Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Anglo-Irish rupture in sight -no love lost lly IIAIIMLLI MOItltlSON Canadian Press Slnft Writer A stinging verbal battle between JLg leaders that rnn only lead l.o n hardening of encrusted political pa.silions raises the threat of a serious rupture be- tween Britain and the Republic of Ireland. There never has been much love between the two slates. In the Second World War the Irish Republic turned its back on the besieged British lion with some Irish elements even praying for ils downfall. But in more recent years, especially tinder the leadership the lale Sean Lemass, relations wanned to the point where an Anglo-Irish conference that included the leader of Northern Ireland could be contemplated without (ear of political backslabbing at home. That no longer is the case. To most Roman Cath- olics in I he Irish lie-public il. has become increasingly evident that Prime Minister Hoalli is llirowing his full weight behind Ihe, survival of Jirian Faulkner, Ul- slcr's Protestant prime minislc'r. Internment in Northern Ireland has hit the Cath- olic extremists leaving Hie Protestant extremists un- touched. Daily, the word reaches Dublin that British troops, in quelling terrorism, are using interallied brutality against Catholics but not Protestants. Prodded to aci Whether llicsc reports arc enlirely true has little bearing on their propaganda value, as Heath's own men acknowledge. Jack Lynch, Irish republican prime irJnJslei-, is under pressure to lake action, prodded by powerful factions eager lo unseat and replace him. In a sen.se, Lynch's own political Future is at stake. He feels strongly about thn hope of reunifying Ire- land through peaceful .means and has ordered Jus Lroop not lo get tangled in border skirmishes in the cur- rent episode of inflamed emotions. But home pressures are rising against him. The increasing acliviiy of holb factions of the Irish Ee- puhlican Army which arc based in the Irish republic lias forced Lynch to speak in stronger terms, even In the point of making public derogatory messages to Hcnth before Qicy are delivered to the British leader. Tliis has set off Heath's own explosive temper, sinking relations between them the two leaders to a new low. The question among some British observers Is whether Heath took (be correct political action, knowing that Lynch is speaking mainly for a home audience. The lines now are more rigidly drawn. Lynch has openly pledged his country's support to Catholic civil disobedience in the North. An increasing number of more moderate Ulster Caiholics have quit their jobs, siding wilh the militants and Heath's outburst por- Iray.s him as brgdy in support of the Protestant SUM'monL hierarchy. With the Irish border easily penetrable, Ulster ter- rorists are likely to obtain .increasing support from the South, forcing British troops to employ perhaps even I'v.igticr Ucl.ics. Whether Heath and Faulkner can ob- an acceptable military solution to the Ulster riots is questionable.. Now there is doubt whether even a Political soJuiJou, involving a compromise wilh the South, is possible. Old Chinese medical treatment CHICAGO f APt On some tomorrow, your doctor may pick up from one In a half-dozen thin needles, a rouple of indies long and begin sticking them into your toe or finger, arm or leg, abdomen or back, face or neck or elsewhere, depending upon what is ailing you, It likely wouldn't hurt. Nor should (.lie draw n drop oT blood. Tour doctor most likely would still prescribe pills, a vacation, change in diet or an end to your quarrelling your spouse, children, boss or iieighbors. Wilh his lie would he adopting, and adapting, (he ancient Chinete Irealmenl of acupuncture the inseition of needles to hnlL pain or cure disease in parls of (lie Iwiy. Thus a needle in Uie big loe is supposed lo influ- ence the Ir-rr. One in Ihe little toe treats one kind of headache, while n needle in Ihe back of the neck treats a different kind. A needle in the right leg is supposed lo calm down an inflamed appendix. Altogether, HGii i-eleclcd puinLs on Ihe body sile.s fur acupuncture, though some practitioners work wilh up to For major surgery Thf nntf? ncus irconUy when il. was iippd on James Keslon, New York Times correspondent who uiH.lcruvnl an appendectomy during a visit lo uiainhnd China. The OninoHC nou ;uu reported using a few acupunc- lurc ncrdles as sole anesthesia for major surgery al- though this was not done wilh Ilcston. Canadian and American eyewitnesses tell of seeing open-heart .surgery, rcnw.'il of a cysl from an ovary re- pair of a hernia, removal of an ulcer in tlie stomach ami oilier operations, with Ihe patients conscious all tho time, apparently feeling no pain. Needles had been placed in i.iie wrist ami forearm, wilh report- ing numbness coming on in 20 minutes or so in Lha nrca to be operated upon. Foreign nvcdical reaction ranges from a cry of lo .siiRgesliniv; for srriou.s rrsr.irrl? lr> see whether neupimrlurp might indeed have sonic funda- ment.d value, and cmild he useful as an adjunct lo medicine as practised in the West. "After all, acupuncture has been practised for thou- sands of years, and it would seem (here is .something ID it, although it may nol bo so useful ns is clnimed; perhaps there is some yet, unknown physiological mech- anism behind s.-iy.s Dr. n.'iinnn Lim, Police strikes opposed by some officials nru.imv SYDNEY, N.S. (CP) Polico expected to return lo work "immedi.ilely" afler Mayor Carl Neville agreed lo iccom- mend settlement of a wage dis- pute on tlie basis of a concilia- lion report, Attorney-General Leonard Pace said today. Dy THE CANADIAN TRESS The Sydney, N.S. police strike is hoing billed as the first legal ono in Canada. Some police offi- cials also poinl lo violence in Sydney ovoniighl Thursday find J'Y'iday as an example of why police strikes should not be al- lowed. Across (lie cnuntiy, slrikes hv police, are legally permissible in four provinces. In (ho past (here have been a handful of strikes by polieo forces in Canada, Ihe. most nota- ble find violent beiijR tlie Mont- real police walkout in "We've seen Ihe tragic situa- tions that have developed he- cause walked oft the job in Montreal and now we're seeing the sanio tiling (o lessor degree in Sydney.'' Police Chief Lxxmard Lawrence ol llaniiltnn said Friday. The arl'ilral.ion process, he said, is the only reasonable means of .settling police dis- pules. Police Chief Kenneth Sken'elt of Burlington, Out. said Iho RCiUP should have been called in to Sydney when police walked oul "and failing (hat, the nrmy." Police generally, he said, .should 1'pc prohibited from strik- ing. "II already has been proven all loo Iragic when police walk off the job." Conslahle Larry I, sngni f, president of Ihe Windsor, Ont. Police Association and a mem- ber of (lie executive committee of the Ontario Police Associa- tion, is "strongly opposed lo any kind of legal strike aclion by po- lice officers." lie said tho police nssocin- tion's execulive committee is studying a proposal whereby the provincial law bo changed so thai in the event of a dispute, police would with- draw enforcement of municipal by-laws and some provincial st.ihiles. Police in Alberta, Saskatche- wan, Ontario, Quebec. Prince Edward Island and Newfound- land cannot legally strike. Police strikes arc legal in British Columbia, Nova Scolia Jind in New Brunswick, subject lo approval by the provincial cabinet. Municipal police in Manitoba will be able lo strike legally alter Nov. 1. Burns to while playing in ircc house IVHITECOimr CCP) Phil- lip George Doskoch. 10. of Whitecourt burned lo death Fri- day, while playing in a tree house. RCMP said he was alone at the time and was believed to have been playing with match- es. It was too lale to save tho boy by (he [ime the fire was noticed. Whitecoiirl is about IPO miles DortJuvest of Edmonlou.