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.92 No. 75 (6 pages)
“Serving Texas A&M Since 1893’
Tuesday, January 19, 1993
(Vllied attacks unlikely
o force Iraq to submit
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq
jimed 21 people died Monday
:allied air attacks in northern
i southern Iraq, and a top offi-
jlsaid the raids made it less
illy that Saddam Hussein's gov-
Biment would cooperate with
A. weapons inspectors.
The Pentagon said one of its
ines may have shot down an
m MiG-25 while returning from
An Iraqi jet fighter was shot
m Sunday.
The Iraqi capital was relatively
im during the day, but streams
;lglowing anti-aircraft shells
led over the city periodically af-
ssundown. There was no sign of
new attack on Baghdad.
Saddam ordered an increase in
»d rations beginning in Febru-
Deputy Prime Minister Tariq
Aziz issued a statement Monday
night blaming the crisis on the
United States and the special U.N.
commission that is overseeing the
destruction of Iraq's weapons of
mass destruction.
Aziz said the attacks "raised
serious questions" about Iraqi
compliance with the commission
because of Washington's influence
on the world body.
At U.N. Headquarters, chief
U.N. spokesman Joe Sills said the
standoff between Baghdad and
the U.N. weapons commission
Saddam met with military
commanders, the official Iraqi
News Agency said. No details
were released.
"Bush has blood on his hands!"
an angry worker shouted Monday
at the al-Rashid hotel, where two
people were killed when an explo
sion wrecked the lobby and court
yard on Sunday. Pentagon sources
confirmed that a cruise missile hit
outside the hotel, saying it was
knocked off course by anti-aircraft
artillery. U.S. officials said the bar
rage of 40 missiles was aimed only
at a factory on Baghdad's out
skirts that was part of the Iraqi
nuclear weapons program. A mis
sile also appeared to have come
down in a residential neighbor
hood, killing a 70-year-old
woman, wrecking two houses and
shattering windows.
"This is Bush's fault," said
Mohsen Ali Muhammad, pointing
to bloodstains he said were left by
three small daughters cut by fly
ing glass.
"What child deserves this? I
should leave this place as a muse
um for killings."
"Kill Bush!" yelled another res
ident,'Fouzisalman al-Bandar, an
gered by the death of the elderly
An Iraqi military spokesman
claimed the capital's defenders
shot down eight cruise missiles.
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University officials ring
Liberty Bell to honor MLK
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Texas A&M University officials rang the Univer
sity's replica of the Liberty Bell to honor Dr. Martin
Luther King's birthday in a "Let Freedom Ring"
ceremony held in the Academic Building Monday.
"Today is a day of remembrance, celebration
and rededication," University President Dr.
William Mobley said during the event.
As the third largest university in the United
States, with more than 6,000 minority students and
18,000 women in the student body, Mobley said
Texas A&M needs to be a leader in championing
diversity in an internationally competitive environ
"Let the sound of this bell show that we too ac
tively support the concept of equality for all Ag-
eies, for all Texans, for all Americans and indeed
iorall human beings," Mobley said. "Let freedom
ring for all Americans as we have rung the bell of
Liberty here today."
The director of the Department of Multicultural
Services Kevin Carreathers, Alpha Phi Alpha fra
ternity member Darrin Edwards and Student Body
President Steven Beller joined Mobley in ringing
the bell.
Beller said although January 18 is just a holiday
from work for some, the observance of King's
birthday still offers a gift of hope that all human
beings can live in peace.
"The struggle and fight for equality and justice
is still going on and reverberating like the sound of
the Liberty Bell," he said.
Of King's contribution to U.S. society, Mobley
said, "(His) life was devoted to the concept that
freedom was an inalienable right for all Americans
. . . that a freedom was not just a right for the privi
leged few or those whose skin happened to be a
lighter color."
Stephen Ruth, a staff associate for Dr. Mobley
and a former A&M student body president, said
the event paid tribute to a man who stood as a role
model for equality and justice.
Last year was the first year the bell was official
ly rung in observance of King's birthday.
U.S. Marines to return to U.S.
DARRIN HlLl/n-ie Battalion
The Liberty Bell in the Academic Building was rung to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
Faculty Senate receives news
Gage to brief officials on University's latest actions
MOGADISHU, Somalia - As the first U.S.
Marines prepare to leave, they say they have done as
much as they can to bring some law and order to
Mogadishu and the time has come to return home to
their spouses and sweethearts.
They'll leave Tuesday without bitterness despite
coming under gunfire from Somalis and critical fire
from some of the relief workers they sought to pro
As they packed their duffle bags Monday, Marines
from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Regiment,
talked about some of their experiences in Somalia
and answered their critics.
