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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THi LfTHMIDGi HUAtn TkuiuUy, Apiil 30, 1970 Bruce Hutchison Vive Le Quebec Libre! Wednesday's election in Quebec did not settle the question of separat- ism. It was not a glorious victory for federalism and for Canada. Rather, it only postpones a decision. It gives Canada time to work out a most difficult problem. Jlr. Levesque's neit-in-command said thai the 22 per cent of the pop- ular vote polled by the Parti Quebec- ois made Quebec independence in- evitable. The course, he said, is "irreversible." Historically his position is sound. Revolutions, in the cause of independ- ence almost always grow, almost never shrink. As of now, nearly a quarter of the people of Quebec want to abandon Canada. Those people have a cause, a vision, and especially because so many of them are young people, they will not surrender that cause or-betray that vision easily.. Their ranks are bound to grow. Events will stimulate separatism. All of Canada is in difficult times, most Canadians are frustrated. Re- gardless of governments, the frustra- tions will grow. With their province bankrupt and stringent internal meas- ures required, the people of Quebec will be especially frustrated. They will be told that Canada is to blame and that separation from Can- ada will end their troubles, and they will come to believe it. If this is to be averted and Canada :aved, ttie people of Quebec will have to be persuaded that Canada is Iheir country and it is worth saving. They did not affirm that Wednesday. They only said they are not yet prepared to give up on Canada. So it is the solemn responsibility of Premier- elect Bourassa and Prime Minister Trudeau and all people who believe in Canada to relate their vision to the people of Quebec and to inspire Ihem with the greatness and worth- iness of Canada. -History is the catalog of successful revolutions conceived much more modestly and launched much more hopelessly than the Parti Quebecois, especially when early warnings were not needed. Canada has been dulv warned. Cambodian Commitment Technically, perhaps, the United States has not responded to the Cam- bodian request for massive military aid. It has only sent automatic and given support to the South Viet- namese army operations in Cambodia. I The practical consequence of this seems to be that the U.S.. has in fact become further involved in Indochina warfare. Rifles differ only in degree from tanks both are inslrumenlts of war. Air Strikes and other sup- port for the South, Vietnamese army scarcely- add up to non-involvement. This may be described as "new strategy" but il has 'the appearance of being a repetition of the way in which the U.S. initially became in- volved in Vietnam. Military advisers were the prelude to troop buildups in Vietnam, loo. II is not surprising that Senator J. On Tour In Japan By Beth HeraU Staff Writer (Fowtk U a Uriel) DEPPU The Yamaoami runs to Mount Aso, ale of the world's largest active volcano. Cable cars go to the rim of the crater where specially designed concrete shelters have been should an eruption 'occur. Looking rato a live volcano belching smoke is quite an 1 aperience. At Kunamoto we introduced lo Jap- anese-style bedrooms, with the t.tjWi; m the floor. If you want to flop, as westerners, do when they become weary, don't ask la have the bed made up. Just reach Into one of the cupboards and tou down a foam rubber mattress, kept there for just this purpose. Hitting the pillow at night, rcy last waking thought was "Bow-do -the Japanese deep on It rustled. On rising hi the morning I found (he other side was foam rubber. They cater to all tastes in Japan. From Kunamoto we drove for mita along Ariake Bay and crossed five new bridges, whkb connect the main islands of the Amakusa. chain with Kyushu proper. A visit to a pearl museum and lunch at Unzen, brought us to Amakusa where we visited the Christian Museum. arrived in early afternoon and the first sight for those on Hr seaward side of the hotel, was Bern Nieboer with his red cap, trousers rolled up above the walking on the beach at low tide picking up shells and crawly things, with much encouragement from those on hotel balconies, who were basking in the warmth of the afternoon sun. A nkiyaka dinner for me entire group ended the day for most of us, but UK young organized a dance lo the juke box which turned out lo be a rousing tucceu. The farther we travelled from the larger centres the warmer our welcome seemed to be. This feeling first came 'through at Beppu, with Nagasaki and Hiroshima out- doing all the resl. The seven-hour train ride lo Hiroshima was certainly something not many of us would care to repeat. Told to take" the first empty seat we saw and stay in it (or we'd have to stand) found us Loanaog in a hurry. It Merced half Japan was on this train, where standing room is sold. As the croud thinned out, after about three hours, those with standing room Lickela sal down and the conductor promptly came aiound and collected. There were no buffet cars on this train and we would America's Self-Doubt And Repentance 1VJEVER in pact time, 1 dare niake their cities liveable, was built on a majestic assumptjOB, a wild lurmise, the so-called