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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 31, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Bruce Hutchison No clarion calls It is impossible not to suspect that unreported and dreadful reprisals are currently being taken out on West Pakistani civilians and those who collaborated with the Pakistan array during the nine brutal months of occupation of East Bengal. On-the-spot TV films of East Pakistanis under torture before death, while a revenge - mad'mob yelled in delight in the background have horrified news - watchers in their own Living rooms. True, there were comparatively few victims, and true, the victors had suffered similar dreadful treatment at the hands of the occupying forces. But the excuses given by the Indian army that the Bangla Desh mob could not be controlled, and that the enraged people had to be allowed the satisfaction of the cruel barbaric spectacle they enjoyed so much, simply don't hold water. Since then, there have been more alarming reports of what can only be called bestial reprisals. Some of the victims may indeed have been guilty of terrible crimes, but many of them were not. Now a report tells us that "several hundred thousand" non-Bengali Moslems known as the Bi-haris, isolated in settlements west of Dacca are denied food and other supplies by the Bangla Desh "authorities." The occupying Indian army has refused to ensure that Red Cross aid available to these beleagured starving people will reach them. It says that it is not its responsibility. The fate of the minorities, says a member of Mrs. Gandhi's cabinet, is the responsibility of the government in Dacca. He goes on to assure foreign correspondents that the "Bangla Desh government is civilized. They have a sense of the rule of law." Perhaps - but their behavior so far has not shown any such sensitivity, or ethics or morality either. As for the government of India, it must bear equal responsibility for the horror that it has wrought in pursuing its eye-for-an-eye, tooth-for-a-tooth policy. And in a sense the rest of us who" stood helplessly by, outraged onlookers, bear a moral responsibility for our indifference to the appalling tragedy which unfolded before our very eyes. The Toronto Globe and Mail editorializes with u n c t i o u s rhetoric. "Through the United Nations," it says, "the world has a responsibility, first of all to determine that Bangla Desh represents the true will of the Bengali people, and then, if so, to ensure that its independence is genuine and that its people do not starve as a consequence of all the past blunders that have been made over their future." Amen to the Globe and Mail. But the fact is that thousands are starving now, thousands of innocents are undergoing torture and killing along with the guilty. Is there any world organization, any authority existing right now that can put a stop to it? The clarion calls from the glass-enclosed skyscraper on New York's East River are distinguished by their absence. Unrest in South Korea President Park Chung Hee has been telling the South Koreans that he was forced to assume the extraordinary dictatorial powers recently awarded him by his government, because of the danger of an invasion from North Korea. Reports from Americans in Seoul see no indication of hostility from this source. What the president is really afraid of is that the lack of tension in his country, engendered by American accommodation with Peking, will lead to an upsurge of protest which has been kept under wraps as long as national unity was threatened. President Park now has special powers to control wages and prices, to ban demonstrations and strikes, and institute censorship. In fact, he has dictatorial powers if he chooses to use them and there are signs that he does. He knows that Korea's phenomenal economic growth rate, which is in excess of Japan's, cannot continue. He knows that the Americans will reduce arms shipments to South Korea, and that there is even a pos- sibility that the United Nations command will be forced to leave, because of pressure from Communist China which is now a member of the UN. All these things, combined with current U.S. negotiations with North Korea to reunite divided families, signal danger to President Park. He sees a challenge to his own power in the social unrest that has been kept below the boiling point because of the threat from the North. The erstwhile general, who became a civilian and brought a measure of representative government to his country, appears bent on a form of dictatorship, a return to his former military status perhaps. It could prove to be a serious error. Nations which have tasted the fruits of freedom will usually fight to preserve them. Turning back the clock is no answer - but that is exactly what the president is. trying to do. He may find that instead of demonstrations and strikes, he will have to face massive civil disobedience which could cost him his job - just one of the spinoff victims of the new China policy. Something new in '72 By Margaret Luckhurst ABOUT this time every year I set down a list of New Year's resolutions