military strategy in peacetime. The two are interlocked, and the problem is one of finding the best means for coordinating their strength toward one common end national strategy that would meet the grave challenges of our times.” WHY SHOULD a civilian organization such as a chamber of commerce go to the trouble and expense of sponsoring a military seminar? “We feel that the business community can become better informed on world affairs by participation in the seminar,” Melvin Sisk, the San Antonio chamber’s executive vice-president, told the Observer. “It’s not only useful to them as businessmen but makes them better-informed citizens.” Sisk said that the civilians attending included “some of the top business leadersbankers, officials of Southwest Research Center, and executives, including some retired businessmen. Two hundred and seventy civilians received certificates for attending over half of the 33 50-minute lectures. Colonel Taylor said that of the 450 advance civilian registrants, some of whom did not show up, there were 72 retired military people, 66 members of women’s organizations, 21 from San Antonio industries, 75 from local commercial establishments, three retired from civilian occupations, 35 from colleges and schools, 63 civil service employees \(mostly security ployees, seven local residents of undetermined occupation, and 10 professional people. Of the 213 military personnel attending from 38 states, 178 were reservists on twoweeks’ active duty, 35 were regular army or air force people. THERE WERE a few, very few, San Antonio people who did not approve of the seminar and were particularly wary of its being held on the campus of a university. Tom Flower, a local foe of the nation’s Vietnam role, wrote a letter in protest to the local newspaper a few days before, saying the seminar “presents a threat to our democratic society. This threat was referred to by former President Dwight Eisenhower when he warned the nation to beware of the military-industrial complex, and its danger to the viable process of democratic self-determination.” Flower, a successful wholesale salesman who wears a beret, was on hand regularly with a handful of other pickets who each day displayed signs calling for peace and handed out leaflets as seminar participants went to and from the Trinity auditorium. What do you say to the proposition that a university is not the place for a military seminar? the Observer asked Colonel Taylor. “We think a university is the place for this sort of thing,” Taylor said. Inside the auditorium there was no concern about any threats to democracy from a military-industrial alliance. Indeed Gov. John Connally, speaking at the opening session, said the strength of this nation’s democracy depends on maintenance of the country’s industrial and military power. “The enemies of this nation are willing to co-exist with us only as we are powerful enough to make them want to do so,” Connally said. “There’s not one person in this room that wants to teach war, but there’s not one person who does not know that idealism untempered with realism is sheer folly as far as conduct of national affairs is concerned. “We have a stake in Vietnam, because we have a stake in freedom and liberty and we have to protect it,” Connally continued. “If it was not for the United States it is my firm conviction that substantially all the people of the earth would be enslaved …. More and more today, people are expressing the clear understanding that an act of violence against a neighbor could easily develop into an act of violence against themselves.” The Observer, having heard that the seminar was being picketed, left one of morning sessions a bit early to see who the demonstrators were. In the lobby was a campus patrolman, armed with a holstered pistolas are all policemen at Trinity, which employs a private security firm. Outside two other armed officers of the security firm were standing in front of the entrance to the auditorium. None of the officers had been there at mid-morning when the Observer reporter had arrived. It was later learned that the pickets ap Incorporating the State Observer and the East Texas Democrat, which in turn incorporated the State Week and Austin Forum-Advocate. We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. 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On hearing the nature of the newsman’s presence, the officer said that the pickets were at the entrance to the inner campus drive, one or two hundred feet away. The dertionstrators iold the Observer that it was their understanding that they would be arrested if they went onto the campus. Eight pickets were present, carrying signs saying, “The weary seek peace,” “There is no way to peace; peace is the way.A. J. Muste,” “Plan Peace,” and “Fight communism with bread not bombs.” Most of these signs had been covered in sheets of ice a few days earlier, when a few pickets had braved an ice storm and sub-freezing temperatures to demonstrate on the seminar’s opening day. FLOWER WAS among the pickets. He said he objected to the use of the prestige of a university in putting forward of “such propaganda as facts. They call this a seminar, but there is no discus them, because this is a journal of free voices. Unsigned articles are the editor’s. 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