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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                I as a 'social' tool: Global guff parallels domestic Seizure by 'right' stole} 'left' thunder I By Jenkin Lloyd Jones TF AJDEEP SOUTH ultrarlghtlst is, iii- J- fdccd, proven guilty of kidnaping liberal Atlanta Constitution editor Reg Murphy, there should bo three national awaifds. The first, of course, should go to Muirphy who, while admittedly scared, kept his wits about him and made the fewest crawling motions that he felt ho could get away with. second should go to the FBI which acted smartly on the case oven if it did tvfrn out to bo.a ham-handed, foot-in-the- bijtcket effort at crime in contrast to the smooth ruthlessness of the Symbionese liberation Army of Oakland. fAnd the third should be an engraved (certificate of appreciation (second class) jfrom the American people which Murphy's kidnaper could hang up in his [cell and contemplate, hopefully, for very [many years. For he blew the whistle on a {conceit of the radical left that terrorism is its exclusive property. Even as Murphy was being spirited away, I was reading in The Washington Star-News a strange 'interview with William Kunstler, the radical lawyer. I Kunstler had been called to San Fran- cisco from St. Paul where he had been defending Dennis Banks, the A.I.M. leader, charged with hostage-taking at Wounded Knee. He was summoned at the request of Randolph Hearst, who reasoned that if any negotiator could be considered simpatico by the kidnapers of Miss Patricia Hearst it would be Kunstler. When Kunstler arrived on the scene'he stated: "I've expressed no opinion on the act it is good, bad or in- different." He did add, however, that "a kidnap geared to food for the poor" could be the "beginning of an epidemic." As the in- terviewer put it, the radical left eyes the Hearst case as "an action within the scope of politics, a kidnaping as a kind of tool to pry loose social benefits." So there you have it. The noble crime. Or politics by gun and snatch. It is 'doubtful if Mr. Kunstler would' allow similar gentle indulgences lor the "American Revolutionary Army" which, according to editor his captor claimed amounted to 233 members and six colonels. There is serious question whether these figures are solid. It is possible, in fact, that the American Revolutionary Army was the first to achieve sexual equality and that it really consisted of the kid- naper and his wife. But if the radical, left cannot take a stand on whether the abduction of Pa- tricia Hearst was "good, bad or in- different" you can count on its outrage against the Georgia caper. There'll be none of this nonsense about "action within the scope of politics." Redneck kidnapings will be denounced as However, the trouble is that if you halt excuse a rad-lib extortion on the grounds that it's the only way to get the attention of the establishment, what do you do about the guy who claims that the liberals really are the establishment and that he's trying to get their attention, loo? Opinion Page 2 Views Ideas Insights Judgments Comments Some people actually feel that the liberals run the country. And some don't like it. And if kidnaping is an 'action in the scope of politics, why isn't it open to anyone who feels strongly about anything? So we have the vision not of a lovely America in which only radicals have a right to commit criminal acts but of a very terrible America in which overheated reactionaries and racists will get into their eye-holed bcdsheets and go charging around lynching anyone who displeases them. Mr. Kunstler has developed a tech- nique in defending revolutionaries which has some tactical has been described as "antic law." liis courtroom shenanigans are designed to so chivvy the judge that, it is hoped, the latter in a burst of anger will commit a reversible error. The left wing thinks that Mr. Kunstler's technique is "cool." The South is not a stranger to flam- boyant barristers. And if any one of them tries to spring Mr. Murphy's alleged kidnaper by turning the courtroom into a carnival and bumfuzzling the judge, the reaction of the left wing will be fascinat- ing. You see, what's sauce for the goose will eventually be sauce for the gander. If 'we're going to have a lawless America for the benefit of the left, eventually we'll have one for the right, too. So far, the radicals have had it mostly their own way and they've denounced the and order" as Fascist bigots. But if the lunatic right ever rises, the revolutionary left could wind up kissing the "pigs." r We're eventually going to. have to decide whether we want a jungle a halfway jungle but an all-the-way jungle. And an all-the-way jungle is a place where none is safe, where assault is .everywhere and where the eaters are eaten. Gonerol Features Corporation Insights You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of Ihe ocean are dirty, the ocean does nof become dirty. Mahatma Gandhi Way with words No insult meant By Theodore M. Bernstein GYP. Not long ago I passed a reader's query on to dear Dear Abby because it seemed to be more up her alley than mine, and she was good enough to respond. Now she returns the compliment. One of her readers is concerned over "a common and unintentional slur'" in volved in the use of the word gypped. "Most says that reader, "are unaware that the word derives from the word gypsy." Most reference books agree that gypped probably docs derive from One exception is Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, which says that