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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE UTBRIDGE HERA1D Saturday, Apr.I 8, I97J ISruce liittcliison Misdirected protest Dcmonatrulions are planned in Otlawa cluriny tho visit of U.S. President Hichard Nixon. They nre not likely to be in opposition to Mr. Nixon himself or to any of bis policies. The president is to get the Yankee, Go Homo Ireiitment as a "symbol of Ilic American presence tn Canada." Expression of dissidencc is permis- sible in democracies but U is not necessarily something to glory in; there are times when it is simply not In good taste for people to protest. 'Hie visit of President Nixon could very well be one ol those times when Canadians with grievances should keep them under wraps. A visit by tlic American president to neighboring Canada stands to yield very little benefit to him as an in- dividual or lo bis country. Whatever profit may come of the visit will go to Canada and its politicians. Thus Mr. Nixon's willingness to squeeze a Canadian visit, between his major trips lo China and tlif Soviet Union lias to be seen as an acc'ominodating gesture on bis part. Therefore, it would betioove Canadians to curb their fractions feelings and put on as gracious a front as possible. Holding Mr. Nixon responsible for (he degree of American ownership Canadian industry and resources is ridiculous at any rate. No policy cx- isls certainly'not one that the Nix- on administration can be held respon- sible for at least for Ihe systematic takeover of the economic and polili- cal life of Canada. If there is to be protesting on the Issue of foreign ownership let it be directed to Canadian politicians. 'Hie responsibility for much of the Ameri- can economic interest in this coun- try rests with Canadians who have been only loo eager to encourage what has happened. Besides, the gov- ernment of Canada has to decide what its policy will be before Mr. Nixon can be expected to exert any pressures in Ills country. Nuisance strike The CBC technicians strike cannot be viewed as anything but a nuis- ance by the majority of Canadians. C'ancellalion of programs and Ihe re- running of ones already scon may be annoying but It can scarcely be considered calamitous. Perhaps the most annoying thing aboul the strike lias been Ihe llireal that the hockey playoffs might nol be jseen. Yet even that would be no dis- aster. It could be considered a bless- ing. After an unusually long nnd con- fining winter fnr rnosl people across Weekend Meditation the country release from sitting before Ihe TV set for another month or more should be welcomed. Nevertheless it is wrong for Ilia disagreement between tlic techni- cians and the corporation to be per- mitted to drag on interminably. Tho differences needs to be faced and re- solved. Since no progress seems to have been made so far, it is lime lo introduce machinery for working out a binding settlement, This the gov- cnirnenl should Initiate to end IliB harassment and break the impasse. Personalities of Passion Week ERE certain personalities !n Ihe passion of Jesus who are neglected and yet are Imperative and crucial in that great drama. Jlatthew, for example, says that Jesui sent two disciples with these Instructions: "Go to the village opposite, Tchero you will at once find a donkey tethered with her foal beside her; untie them, and bring them to me. If anyone speaks to you, say, 'Our Master needs them' and lie mil let you lake them at once." Tho disciples followed the directions of Jesus and found It exactly as He said bringing the donkey and her foal to Jesus. Now in tho first place, this must have taken some planning and arrangement. Tn the aecond place it suggests that Jesuj had some unknown friends who were eager to help Him. These friends, however, left something to be desired. They were clj- viously kind and generous people, but they unwilling to be Involved Ihemselves. They would provide Jesus with certain es- lentials but they did not follow Him into Jerusalem. Since Jesus was a person of disrepute with the authorities and involved in trouble their helpfulness was not willi- out courage and they must have had a great deal of sympathy with Him. They are the sort of p e o p 1 e every clergyman finds In ins church who will dismiss their responsibilities by giving a large cheque square their conscience without get- ting hurt. How unlike Paul they are who knew the fellowship of his sufferings and bore branded on his body Uie marks of Jesus Christ. There Is a vast gulf be- tween thorn and the true disciple. Then the disciples of Jesus asked Him, "Where would you like us to go and pre- pare for your Passover Jesus in- structed tho disciples, "Go Into the city and a man will mecl you carrying a jar of water. Follow him, and when he en- ters a house give this message to the householder: 'The Master says, where is the room reserved for me lo eat the Pass- over with my He will show you a large room upstairs, set out in readi- ness. Make Ihe preparations for us there." Here again is the suggestion that Jesus had unknown friends and had made some careful preparations in the background so ihat He might not be apprehended by the traitor