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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta I TW IITHBRIDGE HMAID August 1973. Respect for mutual restraints needed Bj William New York Times commentator No real problem for the NDP From the first day it was there have been questions about how long this government couM last. It has survived until only because it has had is definitely not the word the support of the New Democratic Party. That support has wavered at and is said to be wavering again. An uneasy alliance at the best of on occasion it has been down- right embarrassing to the New Demo- to tax reductions for those welfare they damn- ed roundly during the election campaign The latest and what may be a final rift is now in the the high cost of food is a pocketbook issue if ever there was one. To an implacable foe of big business and the old line the temptation to the rascals on this issue must be well-nigh unbearable. The opportunity to do something like that may come even before October when Parliament is due to re-convene. While the government would like to give its new-found poli- cies seme time to hoping they may have a cooling effect on prices. there is a resto eness in the and it won't take much to consolidate the present scattered demand that Parlia- ment be recalled whether in October or the time must come to decide just how long this government is to stay in and that decision will be made by the NDP. The decision on't be easy. It might appear to doctrinaire socialist or to the simple souls who thinx the NDP's sole mission is to be- labor the forces of capitalism. But the NDP isn't led by a bunch of vision- its leaders are tough-minded quite able to distinguish between rhetoric and who know that in politics it is power that counts. All the wondeiful the great the shining are just so much oratory without poli- tical power to give them meaning. So what are the political facts of the What might the NDP stand to gain by overturning the govern- ment and forcing an The in terms of political is Very little. But it could lose a great it could lose the strongest federal position it has ever held If an election were called tomor- the NDP could not hope to win at and form the government. Nor does it entertain any such hops for the foreseeable future. Ihe best that even its most sanguine supporters expect is to hold the balance of powsr between the two major parties. And that is exactly what the NDP has now. For some years to come in there can be only four possible out- comes to ayy federal a Liberal a Conservative ma- a minority government led by the or a minority govern- ment led by the Conservatives. In either of the first it would not matter a scrap to the NDP which pary formed the they ould be powerless whichever it was A Liberal minority government would be no change irom the present al- ays assuming the NDP was. able to retain all its seats The only remaining possibility is a Conservative-led minority govern- ment. and the best the NDP could hope for in that case would be to hold the balance of just as it does so that instead of supporting Liberals it would be supporting Con- servatives If any New Democrats have been yearning for a closer rela- tionship with the they have concealed it well So vihy should the NDP precipitate an election that they cannot win. and in v.hich thav could lose a It would be a rcviantic gesture to pull down the one that might provide a fleeting feel- ing of triumph to those who relish that sort of thing. But it would be no more than and as pointed out today the NDP is run by rot romantics. RUSSELL BAKER Noble causes need happy victims What an exquisite 20th-century horror to find yourself caught in the net of some noble cause that needs an innocent victim Perhaps you are en route to Zurich to visit Aunt Euialie when a hero of Palestin- ian nationalism leaps into the airplane grenade in and announces that you must go sit in the dessrts of Araby for the sake of a cause so magnifi- cent that he would happily die for it More jou are stalled in a tiaffic riot three miles square You know now that you will never be able to keep the date which might have saved the only true love of your Me And Because same perfectly decent working stiffs who control traffic through the tunnel ahead are slowing everything to a crawl for the unassailable purpose of raising their living standards. Was there ever a time when so many noble causes required so many innocent for the splendid purpose of raising the pay the dignity of require thousands of children who can be closed out of the sthoolhouse. Idealistic Latin guerrillas require a supply cf Yankee hired hands to be kidnapped. The British workingman needs millions of Londoners to when the winter power is shut in the altogether jus- tifiable cause of improving the working- man's pay. In New hospital patients are so that removal of their gall bladders can be delayed in the worthy cause of better working conditions for hos- pital help. It is a time when all the best people feel they are contributing to human pro- gress by making life miserable for body else.. of have always taken this attitude. are making life intolerable for a lot of people who can't understand governments have al- ways we want those people to know that our cause is noble Governments