North Carolina Newspapers

    September 30, 1970
Page Three
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CAIRO-The Arab world mourned
Gamel Abdel Nasser Tuesday with an
outpouring of near hysterical grief in an
atmosphere of crisis over the absence of a
strong leader to replace him as president
of Egypt. His death made Arab-Israeli
peace even more remote.
In Cairo and other Arab capitals from
Beirut to Amman women tore their hair
and scratched their faces in wailing
lament for the 52-year-old former army
colonel whose body lay in state at the
Kubbeh presidential palace.
Even in death there was dissension in
the Arab camp Nasser devoted his life to
unifying. Palestinian guerrillas blamed
King Hussein of Jordan for Nasser's death
and Iraq waited hours before announcing
Nasser's passing in the form of an
unsigned cable of condolence.
White House officials traveling with
President Nixon in the Mediterranean said
the death of Nasser is expected to shelve
the United States Middle East peace
initiative indefinitely.
The American officials said a new
leader in Fgypt will first have to emerge
from a period of collective administration
in Cairo and that the new chief, after
consolidating his power, will not be able
to begin his regime by making peace with
Israel. The thinking is that the new
president may have to take a harder line
toward Israel in the first months of his
President Nixon announced that the
United States was sending a high-level
delegation to Cairo for Nasser's funeral
Thursday. It will be headed by Health
Education and Welfare Secretary Elliot L.
Richardson. The United States does not
have diplomatic relations with Egypt.
They were broken by Cairo during the
June, 1967, war with Israel.
Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin was
one of the first to arrive Tuesday for the
funeral, and he wept as he stepped from
the plane at Cairo airport at 8 p.m. His
The International Red Cross
announced Tuesday night that Arab
guerrillas have freed the six remaining air
hijack hostages and all are now safe in
Red Cross hands. The' ; turnover came
amid new Middle East tension following
the death of Egyptian President Abdel
Tamal Nasser.
In Washington, the House of
Representatives, reflecting its "grave
concern" with Russia's growing
involvement in the Arab world, approved
blank check authority for President
Nixon to supply Israel whatever arms it
may need short of nuclear weapons.
The House members endorsed a
finding that the Soviet role in the Middle
East presented a "clear and present
danger to world peace" and approved
sales to Israel of planes, missiles, tanks,
howitzers, armored carriers or other
ground weapons.
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arrival followed by a few hours an official
Kremlin statement pledging continued
Soviet military and economic aid in "this
difficult time."
Vice President Anwar El-Sadat became
president immediately after Nasser's,
death of a heart attack Monday but the
national assembly will meet by law within
the next 60 days to select a permanent
Those in the running besides Sadat are
Aly Sabry, the pro-Soviet secretary
general of Egypt's only political party,
and Mohammed Hassan ein Heikal,
Nasser's closest adviser and editor of the
government newspaper Al Ahram.
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian
peasants streamed into Cairo all day
Tuesday and began a vigil outside the
presidential palace where strong police
cordons held them back. Radio Cairo
broadcast appeals for "self control in the
face of this national calamity."
The government announced that
Nasser would be buried in Manchiet
El-Bakry mosque, the neighborhood
temple he sponsored near his home in the
Cairo suburbs.
In Beirut, thousands of Arabs marched
through the streets of the Lebanese
capital waving garlands of flowers and
pictures of Nasser. There and here
Cairo the crowds chanted "Nasser
beloved by Allah. Gamal, apple of
eyes, why are you leaving us?"
Others shouted: "Nasser! With blood
and spirit we redeem you!"
In Beirut, nearly 100 posters were
plastered over the headquarters office of
Al Fatah, the guerrilla organization whose
troops battled King Hussein's army in a
bloody nine-day Civil War which Nasser
helped end.
"All of our calamities are because of
you, Hussein," the posters said.
This was a reference to the
longstanding guerrilla bitterness toward
Red Cross officials said all six hostages
were safe and being cared for by the
delegation in Amman. They said
arrangements would be made for them to
leave Jordan as soon as possible. -
All had been passengers on a TWA
Boeing 707 jetliner hijacked Sept. 6 while
enroute from Tel Aviv to New York.
The guerrillas had demanded the
freeing and return of seven Arab
commands jailed in West Germany,
Switzerland and Britain in exchange for
the airline hostages.
The Red Cross said it had no
information concerning the release of the
seven guerrillas.
Red Cross sources said privately,
however, the seven prisoners may be
flown to Amman within a short time
although the Red Cross had no
information regarding the three
governments' plans.
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Hussein. The Palestinians say he has been
weak in the Arab campaign to drive
Israeli forces from what had been
A crowd of about 5,000 persons
demonstrated outside the Egyptian
embassy in Beirut, shouting slogans
against Hussein and saying Jordan's crisis
with the Palestinian guerrillas was
responsible for Nasser's death.
Nasser himself berated Hussein only
last week for allegedly "massacring"
guerrillas but their differences were at
least partially mended last Sunday at a
summit conference in Cairo during which
a 14-point peace agreement for Jordan
was signed.