Judas and His enemies before the time came for the Crucifixion. And this servant, Banich by tradition, carried out his part in tho plan meticulously. It was a small part but how important it was. He Is typical of those who are willing to perform their small duties well. Tt Is very Interesting that Jesus only esked for an outside room on the lower floor called the Katalyma which was a sort of store room. The good man of Ihe house gave Him instead the very choice room which is usually reserved for the Jewish family, the Aliyah on the upper floor which has a special outside staircase of its owu from the street as as an Interior entrance from the house itself. Ha earned a great blessing for himself he. Respecting rights By Dong Walker JJ'ARC RICKAHD didn't feel like work- site." he said. Theories on pollution effects differ IT is nut in tlic Ic.isL sur- J prising lhal the tlhib (if Rome and ils experts in (lie Massachusi'Us Institute of Technology nrc under furious aLUrk from practical men or off airs. To the theory that our planet will he poisoned and depleted within half u cen- tury or so, as we are going now, t e practical men make two replies. First, tlicy say, Die figures nee misleading be- cause the wronjj data were put into the computers at Cam- bridge, Massachusetts. Second, they say, technology will soon find a cure for pollnlion and synthesize plenty of new mate- rials before the old ones are used up. So, really, there is nothing to worry about. Thus, the Economist of Lon- don, which is forlunale enough to know everything and has ne't'er made a mistake, clis- causft that room was to becoma the most famous room in Christendom from which the Christian Church would be founded and go out on Us great missionary enterprise. No man brings Jesus into tho centre of. his life getting a great reward. There are other fascinating characters such as the young man in the garden of GeLhsemene who evidently tried to help Je- sus but when Ihe soldiers laid hands on him he left his garment with them and ran away naked. There h also Malchus who was wounded by Peter and healed by Jesus. In the name of Christ the church unhappily has wounded many people. There are the servants of the High Priest, Caiaphas, whose brutal treatment of Jesus suggests what an inhuman monster their master was. Pilate's wife Claudia had a dream about Jesus which she communi- cated lo her husband warning him not to have anything to do with the execution. Here is the type of pagan person who hag some vague sense of the difference be- tween right and wrong, but also like a cautious pagan is not going lo get in- volved herself in trouble. She doesn't corns down lo Pilale but sends a messenger anil as bcfiLs the husband of such a cautious woman Pilalo washes his hands of re- sponsibility. Here is your good pagan a cunning, cautious fellow who has kindly sentiments but will not risk his life or livelihood for the cause of justice. Simon of Cyrone was compelled lo help Jesus carry His Cross since the route was very long and Jesus was weak from His flogging. Dy tradition Simon was a negro and had two SODS, Rufus and Alexander, who were prominent in the early church. It, must have been that Jesus made a (re- mer.dous impression on Simon so Ihe carry- ing of the Cross became a blessed compul- sion, Every man has to carry his cross hut it only Is blessing to the man who accepts suffering as a vocation. Only when suffering becomes a vocation does it be- come a victory. Criminals who wore executed were oficn given some drugged wine and evidently this was offered to Jesus who would not drink it. Such people who have superficial reme- dies for fearful brutalities are often the greatest enemies of true reform. Pagan good nature Is not going to savr. this world. One of the most, eslonishing characters at the Cross was the Centurion, a man who must have been hardened lo crucifix- ion and brutality, yet who, impressed by the amazing faith and divine attitude of Jesus on the Cross, said at the end, "Truly this man was the Son of God." In his con- version is fore-shadowed the defeat of Caesar and Ihe conversion of the Roman Km pi re. PRAYER: Draw me, 0 God, from (lie margins of faith to the centre where f may go the vhole way without any rcs- nrvalions in following the final demands of my fallh, F, 5. M, misses all fears for man's fu- ture physical comfort with a royal sniff of contempt. Kven a couple of hasly, inadequate pieces written by this reporter from Cambridge the other day attracted sonic kindly tul-tuL- tiutf rebukes from Canadian scientists who note d, (mite rightly, thai I didn't under- stand the facts. Nor do they, for thai matter. Nobody docs, yet. Supposing Hint the computers hnve misjudged Hie rate of pol- lution and depletion, supposing t h a I the atmosphere and the planet's raw resources last longer than the Club of Home expects, this mathematical ar- gument surely misses the main point. It has not been missert, however, by one distinguished European and a practical man by any standard. Sicco Manshalt, a Dutchman, and new president of the Eu- ropean Com moil Market Com- mission, recently rmidc the main point in an extraordinary statement from his headquar- ters