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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuetdoy, April 17, 1973 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 Watergate and Waterloo not far apart By Norman cr of World Magazine AM presidents of the United States have had one thing in common. They have all aspired ,o greatness. Kichard M. Nixon is no exception. He would 1'ke to win a high place in history. As recently as two months ago, be stood a very good chance of making it. Today, I am not co sure. Richard Nixon's big plus is that he has substantially im- uroved the chances for world >eace. Item One For 20 years or more, the political climate in the United States had been ini- mical to any efforts seeking normalization of relations with China. Such efforts were often equated with un-Americanism or subversion. Unfortunately, Richard Nixon himself, especi- ally during the 1950s, had help- ed to create such a climate. But the continuation of that policy was producing danger- ous tensions. It is entirely to Richard Nixon's credit that he was able to reverse Ameri- can foreign policy. Indeed, bis adroitness in lead- ing his own party through a metamorphosis on this issue is one of the most spectacular political feats in recent Ameri- can history. Item Two The improved relationship with the Soviet Union may not rate historically on the same level as the de- tente with China, but President Nixon's initiatives in this area are probably more daring and comprehensive than had been attempted or achieved by -any president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Item Three The end of the war in Vietnam. The enormity of the tragedy will increase, not diminish, in the minds of Americans with the passing of the years. Even so, the fact that President Nixon has been able to end the war, where his predecessors had failed, will register fully in the historical evaluation of the period. These three items are sub- stantial achievements, but they are now in serious danger of being overshadowed by the moral corruption that has be- SOTiCVi come synonymous with Water- gate. Richard Nixon's greatest problem has always been his own dualism. He is highly in- telligent, resourceful and is capable of great visions. But the big question about him is whether there may be a tragic flaw in his makeup that impels him to cut corners or to play njngher at times than he has to play. He himself has probably been aware of this, for his political campaign- ing in recent years has been at sharp variance with the early political tactics or the political "slush fund" episode of 1952. And with a successful first term as president and an overwhelming victory in the 1972 elections, Richard M. Nixon finally stood on higher ground than he had ever known in his life. The prospect was clearly open before him of a high place in American history. All this is now theatened by Watergate. The question is not whether Richard Nixon knew about Watergate in advance. The question is why he did little or nothing about it after tne entire nation learned about it. Nor is the question whether he was informed by his White House aides concerning their knowledge of, or their involve- ment in, Watergate, but how men such as these were sel- ected for the White House in the first place. Similarly, the question is not whether he is right in believ- ing, as has been reported, that the American people have no passionate interest in Water- gate and that the best thing for him to do is to say nothing and to let the pntire incident die down. The question is whether a president of the United States is justified in being in- different to the issues "posed by Watergate. It is unfortunate for Presi- dent Nixon that the Watergate scandal had to break just as Book Reviews he reached the peak of both his popularity and his power. This is not the way to great- ness or a high place in history. Watergate and Waterloo are not far apart. Is it too late for Richard Nixon to undertake the forth- right actions that might rub out the stain? No one knows for sure. What is certain is that he has to try not just for his own sake but for the sake of the American political pro- cess. Intriguing spy story "The Chinese Agenda" by Joe Poyer (Doubleday and Company, Inc., 250 pages, Somewhere in Africa, a big courageous man, name Gillon, risks his life every day for a cause unimportant to him; he is one of a dying breed, a sol- dier of fortune. Before Africa it was Indochina. War was his business, and as long as re- bellions stirred up things, Gil- Ion would make a living. An old friend of his, Liu. who works for the National Chinese Covers everything and remember, if Mommy or Daddy doesn't WANT to buy what Uncle Dudley a hissy MI" "The Book From Under A Wet Rock" by Joan Adams (Versatile Pub 1 i s h i n g Co. Ltd., 72 