- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2001

"All signs point to war. But America needs to hold its fire," a prominent California student newspaper said in an editorial yesterday.

While President Bush threatens to wage war on countries that harbor terrorists, the Daily Bruin, the student newspaper at the University of California at Los Angeles, calls for diplomacy.

"We need to realize the inherent differences between countries who harbor terrorists and our own and cooperate with these countries," the newspaper said.

Tom Redmond, executive editor of alternative newspaper the San Francisco Bay Guardian, said his publication also opposes military retaliation for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

"We've said these horrible incidents should be treated as violations of international and criminal law, not as acts of war," he said yesterday in a telephone interview.

The United States, he said, should respond by "being in the forefront of an expansion of international law" and by "working with the United Nations and the World Court at The Hague" and supporting the "creation and funding of the U.N. Court of Criminal Justice."

"We should not be talking about military action," said Mr. Redmond.

Richard E. Noyes, director of media analysis for the Media Research Center, said one has to turn to what he describes as "left-wing campus newspapers" and other representatives of the "far-left fringe media" to find opposition to Mr. Bush's war on terrorism.

"The mainstream media," Mr. Noyes said, "agree that terrorism needs to be stopped."

In contrast, he said, "The fringe media don't agree with the national goal" of halting terrorism and "are trying to blur things" by wrongly portraying support for the war against global terrorism as "being pro-Bush in a partisan way."

While the Media Research Center is usually monitoring television networks to find out how often they exclude conservative commentators or points of view, Mr. Noyes said he is currently "trying to keep an eye on" the college press and other left-wing media organizations to "see whether they start affecting the stream of thought" in the United States at large.

College campuses and their newspapers are "where a lot of bad ideas come from," he said.

A recent editorial in the Michigan Daily at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor opposed a military response to last month's deadly terrorist attacks, saying it would guarantee "that our search for justice will end in the slaughter of more innocent civilians."

That's also the outcome envisioned by leftist weekly news magazine the Nation. In a special report, free-lance contributor Joel Rogers argued, "Our own government, through much of the past 50 years, has been the world's leading 'rogue nation,'" responsible for innumerable "plainly illegal or unauthorized uses of force" that killed "thousands, if not millions, of innocents, most of them children."

"Simply doing more now of what we have done in the past cannot be thought a solution to our security problems, much less a guardian of our souls," Mr. Rogers wrote.

The Nation, which has 100,000 subscribers, has also written articles about what it calls a large and "growing" peace movement.

The Progressive, a monthly alternative news magazine with 30,000 subscribers, also opposes Mr. Bush's plan for war.

"We do not believe that killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people to avenge the deaths of thousands of innocent people makes sense on a moral scale," Editor Matthew Rothschild, said in a telephone interview yesterday.

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