Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE IE1HBRIDGE HFUAID luostlny, December 7, 1971 Robert Sl Who can win this war? The suspicion that India is indeed (.lie aggressor in the all out, still undeclared war now raging ve came to Canada, we were stationed in the, then, British Camcroons as the senior officer ar.cl his wife, traditionally, the O-.-own in any outpost under British entertained all visiting dignitaries coming from every part of the world. We were, therefore, particularity con- scious of the necessity to choose'cur chil- dren's toys with great care as even a black baby doll, carelessly thrown in a corner, might cause offence to some visi- tors. However, when we gave it to our little son one Christmas, it never crossed my mind that the mechanical toy monkey beating his drums, dressed in gold-braided uniform complete with leopard skin apron, might have started a race riot. Thai particular Christmas, Uie late sir Abut Dakar Tcfcwa Uclcwa. prime minis- ter of Nigeria, and the premier of Ihe Camercons, attended the opening of the annual agricultural show and horse raws which, because. Christmas in Ihe tropics falls in Uie middle of the dry season, look plac? around this time. At the military parade In their honor. I was wedged firmly on Ihe canopied dais between the prime minislers, my children loaning decorously, for once, agamsl my knees, when a splendidly allired African army band in cold-braided uniforms, tall drummers with leopard skins and a hahm- swinging sergeant major closed in on us. My small son suddenly screamed- "The monkeys arc linrii in Nign-iii, he loved the, nalives. I'rciudicc and fear were foreign lo him. Mis' sudden embar- rassing terror was caused by the drum- ming toy monkey which, the two-year-old (bought, had come to life and multiplied. The prime ministers who knew us well, un- derstood and managed to calm the uproar. The child was quickly whisked away and an iineasy peace restored. That evening, at the dinner party given by Sir Abu Bakar, the prime minister sud- denly shot an unexpected question at me: "ilow do you feel about atomic weapons fcr Nigeria? Should buy Dip- lomacy, never my strongest characteristic, deserted me and I told him what I thought of atomic weapons in general and for Ni- geria in particular. He laughed and said he would reconsider in Ihe light of my opinion. "Why, Sir." I asked this gentles't of politicians, a former teacher who loved, not only children, but the whole of hu- manity, "why do you wish to acquire such deadly weapons for a country that, to iny knowledge, does not even have external enemies'.'" "Why did you buy that toy ir.onkcy for your He countered sur- prisingly. 1 (bought for a moment. "Well, we saw a similar toy in another child's home, he had wanted it so much and il seemed such an attractive toy." "Pre- i'i.-ely." said (he prime minister, "you have answered your own question. Ours is a very nation which has seen others play with the toys they now demand of me. II is hard to deny Ihe wishes of a young people, isn't lie did not give Into the aggressive in- stincts of those ho regarded as his chil- rlron and, a year later, was cruelly mur- dered. Had he been allowed lo live. Ni- geria would nol have had even (he less sophisticated toys that permitted the Bin- fran war. This African prime minister may have liM'd fifty years ahead of his lime, but the he died for are worth remembering when we. I IT adiill nations of (he world, consider buying guns for our children or atom bombs for our peoples. Palestinians need a political voice i 'AIKO The assassination in Ciiiro of Jordan Prime Minister Wasfi c! Tc! was a grim reminder as it was doubtless intended to be that despite the cnfshing of the Palestinian guerrillas in Jor- tlan by King Hussein's army in the battle of 'ast July and the previous September, the Palestinians are still a force to be reckoned in the Arab world. The assassination was a sympton of both the bitterness left by the Jordan fighting and of the extent to wliieh it lias encouraged more extreme atti- tudes within the Palestinian guerrillas movement, including [he largest and most moderate group of El Fatah. Wasfi Tel was the main instrument, to- gether with the Bedouin units of the Jordan Army, used by King Hussein in his campaign against the guerrillas. Although the assassins are believed to belong to an ex- treme faction of El Fatali, pledged to avenge tlw killing by His Jordan army of one of tlis Fatah guerrilla leaders, Abu lyyad, an offical spokes- man of the Fatah-dominated Palestine Liberation Organiza- tion has joined President Sadat of Egypt in