Volume 95, Issue 75

Thursday, February 14, 2002
 
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OPINIONS

The real reason no one likes the U.S.

Listen up all you meatheads

Today's forecast calls for naked running girls

Tonnes of heart

Cute dogma!

What's a USC without a council?

The real reason no one likes the U.S.

To the Editor:

Why do they hate us? Why did 19 men from the Middle East choose to sacrifice their lives and wreck the icons of United States military and economic power?

It is U.S. foreign policy and, in particular, America's inability to act as a fair-minded and equitable judge of Middle Eastern affairs that, to a large extent, is responsible for the carnage of Sept. 11.

America quickly attacked Iraq when the Iraqis invaded Kuwait, but has been well-prepared to tolerate a range of invasions against sovereign states that equally challenge international law and the human rights of suffering populations.

No serious U.S. actions have been taken to reverse the long-standing and illegal occupations of Northern Cyprus by Turkey, Southern Lebanon by Israel, West Beirut by Syria, East Timor by Indonesia, etc.

The U.S. ostracizes a Muslim nation like Sudan for oppressing its Christian minority, but allows Russia to bomb its Muslim minority into submission in Chechnya.

If the Americans are concerned about the 3,000 deaths in the World Trade Center, let them talk also about the deaths in Kashmir, Palestine, Chechnya and Bosnia. It is this double standard that creates anti-Americanism.

The major issue is that America's policy contradicts its own basic values. President George W. Bush says 'crusade' or that he wants bin Laden 'dead or alive,' without any judicial review.

Furthermore, this is the same government that – until Sept. 11 – gave millions of dollars in aid to the Taliban, a repressive and corrupt regime, not to mention a chronic human rights violator.

The U.S. applies justice and fairness to its own people, but not abroad. In this era of globalization, that cannot stand.

Trying to root out terrorism without re-plowing the soil in which it grows, which means re-examining the policies that breed anti-American sentiment, is unlikely to succeed.

Tom Podsiadlo

Political Science II



Listen up all you meatheads

Re: "Girls at Western exercise for the wrong reasons?," Feb. 6



To the Editor:

As a regular at the gym, I couldn't agree more with this letter in regards to clothing worn at the gym. If you wear it to a club, it is not gym attire.

People seem to believe the gym is for exercising their dating life, rather than their health. In addition to people who wear bar clothes in the weight room, there are many other situations that bother us regulars.

It is called a bench so you can sit or lie on it to perform an exercise. It is not called a bench so you can sit for a half-hour talking with your friends.

As well, when we are in the middle of our routine and ask you to work out with us, either accept or decline and walk away. Please don't decline and then stand two inches away staring at us with that 'are you almost done' look.

You were all taught in kindergarten to place things back where they belong, this applies to weights as well. Once done with the plates, put them back on their racks rather than leaving them on the bar and walking away.

The next person to use the bench is not your mother and therefore is certainly not interested in picking up after you. Be sure also to wipe down the bench when you leave. Your sweat isn't exactly body lotion.

While it is helpful to spot someone, it is not necessary to scream at them so individuals on the opposite side of the gym know how many reps that person has left.

Please be considerate to other weight room users. If you're not there to exercise and follow common courtesy, then leave the place to others who will.

Eric Knight

Kinesiology IV



Today's forecast calls for naked running girls

To the Editor:

I just sat through a two hour lecture addressing the history of books.

Not the history of literature and not the significance of the history of books in our society. I learned about the history of books as a commodity in Chapters bookstores.

To make the situation worse, at the end of class I received a grade on a group presentation. I didn't do very well – the seminar was 'informative and well-researched, but their was an apparent lack of group collaboration.'

Let's stand back and look at this entire situation.

First, I wasted two hours of my life this morning listening to the gentle trickle of four thousand dollars being flushed down the drain.

My visions of high culture and education have been squashed by my inability to co-operate during arts and crafts period. Please, whatever you do, don't send me to the principal's office.

After wasting uncountable hours on a presentation in which I learned nothing and sitting through two hours of a step-by-step Dr. Suess lecture, I feel compelled to do something drastic.

I need to salvage the juices of my vitality that are being sucked dry by this mindless curriculum.

So, if you're on campus today and you see a girl running through the snow naked, screaming Ani DiFranco lyrics at the top of her lungs, don't mind her – she's just trying to bank up on happiness and beauty in life so she can walk into her next lecture and still feel alive.

Trish Feehely

Media, Information and Technoculture/

Comparative Literature and Civilizations II




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