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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IUHSRIOOE HERALD Solurday, Auggll I', Peter Amin's vision Since UfiamUi's General Am in letl n military coup deposing former Milton Obote in January 1971. lie lias increased the size of tlio army, spent great sums of money on military projects at the expense of the economy, and in the process has increased Ills own dependence on tlie army. It is not outside tin: realms of possibility that, unless Atmn, ac- cedes to the" demands of his soldiers, they could depose him, just as liu deposed his predecessor by force. Reports of intemperate outbursts, of accusations of less and less cred- ible foreign plots he says are in- tended to depose him, and now his cruel and arbitrary action against Asians in Uganda, all indicate that tlie general is runniii" scared of his imV creation. He is desper- ately lo conceal unrest in his notor- iously undisciplined armed forces, to disguise his economic failures and the general sorry condition of his country by laying the blame on others Wlio are Ihe victims, ready to hand' The Asians, the canker in his midst, of course. The idea of sud- denly expelling them came to the president in a dream. One might call it a fortuitous vision from a God who is on Amin's side. Great Britain has announced its intention to honor its obligations to those Asian rcsidenls of Uganda, holding, or eligible lo hold British passports. Britain had no choice, knowing the fate which awaits Asians left in Uganda when 90 days are up. 'Hie situation is an embarrassment to Great Britain, not only because it faces a difficult situation in ab- sorbing these people whose presence has already given rise to racial and economic problems, but because it cannot take pride in its treatment of other East Asian British subjects who hold llrUish passports, and, in the strictly legal sense, should be ad- mitted on demand. Under the I'JliS and 1071 immigration acts these yeo- ple are allowed into Britain only it Ihcv have special work vouchers. A quota system on vouchers was raised from per year, to per year last May. thus, according lo govern- ment authorities, taking care of the really destitute. There have been numerous cases of sluittlccocking of tliose trying to jump Ihe queue, llril- ish chagrin has not been helped by a recent decision by the European court of human rights, to uphold Ihe right of 31 of these queue jumpers to enter the country, in spite of the new immigration acts specifically preventing it. Britain has now accepted its clear mural and legal responsibility, im- plementing the undertaking made by former Home Secretary James Calla- giian that it would accept any British Asians who might be forcibly evicted from East Africa. It is hoped that by taking an unequivocal stand, the British government increase the opportunities for co-operation among other countries directly involved India, Pakistan, Tanzania and Kenya assist in orderly withdrawal from hostile territory to a safe place where their future can be planned. Some of them may eventually emigrate to Canada. 'Piat decision lies with the emigres and with Ihe degree of co- operalion among humanely minded nations who feel a moral obligation to help. One thing more. It should he made plain to General Amin, in case he is under any delusions, that these tragic victims xenophobia, must be allowed fair compensation for the holdings and businesses they leave behind. If he denies them this righl, then economic aid io Uganda should be terminated forthwith. Politics and sport Rhodesian athletes going to the Olympic games will be using Olym- pic passports which declare them lo be British subjects, But Rhodesia has declared its independence from Britain. What is this'' It's a clever ploy, thought up by some ingenious individual, to pre- serve the legal position as far as Britain and the UN are concerned. One must compliment the fertile imagination of whoever is responsible for thinking up a solution, basically farcical though it may be. Weekend Meditation That being said, It must be acknow- ledged that Ihe Olympic committee, including its African members, did approve Rhodesian participation in the games. The Supreme Council of Sport in Africa supported the ar- rangements also. So he it. Sport is sport, politics is politics. If the Rhodesian athletes are as good at the former as their government i.s at the latter, they should take a lion's share of the gold medals in Munich. Charity and truth 'HARITY or agape, A word usually Irar.slaled a.s is undoubtedly the greatest of virtues as St. Paul said, greater than faith or hope. It is a virtue which, In contrast, to another word for love, is not merely or even mosily emotional, but Is strongly intellectual. It means an unconquerable goodwill, hut also an assessment of appreciation of the tues of another. Thus Jesus, it is record- ed, looked on the rich young man and him, but "esteemed" or "prized" htm would also be legitimate translations. A.s you read in the thirteenth chapter nf First Corinthians, such love requires much If-control "i.s not