American Dream. It anurud that a people freed from the corruption at the Old couh] maiter the bumaa riddfe k> .the New, that on a fuNrteir. find jtirmnil appara- tus and a rirrimri maa- knd achieve at bit the life ordend by God, Ihjagt His choaea agents. Ibis' natural superiority waf asserted m many rousiij docu-. TnenlvSke the Declantiu of Indepeodeace, the Coosttbition and the immortal speeches of Lincoln. It wai as- serted in nobler language, and with more sincere passion, than any previous stale had uttered. Yet il is quite wrong (o say, as most foreigners say, that Ihe Americans were more con- fident of their mission than oth- er peoples. They merely about-, ed il louder and phrased it more e'oquenlly. The British, less theatrical in their language because the truth needed no emphasis, nev- er doubted, and do not doubt to this day, thai they are the besl people in Ihe world, despite their misfortunes in our tiine, and maybe they are. The French fought wars In- numerable to' give Europe, as they IhoughL, the benefits of their unique culture and still wonder why U is not univer- sally accepted. The German launched two world wan under the same illusion. The Japan- ese joined Lhe last monstrous crime in the equally sure, be- lief that they a 1 o ne -vere wor-. thy of paramount power. It is only in small, powerless nations like Canada that the il-. lusion can be easily seen for wnal il is, and always was throughout the ages. But if the "Americans cannot see il easily, they have begun1 to see il skrwry, with wrench-. ing agony of .mind, and surely, is" Ihe largest fact of afl. They have begun to see, in short, that they are not neces- sarily superior lo other penplei merely because, they, are .rich- er, luckier and more With them the pendulum; as usual, is violent, spectacular and'frightening: You have only lo read the debates of the Coo- gress or the front page of any American newspaper lo witness history's most searching. self- examination, a scruUny of con- science, a surgical operation without a spec- tacle of self doubt and reoen-. Lance unknown in any other land. Most foreigners p r e t these symptoms as the first signs of decay in a great civil- ization. A famous journalist tells me that the vi- Lal cement acd life stuff ia .leaching out of his society, that Ihe jig is nearly up. A promin- ent statesman thinks that tb> society has reached its autumn already and approaches its win- ter, like its predecessors. A Canadian, however, will question such stark and over- simplified analysis. To knowing his neighbors and lo watch them dispassionately, the most hopeful fact is that Ihe society now shows its will lo reanalyze itself and make a fresh start. If Ihe Americans still reafly believed in their God-given pre- rogative, Iheir rigit and duty to lead the lesser breeds TTilh- oul Lhe law, Ihe Ding once call- ed Mamfesl Destiny, then could despair of them, and of our own future. Because, in the last yea1 or Iwo, they have lost Iheir faith in these out worn myths and are trying desperately, unlike any other people, to reform them- selves instead of the world at large, we need not despair. sircpk fact governing all the comptexiLies becomes clearer, day by day. Pretty soon era foreigners will catch up with H. (Herald Special Service) LOOKING BACKWARD That's-it, Thai's .the fauUy they are not the same thing. 11 will support the govern- ment until the day in Ihe future wten il collapses in Ihe disin- tegration of the Unionist Parly. Then the Affiance party will be there to pick up the pieces. But il was not necessary for Lhe movement to refcrm as a party for Ik leaders (o inherit the numtle of liberal unionism if the gornnrient party don crumble. The govenunenl w.ild have been stronger if the movement had offered unqualified support in the wake of the Paisley vic- tories. Then was' the lime, as one cabinet minister said, for1 the community to settle down and see the "government through. The Paisley victory had opened the door to the right, THE Carmangay build- ings were destroyed in an early morning fire wilh loss esti- mated al The first Lethbridge District Musical Festival is to begin shortly in the city. .The adjudicator is Lhe distinguish- ed Canadian composer and or- ganist, Dr. Heary Willan. Provision has been made for the establishment of a service flying training school at Macleod, Alia, for Ihe train- ing of pilots under Ihe Com- rnonweallh air (raining scheme, with relief fields at Granum and Pearce. sell out crowd il expected tonight, when I 000 Green Acres Drive-In atre, at Lhe junction of Ihe Couth and Kenyon Field high- ways, is officially opened, coins, which once nude up a Hard, of the change in Canadian pockets, are becoming a rarity to Can-, ada. Canadian banks started discounting United coin- age April 7. The Lethbtidge Herald 5W Tin St. B., Lellibridge, Alberta LETHBR1DGE HERALD CO. Proprietors and Publijben Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W, A. BUCHANAN SlCMd Clu! MaO rombei Mil Hcnbff el ma Ciradlan Press in5 Canadian Djil; FlaLsbert' AsioclaUofl. ltd Aldil of Ctrciltlkw CLEO w. r.offnu, cflioc ud pibiuim TKOXAS E. ADAXS, Gnml Manacu JOE BALU WILLIAM DAT KHor Asxxlate lifat HOY F. HUES DOUGLAS X WALKKI KverUiiiX Muanr ftfttnrlil Mtar __ THE HERALD SERVES THE _ __ ;