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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDCI HERALD Friday, April 13, 1973 ITT 'promotes' Latin American Marxism Terrorism is the name The Israelis may want to call what took place in Beirut something else, but terrorism is the only proper name for it. Nothing that the Arab guer- rillas have perpetrated in their ter- rorist activities has fceen more ruth- less. To note this does not imply a blind- ness toward the ugly things the avowed terrorists have been doing to undermine Israeli security and peace of mind. But terrorism practised in the name of retaliation or preven- tion is as shocking as any other kind of unexpected violence. In a way the Israeli attack is more shocking than the Arab acts of terror. The other deeds were committed by groups or individuals acting out- side the law whereas the attack in Beirut was directed by the state of Israel. Israeli Premier Golda Meir not only acknowledged state responsibi- lity for the killings and bombings but described the whole operation as "marvelous." She added that "shin- ing pages would be written about this-" Maybe the Israelis who have felt threatened by the continued terrorist acitvity, directed allegedly by t h e people who were lolled in the raid, will feel elation about what happened. Others, including friends of Israel, are more likely to be uneasy and perhaps repelled by the whole thing. It is hard to believe that terror and counter terror accomplish anything except to bring about a worsening of the situation. The Pal- estinians have obviously not got any closer to reclaiming their homes through terrorism; to imagine that Israel has made its borders more secure by the same tactics is surely an illusion. This is not the path to peace in the Middle East; it is the way to war- A fine example from Norway Norwegians may not be able to teach Canadians much about produc- ing oil, but their attitude towards disposing of natural resources is worth examining. Norway is a very small country, half the area of Alberta and with a population around four million. It is not especially noted for being diffi- cult about international commerce, and has never before been involved in the oil business. Yet officials of the big oil companies, very interested in recent oil and gas discoveries off Norway's coast, claim that not even the toughest of Middle East sheikhs can match the Norwegians when it comes to negotiating terms for oil and gas development. Present indications are that Nor- way's entire oil production is not likely to exceed barrels a day, which hardly gives her a decisive market position. Norway has had no experience with oil production, and has no, one with real expertise in this field. But these apparent drawbacks don't faze the Norwegians one bit. Their attitude, when dealing with the oil interests, amounts to "It's been there for a million years; a little while longer won't matter. We've managed without it or your money until now, and can keep on doing so for as long as is necessary." They seem unimpressed when told this may be the greatest industrial development in their history- They are unmoved by 4he thought that now they have a supply of a commodity the rest of the world wants very badly. To quote one of their nego- tiators "Both you and we have got along fine without knowing there was oil down there. If it weren't, or if it had never been discovered, we would still survive. So there need be no great rush getting it up here. There is plenty of time to make sure we know what we are doing, before going ahead." And all the millions and billions the oil companies can offer don't move them one inch. They keep insisting that only Nor- way's long-term interests matter, and that these are yet to be deter- mined. When they are, if a deal is offered in which those interests seem certain to be realized, then they will deal. If not well, the" oil can always stay where it is. Canada is not in anything like as favorable a position as is Norway, in that disposition has already been made of much of her oil. But if the exploration people can be believed, there is still a significant amount that can be held for whatever price (in dollars or other considerations) the governments concerned not the oil companies may decide. If tiny Norway can refuse to be rushed by the oil men, so can Can- ada. ART BUCHWALD The 1974 steak exposition FLUSHING, N.Y. "Ladies and gentle- men. We are standing here on the floor of Joe's Meat Market on Main Street, where (he 1974 Prime Steak Exposition is being held, With me is Joe Barnside, proprietor of Joe's Meat Market and considered orw of the greatest authorities on beef in New York. "Mr. Barnside, It says here in the pro- gram that there is at least million worth of steak being displayed here at the exposition." "That's correct. Charley. We have 30 Brink's men guarding all the glass cases where our meal is on exhibit, and Lloyd's of London, which is insuring the exposi- tion, has sent over its own people to pro- tect the "How many steaks are you "There are Jon pieces in all. But each ere is a rare item that cannot be dupli- cated anywhere in the world. Over here, fcr example, is a choice New York strip weighing two pounds." "How much is that worth if someone wanted to buy "That steak would go for at to- day's prices. But if someone were to pur- chase it and freeze it. I'm certain it would double in value in another year." "What makes slcaks so expensive. Mr. "Well it's like with diamonds supply and demand. The more people who want Meak, the higher the price. Many people used ft to eat Now tfwy frjy H for an investment." "You mean there are collectors of "I sbcuM say so. The Mellon Collec- tion of Beef is estimated to be worth millkffl. At a rccewt auction at a super- market a rib eye 5icak from an un- known steer was sold to Henry Ford for "This is a magnificent piece in this case.7' "That's the famous L.B.J. Porterhouse. It weighs five pounds and comes from Tex- as. I'm asking for it." "I imagine it's hard to find a buyer at those prices." "Are you kidding? I could have sold it last week, but I wanted to keep it for the exposition. I know three people who would take it now sight unseen, fat and all." "I see quite a crowd around that glass case over "That's where we're showinc a priceless pair of T-Bone Steaks. There are only two others like them in the entire world they are in Argentina's national