easily provoked" and endurance "love never fails." It never gives up. Charily therefore is not a Rush of emotion, but is linked to rigid discipline. Charity is joined truth, for only man sees thr: reality behind appear- ances, v.ho knov-s the fads, svho has a depth of understanding, is capable of char- ity. But truth is a rare virtue. There is something in human nature that perverts or distorts the truth, that delights L.I hnlf truths and half tntths much to refute Hi an complete I if-is. pin a lie lo the counlrr, but fi half truth on for The Bible says that no liar may enter the Kingdom of Heaven, v.hir-h rnnkes. onn shudder .since everyone is somev.'hal false. Jesus the only pr-rsrm noirlri KHV I am the truth Socratcs rould not sziy it; that v-i.se (iresk had glaring es, Leo Tolstoi a writer of astonishing power and a personality who electrified the Justifiably delayed Premiers' conference marked by wariness The scenario find dialogue nf Ihe pre- miers' 1072 cotifci'ciK'e would have appalled, I ho provinciEil potentates of of Quebec, TlmldiLM- nf Saskatchewan, Bennett of Brit- ish Columbia ami Ho hart.s of Ontario. The.1 mood sel al the in i n i-confui'cncc of the pre- miers of lite four Atlantic prov- inces and Quebec which pre- ceded the main conference. Tliorc were the leaders ot five have-not provinces, graph- ically illustrating Ihc inequit- able distribution of national cast and west of Ihe Ontario-Quebec liordcr, cling- iny together on a leaky lerja) claim to offshore mineral re- sources and pleading v.itb Prime Minister Trudcau least to sec them and listen to their arguments. The empSiasis was on "am- icable settlement" of lae tlis- pvrlc. TJie prime minister was praised ns a reasonable, ban- world. But it was said of him, ''Whatever he was and he was almost he was also its How brutally, for example he tortured his wife by con- cealing his voluminous, detailed diaries she knew contained intimate ac- counts of their lives! Not Gandhi, that paradoxical, cruel man, even though many revere him as a who treated his sons and v.ife so abominably and who had filthy personal habits. So it is with all the great ones they could not say. "I am the not even St. Krancis of Assisi, mof.t lovable of saints. Only in .U-siJS dirl a perfect profession be en me im.-nniole in a perfect practice. All those rncn doubt less would be the first to admit their short- comings and contradict iuna between faith and practice, .since they were great men v.ho sincerely wanted to do right, [Jut the hymn is lie v.ho Fain would .sci'vc is con-.T'inus roost of wrong v.ithin." Ar.'.tiitr hyrrm hjis trie same idea ''.Suffice it ji" my good and Jll imreekorcd and through Thine ahoumhny Brace." Forgive good a.s well as tha ill? Yes, because is irn per Feel. There hnve bf-en few nobler souls tbnn Ailed. Sdiwciszer, I ml. sjiy was perfect in his of liv ivilivr-.V TiuU) i.i a Wr-ssed virtue, but one with lies? (.hem In their fata. As Kipling "And licins tind about, don't rlrnl in lies It'.s ;i hai'J K-tch- ing. tint fhariiy aud In1, f, are d irtuf I'JIAYF.K- 0 ifKdr- ifje snaiyi.l as n tree ajvJ rienr hs a hdl. By Mnufj Ualkrr orahle tnim wlio could hardly fail lo respond to their picas. Thi- thai Ihe pre- miers mijdit have extra politi- cal leverage in a federal elec- tion year was treated almost as an induce lit proposal- 'Hie Ji e n d a, and particularly the atmo- .sphere of the conference nv- cylcd how fin- 11m pendulum has swung toward the side of federal authority since I lie heady days of pre-tDOR when the provinces the tempo and the prime minister often danced to the tune. Now the provinces scorn to he on the defensive, -searching for a way to regain the initiative) and recapture public attention. Part of it is a matter of per- sonality. the last of the old cur- mudgeons fully occupied this .summer in holding the youiiy hounds al bay in British Colum- bia, the niiis: premiers at ilali- all belong to the r.sw fjcncr- alioii of provincial leaders, oldest of them, Premier Blake- ncy (if Huskalchcwan, i.s more than a quarter o[ century younger than Ji en- net t of British Columbia. If there is n single cbaracler- istic shared by all llie.se men, it is competence. They are the [iromicr managers nf (he sev- enties. Their idea of ;i useful discussion is one devoted lo collective bargaining for public employees, or the efficient ad- ministration of higher educa- tion, They live on economic .statistics and feed journalists a bland tapioca of cautious, in- disputable They arc Ihe type of political leader, one has to admit, lliat everyone was calling for dur- isifl tho sixties when the Nohd I'cace Prize winner in the lyrist IJlock in Oltav.'a was under by the "dtmagogiies" of various provincial capitots. Hut when the full "hoard of mnn- iijjtiincjtit" cf the CL'.J at the table, as in ihilitax, one is struck by the uniformity of their political profiles in contrast to Ihe im- LndivLrtiinliLy of the mnn who Lester Pearson iji Ottawa. In contrast, also, lo the men who preceded (hem and who, with all (heir hmlts, reflected Die convictions, aspirntlon.s and prejudices that