Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Kraft, ff H M H ff h 0 A CN M II )J VW..V j --1 logic of war has prevailed again ParadoxicaI peacemaker Penccnuker peacema- ker, would pi'rliaps be more accur- Richard .Nixcm im.i his role a distinctly paradoxical cast ivilli his recent proposal of increased defence spending. His of course, is dial peace; can best be secured Ilirotmh strength in (lie face of a Soviet threat. Although the peace Ihtoiigh- slrcnuth approach has been around a long time enough, in fact, to be considered part of the conven- tional wisdom by which a great many people live il contrasts sharply v.-jtli the direclioii -Mr. seemed to he taking. I'ntil lie made the proposal for increased military spending, his pursuit of peace had been by the route of diplomacy. He had signalled dial die U.S. was abandoning the attempt lo act as world policeman: he had given the appearance of Irving lo ivind down the war in Vietnam; he made the bold moves of planning visits to Pe- king and Moscow; he seemed to want the arms limitations talks with the Soviet Union lo succeed. Some questions have to be asked, then, about the president's latest stance. Has lie abandoned hope of anything fruitful comhif; of his visits even before tic makes them? Or is the proposed defence spending mere- ly a sop to his conservative support- ers who have become fearful that lie had become a turncoat? Maybe he dunks the Democratic majority in Congress will prevent increased military expenditure and he wilt merely have made a move, liut will the Soviet leaders see it that way'.' Perhaps the president thinks die threat of increased military prepar- edness by die U.S. will persuade the L'.S.S.R. lo more speedily come lo agreement on arms limitation. But e'ien if i( was granlrd lliat ibe So- viet Union is responsible for the drag- ging SALT talks something to which only a partisan would unhesi- tatingly agree it must be doubted that this is die way lo facilitate ne- gotiations. Experience has shown thai "bargaining chips" of this kind, instead of" breaking up a game, tend to make it move intense. Military hardware just piles up as each side "defends'' against the other. The ordinary person can be ex- cused for Ihinkina Mr. Nixon is con- tradicting himself. A lowered profile in the world, as the way to peace, is not enhanced by a proposed mili- tary build-up. Giving and taking There are bound to be global re- percussions regarding the tough new U.S. sland on loreign aid. The U.S. is Ihe only rich nation which has suffered tremendous loss through expropriation of its invest- ment in developing nations whether the expropriation has been inade- quate, or total as in the case of Chile's take-over of U.S. copper in- terests without, any payment what- ever. President Nixon has announced mat henceforth if Congress passes the AID bill now before it the U.S. will no longer extend aid to foreign countries which refuse to give assurances that if American owned property is taken over with- out due and fair compensation, he will cut off all aid, and further, that he will oppose extension o[ such aid by the World Bank. Under the vot- ing system used the World Bank and other such development agen- cies, the U.S., which is the leading contributor, coidd effectively block almost any project it opposed. Air. Nixon has made il plain that- humanitarian aid is not included in his new foreign aid policy, and that "it will continue to receive special consideration." In the 60s public lenders, that is governments, extended huge loans to developing nations for several reasons to create future markets for their own goods, to create a cli- mate of good will, to influence and sometimes, though seldom, through totally altruistic motives Private lenders in the main, loaned money expecting a reasonable return on their investment. The result has heen that the poor nations have gone heavily into debt which they cannot repay. Poitical tension is a concomitant of economic tension. The Washington Post remarks that "the coup the other day in Ghana, for instance, can be traced quite clearly to Prime Minister Busia's inability to meet his people's demands for a better life and his creditors' demands for their money." His replacement, a military man. is hardly likely to do any better, the price of cocoa being what it is. Some countries, like Indonesia for instance, have been able, to keep on friendly terms with Ihe lending countries by instituting strong aus- terity measures along with pri- vileges to foreign investors a poli- litically unpopular answer, which could cause domestic unrest if not now, in the future. The plain fact is that lenders, can- not continue to extend loans to ir- responsible regimes who make lit- tle effort to put their houses in or- der, or who make political moves inimical to them. The way out of this international challenge in the 70s is anybody's guess, but it's as im- portant to the security of the "have" nations as it is to the "have-nots." ANDY RUSSELL "Seppi" CEPPI was the big, rollicking, ambitious and lovable German shorthatr pointer with a bred-in-the-bone love of hunting that was given to me when he was four months old. He had been whelped in Ihe Catskill Mountains of New York State in the ken- nel