condemning the kill- ing. In fact, although apparent- ly planned for some months past, the killing came at a particularly crucial moment both for Egypt and for the of- ficial Palestinian guerrilla lead- ership. For President Sadat is now trying to organize national and pan-Arab support for a double-barrelled peace-or-war policy of pressing Israel and the United States info pro- ducing an early peace settle- ment based on the principle of full Israeli withdrawal from Egypt, or if tlu's fails, of mo- bilizing for a renewed war against Israel. At the same time Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been jointly trying to bring about a recon- ciliation and modus vivcndi bo- iween King Hussein and the Palestinian guerrilla leader- ship, principally the Fatah. Talks on this subject have been going on in Jeddah at intervals over Ule past few weeks. They have made little or no progess, for it was clear that King Hus- sein does not want to accept the return to Jordan of Pales- mm mm it while you can. The first thing you favtf, fie'lt 'ic grown up and acting like a babvl" ''Mom bomb tests! Pipelines! I soy let's go back to Man- hattan, no place left to ran any Letters To The Editor Correctional institution welcomes entertainers The Aces High, a rn.iarl.cl of four very fine musicians, nnd the talented and very aitrac- tive folk singer, Kia be Boer, were certainly well received and appreciated by the inmate audience on Sunday, Kovem- ber 21, 1971. The warm reception and ap- preciation of these people was well evidenced by the frequent shouts of approval and rousing applause during the hour and a half of their perform- ance. Most, all of the inmates ex- pressed their wish that these and other groups of this calibre would be asked to put on future concerts for the inmates of tbe institution. They would be cer- tainly welcomed and greatly appreciated. Rehabilitation, what is it and what does it involve? It is cer- tainly one of the more impor- tant aspects of dealing with in- dividuals who are doing time within the confines of an insti- tution. It is virtually a part of type of constructive acti- vity within the institution and definitely a part of the recrea- tion program. However, this recreaiion pro- gram must not be limited lo the institution, it must also create a link by involving members of the outside com- munity with members of the in- stitutional community. By involving both of these communities we might in some way. pave the way for t he creation of new areas of con- structive leisure time interests, whether they be passive or ac- tive, for the inmates of our in- stitution. This is why our heartiest thanks go to the Aces High, Be certaii pet gifts will be wanted .lust before Christmas may we make a few suggestions that may help cut down our stray animal situation in the city and district. While we think there is no- lliing nicer for a child than a puppy or kitten it should be de- termined first if the parent wants the extra expense and (rouble of a pet. They do cost if they are to be well looked after. There are distemper shots, spaying of the female animal, food, etc. If the par- ent is willing, and as we all know it usually falls to mother to look after it sooner or later, think of the child is he or she old enough to treat a pet right? Some children arc never old enough for this responsi- bility. A pup or a kitten can take just so much rough treat- ment. U should be explained care- fully to the child that the ani- mal has feelings just like he or .she has. They can feel pain, sadness and joy, just as a per- son. But most important, they feel love and we would like lo see them loved in return. If a pet is given where it is not wanted it is usually taken out somewhere and left on its Use school I remember several years ago, Bowman School was con- demned. Since then we have had the Central School suffer the same fate. Both schools are still standing and will do so for the next hundred years if left alone. Now we have a project that requires to provide suit- able accommodation for ]5 to 20 women. Why spend that amount when we have two schools being used for several purposes? The youth movement in Cen- tral would benefit by the addi- tion of 15 to 20 women to per- form the numerous duties ne- cessary to keep the youth movement going. Maybe the Herald Milk Fund could use some of that money, too. DICK FISHER. Lethbridge. own, this happens more times than we like to think about. This is where the strays come from nine times out of ten. If you should be given a pet for Christmas and feel you don't want it or can't keep it, don't lake it out and leave