arc part of tho Canadian fabric. H was Jean Lesagc of Que- boe who, in the first flush ot victory in invited his fel- low premiers to Quebec City and established Uie inlerpro- vincial conference, which had been held from time to time in thu past, on nn annual basis, The agenda of the con- ferences always has baen dom- inated by administrative mat- lars of mutual concern. But in (he sixties, (he premier's1 mcct- were often used as politi- cal platforms. In IGCii, for instance, I he con- ference was used by the late IViMnier Thatcher of Saskatch- ewan to prematurely reveal left us for a week rceontly find fivervlhmc? Hie mnal to a rot (o i'-- ju-st unrlr-r vay v.hcn i put in an 'We oil set to get away from it and iittuck n proposed federal equalization formula. Tho tell- er's remark that Ills constit- uents wore ahout to be treated as "second-class eillzens" to benefit Quebec wn.s Uie one that made Ihe headlines nnd helped to Creole n public coil- t'-'xt for tho premiers' private discusKiotts. It was the same conference Ihiil Premier Hobarts of On- tario suggested that It might he lime for the provinces lo take Ilic initiative in exam- ining Urn fundamental struc- ture of Ihe federation. Despite federal opposition to the idea, Itobart.s went ahead with his Confcclcra lion of Tomorrow conference in Toronto in 1967, thereby adding a new national dimension lo Ills role and altering lo some extent tho role of Ontario in the great Cana- (Hun of the constitution (lurinj; the sixties. Perhaps the vitality and am- bilion evident at the provincial in the paM decade rnado t'-c fcrlcrul-prnvinciiil game, at time s, overly political. Many Canadians agreed v.ilh Marc 7.atomic, one of the prime min- ister's advisers, when he wrote in tile sixties that dispute he- twcen levels of government in Canada "is essentially con- rectcd w i t h power politics oC the various groups involved, and has very little to v.iili thfi iiidcpirnrlciicc of lirian.-'. IN .sense imolird. that: ''if your integrity can hr: u.sr'fuliif-ss ha.s in fact II is doubllessly tine that llm of the statistical hurcfiii at any time reflects the general nrcd.s of yoiernmenl. How ronUl v.oivlrj he; in inihiffJiare liou'tli- it ilu-y tliein.uiKes up as judges of what categories of iji- mat ion govern menf.s should have and what they should balance of have- If there is an snowed marked with the judiciary, it is that in the judges leave the making of; This was due mainly to million The fact is, of course, surplus; up from while government may not in the first quarter. way.s be in result is of national ing new tasks on .Statistics ami has always arln. it is nfLm unhappy with jt'MilU. At Ihe moment. For tlio siiinc time it was ample, no Minister can lie by Die .same source happy Eihout tlie unadjusted automotive trade deficit employment rale, which first half uf Ihe present cnnrcd ?L point in July. II is to million from lhal this is based on in tlie first monlhs which is rot very In years v.e istic it includes persons hearing a great deal Die age uf 11 years and subject, first fioin the many unemployed native (Jovernrniinl, ple, But ftiult is not deficit became those taking the flit: automobile pnct, ralhsr obviously, they arc from Ihe American rooking bmiks for any nol'-'l tlui in en 1 and made, Mr. Sn ivfiif i while on 1 Fuss about, it than Mibjorl, might, explain how proper in hopes to prevent Ihe misuse; i Ic tlio ovora 1 1 1 rade pi si iifi.M wltf-llier iiv is import a nl lirtvrvrr. mf-mhcri of Ihe not necessarily fdlUiv.' husinr.'-.MVi as Rell require auloinotiu; The slalislirian, lo him or that have due. has very little control uf as a nation hy Ihe statistic mire it is off (Fie from bly liri" and into the realm SUitisllcR Canada, p ;i r 1 is ;i n politics or iL necessary lo strike a fling. Vole I'M are yeclor hy sector or to larly vulnerable In flyin.r; for in one Jirs evfry four or five deficit wlion we are r, and hnaltliy surplus on agencies practirn lly all generally? have lime, Oltawa being a reports nf alarm hells magnet for people who In Japan because (hey f.nrnolhing, .such as rlefirit on necfl not be douMod, '1 fin: and also the lhal (lie automobile portanrT, a statistic rj locakd in greatly on lln- poinl of riti'f in 1 fen' for example, (lie ahout imports. There papers carried a report curious theory ainuny MUli.stiffi Canada that, our thnl market nre nil Important. A firm may be doing reasonably well by its shareholders hut if its share of the Canadian market drops, let us say, hy five per cent, the ought to recognize that it is in dire peril and in- voke some special protection, rch as the anti-dumping provi- 011 S. The statisticians are quile iji- iioccnt in this, ft is the will of government, supporter! by Par- liament, lhal Ihcy should gather Iliis filthougii they more Lajipily (j-erliaps joru profilaFilv) fiiigngwl if llu-y v.i-re ouL counting we will he made of it in one case by automobile manufacturers or In another perlmps, by Bell Canada seek- ing a rale hike, i.s quite beyond their control "While slnli.slics fall short of Ihe warm Hi of says Mr. t-icrivener, "Ihcy