call it war. Most of us can probably count on being Innocent sooner or of the wars we now all wage against each other. How shall we It is never good to to why It does not matter that you haven't a remote idea where Palestine is or who refuses to give the tunnel workers a square deal. To people leading noble though you be innocent of their particular griev- you must be guilty of something. It is when trapped in the innocent-vic- bm to relax and feel guilty. a general It is always in any sit- WASHEVGTOX The reac- tion Jo the president's speech last week centres around what he did not or what he should have rather than what he did say. Many of his crticis suggest the president should have orfer- ed or given a p o i n t-by-poinl refutation of John Dean's charges Had he done so. adopting a defensive the same critics would have dismissed it all with now let's have the tapes Many of his supporters com- plain that he did net blast the Ecvin committee and other tor- mentors out of the water for being and af- flicted with a double standard. trs president taken the I've hnd enwai rouia. tie have rallied troaps admire a Tramai- scrappsr. but he would have guaranteed ths nation thrza more years of passionate aciifMny he made a thoughtful speech about vhat he believed to important lessons of He addressed himself to root -which let's admit it is an approach that many of his supporters scorned as in considering ac- tion against crime With pDetic many liberals so long accused of bemg are no longer interested in root but want to hear the clank of pr.son doors One root cause of Watergate was the ready tolerance of an attitude that placed the dic- tates of individual conscience above the tire presi- dent fashionable in the as individuals and groups increasingly asserted the right to take the law into their own insisting that their purposes served a higher morality. notion that the end jus- tifies the means proved con- the president went on. it is not even though it is that in America in the present ags. to feel guilty It is vital not to lose one s temper Vic- tims js a class in Western society are in- variably either ludicrous or contemptible under the best of circumstances. Tre fel- low rviiC breaks his leg on a banana peel is absuid. The murder victim is commor- tried by his killer's lawyer on charges of having deserved to bs murJered long before justice finally took its course. Innocent victims of a noble caiue can expect no more sympathy. Consider the in- locent victim of the labor slow-down at the Iranel into the man who was to meet with the one real love of his lire. Because of this noble cause at the tun- he will arrive two hours late for the assignation. The woman he loves will have concluded that he has rejected her and will have boarded a jet for Zurich with the other man in her doubtless an em- bezzler. Our stalled suitor in a more sensible reasonably be ex- pected to express ill will towards the al- together decent chaps who degged the tunnel Nothing could be more unwise Neigh- bors and proud of their liberal outlook on human would think him 2 selfish perhaps a reac- certainly a comic figure. Even more would be our subject's sure knowledge that an angry denunciation of the good cause that ruined him would make him despise him- self as a illiberal spirit. The woman he and whom he now has would surely never have loved him at he can be had he been the kind of man who took a churlish attitude about being shanghaied for a great cause Will the woman he loved and her Zurich- bound embezzler be hijacked over the Bay of Biscay and flown to a desert in Araby to have their brains fried in a yeat I do not think so. I think the Palestinian nationalists who planned to hijack the plane were also caught in the traffic jam at the tunnel and missed the flight. Did they harbor vicious feelings against the tunrel Of course not. They knew that someday they would have the tunnel workers in a plane on a desert in at which time they would not want the tunnel workers to ha.bor vicious feel- ings toward them Today's innocent victim is usually to- morrow's noble victimizer of of are bound to be guilty of a I thought the speech lacked the terse simplicity of a shrug or the curt disavowal of a French expletive The Watergate Act Scene 2 By William Shannon. New York Times commentator WASHINGTON What we are witnessing in the Water- gate drama is the sgomz- nig fall from power of an ad- ministration. Letter to the editor The precise denouement cannot now be but great human dramas are not halted arbitrarily at the will of even the most powerful partici- Gun control desirable Upon first reading Mr Niels E Kioppenoorg s letter ple Kill 'net guns. August I though that l'is arguments v.ere SD cliehe-ndden with slo- gans put out bv the fAire i- National Rille Association thai he was presenting a satire to liven un the Letters TO Ire Editor section during a fall August If Mr Kloppenborg is serious then I wctld like to present seme counter argu- ments to his position opposing stricter gun controls. Mi- Kloppenborg believes he has as much right to choose shooting as his form of recrea- tion as the golfer has to choose golf. Forms cf recreation can be arranged into an with card games and tiddly-wuks one end and automobile fly.