Joan Adams has an opinion on just about everything under the sun in this book every- thing that matters, that is. A few examples of the typical subjects she discusses include "Old Ladies Know More Than Aldermen" concerning the de- mise of the average Canadian who tries to buy a house with their outrageous down pay- ments and seemingly endless mortgage terms. "The Lawless Tot" is a prag- matic review of the child brought up in a family lacking proper discipline. Some very interesting points of view are brought to light "Where Has All The Money a question we find our- selves asking each other more and more every day, empha- sizes the legalized fleecing of the populace carried on by the "great." "How to cure inflation" 1. Impose higher taxes on every one; 2. Warn the labor force to be reasonable in their wage de- mands; 3. Reduce funds avail- able to government depart- ments and institutions. A tradi- tional answer to inflation! A book of fact and opinion, it covers everything from the lady next door to the ugly fes- toons of wiring that should have been buried years ago! Brief and to the point, this book is a little gem of truth and wisdom! ANNE SZALAVARY If you want to buy a car, we can provide a way. And the means. There are lots of places that will lend money for a car. Well, we can too. But we can also give you something else. It's our free "Buying a Car" booklet with useful information on depreciation, insurance, running costs, and more. All of which may save you money. And we also give you a car comparison check list to help you compare the costs of dif- ferent cars and optional equip- ment when you shop. One more very important point. The interest rates on a Commerce Bankplan Loan are hard to beat. And, getting a loan from us is really quite simple. Just drop by your local Commerce branch, tell us how much you need and we'll work out a repayment plan for you. Without putting you in over your head. And, Bankplan Loans are life-insured. So if you want to buy a car, talk to your local Commerce branch first. We can provide a way. And the means. CANADIAN IMPERIAL BANK OF COMMERCE government, is trapped on a spying mission in mainland China with information, valu- able to Russian and American intelligence. He considers Gil- Ion to be the only man trust- worthy enough to hand over the findings. Although reluctant at first to assist the CIA to retrieve the information, he consented only because he was in debt to Liu, who once saved his Me. Quickly the scene moves away from Africa to the Tien- Shan mountain ranges hi China. Gillon is part of a team that includes American and Russian intelligence officers. They are all parachuted into the Tien-Shan region. Sub zero temperatures render their as- signment difficult. Discontent spreads, mysterious fatal acci- dents of team members lead to serious speculations about dou- ble agents. A pursuing Chinese search party is eliminated by an aval- anche. But there is still the duel with nature and the nec- essity to outsmart new Chinese troops, sent out to catch or to kill them. They meet with Liu, who hands over the informB- tion. Top priority now is to get this information across the bor- der into Russia. An agonizing trek by cara- van ensues, but the caravan is destroyed, the group reduced to two persons on their own in unfamiliar country. This intriguing spy story will satisfy the action lover as well as the mystery fan. Human fail- ure and nature's capriciousness are vividly portrayed. Intrigue and death pervade; masterly dialogue holds the interest. The general impression that spies rarely die in bed is up- held, that they lead an excit- ing life destroyed unless you find a liaison with moody mother nature as a bedfellow exciting, romantic or some- thing to revel in. HANS SCHAUFL Books in brief "The Collectors' Book of Wedgwood" by Marian Ham- kin (Dodd, Mead and Co. ST. 95, 120 The author, obviously an ex- pert on Wedgwood china, trac- es the history of this beautiful and costly china, and the craftsman who first marketed it in the 18th century. I never go into an antique store with- out heading to the odd pieces of china lucked away in corners always in the hope that I'll pick up a piece of early Wedg- wood pottery or china. I can't always carry this guide book with me, bat it has been a help in assisting aoe to recognize the genuine from the imitation, and I've yet to bring home anything of real value, I'm still looking. This book is definitely for collectors, but it gives an interesting view of craftsman- ship which is very readable fee all. MARGARET LUCKHURST Ask abouta Commerce Bankplan Loan, and free car-buying aids. "I Saw a Tnrplr jno For ijic" br Ann Coir. Carolyn 11335. F-silh Bnrfinpll a n if (UlUr, Brown and Company limited. Jtfi pages. The authors, all mothers oT have prepared this attractive book of ideas