They are among the first 850 Marines returning to
Camp Pendleton, Calif., leaving a force of less than
9,000 Marines in Somalia. They arrived just before
Christmas last year. Some said they were heavy
handed in searching their vehicles because they were
driven by Somalis.
During a raid on the main gun market in Mo
gadishu, relief workers complained to the comman
der, Maj. Gen. Charles Wilhelm, that the Marines
widened their search into the main market where
they seriously disrupted business. Wilhelm was re
ported to have apologized privately.
Other aid workers have praised the Marines.
When there was a traffic accident recently that seri
ously injured eight Somalis, Marines and Navy
corpsmen stopped to treat them on the scene, then
rushed them to the hospital.
Just a few days earlier, a Somali sniper had shot
and seriously wounded a Navy corpsman from Kilo
Company and another Marine was killed in an am
bush, the first American military death in Somalia.
Capt. Mike Belcher, 31, of Washington, D.C., com
mander of Kilo Company, said the Marines had com
pleted their mission and were excited about going
home. Weapons caches had been captured and fight
ing had died down. Mogadishu is not secure. The
Marines are assault troops and what Somalia needs
now is a police force.
"A lot of Marines would like to keep staying to
keep helping the people but it's time for us to rotate
back," said Belcher. "I don't think there's bitterness. I
think Marines understand the dichotomy of this."
Lance Cpl. Garrett Garcia, 22, of Artesia, N.M.,
said sometimes he was frustrated with the sniper
fire, and the rocks and the taunts hurled by children.
"You learn to understand it after a while," he said.
"You get used to it. I didn't really have time to get
mad. It just made you be a little more careful."
Many of the Marines who patrolled Mogadishu
did not get a glimpse of the the real faces of the
starving they were sent to help.
"That's not our job to see the starving children,"
said Lance Cpl. Chuck Christensen, 21, of Salt Lake
City. "We're here to keep security and keep the bad
guys off the streets. We shouldn't have to see the
starving children to know we're helping out."
As the departing Marines finished packing and
neatly stacked their duffle bags, Sgt. Scott Walker, 30,
of Lakewood, Calif., stood guard with his men at the
gate leading into the Mogadishu stadium from
which Marine patrols operate. They would stay to
contend with Somali children pressing against the
"They come up wanting to trade things," said
Walker. "They'll come up with weapons and wanting
food. They brought us some grenades this morning
trading for wheat and chocolate."
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Dr. E. Dean Gage, Texas A&M senior vice presi
dent and provost, will brief the Faculty Senate on the
latest news of the University budget at its meeting
from 3:15 to 6 tonight in room 292 of Rudder Tower.
Dr. John Quarles, speaker of the Faculty Senate,
said the members will be interested in Gage's presen
tation on the budget.
"This week, the senate budget committee just
started hearing testimony," Quarles said. "That will
Probably be the most interesting thing that will come
In other business, the academic affairs committee
will bring a proposal to change the foreign language
requirement of the University's core curriculum.
The committee is proposing to raise the require
ment for students entering the University, Quarles
"The thrust of the proposal is to get behind a push
for more foreign language," Quarles said. "Assum
ing we pass it, that would mean they want (the for
eign language requirement) to be done in high
Among other business, the committee on commit
tees will present nominees to various reporting com
mittees. Positions in the Graduate Council, the
scholarship committee, and the Evans Library Coun
cil will be open for new members.
ANKARA, Turkey— An
avalanche plowed into a village in
northeast Turkey on Monday, de
stroying 50 houses and killing at
least 16 people.
Soldiers and villagers dug fran
tically for perhaps 50 people still
buried under snow.
Gov. Erol Ugurlu said little
hope remained that those still
buried would be found alive.
A TV reporter Mn Ozengeli,
roughly 500 miles from Ankara,
told The Associated Press voices
were heard under the snow Mon
day afternoon.
"There was a tremendous noise
and suddenly a sheet of white de
scended on the village, leveling
the houses," Ozengeli village offi
cial Faik Cakir said by telephone.
"Before we could understand
anything, half of the village was
buried." Cakir said the avalanche
hit at about 8 a.m.
He said 15 people were dug
out, injured, by afternoon and
about 50 people were still
About 100 soldiers dug along
side villagers with picks and
shovels hoping to find survivors.
With power lines down, genera
tor-powered floodlights illuminat
ed the area. Gov. Ugurlu had to
struggle 20 miles through a bliz
zard to reach Ozengeli from Bay-
burt, capital of Bayburt province.
Bulldozers cleared the road,
covered by snow 6 to 18 feet deep.
"No sooner do the bulldozers
open a way, the walls of snow
crumble back on the road," he
said. Ugurlu said the trip took
him eight hours.
The soldiers later took the same
route to the village, which con
tained about 380 residents.
Two army helicopters sent from
Erzincan had to return because of
bad weather, Cakir said.