it roam- ing. Please take it to the city shelter. In this way the animal will have a chance of getting a new home with someone that does want it. There is no charge for taking an animal to the shelter and it is certainly better than having them roam- ing around cold and hungry. Think these suggestions over and if there is someone who wants a pet and will look after it, by all means give them one. There is no nicer way to tell an animal lover Merry Christ- mas. We of the Lethbridge and District Humane Society wish one and all a Merry Christmas and the best New Year ever. VIOLET KANDEL, President Lethbridge and District Humane Society. Lcth bridge. Letter Carriers nol against casual help Regarding your editorials on the "Postie The dispute is not Uie fact that casuals are hired by post office, but rather in the method the employer uses lo obtain them. Clause in.03 of our contract provides for Ihe use of regular and supervisory (rcflief) letter carriers, work- ing overtime, to cover un- manned walks in the following order of precedence; unassign- ed Idler carriers in order of seniority, available supervisory (relief) letter earners and fi- nally when the other Iwo ca- tegories havo liccn exhausted, by other means, including ca- sual help. (Irievaiices were filed on this violation of Ihe contract and on October 15 III7I a hearing was held Ix'fore I'rnf. II. W. Ar- thurs, and on October 10 a decision was down in which Prof, Arthurs came out m lavor of Hie union. Koltowing Ihe ruling of (he. mljudicator (lie employer dis- continued the use of casuals under these circumstances. Later they changed their posi- tion and arc now hiring ca- suals once more in spile of the ruling made by Prof. Arthurs. This is Ihe reason for the wild- cat strikes in Ontario. Al Ibis lime the union is at- tempting to once again meet with the postmaster general and the treasury board lo set- tle Ihe dispute raised by Prof. Arthur's adjudication in Iho union's favor. As a poinl of clarifiicalion for the public the letter Car- riers' Union of Canada cate- gorically slates that it does nol object, in any way lo the hiring of additional labor to assist at the post office during the Christmas period. This is a tradition we do not object lo. What we are fighting is Ihn ('olilMTato iMilicy of the posl of- lii-e deparlme.nl and Hie trea- sury beard of their responsibi- lities by not respecting or im- plemcnling adjudication deci- sions which go against UKMII. We welcome, those who will be joining us now that mail box pickup is lo be lakcn over by the postal sendee. In future please ascertain all the facls before printing cdi- lorials that are something less than half l.rulhs. .1 P. CHKDICO PRKSIDICNT It. B. MORGAN KECRETAHY loiter Carriers' Union of Canada Local 38 IjClhbridgo. and Mrs. Hia De Boer for their excellent musical concert and we would like to welcome them back again at their own con- venience. I would also like to give thanks to a few more commu- nity members who are and have contributed of their time: Mrs. Thomsen and her family for the weekly artex lessons: Mr. Herb Balcovski for his weekly bridge class lessons: The Southminster Circle Square Dance Club for then- square dance and round dance routines; Captain Savers for the sup- plying of all the musical equip- ment; Mr. Dew of the LeUibridge Public Library. If any one or any group is interested in coming out and entertaining the inmates, please call 327-2381 and ask for Mr. Atwood. DON G. ATWOOD, RECREATIONAL THERAPIST. Lethbridge. Confirmation It would appear that we have drawn upon our beads, the wrath of one R. Krahn. I wish to thank Ibis party (Miss or Mr.) for confirmation of the statement I made that teachers believe that they are beyond criticism and that teachers arc consistently ma- ligning trustees. Unfortunately R. Krahn's let- ter can only be confirmation ol both my statements as is indi- cated in the last paragraph. This being the year and year 1972 being close at hand, I cannot pretend any great in- terest in the past history con- tained in the body of the letter. G. D. LEE. llilk River. Looking Through The Herald (illI When next the board of Ihe IvClhbridgc Agricultural Society meols it will be under the name of the Lethbridge Ex- hibition Company. With a clear major- ily over the combined strength of the Conservatives and Pro- gressives, the Liberal Party, under Hon. MacKcnzic King, will form the new government. 