which I struggle to keep in the hope that they will improve both my personality and my attitude toward life. But I confess to being weak-willed and one by one my firm resolves disintegrate before the Ides of March and I find to my sorrow that I'm the same old Me. I think part of the problem is that I have too long a list of ambitious goals which would be impossible for even the most indomitable spirit to achieve, so this year my list is to be brief. To begin with I'm going to give my housekeeping more serious attention. Instead of lightly dusting around things with a tissue I'm going to do a thorough job once a week with proper duster and polish, removing all ornaments and other impedimenta. Well, maybe once a week isn't necessary so perhaps once every two weeks will suffice except in the really dusty season. Of course in the winter once a month isn't too bad, and after all I am busy. . . . Next I'm resolved I'm going to keep caught up with the ironing, giving particular attention to my husband's shirts. There isn't a reason in the world (apart from detesting this job) why I don't touch up his shirts directly they're laundered but no, I shove them into the basket where they only get more wrinkled, and far too often in the past 30 years, first thing in the morning the poor man has been standing around in his undershirt while I press a shirt for him. Years ago he used to complain that he had neuralgia from wearing damp shirts to work so often, but he hasn't said anything lately so I imagine he really appreciates the drip-dry materials. I also intend to do better with our house plants. I've read that plants need to be loved and enjoy being talked to so perhaps if I can remember to water them I'll stop by and ask them how they feel about the Conservatives' chances in the next elec- tion, and will bring them up to date on the latest speculation on the new library site. The only problem I see here will be remembering to water them while they are still sprightly enough to pay attention. In addition to increased household concerns I intend to strive for major improvements in my work. I'm going to pay special attention to the editorial page which I assist with, and try to create a more dignified and erudite image. No longer will I write silly blurbs about my niis-beggoten memory although I was pleased to hear from a friend who suffered like malady. She told me that her husband drew her attention to my recent story concerning my absent-mindedness after he'd found the dishcloth in the fridge. I com-misserate with her; my dishcloth has legs too and wanders to the most unlikely areas. But Doug Walker, my immediate supervisor will have to co-operate if we are to achieve the sober image I have in mind. This will mean he'll have to edit his copy a little more closely too. After all we are a family newspaper and those fillers of his claiming his prowess at golf-well I just don't know about them! Golfers, like fishers, exaggerate something awful and while I don't want to openly accuse Doug of being unable to count his strokes, I question his method. I've watched him golf, and he hits just as many trees as the rest of us so I suspect he counts Chinese checker fashion - every second hole. In that way, well who couldn't get an 89? Around the office in 1972 I intend to be more respectful especially to the boss. No longer will I address him as Big Daddy - it will be "Mr. Mowers" nice and proper like. That would please my Mum who assumed she'd brought me up to be a real lady. Now that list of resolutions isn't too long is it? It shouldn't be too hard to toe the line and follow them to the letter. But just in case, around about Easter I'll check with you again and report haw I'm doing. Political predictions difficult to call IT will be a long time be-fore men understand what really happened in the last year. All we know now is that something profound has happened to change the whole course of human events, that the w o r 1 d will never be quite the same again. That fact, or platitude, is obvious to anyone who reads a newspaper. The decline in American power, the richest nation on earth rescued at the edge of bankruptcy, its president enforcing economic controls at home and heading abroad for Peking and Moscow, the return of Britain to Europe after an absence of some seven centuries, the return of China to the world community, the quarrels of the two Communist giants and of the Commonwealth's two largest states - these and other events almost forgotten in the rush tell us that we have been through a mysterious year which historians will interpret, or misinterpret, later on while we can only gasp and wonder. But within the worldwide fitful fever perhaps we can be- gin to understand what is happening in our own tiny segment of the whole. Since the last war Canada has been fortune's darling, sometimes its fool. Assuming that our prosperity, economic growth and comfortable life were not merely normal but guaranteed by the rules of the game, we built up our excessive expectations and, in Pierre Trudeau, found a glittering symbol for them (to his private horror). Now the rules are revised by the troubles of our