- and shooting at the other end. One of the factors involv- ed in this ordering is the chance of harming innocent by- staaiders. This is why automo- bile racing is not allowed on city why goli is not al- lowed in and why persons who wrestle in a lav- em are charged with disturb- ance in the pubhc place When Mr Kloppenborg chooses shoot- ing a form of his right has to be limited because of the chance of harming inno- cent bystanders. At present the limitation takes only the mild restriction on whe-e one may engage in shooting. Men like Solicitor-General Warren A1I- mand would like legislation to reflect the extremely dangerous nature of shooting as a form of recreation. A good analogy is flying. There would be chaos and large loss of life if anyone could pick up a flying licence at the local hardware go to the 'rent an airplane and take off. Obviously controls are necessary and serious pi- lots have no trouble meeting them. Gun controls are also necessary and serious sports- man would have no trouble meeting them Advocates of stricter gun controls are rational and re- sponsible people who realize that most gun murders are not committed by criminals but by persons who have never previ- ously committed a crim3. Forty seven per cent of persons killed by a gun in Canada during a ten-year period were shot dur- ing a domestic that in a fight between husband and father and etc This percentage does not in- clude the guii deaths that occur as a result of fights between un- re'ated persons. Gun controls v.ill not greatly affect the ac- tivities of criminals but they will prevent the large numbers of gun deaths comnvtted ni mo- ments of extreme often by a member cf a victim's fam- ily. Research has shown that the presence of a gun in a set- ting releases aggressive bahav- trat wovld not otherwise have occurred. When a gun is cr freely the angry person is tempted to use it on Ks frustrator with sad consequences. T.ie purpose of a gun is to hurl at high speed a projectile capable of piercing hard s.ances Target shooting not- the purpose of a gun is to kill. Target shooting is normally called prac- The practice is to im- prove one's accuracy so that one becomes more efficient in killing killing killing killmg killing moose or a military killing people The purpose of guns is to if guns were less readily available to angry to unskilled then there would be fewer gun deaths committed by these per- sons The proposed legislation would place sawed-off shotguns and handguns in a prohibited ard rifles and shot- guns in a restricted category. This would mean that no pri- vate citizen could own an op- erable handgun and thai reg- istration of and a permit to pur- chase would be required for shotguns and rifles An import- ant aspect of the proposed leg- islation would be the require- ment that all persons wishing to purchase a gun pass a course in competent gun use. Such legislation would not re- strict the activities of serious sportsmen. It is suggested that rather than controlling legisla- tors should face up to the real social and economic causes of violence. A country must at- tempt to alleviate all the condi- tions leading to and this includes more sensible con- trols on the tools of violence. MARK L. SANDILANDS Lethbridgff. pant. They acquire a life and momentum of their own and move inexorably toward their natural conclusion. Mr. Nixon's resignation may not be inevit- able but it is inherently logi- cal and grows slightly more probable vuth each passing week. Nixon's curious speech Isst Wednesday evening and his even more curious supporting statemsnt are his last efforts to master the adverse drift of events They are curious be- cause they are so de- so lacking in force and poir.t. Advance speculation had pro- jected the president taking eiPi- of courses. He would cooless plead for forgive- and make an emotional aopeal for a frssh start. Or else he would deliver a slashing attack upon the En in committee ar.d the liberal op- position. In the the speech fol- lowed neither of these the president took a compromise middle way. Ke apparently re- alized that a confession of error and a plea for a frssh start would carry no weight unless he released toe incriminating tapes. he has too much anger and hostility to- ward his enemies to make that approach convincing. at the same he concluded that his political position is too weak to enable him to launch a successful counterattack The result was a speech with soft gracenotes that failed to a speech with angry innuendos that failed to strike hard. As he did in his first de- bate with John F. Kennedy in Nixon chose to rein him- self in and offer a mod- erate mask to the world. For a battler with Nixon's savage combative that is a loser's tactic. But as in he may well feel the fatal- ism of a man who knows he is on a losing course. Once he knows he is battling forces stronger than those he can mus- ter for himself. as the effect is to leave the initia- tive with his enemies. The feeble supplementary statement proved how beleag- uered the president feels him- self. this was to be an point-by-point refutation of the damaging tes- timony delivered by many wit- nesses before the Ervin com- mittee. It was to be a magis- terial summing-up of the de- fence put forward in his and their behalf by John Ehrlich- man and H. R. Haldeman. The several lawyers working at