'Pablum For Permissivists'
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Vice President
Spiro T. Agnew, calling it "pablum for
permissivists," delivered a scathing
administration denunciation of the
Scranton Commission's report on campus
unrest Tuesday. He said it tried to make
President Nixon a scapegoat while making
excuses for rioters.
At a Republican luncheon here, the
vice president said the report failed to
condemn the "intellectual elite" for
responsibility in triggering campus
violence, but unfairly insinuated that
Nixon failed to exercise his "moral
leadership" in preventing student
Agnew was the first administration
official to publicly condemn the report,
although 61 House members, including
GOP leader Gerald R. Ford, wrote Nixon
Tuesday that the commission "blatantly
disregards" his efforts to quell student
turmoil. Their letter implied that the
panel sought "to pacify the radicals who
seek to destroy our society."
Campaigning for GOP votes in the
Dakotas, Agnew also denounced Sen.
George S. McGovern, D-S.D., as a leader
of the Senate's "liberal radicals" and
called for defeat in the November
elections of Sen. Quentin N. Burdick,
News accounts of the report released
over the weekend have led Americans "to
believe that the primary need for
restoration of order on the American
campus is for the President of the United
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WASHINGTON Attorney General
John N. Mitchell announced Tuesday that
top Justice Department officials,
including himself, will make visits to
college campuses from Maine to
California for face-to-face discussions
with students.
Mitchell said the session, to be
scheduled in October and November, are
intended to improve communications
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States to exercise greater moral
leadership," Agnew said.
This, he added, "is an unfair,
outrageous and unacceptable charge to
make against the President who has time
and again spoken out in defense of
dissent time and again spoken out in
unequivocal condemnation of violence
and disorder whenever it occurs."
The commission "tells us that many
students believe ours is a corrupt
repressive society engaged in an immoral
war," Agnew added, "but the commission
could not muster the moral courage to
declare the utter falsehood of that charge.
Fire Fighters Winning
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -California's
largest brush fire in history was reported
50 per cent contained Tuesday along its
7 5 -mile perimeter as desert winds
weakened and humidity increased.
Fire fighters concentrated on hot spots
at Flinn Springs, San Miguel Mountain
and Hauser Canyon. Another blaze raged
out of control in Boulder Canyon and
had charred 1 1 ,500 acres by midday.
The massive Iaguna blaze raged across
185,000 acres in San Diego county near
the Mexican border after it was touched
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A Justice Department spokesman said
Mitchell hopes to participate in some of
the discussions.
The list includes schools in 32 states
and the District of Columbia, four of'
them predominantly Negro.
Conspicuously absent from the list is
the University of California's strife-torn
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"And the commission lacked the
moral vision to condemn that intellectual
elite whose attacks on our institutions
and society as racist and repressive have
led students into believing this nonsense."
More, Agnew said, "nowhere is there
within this report-that I can find -the
clearcut statement that anyone, not just
faculty, in a campus community who
disrupts that community-no matter how
grand or idealistic his cause -should be
expelled from that community; no ifs,
ands or buts."
The report, Agnew said, also
concluded that "because there is a war
off Saturday by a downed power line. At
least 250 structures were destroyed and
50,000 persons avacuated.
Nearly 60 brush fires have blackened
more than 400,000 acres in California
since last Friday, when dry, Santa Ana
winds from the inland deserts offset the
normal marine breezefrom the Pacific.
In Los Angeles County, authorities
announced that the destructive Malibu
blaze in the mountains northwest of Los
Angeles was completely encircled by fire
lines. The product of four lesser blazes
Berkeley campus and Columbia
University in New York and the
University of Wisconsin at Madison, scene
of a recent fatal bombing.
The list includes: Florida: Miami-Dade
Junior College, Florida State University;
Georgia: Emory University, Atlanta
University; North Carolina: Duke
University; Tennessee Vanderbilt
University; Virginia: University of
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going on, and because there are remnants
of injustice and racism and poverty in
America-there is, therefore, some
explanation or justification for antisocial
conduct and disorders by sadaffected
students. This is totally false and utterly
Just as unacceptable, he said, was a
suggestion that campus critics like him
helped to promote violence. The truth is,
he said, "It is not those who vigorously
condemn student violence and disorder,
but those who encourage and condone it,
on whom the burden of guilt has been
rightly placed by the American people."
which merged Saturday, the Malibu fire
destroyed 184 structures and a total of
31,000 acres of brushland.
A spate of smaller blazes broke out in
Southern California during the day
Tuesday, but the more favorable weather
conditions allowed firemen to knock
most of them down quickly.
Eight persons i vweje killed in
fire-related"" incidents, including a
helicopter pilot and four U.S. Forest
Service fire fighters in a crash en route to
a blaze.
In Northern California, 600 men
battled a 32,500-acre blaze southeast of
Bakersfield and started backfires and set
up lines along all but two miles of the
45-mile perimeter.
A stand of California redwoods was
endangered by a 12,000 acre blaze in the
Los Padres National Forest where 1,500
men were on the lines.
The Insurance Information Institute
said fire insurance will still be available in
high risk brushland areas despite the
estimated $ 1 54 million damage to private
The institute said the Pacific fire rating
bureau uses a five year average of losses
to set rates, so that the fires of the
autumn 1970 season will not immediately
effect premiums.
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