18.11 Union labor in the tinian guerrillas under their own autonomous leadership. The only means of outside lev- erage on King Hussein is the financial and military aid he gels from Saudi Arabia. But such leverage is limited by Hussein's ability lo count on substantial American support in arms and money for his pre- sent policy as well as on some American protection against any military interven- tion in Jordan by her Arab neighbors, Syria and Iraq. On their side the Palestinian guerrillas are divided about how far to go in co-operating with King Hussein. Some of tbe Fatah leaders still believe that state of Jordan provides I lie only serious political and military base for the Palestin- ians and that for the time being this means coming to some working agreement with Hus- >-Mn. But some of the younger Militants inside the Fatah are -ainst any compromise. They nv share the view of the more revolutionary Leftist Popular Front for the. Liberation of Pal- estine that the overthrow of Hussein's regime is a neces- sary part of the struggle against Israel. King Hussein has clearly made up his mind to consoli- date his hold on his dynasty's original kingdom on the East Bank of Jordan, whatever the future of the Palestinian West Bank may be, and to avoid being drawn into new hostili- ties with Israel. While he is leaving the initiative in peace- making to Egypt and would be ready lo follow Egypt's lead il if wrere successful ho would try to remain on the de- fensive in the event of war. Although President Sadat has once more repeated that his decision for war has already been made, Egypt is still con- tinuing her efforts to get a dlp- 1 o m a t i c settlement both through tbe United Nations and through American mediation. The meeting here recently of the Arab League defence coun- cil was intended to co-ordinate plans for the "forthcoming bat- tle" against Israel. But it un- derlined th; fact, of which President Sadat was already well aware, that Egypt can count on very little military help from other Arab stales il she resunics the fighting. King Hussein's present pol- icy means that Jordan's army, the most effective in the Arab world outside Egypt, >s likely to maintain a passive role. H also means greater difficulty in maintaining military co-ordina- tion between Egypt and Syria, or in bringing any forces from Iraq back into position on the "Eastern Front." But perhaps the most signifi- cant aspect of the tragedy of Wasfi cl Tel is its warning that, however desperate the present position of the Palesti- nians, they cannot be simply steam-rollered cut of existence as a national political commu- nity by the use of military force. Not only in the Israeli- occupied areas of the Wesl Bank and Gaza, but also in the surrounding Arab countries, including Jordan, the Palestin- ians arc now held under tight control as virtually a subject people. But they include some of the ablest and most active people in (his area and in Jor- dan even on the East Bank alone they are a majority of the population. One of their greatest weak- nesses has been the lack of a united and" realistic leadership. The use of assassination as a political weapon is likely lo make such a leadership even more difficult to achieve. Yet the creation of a more repre- sentative united political body to speak for them will in Ihe end give the Palestinians a more certain voice than the assassin's bullet in deciding their own political fate in any Middle East settlement. (Written for The Herald) and The Observer, London) backward United States, begun to deli- berate the proposal of the Na- tion's railroads for ;i voluntary 20 per cent cut in wages. Mr. and Mrs. G. Civl- tarcsc, elinmpion jitterbugs of British Columbia for the year, spent five days at the home of relatives in Ilillcrosl. III51 Two Kskimos have ar- rived in Kdmonlon by plane for induction into tbe Canadian army. They are the army's first Eskimo recruits. so They say Tiie LethkuUje HemM What do you do you reach a supposed population limit? KlamI at the county lino with a sludge hammer? Suf- folk County executive. If. Lee Dennison, on estimates that the .suburban New York City coun- ty will HO from I.1.! million population loday to million hy Ihe year 2020 iinlc.ss con- trols nro insiluliicfl. 504 7th St. S., Lcfhbridgo, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published by lion, W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mnll Rorjlstrfltk of THC Canadian ano trie C. Publishers' Association find Iho Audit No. 0012 icirnn Daily Newspajw T.-jtj of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Pimii'hor THOMAS H, ADAMS, Gcncr.il W-in.nior .JOE BAU.A WII 1.1AM MAY ManiKilnci E.litnr Editor ROY F. MILEb DOUGLAS WA1.KFR Advertising Manager editorial Pdnf Eclilor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"