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1991.01.00: UCLAW Responds to Gulf War (UCLAW Docket)

 

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UCLAW·.

Respo.nds ..

to.GulfWar

By Nick Mi~ulicich, JL :

On.Thursday, January 17th._

the UCLA W courtyard wa5 the

scene of an “open mike” forum

about the war in the Persian Gulf.

The meeting was sponsored by

the National Lawyers Guild, who

decided to organize it at their

mee~ng the night before. The

meeting was attended by about

60 law studenis, several faculty

and staff members, and one

reporter from that other campus

paper. This was acclaimed as ·a

very good turnout, considering

that the meeting · was only

publicized for one day and started

at ~:00, after many students had

to go home.

needs of people, not i:I~stioy I and 6 were ambivalent. .

them.” ‘ -.,!” · The following are samples of

· The meeting -was then turned . the perspectives and comments .

over to student deba~e.’ The voiced in the discussion. “We’re

onthewar,sayingthatthefeminist student . views covered the going to have to corrie .to some

goal wasforsomethingmorethan spectrum of public opinion, and other “;Nay of stopping disputes-

. an equal right for women to die in thespeakers had th(mght out their we can’t stop the spread of nuclear

combat. She sees a defensive and .’positions in advance. The meeting weapons.“If we would have let

desperatemasculinityinPresident became· more somber when Iniq build. up, he would have used

Bush that is currently motivating several · students relayed the [poison gas weapons). We should

him. The situation in the Persian uncoflfmnedreportsthatTelAviv have done it before.“We had a

Gulf reminds her of the movie had been hit by 2 or 3 chemical half:million troops over there

“Rebel Without .a Cause,” and · missilesOaterreports showed thilt . before [the vote) and the die was

. she’s not sure whether the U.S, or the attack had been with already cast.” I dont think

Iraq will be the last one to jump conventional, non-chemical anybodycansayconvincinglythat

·.I Ope~ . MJ.ke

(continued from p.l)

out of the car before·it goes off the warheads) .. Shortly thereafter, the if Saddam Hussein had pulled his

cliff. Perhaps her most telling . meeting moved inside, with a troops out of Kuwait that we

insight was that the bomber pilots sizable portion· of the crowd would have gone in and destroyed

· (who are all men) see this warlike ·. leaving, when the noise fiom the his country.” “Saddam would

the Super Bowl. helicopter filming lhe Murphy starve his people to hold on to

The next, and last, scheduledn.Hall protest drowned out speech. Kuwait.” “We had the

The meeting was opened by

NLG member Jeff Galvin, lL,

who spoke about how at the

previous night’,s NLG meeting,

the · membership thought that

UCLA W students should all have

speaker was Professor Leon The open forum continued, with opportunity to get Saddam out of

Let win. He preface~ his remarks theonlydisruptioncomingshortly Kuwait in exchange for an

with “my opposition to this before tile end, when · a international conference. We

venture is not because of any representativeoftheMurphyHall made a conscious choice to go to

admiration for Saddam Hussein protesters came by to solicit legal war.” “This is an effort by the

orb:cause l’mapacifist, because observers (the arrests were Republicans to drum· cp the

I’m not.” He sees the war as .originally expected at about 8:00 defense industry.” “We’re the

President Bush’s vision of the that night, but didn’t happen until only country to have used nuclear

1 new world order to.fill the power about noon the next day). weapons or even discussed the

vacuum left when the Cold War About 20· students and 2 firstuseofnuclearweapons.” “As

ended, and says that opposition to professors (Professor Henry a parent, my (Professor Arenella)

this war is “opposition to Bush’s McGee and Professor Peter viewhaschangeddrastically. The

a chance to talk about the war.

The faculty had their chance

to speak .next, with Professor

Craig Becker starting it off by

telling the audience that this was

really meant to be the ~ginning

of a dialogue. He focused on

getting lawyers and law students

“to think seriously about the effect ·

of war on our liberties, on the

tradition of dissent we have in

·this country,” including quoting

from Justice Jackson‘s dissent in

Korematsu v. United States. He

spoke of how war is inherently

anti-democratic and lawless and

of how the dissent has already

been corrupted by President

Bush’s refusal to tell the American

public in October of his decision

to use force in the Persian Gulf.

This, according to Professor

Becker, is a very important reason

not to end the dissent now.

The next speaker was UCLA

ProfessorofHistory Ellen Dubois.

She gave a feminist perspective

See· “Open Mike” on p. 3

view of the world.” ·He wom·es A rene II a ) spok e · d un·n g t h e J·U Sti fit cations are real, but very

that if this is a short war, it will discussion. At the time those troubling.If there weren’t an

reinforce the view that this is tlie present were polled (near the end international coalition,

way togo. AccordingtoProfessor of the forum, so it may not be irrationality wouldn’t be

Letwin, the central issue facing quite representative), 8 people stopped.” “We’re manipulating

us is ho~ to “go about creating a approved of President Bush’s the U.N. The soldiers should be

new national and international decision to make a military strike wearing blue flags.” I fear to see

world order thiu c·an serve the on t~e 16th, while21 disapproved who takes over as world

Open Mike forum on the War in the Persian Gulf: Professor Craig Becker

addressed the crowd of about~ s tudents in the law school counyard on January

17th, the day after U.S. and allied warplanes began bombing Iraqi targets.

policeman in fifty or sixty years,

because we can’t keep up.” “We

need to examine what ‘work’

means when we say· ‘will

sanctions work.”‘ “It’s not just

Iraq and Hussein who commit

atrociti~s. it’s governments we

support, and in some way, ours

too.” “To a certain extent, we

created Hussein. I don’t think

war was inevitable.” “There

comes a time when you say ‘I’ll

take care of you now, not later.”‘

“I just would like not to make the

same mistake twice.” I spent

four years in Army Intelligence

as an Arabic linguist (Robert H.

See “Open Mike” on p. 4

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