many streams In this country contain so much gypsum or alkali salts that exces- sive drinking from them causes a person to suffer a stomach attack and he Is called gypped. The phraso Indicating that one has been dad or done down probably derives from this origin, says Browor. The derivation from gypsy seems hioro likely, to this writer. However, Dear Abby'H correspondent SOOUIH to answer her or his own objection by polntinK nut Hint inoHl nooplg are unaware of (ho likelihood of the derivation of Iho word from gypiy xii Hint they dim'! oven make B connection between gypped and gypsy. It is not improbable that gypsies themselves don't make the connection either. So trying to stop the use of the word, as the reader suggests, seems quite unnecessary. To say nothing of fu- tile. Explosive phrase. When we say hoist by his own.petard we mean that a person was damaged by his own explosive or, mor6 broadly, snared by a trap he set for someone else. A petard Is n kind of mine or a case containing explosives used to smash through a door or.a wall. Hoist .is equivalent to raised, lifted or blown up. The phraso appears in Act III, Scene iv: "For 'tis the sport to have the wifh his own pofard oddilios. When you speak of the cooing of a dove, or the buzz of n bee, or Iho bang of a gun you are Indulging in onomatopoeia (pronouncod ahna-mahfa- PEE-ya) and lltoso words oro either onomatopoeic or onomalopooHc. What onomatopoeia moans Is the making or uso of words that Imitate na- tural sounds or sounds chcvactcrlstlc of n thing. And wllh that the rattle of this typewriter ends, New Ynrk f.vnillcntn What world needs is world-law muscle By Norman Cousins rpHE AMERICAN people have been sickened by the use of terror to ac- complish social and political ends. Wo have no difficulty in recognizing the monstrous irresponsibility and criminality of a group that uses kidnap- ing as the means to force wealthy families to provide food for the poor. Similarly, we are appalled that a man who regarded Richard M. Nixon as the source of social and economic injustice In (he United States should have attempted to seize a commercial jetliner in order to crash it into the White House. The idea that such terror could accomplish a useful purpose is repugnant and reprehensible. But what about governments them- selves? The major governments seek to accomplish their purposes through terror. Both the United States and the Soviet Union believe the only way to make their foreign policies successful is to possess the instant means of inflicting a Norman Cousins holocaust on their enemies. Each country has access to a switchboard of total an- nihilation. This switchboard can be ac- tivated by a fingertip. Between them, the United States and the Soviet Union possess the power to destroy one another about 300 times over. It has been estimated that each country now has a stockpile of more than megatons of nuclear force. It only half of this power is used, the conditions of life on earth will be severely jeopardized. A blanket of deadly radioactivity would settle over the earth. In this sense, the entire human race today is hostage to the. balance-of-terror strategies of the nuclear powers. If these strategies should fail, hundreds of millions of people outside both countries would become the victims. 'What can be done to free the world of the terrible delusion that peace can be achieved through terror? President Nixon has pointed to the SALT talks with the Soviet Union as of- fering a possibility for bringing the arms race under control. The agreements with the Soviet Union so however; have not gotten around to the essentials. The nuclear stockpiles are untouched by SALT. The capacity of each nation to produce devastation on a colossal scale has not been impaired. Nothing has happened at the SALT talks so far that would change the balance-of-terror strategies of both This is not to say that nothing sig- nificant has been accomplished in the negotiations between the two countries. The gains that have been scored have been setting limits to certain fields of military development, and in foregoing other lines of development. But SALT has left the nuclear stockpiles intact. It has not reduced the pulverizing power of cither nation. It has not done away with the basic instruments behind the policy of terror. Ultimately, the human race will not be free of the terror of instant annihilation until a rule of law is established in the world. In their dealings with one another, nations must be regulated in their own interests as well as the common interest. The No. 1 business before all peoples today is the development of a world or- ganization with adequate authority to eliminate terror as the basis for achiev- ing national security or national aims. Those peoples who are now free will find it increasingly difficult to maintain their freedom without a basic structure of law In the world. Those who are not free will find it more difficult to become free because of world anarchy. Those countries that have recently gained their national indepcndcnco will find It increasingly difficult to maintain that Independence without a system of world interdependence. It the luimim Imbltat is to be protected, nl n time of total power, it becomes necessary to replace terror with law whether in the relationship between liumnn beings us Individuals or In the relationship between untlons. Difficult though tills may be, it Is the price of sensible survival. Us Syndlcoto The Cedar Rapids Gazette: SUB.. Mirth II. 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