American neighbors, by the emergence of a new Europe and a new Asia, by our own internal mismanagement and by the deep social revolution which no nation can escape. In the end these changes may be for the better. In the period immediately ahead, however, they will force Canadians to reconsider their entire circumstances and abandon some of their basic assumptions, now clearly obsolete. A decade, or more, of unreality ended in 1971. It ended, in an economic sense, on "Groovy, man! THAT'S my lucky number!' Contest between association and union Re your news article "Battle shaping up between unions" in The Herald of Dec. 23rd. I was not aware that the carpenters union, or any other union for that matter, regarded itself as an official watchdog of public safety or as the guardian of the taxpayer's money. They seem to be very interested that Getkate construction will not get the con- Opposes iwir Referring to the wars happening in.the Middle East and between India and Pakistan, this is why I think we should oppose wars. War is meaningless and never accomplishes anything. It is also just another way for man to blow off "steam." Differences could be settled more easily and more cheaply, mainly in lives lost, if we just sat down and talked the problem out. From now on, we have to live with the fact that a nuclear war could happen any second. A nuclear war could leave the landscape in ruins permanently. Even worse, the fallout could kill everyone if the war didn't. If wars were stopped the world would be a better place in which to live in two ways. One is that there would be no more deaths by wars. Two would be, we could put the billions of dollars used for aircraft carriers, supersonic planes and nuclear missiles, etc. to use helping the suffering across the world. RODNEY SIKORA. Barons. Reconsider Twenty years from now it will be quite obvious which library site was the right choice. "Apartment blocks and 'super 6tores' do not a full life make." If one voice crying in the wilderness, for a reconsideration of the Central School site is of any value, please count me. BRUCE A. HAIG. Lethbridge. tract on the senior citizens home project in North Leth-bridge. I suppose any thinking man would agree that their motivation, as mentioned above, somewhat strains credulity. It would be more honest to state that this is simpiy a contest between the Christian Labor Association of Canada and an international union. Both types of unions ise certified by the government, but somehow goodwill to man and peace on earth do not extend to the CLAC. Of course, If the contract were given to another company, with a higher bid, then the taxpayer's money would What the city council needs I have been following the conduct of our city aldermen with regard to the location of the proposed new library. I have seen their ayes and nays but no positive action so far has been taken yet. All negative. Dark. What the city fathers need in looking for a new site, is fore* sight. Why do you think visitors in our city are all praise for our clean, wide and uncon-gested streets? Why do you think most, if not all, tourists find our motel-hotel strip ideally located? And why do you think camper and trailer owners extend then* stay for a day or two in our camping grounds? All because the city planners did their job with foresight. Foremost in their minds are the convenience, easy access and comfort 'for all, not only for the now generation but for the future as well. I read with gusto and ap- proved in toto Mr. Russel's stand in appealing to the council for reconsideration of the Central School site. It is the best location our city can offer. If the latest fad in big department stores is one-s top shopping, then the cultural, civic and social complex is surely an "in" thing. Alderman Vera Ferguson does not have to look back for more support from the community. I believe that the statement of the library committee chairman carried the people's views and sentiments on the matter. I belong to the people, I appeal to the city council to reconsider the Central School site. The realization of this project serves as a permanent legacy from them to the knowledge seekers and future leaders of our fair city. N. P. FERNANDEZ Coaldale. really have to roll. But why the discrimination in the first place? Can the carpenters prove their charges of cheap labor and unskilled workers? Is this land of ours still a place for justice and liberty or do we live by the grace of power hungry unions? Is it a democratic device to picket someone else's job site while the government upon due consideration handed the contractor the project? Must the government now be blackmailed into giving it to someone else at a higher price? For what good reason? We all know that when a contractor fails to pass inspection, he is under contract to make good his failures, at no expense to the taxpayer. How ridiculous - cam you get? Surely, the carpenters union would not want to face these matters in court: they would be laughed right out of it L. MULDER. Lethbridge. Aug. 15 when President Nixon accepted reality for the United States and compelled its partners to do the same. If the