heel
and us (the congress). I think Jeffrey
Beall needs to go back and re-evaluate
all he's done this semester and see what
his motive was." GeneDavis,speaker
of Student Congress, commenting on
an injunction filed by Student Congress
representative Jeffrey Beall' s (Dist. 7)
involving a referendum to change the
bylaws of the DTH so they agreed with,
the makeup of its Board of Directors. ;
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sistant editorial page editor. ,