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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                A modesf proposal Single combat in the desert? By Jenkin lloyd Jones IS :i in wlmii Hie Arab Israeli i-iinfliri In- i, Miked without ;i new war It is m the- books. It is called single combat. and the best thing about it is that if the rules are observed the dispute vanishes and not mure than one person dies Back in the days of the Nunnan (if England, land disputes among Ihe great nobles wore fierce and courts were weak. Trial by combat was eoiiiiniin and often saiii-lioned by the crown itself when no compromise seemed possible As Shakespeare's Id, hard il -MM of Bolmgbrnke and M'mbrir. "High jfomoched ore they ond full of ire, "In roge, deal as Ihe sea, hasry as fire." This is no! a bad description of the Arab-Israeli conflict. As Richard .N'ixon found when he toured the Middle Eastern capitals. Henry Kissinger's cease-fire' sits tin jelly Hardly had the President winded westward toward Ihe Azores before Israeli planes were raiding suspected strongholds of Arab terrorists in Lebanon (and bagging quite a few nonterrorists) Enraged Arab statesmen were threaten ing to hurl the whole truce agreement into the fire. So far. the Israelis and Arabs are leagues apart, and the hope that they will inch forward to a common meeting point is a candle hand-shielded in a hurricane. Both have atrocities to remember. Both are utterly self-justified. The valor by which the Israelis conquered much is beginning to be matched by their enemies. The Arabs now see themselves going from strength to strength, although disunity is their ancient curse. The obvious solution to the holy city of Jerusalem, that of turning it into an in- ternationalized pan-religious shrine, is angrily rejected by them both. The Unit- ed Nations is helpless as an arbiter. The Security Council is paralyzed by the veto. The Assembly, more and more the preserve of the anti-Israeli "Third is a clown's club. But there is still some fallback room. Although in Syria and Jordan there is Jenkin Lloyd Jones considerable righteous pretense that Ihe Aral) terrorists have been driven into machine-gunning airports and coldly pistoling schoolchildren, there is alsn great embarrassment among many Arabs You don't hear much talk about driving Ihe Israelis into the sea any more. The Arab demand now is nut obliteration but a withdrawal by Israel to its original boundaries in accordance with the now- dusty I'.N. resolution. At the same time, Israel has stood in the cold shower of the new reality. Damascus or Cairo are no longer Sunday drives. Its generals aren't 10 feet tall, after all. There's financial and parliamentary trouble and growing isolation as most of the world salaams before the power of Arab oil. So wouldn't it be wonderful if both sides could come up with a best offer'.' Say the Arabs would agree to call off the boycott, squash Ihe Palestinian terrorists and give Israel free access to the Suez Canal and the Gulf of Aqaba in return for Israel shrinking itself to the boundaries. And say the Israelis would agree to give up the Sinai, cede to Jordan that part of Jerusalem that contains the Dome of the Rock, give up all conquests east of the Jordan river except the Golan Heights and offer to make a lump-sum cash settlement to Palestinian refugees as ordered, let's say, by the World Court. Neither offer would come close to the other. But neither would be excessively injurious in the other Then on with the single combat: the Israelis pick their Sorab and the Arabs their Rustum and let them go at each other with pistols, swords or nets and tridents unto the death. The huge revenue from TV rights enuld be equally split between Arab and Jewish charities Ridiculous'.' Of course But what is probably going to happen will be far more ridiculous Tncle Sam is being euchred into supplying arms to both sides World Jewry, and particularly the American portion, will be bled while shoring up the increasingly beleaguered little state. Decent Arabs will continue gagging as they conceal and support the paranoiac terrorists whom Israel will keep trying to bomb until full-scale war boils up again And only the Kremlin, which has equal contempt for Jehovah and Allah, will profit. Why wouldn't a climactic single com- bat be a lot smarter? Opinion Page 2 Ideas Judgments Views Insights Comments Criticism of unclad colonials exposed By Don Oakley TTn'KX CF.OKGK Washington had trouble with "streakers." An aide's book containing Washington's orders to the Continental army in Mas- sachusetts is the source of this footnote to history, dated Aug. 22. 