at. Brussels. The famous economist, long concerned with E u r o p c's economic growth, said; "I don't pay mu c h atten- tion to gross national product. In all our states this has been something sacred. it's the devil, We must think instead in terms of the happiness of our people. This means gross na- tional happiness, It's essential thai our commission examine this problem to produce guide- lines for the future, to over- come Mils clinli'iHcal Thinking of the dangers that threaten the planetary environ- ment, he added: "We have very lilllc time to lose maybe -10 years." Such shattering heresy from a high priest of economics must make the layman's mind reel. Yet the same thing has been said in Canada by its prime minister, though he was not as candid as Mr. Mansholt. Mr. Trudeau merely suggested (hat, after oil, the gross na- tional product might not be the supreme; dicty for mail's wor- ship, whereas Mr. Mausholt, de- nounces il as the devil. These two distinguished men share a heresy but their cir- cumstances are entirely differ- ent. The European is a man- ager, a technocrat and interna- tional civil servant, not a poli- tician. He need not worry about popularity and votes. The Ca- nadian is a politician desper- ately in need of holh, M o r c o v e r, Mr. Trudcau's whole national policy, ;ind his search for n Just Society, de- pend upon the fastest possible economic growth. As a private philosopher he may not wor- W corvee A DWGGoe Otte 7W6 GREAT WTIOtiS OF SUCH UTMOST IMPEDE OK owe m WAT vtrw, OH, PO ship in Hie lomnlo of tlic GMP. As a public (iguro he kneels reverently before thai ancient idol and his while paper on for- eign policy puls economic Growth among Ilia nation's highest priorities. It is easy, of course, to crit- icize Mr. Truclcaifs ambival- ence, though most of his crit- ics arc more ambivalent nnd less intelligent than he. It Is easy to see that we need eco- nomic growth, in Canada and elsewhere, for the benefit of the poor if not for the rich. And easy, also, to understand (how- ever inaccurate the Cam- bridge computers may be) that world-wide economic growth on anything like Ihe North Ameri- can and European scale would exhaust (he planet even more rapidly than Ihe computers predict. But the main point slill re- mains. As Mr. Mansholt pills it, how are we to achieve "gross national happiness" Ihc only worthwhile objective (or all men? We have generally as- sumed, up to now, (hat it would he acliicved if everyone enjoy- ed the Western world's stan- dard of living; that there would be no serious trouble or vio- lence among the poor majority of mankind if every native of Asia, Africa or South Ameri- ca, for example, could own an automobile, a colored tele- vision set and a split level house. For two reasons this as- sumption is obviously (alse. In physical terms the un- derdeveloped nations cannot achieve our standard of living within the- visible future and would finally pollute and ex- haust the planet if Ihcy did, In non physical lerms this achievement, if it were pos- sible, would not reach Mr. Man- shell's goal of gross national happiness. How can anyona suppose that it would, on the actual evidence before us al- ready? The highest living standard ever known in man's brief years of civilization exists to- day in the United States, with a slightly lower standard In Canada. Will anyone say that the American people have also reached a similar standard of happiness? On the contrary, I would think that they are among the unhappicst people in Ihe world because Ihey have in- telligence enough to understand their dilemma and honesly enough to admit their mis- takes. Our Canadian standard of happiness, unlike Ihe eco- nomic figures, is probably much higher than that of our neighbors but surely not high enough to deny Mr. Mansholt's thesis. If it is useless to quibble about the figure, which cannot be measured anyhow, it is clear that the great debate launched by the misnamed Club of Rome has only begun. The present reader, even if lie Is a small hoy, will not live lo see the end of it. But he will see some interesting changes beyond the reach of Ihe com- puters, the theorists and tho practical men. (Herald Special Bureau) Curl Roivuu Vietnam 'snow job' may again be election issue ing one afternoon so he wandered intn my office with a suggestion "Vr'e o'.ight to go out next door and do a little, sidewalk superintending at Ihe AMA "Oh, we couldn't do I pointed oul, lie pnadiinp on T'a.slor (Iambic's prc- lie has scniorily in that spt- nally in this part of tha cily'' WASHINGTON When the historians look at the Vietnam war generations from now, one question is bound to befuddlo them: Did American officials really believe all that optimism they fed their people, or were they delibcralely ex- ploiting public gullibility: The new Communist mililary offensive has shown anew that recent rosy reports aboul the success of "Vietnamization" and the "weakness" of the enemy were just as misleading as all the other lines fed lo a now-dismayed American public. The administration has been predicting a major Communist assault on Vietnam for months obviously trying lo cushion the shock to (he American people. But the current