Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
40 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Wednejdoy, April 4, 1973 ARABS AND THE U.S. Reconciling a pragmatic need for Arab oil with pro-Israel sentiments am truly frightened by the potential conflict between pro-Israel sentiment in this country and our increasing re- liance on Arab oil. I believe the U-S. is about to be caught in a Middle rower play." Wayne Aspimvaii (D- Colo.) By Tom Tiede, Newspaper Enterprise Association KUWAIT (NBA) The congressman from Colorado is not the only one worried about the prospects of an unin- terrupted flow of fossil fuel from this pail of the world. U.S. representatives here, offi- cial and private, are being deluged with questions from home. A St. Louis resident wrote recently: "I own a heat- ing oil company and I can't afford suspense. Just what the [hell is going to happen over The worry is understandable. The United States is currently the top oil-producting nation in the world (i'J million barrels a Nevertheless, it hasn't enough of the stuff for its own needs today, much less tomor- row. The average American household used 9.5 gallons of oil every day in 1972 but by 3985 the figure may be 15. Right now, the U.S. consumes 12 mil- lion barrels a day, two million of it imported; in 15 years the nation may need 20-25 million barrels a day with perhaps 65 per cent imported. PANIC Already, this winter, the na- tion has felt the panic of the energy crisis. Denver students stayed home for three weeks to allow fuel conservation at the schools. Factories in sever- al states, including Illinois and Mississippi, shut down when oil tanks ran dry. For a time jet fuel at New York's Kennedy airport was so scarce that a ra- tioning system put into ef- fect. So alarmed has Washington become that emergency plans have been updated to cope with a more substantial crunch. Meanwhile, some Arab na- tions which supply much of the world's petroleum have not bothered to mask their glee. Many here would bg delighted to bring the United States to its squeaking knees. A member of I the Kuwait parliament said privately recently: "I think we are getting you (America) where we want you. Personal- ly, I want your country to bleed. Just as Arabs have bled because of the policies of your country." The U.S. policies in question are. of course, those which re- late to Israel. Arabs consider Israeli allies as Arab enemies. "We don't ask America to bate says one oil official, "but just be neutral." And if there is no neutral- ity, many Arabs seem prepar ed to uss their oil as a wea pon against both Israel and th United States. "We've done i in the says Kuwait M.P. Abdulla Al Nafisi. "During the 1967 six-day war, we joined ether Arab nations to cut off the oil. Our parliament has gone on record as favoring the same step in the future. Our foreign minister has said many times that we are prepared to do it again." Most assuredly, the Arabic rhetoric is harsh. But is it any- thing more than Threatening? Many observers here feel the tough talk is a form of eyewash for days gone by, ideals past and economic conditions now outdated. says U.S. Embassy Arabist and oil expert Richard Bogosian, "I think they're too smart to stop the oil again." REALITY Bogosian bases his belief in the realities of the '70s. Many Arab states, among them the chief oil producers, simply have too much at stake to risk on anything short of actual self- defense. The Middle East holds three- 'ourths of the known oil re- :ryes in the By 1985 the ,timate is Arabia will have arned a cumulative total of 500 billion in royalties. If all ;oes well, then, with good will on all sides, this area is Io3k- ing at a guaranteed future in- come of million a a sum not to be treated with political contempt. Hate Israel, says Bogosian, is a nifty slogan, and perhaps necessary for at least cultural reasons; but he can't see Arabs jeopardizing their futures through oil wars provoked in the name of anti-Zionism. Kuwait is an example of Bo- gosian's rationale. Hardly up from the desert, its peo- ple have in 25 years of oil ex- ports fashioned one of the est living standards of the day. The socialist form of govern- ment, is the best in the world for Kuwait because total wel- fare can be afforded. The brick and terrazzo suburbs of Kuwait City are alive with custom cars, imported dishwashers, full gar- bage cans and TV antennas. Often, some official or mili- tant here mouths the message of the past. The foreign mini- ster says the nation "is ready to go back to what it was" for the sake of Arab victory. But is the nation, really? Indeed, says one U.S. veteran here. "We should hope Kuwait gets richer and richer. Its af- fluence is our best bet against any leak in the petroleum pipe." 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Your own castle of memory is pretty thronged if you can look back and remember when: Bar patrons complained if the head of foam on their nickel glass of beer was too big. After all, they wanted to get then- money's worth. The height of pornography in a small town was to get a calendar with a nude girl on the cover. If his wife didn't in- tercept and burn it, a fellow immediately rushed to the barbershop so all his pals could see it. It didn't take the barber half as long to cut a high school boy's hair as it did to cut a girl's. A sharpie was any guy who hung around the pool bail and always carried a pah- of dice or a deck of cards in his pock- ets. Fathers thought they had spawned sissies when their sons said they'd rather have a wrist watch than a pocket watch for a graduation present. If your phone rang more than twice in a day, you won- dered if you weren't letting your life get too busy. Anybody who had been for an airplane ride could hold his neighbors spellbound by de- scribing what it was like. Even the kids knew the country must be in for some bad inflation when they cut the size of the five-cent candy bar. Neighborhood mothers rated a girl's marital chances by the quality of the fudge she brought to the church socials. If it tasted too good they would gossip about whether the girl's mother had really made it. There were more horses than men wearing cept on Sundays. It made grandmother mad whenever grandpa showed the kids how he could take all his teeth out and put them back the kids then wanted to know if grand- mother wasn't able to do that trick, too. When you left your home, you put the key under the front porch mat, so that any- one who wanted to get into the house while you were gone wouldn't have any trouble. Those were the member? 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