Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 8, 1974, Page 17

Cedar Rapids Gazette

December 08, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Militarily, we sleep Detente By Jenkin lloyd Jones In the middle 1930s, while flitter put together his mighty war machine, Eu- rope slep The tanks and bombers that -conquered a continent from ,th? Pyre- Norlh ground Sprlng OUt of the "Ve yeats' from to build German armaments to the point where der Fuehrer could'seize Austria force the humiliating Munich agree- ment on England and France. I During these'five years, many of the British inlelligentsia were kept be- mused by Hitler's assertion that he wasv a bulwark against communism. The French snuggled down behind their Magmot line, telling themselves that impregnable defense made additional sacrifices unnecessary. In the post-Munich year, Paris and London, now thoroughly alarmed, 'tried :to crank up meir own war machines. .But the lead lime was too short and, by the end of the "phony war" in May 1940, when the blitzkrieg rolled down upon German superiority had even widened. What is (He military position of Ihe free world today? Are we reliving the mid-1930s again? Is it possible that the alluring word "detente" has become the new soporific? Is it possible that much of academia intellectuals are still trying to find in the United Nations -what thc French once thought they saw in the Maginot line? One cannot fault the United Nations for promoting deception that H is :slill a force for international order. In recent years, and particularly since last monlh's ovation for Yasir Arafat, it has done its best, inadvertently, of course, lo strip away that illusion. But hope springs eternal in some human breasts. The massive of Russian arms has been accompanied by a grow-. ing paralysis in the West. The ancient Greek-Turkish hatred, rekindled on Cyprus, has -apparently '.collapsed southern bastion. As Britain Even in a Tfce Ctttt Curtte: So., tin, t, 1174 lullaby of doom? -Jenkih Lloyd Jonas has fallen deeper into the economic quagmire, llS' military cutbacks have proceeded. France is out of NATO, and other European members have never met their commitments. ,In the meantime, an entire genera- tion of> Americans has been conditioned to despise the military. There has recently been published a book, and the National by Dr. Ernest W. Lefever of the Brook- ings Institution. In a two-year analysis of CBS television news broadcasts, so detailed that even the sentences were -counted, Dr.'Lefever asserts that more than twice as much time was given to persons expressing views that South Vietnam should be abandoned and thai, Norlh Vietnam was fighting a just' War than to opposing viewpoints; Evidence of the Soviet military build- up was almost completely ignored by CBS on days when it was front page news. But persons expressing the belief that American armaments should be cut back got wide publicity. Among U S senators quoted on U.S. military policy, CBS favored the doves by nearly five to one. The net effect on those citizens star-' ing at the tube was thai we had a cor- rupt military establishment supporting corrupt regimes and that not only was there little danger of an unfavorable tilt' of the arms balance between America and the Soviet Union but that U.S. armed forces arc overbuilt. We havo ended thc which Russia t hasn't, and our all-volunteer forces arc not only thc most expensive In our history but possibly the hiost dubious, as well. One outfit in Germany last month refused to report for duty the right its own officers. Gerald has come home from Vladivostok'with what has been rhap- sodically described as "one of the most significant agreements since World' war II." So we're going to end the nuclear missile arms race it says here. i ''But on-site inspections are still for- bidden. And last month, when American members, of the joint commission on arms limitation grew worried ,about space photos of three1 dozen mysterious new silos which ,the insist are "command Ihe Russians wouldn't even agree to: come to a meeting. A few weeks ago on the University of Nebraska campus I asked my hosts, a group of fraternity men, how many of their 125 chapter members were en- rolled in ROTC. They could think of one freshman. "The said one of my young friends, "jusl isn't (he thing to do." George Orwell's 1984 is now less than 10 years away. Genorol Features Coraoratlon Views Ideas Background Judgments Comments Opinion ;Page 2 Sense of beauty self-nurtured By Norman Coiisins The'moment I stcppqd intofthc cab I realized'it was ;differorilnfroin 'anyother taxi I had ever been in. The floor was covered with a light-colored mohair rug. Brightly colored fall leaves were care- fully strewn around the edges. Small reproductions of paintings by Van Gogh and Gauguin were fixed to the' inner partition, in the place usually occupied by advertising cards. Thc windows were spotless. I complimented the driver, a black man who wore a tie, arid jacket, then told him I had never ridden in a cleaner or more attractive cab. "1 like to hear my passengers say he replied. I asked abouV the brightly colored fall leaves. He said that his'wife had collected them' in Central park at the height of the