1775: "The general does not mean to dis- courage the practice of bathing while the weather is warm but he expressly forbids any person doing it at or near the bridge in Cambridge, where it has been observed and complained of that many men. lost to all sense of decency and common modesty, are running about naked upon the bridge while passengers and even ladies of the first fashion in the neighborhood are passing over it. as if they meant to glory in their shame." The directive was discovered by archivist Howard H. Wehmann of the National Archives in Washington in the course of researching material for the 1976 bicentennial and reported in the National Observer. May il serve as the last comment on the streaking fad. Trading isn 't cricket Pro athletes have rights, too By Norman Cousins REPORTS in the newspapers about the attempt of football players to acquire the rights to their services have reminded me that there may be a basic issue here the American people haven't yet thought through. Like thousands of Little Leaguers. I grew up dreaming I might become a professional baseball player. That as- piration dimmed in my teens, but I don't think I ever really got over my infatua- tion with the sport. It didn't trouble me that ballplayers, once they made the grade, didn't have the same freedom of employment that other Americans enjoyed. It seemed only natural to me that players whether in baseball, football, basketball or hockey should be "sold" or "traded." In fact. I didn't see how Ihe game could operate on any other basis. That was the way it had always been, and it was nothing to be questioned. Just after college, my first .job was as a sportswriter. I began to realize I had been so wedded to the traditions and folklore of baseball that I had blinded myself lo the realities. And the more I learned at close range, the more 1 realized that I was wrong in thinking lhat baseball or any other professional sport would fall apart if Ihe players owned themselves and were free not just to bargain for their salaries but to have a voice as to where they wanted In play. 1 ;ilso came to realize thai the ar- gument over whether baseball is a sport or a business is completely irrelevant. If it is unconstitutional and immoral to buy and sell human beings, it doesn't make any difference whether the enterprise is called a sport or a business. The basic laws of this country were not established for some groups and not others. It is ab- surd to say that it is all right to sell or trade human beings like chattel just because they bring entertainment to large numbers of people. It is equally absurd to say that profes- sional sports figures don't have to play if they don't like the contract offered them, or if they don't want to be traded or sold. What this line of reasoning overlooks is that the penalty to a player for refusing to be traded is that he can be deprived of his livelihood altogether. Would a business executive be willing to accept the proposition lhat he can be traded to another company and that, if he refuses, no other company will lake him? Way with words Another View "Now, fam, horo is op lo fltr niinuN? con- (tirntnt) No slrifeo. adverbs By Theodore M. Bernstein CORRECT TIME. A sentence read, "It seems worse and lhat prompted .1. f. Hepler of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., to ask whether such use of mornings is ungnmimalical. The answer is no. Mornings is an adverb in perfectly good standing, and so are nighfs and evenings. They appear as such in just about every dictionary. Here's hoping Mr. Ilepler will now be able to sleep nights. They ore snnclionod. Right? In a column ill The Washington County Tost of Cambridge. N. V., Nick Maboney recalls thai hi.-i teacher laid down a rule that "a sentence is a group of words omiaimng a verb ils subject and expressing a complete thought." lie remembers that when he and his schoolmates wrote compositions they of ten were relumed with the marking "InC" in the margin, meaning that a sentence was incomplete. Other leachcis write in Ihe margin ineiinlni! sentence Irarmenl, lor the same pur- pc-.e. The reproof usually comes when -t pupil writes something like this "My parents scolded mo for having duly Would a city official from San Fran- cisco, say. accept the notion that he can be sent to Corpus Christ! and that if he doesn't like it he can lump it? A great injustice has been done in the name of sports for much too long. The surest way of correcting that injustice is for the American people to see the issue in sports for what it is and to support athletes in their attempt to bring profes- sional sports within constitutional pro- tections. The American people need not fear lhat their favorite sport will be impaired in any way if a player retains basics ownership of his talents. A game of baseball or football or basketball will still be as exciting as il ever was. The only change will be that players will probably get a larger share of the lotal pie and will be in a position to control their own destinies Los Anqelns Tinlrs SvnrtiCGtr hands. And my brother, too." By schoolroom standards those final four words are not a sentence; they are a sentence fragment. For most pupils indeed, for most people those stan- dards are good to follow. But modern usage permits sentence fragments for emphasis, for dramatic effect or for expressing a comment in general for putting life into the written word by making il akin to the spoken word. Here is an example from an ad: "Tell your travel agent where in the world you want lo go. How much you can spend. And how long you can get away." Two words of caution are necessary, however. First, a writer should know what he is about and second, he should not overdo Ihe sentence fragment; il should be used sparingly. If lie obeys those two cautions, he may I substitute for Miss Thistloboltom's j definition of a sentence Ihe one that ap- pears in Ihe Oxford F.nglish dictionary, "in popular use often, such a portion of a composition or utterance as extends from one full slop lo another Word oddities. A word that has come up frequently in the Watergate goings on is usually used as a verb meaning lo hamper or obstruct things as if one wore an immovable stonewall. 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