the White House labored over successive drafts. But how- ever carefully each draft had its gaping holes and awful inconsistencies. The only possible decision was to forget the detailed rebuttal and subsi- tute the bowl of mush that was served up to the waiting report- ers on Wednesday evening. It could not be otherwise be- cause Nixon cannot win this battle of facts. There is scarcely a politician in either party or a member of the corps who seriously believes that the president was unin- volved while senior members of the Whits House staff and his closest political associates were engaged in these crimes and conspiracies. the polls suggest that the great majority of people around the country feel this to be true. The president's latest speech reprcssnts a desperate gamble that the people will get bored and confused with the whole business and gradually turn away from it. He can do noth- ing mere to determine the out- come of the drama. All he can do is wait and hope to luck it out. He is helped by the fact that no one in Congress in a position to take effective action is pre- pared as yet to move against him. The people in their uncer- tainty are waiting for the politi- cians to give a and the politicans in their caution are waiting for public reaction to crystalize. The Agnew debacle has also bought him a little time. Sena- tor Goldwater and his Rep. Barry Goldwater. may growl about his lack of candor. But Nixon and G o 1 d- water the elder and Goldwater the younger that the troops of the old guard dare not rebel against him until they have a viable successor in sight. As the president waits and everyone flinches from the or- deal of the tapes wind their way through the courts. In the unlikely event that he triumphs the Su- preme Nixon has still to worry about missing pieces of evidence that may turn up unexpectedly and about the many other characters in this drama whose moves are unpre- dictable. The play continues to unfold. some persons in 1972 adopted the morality that they them- sslves had nghtlly condemned and committed acts that have no place in our political sys- An effort to understand why is not a way of copping a or of shifting acts cannot be defend- the president asserted. But motives must be explored if we are to understand what brought this and avert Water- gates 'n the future. with a simpler ex- want no complexities or shadmgs introduced. Nixon and his gang wanted to be tyr- they and it is agamst same as no quarter given. The New York for dismisses any examination on the motives of some of the law- breakers and zealots by adopt- ing a technique or rhetoric it so often condemns in Mr. stretching a point to its ridi- culous and then at- tacking the strawman of the ex- treme- the look into root causes is derided- violent action of a fsw irresponsible radicals such as the Weathermen can hardly justify illegal activity by high officials of the White The president never remotely suggested that it The Times' attack is irrelevant but keeping the lines of implacable eranity drawn up rejecting any overtures to rational discus- sion. Isn't it about time we all recognized that a policy of against an exaltation of political an impugning of opposition is what leads to and lawlessness9 Wouldn't this be a good mo- ment to consider where and without trvmg to equate civil disobedi- ence with official to grope our way back to a greater respect for the rule of If those who now feel vindi- cated turn they will have joined the forces they have most if the president is at ths top of your enemies think for a mo- what are you doing with a political enemies The president of the United States has and admits publicly he has that excess begets In our no chief executive has'ever learned a more costly now he is trying to sug- g3St a new civility to support- ers and opponents alike. In the mutual siege mentality of against the lead- er of has learned the fu- tility of but what about do they really want to come in and clean out the sanc- and extract total hum- Is the hard way the only way to learn' No. Take it from a president tempered in the fires qf excessive has be- come far more temperate. He has found that the future of cre- ative controversy in a commitment by all of us to show a renewed respect for the mutual restraints that are the mark of a free and civilized so- ciety. the president ''that we barn once again to work not united in all of our then at leist united in respect for the system by which our conflicts are peacefully resolved and our liberties maintain- ed we learn the important lessons of if we do what is necessary to prevent such abuses in the future on both sides we can emerge from this experience a better and a stronger nation 'Crazy Capers' First the good have acquired a computer that can do your job efficiently and at a lower cost... The Uthbridgc Herald SIN 7th St. Alberta LEIHBRJDGE HERALD TO. Proprietors and Published by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN MCOM ClHf Mtn No. W12 tw fht ctnulltn Prut And the Canidlan Dally AMoclttten and IM Audit Bureau of CLEO W EdiTo- ind Putllshtr THOMAS H. ADAMS. Gtntral Manifir DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Editor AuocISM Cottar ROY f. WILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER MwtWng tdWorwi editor THE HERALD 3MVES THE ;