fall season. Then'JI asked the driver about the art reproductions. bought the pictures at the Met- ropolitan he said. "Not very expensive. My passengers comment on the paintings, too." "How long have you been! decorating ypur cab like "It's notmy he said. "It's-a company cab. I got the idea about 20 1 years ago. At that time, I was just a kid of 18. I had a job as a cleanup man for the cab company. Each cab that came iii at the end of the day was like'a garbage pit. Cigarets and matches all over the floor: Sticky stuff like peanut butter on the seats or door handles. Sometimes, believe it or not, chewed-up pork chops were stuffed between the seat and the side of the car. Some peo- ple would go through their mail in the cab, tear up the letters they didn't want arid drop them on the floor. "I got to thinking about it and fig- ured that if the cab company and thc drivers would give people a car worth keeping clean they might be more con- siderate. Most cabs arc so banged up in- side and out that people just accept the mess arid add to it. "I explained ihy theory to the boss, who said I'd have to wait until I was old enough to drive if I wanted-to try out my ideas. Wolf, as soon as I got my hack license, I did just that. I put a lot of extra spit and polish into the cab they gave me to drive. I 'got a nice light rug and some flowers. After each passenger got out, I checked thc cab to make sure that everything was in order for thc Insights If people knew how hard hove to work to gain my mas- tery it wouldn't seem wonderful Michelangelo next rider. When I brought the cab in that first night, there was. hardly, any- thing for the cleanup squad to do. "After about a month of bringing in a spotless cab, 'the boss reserved the same car for me each day. That was when I put up the reproductions of great paintings. "I started driving in 1957 and I've never been disappointed by) people in all that time I've never had to pick up a single cigaret butt or match sticks. No peanut ends of ice-cream cones. No garbage. All I've had is pleasant, talks with my passengers. "Like I say, mister, people appre- ciate beautiful things. If we planted more flowers in the city and' made the buildings more attractive, I'd! bet more people would be inclined to use the trash baskets around been thinking a great deal about this incident. .My ;friond the cabdriver had hit on a. great truth. A sense of beauty comes with the gift of life. Most people don't have to be instructed about the fragility and rarity of beauty. They respond to it when they find it. And, if they are made to feel a part of .it, they will try lo add to it. My cabdriver was an Emersonian whether he realized it or not. He wasn't afraid lo trust, and so far he has never been disillusioned. I hope ho never will be. Los Angeles Times Syndicate Way with words FFOOM! By Theodore M. Bernstein When something goes wrong iti the launching of a missile thc range safety officer presses the ac- cording to Sydney T. Fisher of Philadel- phia. And that brings into action one of Mr. Fisher's favorite acronyms: EG ADS. It stands for Eleclronic Ground Au- tomatic Destruct System. By the way, the interjection egad (no final s) is a softened version of "Oh so the authorities say. Norman Cousins Tense item. Another asks for guidance concerning thc use of thc present tense and the present per- fect tense and the use of thc past tense and the past perfect tense. All right, here goes: Thc present tense is used to express something happening now Is wait- ing in the living or usual condi- tions is warm in the Virgin Is- or general truths men are created Tho past feme is used lo express something that happened or n condition that was In being in the past wore his new jacket "Medieval art was The present perfect feme Is used to refer to things Hint began In the past and "touch" Ihe present centn- Theodore M. Bernstein ries' taxes have supported govern The pasf perfect tense is used to refer to things that happened in thc past and were completed earlier than other things that happened in the past had been Emperor only a short while before he was assassinat- Word oddities. A couple of months ago this column printed a list of seven anagrams that a reader derived from the word crate to wit: rend, recta, trace, cater, creta, carlo and creat. An eighth word has been pointed out by nine nisrt readers. It is caret. A coref is a mark !n the shape of an Inverted V used in writing proofreading lo in- dicate where something is lo bo insert- ed. It derives from the Latin corero, meaning to be without or there is lack- ing. Out-of-Ordcr Missile Now York Times Syndicate Scapegoat An expert someone who is called in at the last minute to share the blame. lowo Mole Traveler Visit Our Wonderful World of Christmas Mlnlotur. Orange, Lemon t4_M or Lime Trees Norfolk Island Pine Novttty Lhrc Indoor Pints Evergreen Roping Cemetery '10" Cmtttery Blankets.. Fresh Flower or Holly Evergreen Centerpieces from Christmas Planters from POMSETTIAS PIERSON Flower Shop Greenhouses. Inc. 1800 Ellis Blvd. N.W. FLOWERPHONE 366-1826 Open Monday thru Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 to 5 thru Christmai Your F.T.D. 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