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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 'XOIl to wall- by Commies lly HAHOI.I) MOKRISHN Canadian Press Staff Writer The depth of North Vietnam's successful thrust into Soutli Vietnamese territory may dampen President Nixon's negotiating power with Ctiina and the Soviet Union and force him into a sharp reappraisal of his Asiaji policy. In effect, the Communists have pinned him to a political wall. The entire U.S. strategy of training the South Vietnamese to hold the ground under an Ameri- can'aerial umbrella has been challenged and perhaps even shattered by the Communist thrust. It has raised the old question of whether the South Vietnamese will ever be capable of defending their country without American military aid. When Nixon made his visit to Peking, the conclus- ion drawn by many observers was ttiat the Chinese were anxious to reduce Sino-American tensions and per- haps use Nixon as a bargaining lever against Soviet pressures and military power. There was new hope that the visit might usher in fin era of peace. Certainly it seemed Nixon was adorned with added world prestige and influence that would strengthen his position in his talks with Soviet leaders next month. Hot issue in U.S. Sadat tries to cover up for failure Unrest at home had clearly indicated that the Vietnam war had become increasingly unpopular with the American public. It undoubtedly contributed to the retirement of former president Lyndon Johnson and the presidential election defeat of bis heir, Hubert Hum- phrey. Nixon's own popularity seemed to rise with his decision Lo withdraw the bulk of American ground forces in South Vietnam liirough (he so-called "Viet' ra miration" program which re tied largely on confi- dence that veil-trained South Vietnamese troops could hold the ground. Perhaps the White House view linked with this strategy was that, the two Asian super-powers probably want to reduce Asian tensions because of the continu- ing grave differences between Moscow and Peking. In (he wake of the new North Vietnam offensive, it appears that the Communists have concluded that Nixon is in a particularly vulnerable position. Jf he tries to reverse his policy on troops by rushing more American forces into the battlefield, he may find him- self in political difficulties at home during this presi- dential election year. And if he decides, instead, to maintain the existing policy of relying on South Vietnamese ground forces, it is likely Ihat the southern defences may gradually be demolished, despite U.S. aerial bombardment. Tor Nixon, the most desperate test is whether the Iknith Vietnamese can mount an effective counter-thrust. A failure at this stage may weigh heavily on his political future. By HAHUV CAP) Egypt's break in diplomatic relations with Jordan is an attempt by President Anwar Satlal to divert attention from his failure to make Rood on his promise to get the Sinai Desert back by the end of 1071 or go to war with Israel. Tiic Egyptian leader tolri a special session of the guerrilla dominated Palestine National Council in Cairo Thursday night thai King Hussein's plan to cre- ate a Palestinian slate is a betrayal of the Arab cause and had no choice but to brealt relations. told the wildly-chcei'ing crowd that Egypt 'is holding wicte consultations to bring about joint Arab action against King Hufsein's deviation from Arab unity." He .suggested Israel's deputy premier, Yival Allon, had a role in the king's action. There have, been numerous reports, repeatedly de- nied by sides, of meetings between Hussein and Allon. wlio suggested a pence settlement with Jordan similar to the one (he monarch proposed March 15. Sadat's move could threaten the Hashemite king- dom's economic future and its air links with Europe. Left one route When Syria closed its air space io Jordan last .July, the only practical air route left was over i'-gyp- territory after a detour around Israeli held Sinai. Syria recently cased raslrirtions on over's PIJ traffic, hul Sadat's action may force it and neighbor- ing Iraq to lighten them Iraq closed it.s horrlnrs and air space last year, hul. stopped sliort of hrcaking relations. Later it reopened, its borders to Jordan. The Egyptian move loft Jordan with only one atiy Jiinong ilr- Arab Saudi Arabia, which along uitli ihn Ignited Slates has brrn keeping Jordan afloat An Israeli radio commentary on Sadat's speech fi.iid his decision In luT.-ik millions did noi mean mnch because Jordan has bcrcn isolated from much of the Arab world and i.s accuslomcd lo pressure. But the iiro.'nlcrtsl thnl F'aleAline guerrillas might nnw infitti'.iiQ hi in Jnrd.in lo harass l.he regime- INTRODUCTIONS A Medicine Hot department store held o mull this week ond got a multitude of entries. Snoopy, leff, and Butch, right, were on opposite ends of the scale and competing for prizes as the smallest, largest, friendliest and the dog with the biggest ears. (CP WirephotoJ Japan 'exciting mar for Alberta By GREG McINTYHE Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON The "most exciting" markel for Alberta i n d u s t, r i a I and agricultural products is Japan, Alberta marketing commissioner Harry Margrave said in an interview. The lOn million Japanese people living in a country only three-quarters the of the province of Alberta, are devel- oping tastes for many of the produces this province wants Irish, terrorists ivreck big hotel Krom AP-llEUTER BELFAST