attacks, por- trayed so starkly in lliosc tele- vision scenes of American mili- tary advisers running pell-mell for evacuation helicopters anil endless strings of South Viclna- mesc refugees desperately seeking sanctuaries, have stiU jolted millions of Americans. The trouble is Mint, even while predicting a Communist offensive. American officials kept talking about how the Communists harl been battered to Ihe point that they were in- capable of launching a major offensive; they kept talking about what a potent mililary machine "vielnrimization" had produced. N'ow Ihose reports out of HYi province make it clear Ihat South Vietnamese ground troops are no malxb for North Vietnamese forces unless the South has massive U.S. air support, and may not be H match even with that support. "Vietnamization" seems dos- lined lo take its place in that long lexicon of flimfiamraery which has been used for almost tuo decades lo make wishful thinking resemble reality. Way back in 1954 there was "the Navarre plan" devised by Gen. Henri-Eugene Navarre, commander of French forces, which John Foster Dulles said would "hreak the organized body of Communist aggression by the end of 1035. There was the chief hoi (open arms) pro- gram in the 1960s which sup- posedly was luring masses of Vielcong insurgents back into the government's embrace. There was the "pacification" program the Johnson adminis- tration touted so convincingly that even President Nixon de- clared (Feb. 18, "The So They Say Tlcgardlcss or one's lo- wanl marijuana, Ihc ineffec- tiveness of the criminal laws as a deterrent to use Is astound- ing. Meanwhile, we nave niln- ed the careers and lives of hun- dreds of thousands of otherwise law abiding citizens by need- lessly subjecting them to the ramifications of being defined criminal. John Finlatcr, former Tlu- rcau of Narcolics deputy dircc- lor, supporting legalization o f marijuana, _ y pacification program Is suc- And there were the "protective reaction" strikes, a new euphemism for bombing the enemy, ere sup- posed to "interdict" enemy supply lines and make il pos- sible for the Communists to as- semble for a major military thrust. Unhappily, all plans and schemes have turned out to be inumho-jumbo designed to keep the natives back homo from gelling too restless, espe- cially in election years. Bui il must be- obvious to President Nixon that he faces a new lem of Vietnam becoming a major political issue again. The recent Communist drive? Diakcs several things apparent; Mr. Nixon's journey to China was a gamble that ed lo pay off insofar as he may have held hope that Peking's leaders would decide, if only secretly, to pressure Hanoi to- ward a negotiated settlement. The president's Indochina prob- lems have worsened since his trip lo China, and Ihc likelihood is thai the road out of Indo- china wil I become rougher in the months just ahead. The CommunisLs don'l want South Vietnam Ihroiigh the easy process of negotiating an agreement in Paris that would permit them to take over bit by bit. They seem deter- mined to embarrass Mr. Nixon personally nnd politically and to humilinlo Uncle .Sam by im- posing what the uhnle v.orld recognize as a major rlj-.- fcal for United States, President Nixon has said he will not be the president lo pre- side over the lirst U.S, defeat in her proud history. Tie may face the choice of enduring that defeat or of taking such major mililary steps that he no longer can say he is "winding down the war." Massive bombings which add substantially lo the number of Gf prisoners of war or ground combat aclion which boosts the number of U.S. casualties would create such wide rcac- Looking Through The Herald 1922 The idea of flying an airplane to Ottawa and back advertising o n cl Sunny has met enthu- siastic support from the Board of Trade. 1932 Mr. 0. J. Hoivcllo of Lclhbridgc, a certified radio technician has built his first radio, the "Mcllophonc ICigiit." lion in the United Stales as to make Viclnam a serious cam- paign issue again. Yet Lo do so little Hint Hanoi succeeds in what the administration has called an "invasion" carries political risks, too. Whatever the president de- cides lo do, he will have a dif- ficult time explaining and sell- ing it to an American public which is more nnd more disin- clined to believe anyone or any- thing about Vietnam. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) backward 1042 Soloist in Buena oria] Church, Chicago, Marga- ret LcDrink will sing at the Spring Wartime Revue being held at the Majestic Theatre, 1352 Tlis 2C ban on shipments of cattle from Ihe Ontario slocky-ards to rural points because of fears of spreading foot-and-mouth dis- ease has been lifted. The Letltbridcje Herald 504 7th St. Lcthbridge, Alberta LETHRfllDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Puhlishcn Published 1903-19M, by Hon. W. A. DUCHAN'AN Second Beglslralion Ho. MU Canatfra" ond tne Canadian Daily Newspaper PubllineM' AsiKlalion aim lha Audit Bureau of Clrculalloni CLEO VJ. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THO'AAS H. ADAMS, General Manager COW, WIILIJV HAY Ed lor Editor ROY WII.FS K VMIIIPR Advertising Manager Editorial Page Edilor 'THE HERAIO SERVtS THE SOUTH" ;