museum. .1. Paul Getty has offered us million for them, Aristotle Onassis has asked us not to UKTO until he can gel here and put in a bid." "It gives one goose pimples just to think of it. Mr. Bamside. don't you get nervous taiowing you'me responsible for all "To me. it's just meat. I've been hand- ling it a33 my life.'' "Let me ask you this. Why is one sir- loin worth and another sirioin of the same weight, worth only in the cutting of the meal A but- cher has only one crack at a sirtoin. If he misses his mark with his cleaver by so much as MOlh of an inch, he can ruin the steak forever.'1 "Where is the most expensive piece meat, in the "Over here in this room, It's the famous Kansas City Filet Mignon. Notice we've set il in a necklace of foie gras." it's magnificent! I see it has a price tag of million." "Yes. but it's boen 'To BurlW) 'toughl H for Elizabeth Taylor's fcorthday By Carl Rowan, syndicated commentator WASHINGTON When the next Latin American country goes Communist, or elects a Marxist government, slap this label across it: "A PRODUCT OF ITT." Let it be clear that North American capitalism, especial- ly the multinational corporation. is under unprecedented attack in Latin America. From Panama to Argentina, the cry goes up that "Yankee imperialism" is the source of the miseries of vast millions of Latinos. In the foreign ministries of country alter country, I saw during a recent tour of Latin America, the complaint is that the United States has no for- eign policy except that dictat- ed by nervous, greedy corpora- tions trying to protect their ex- cessive profits. In newspaper offices and on college campuses you hear the fiery claims that the U.S. is so much the gendarme of the stat- us quo that she has made for- eign aid and even the interna- tional lending agencies the tools of a cruel and greedy oligarchy which suppresses relentlessly the aspirations of the Latin people. Alas, if there was much in- clination left for Latin Ameri- cans to doubt any of these claims, that tendency toward giving Uncle Sam the benefit of a doubt has been washed away in these extraordinary Senate hearings regarding the role of International Telephone and Telegraph in Chile. When you cut through all conflicting testimony, the dis- sembling, the phony rationali- izations, you are left with the simple fact that ITT wants to give at least a million dol- EDMONTON aiojfwt. 'Just one thing Mr. where, under 'dependents', you've listed the government." Canada host to commonwealth leaders By Peter Desbarats, Toronto Star commentator OTTAWA The myopia of minority government politics has made most Canadians, even in Ottawa, lose sight of the fact that in less than four months, Canada will host the most im- pressive international confer- ence in its history. Thirty-two countries will be represented, in all but a few cases by their presidents or prime ministers, when the eight-day commonwealth con- ference begins here OD August 2 in the presence of Queen Eliz- abeth. Among the few Canadians who haven't forgotten about the conference are about 20 bureau- crats who have been working feverishly for several months in temporary offices located next to a. downtown Ottawa massage parlor. Their planning for the administrative and log- istical arrangements for the conference has given them a keen appreciation of its dimen- sions. Accredited delegates alone will number more than 600 people, not counting support staff and officials recruited from various embassies and high commissions in Ottawa. The media corps at the confer- ence will be even mare numer- ous, about 700 people, and will include the largest group of for- eign journalists to enter Can- ada since Expo 67. As far back as the previous conference in Singapore in 1971, Prime Minister Trudcau indi- cated a strong desire 1o give the 1973 meeting a distinctive character. Early in December, after the Canadian electorate had almost terminated involve- ment in the 1373 conference, the Canadian prime mini.scr look advantage of a visit to Prime Minister Heath in London 1o elaborate his own altitude to the Ottawa He talked "the importance: thai both of us see in focusing common- discussions not essential ly the clashes that today and tomorrow, on things which are useful in the medium and long term." Trudeau said that he viewed the commonwealth meetings not so much as a place for pol- itical and economic negotiation. 5wl "more a forum where heads of government irtim dif- ferent continents can cert, to- gether to pjccifrairtge ideas." "I think this intercontinental dimension for the Common- wealth is extremely import- he said, "in a day and age when the splitting of the world into continents, rich and poor, black and white and yel- low and colors in between, is Letters to the editor Pensions not rip-off In the editorial (April 9) en- titled "Pension it was nice to find The Herald not telling the Americans how to manage their affairs but instead asking for further discrimina- tion against those who manag- ed to save little money for their old age. The a month for some instead of the given others is very unfair treatment and will certainly discourage our younger people from trying to provide for their later years. In many cases the camper or trailer that The Herald be- lieves those elderly people are not entitled to, is the only home they have, and in most cases those discriminated against persons worked, instead of standing beside the road hitch- hiking. As for pension rip-offs, I sug- gest that a goodly part of the salary of the editorial writ- er is indeed a rip-off. RAY KEITGES Lethbridge. Against plant sale The controversy surrounding the possible sale of the power plant, the only money making operation owned by this city, as reported in The Herald (April compels me as a taxpayer and electricity consumer to offer this comment. The ans- wers given by city officials to questions asked by the NDP makes one wonder what wilt happen to our city if Ihis op- eration is sold. Without, the revenue from Hie generation of electricity our transit system would be out of business and most of the re- creational and cultural facili- ties this city enjoys would be non-existent. What is not ob- vious is that il this saJc is com- pleted the taxpayers arc going to have to dig up several more million dollars' addition- al taxes to cover this loss and electrical consumers will be paying two profits on every kilowatt they use one to Calgary Power