international consequences flowing from this grim moment of truth, and from other sources, are still unpredictable, and too complex for discussion here, at least we can see already some of the political consequences in Canada. And they are dramatic, almost unbelievable. How many Canadians would have said, a year ago, or even last spring, that the Trudeau government could be defeated in 1972? Not many, and assuredly not this reporter. Yet this possibility is now the commonplace of our politics and well understood by the government itself, whatever it may pretend in public. After all, the government will lose its majority in Parliament if it loses about a score of seats and they could easily be lost. Indeed, anyone looking at the political map must see at once that they will be lost unless the government can greatly improve its popularity between now and next autumn. This would be a mighty feat of politics and, very late, a smug government has realized it. Of course, the situation could change again before election day and the prime minister is trying desperately to change it. He overworks himself, campaigns somewhere every weekend, secures Mr. Nixon's "fantastically new" benediction and pushes his tax law through Parliament with a battering ram. For the first time in his extraordinary and almost effortless career Mr. Trudeau confronts the almost unimaginable chance of failure. ? ? * As luck runs against him it runs automatically in Robert Stanfield's favor, contrary to all prediction. The scales of political justice, or injustice, are tilting to weigh government and opposition with cold impartiality. Is there anything besides luck in Mr. Stanfield's rise? Does it register only the government's marginal decline? Can we discern in him more than an honest, amiable and puzzled human being? Or can the bland exterior and ambiguous speech of the family's favorite uncle hide a steel core and a considered strategy, as in the case of Robert Borden, the last successful Conservative prime minister in this century? Finally, can Mr. Stanfield gather around him enough new and able men to form a successful government when he so obviously lacks them now on his barren front bench? In short, if luck continues to flow his way, and he does nothing foolish to reverse it, is he fit to govern? Is he a true alternative to the more brilliant and less predictable Mr. Trudeau? Will the nation seek a quiet, plodding man and a beathing spell after a period of breathless social experiment? And if so, is it mathematically possible for the Conservative party, without Quebec, to reverse the verdict of 1968 and win a majority? It does not appear possible today. On the other hand, it is quite possible for the government to win no more than the largest group in the next Parliament. As things look now, the nation may well face an election which no man or party can win decisively, then another minority government and political weakness when we can least afford it. That risk, apart from much larger international risks, must make 1972 a tumultuous year, even if it is a prosperous year, in Canada, (Herald Special Service) Looking backward Case for the unwashed By Don Oakley, NEA Service TJON'T let the kids see this, but there may be such a thing as too clean. Investigators at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco may have found a natural anti-infection substance in human skin secretions, reports the Health Bulletin. Using volunteers who had not washed with a germicidal soap for seven days before the test, Dr. Raza Aly and his associates washed one forearm of each of the subjects with acetone, * powerful solvent. They left the other arm unwashed. Then staph microorganisms were applied to both arms. After five hours, the germs had decreased considerably on the unwashed arms but were thriving on the others. The acetone - washed arms had anywhere from two to 510 times more surviving staph bacteria. Which raises the possibility that powerful antibacterial cleansers and deodorant soaps, used everywhere from the home shower to the hospital operating room, may wash away more protection than they give. Through the Herald 1921 - Retailers representing various branches of business in the city, spoke unanimously against the Hon. Alex Ross' proposed uniform closing law and in favor of the present system of a half holiday Wednesday and the nine o'clock closing on Saturday nights. 1931-On the first Sunday of the year 1932 there will be a special picture sermon in the United Church at Granum, when the minister will give an illustrated sermon using a large number of beautiful slides. 1941 - Lethbridge Kiwanians cleared all decks at their weekly meeting to hear the address friom Ottawa of Prime Minister Churchill. 1951 - All records for construction activity in Lethbridge were shattered during the past year. 1961 - The year 1961 will go down in the books as the year thait saw bowling finally come into its own as a major family sport in the city. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishen Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press ana tne Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH* ;