belonging to a man who is one of the finest sportsmen I ever knew. Seppi was a kind of canine emmissary that started a friendship lasting ever since, liiough hi3 original owner and I now live a continent and an ocean apart. When Scppi came to me he was relative- ly untrained He was house broken and came to whistle, but that was the only formal education he enjoyed. So I began to train him, and because I had never trained a bird dog before, it was a kind of groping unsure thing that might have been disastrous had I been dealing with a lesser dog. But Scppi icse to tlic occasion and before long, I realized this training was a kind of mutual effort for N> was also teaching me. L.ipcr to please, Scppi worked hard to do the things I wanted him to do, hut (here were limes when he had ideas of his own better ideas, when it came to finding and working grouse, part- ridge and pheasants, he showed me many thing? I never knew before. He was also incorrigably stubborn about some things like running deer, which is fala.1 to any dog, especially wlicn one lives next lo a National Park. We locked horns over this issue, and I knew if I couldn't :_ _r flay when he jumped some deer and went baying after them like a hound, I went after hiir., caught him and whipped him hard. Soppi accepted Ihe punishment like a stoic- with only a whimper or two, but I wondered if he associated the whipping wilh the deer. A couple of weeks later I was slandmg in front of Ihe coiTal witli my lariat in my hand, whon with a two mide deer fawm rail by wilh their mouths open and their tongues out. Hot on their heels came Scppi, wild eyed and keen for the kill. Flipping a loop open, I threw it over his head as he went by and then pulled him up close lo whip him hard again. It was a sickening business, and I vowed right there I would never do it again. Either he left deer alone or he would have lo he destroyed. He never looked at deer again without an expression of dis- taste. Like all hunting dogs Scppi had his in- evitable run-in with a porcupine and had the quills removed far from the nearest veterinary without tenefit of anaesthetic. It was a traumatic experience for both of us, but he left porcupines alone thereafter. Skunks, he loved lo (ease, and nothing pleased him more than devilling the po- tent animals, although he inevitably got himself in a stinking mess. A skunk could never get a dead-on shot at him, but Seppi usually got enough scent off brush and grass as hn danced around the frustrated animal. The scent never seemed to bother his nose, For ho would proceed lo find birds within minutes of encountering a skunk. As a companion afield in bird hunting season, lie was a joy to warm the heart of any hunler, and many the golden day we spent afield. He could pin down a covey of partridge, grouse or pheasant with a point that was classic. He retrieved IxMiutinilry and very rarely lost a wmmderf bird. It was more fun watching him hunt He shared our house, guarded our chil- dren and hiinled with me for eleven years. Despite his ape lowards the1 evening of his life, iie refused lo slow up. But time laid its sudden cold fingers on him one day. He had a stroke. He lies now on a slope in front of our hou.se, where once he loved lo play. My memory of him will never die. lie was a great dog with a big generous heart and Jived life to Uio bilt all the way. WASHINGTON President Nixon may have covered himself effectively afiainsl po- lilical damage from a new military thrust by the Com- munists in Vietnam. He temporarily, al leasl put his Democratic critics in an awk- ward position. lint his Ir.lcst TV broadcast on Vielnam has1 lo he, received in melancholy spirit. It means that fighting will go on in Southeast Asia at least until the election in this country. It shows that both Washing- Ion and Hanoi arc still hoping to win UK fruits of victory in South Vietnam. It further shows that in both capitals the logic of ongoing war breeds a climate of deep suspicion and unmitigated Hanoi is still plainly trying (o take over Saigon. In July he- fore President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam was rc- elecled, the Communists held out lo Sen. George McGovern and other Americans the pos- sibility of a simple deal. American prisoners of war could he returned lo this coun- try provided the United States agreed to pull all its troops out of Vietnam by a date certain. There was no restriction on non-miJilary support for the Thlcu government by the Uni- ted Stales. Presumably that of- fer was made with the expecta- tion that, if accepted, President Thicu could not win re-election. Once President Thicu was in. however, Hanoi changed its tune. The Communists have now added lo the demand lor a tola! American pullout a re- quirement for, as one of their spokesmen in Paris put it this week, "the withdrawal of all "More money for less hours? They're behaving like a bunch of MPs I" Letters to the editor Voluntary acceptance retirement pension plan proposed One might ask the What is happening lo our so- ciety? Why? One may also ask Ihe ques- tion What can we do to im- prove it? How? It appears that onr whole so- cial structure is threatened by decay and possible ultimate collapse. All this is taking place while we should all be enjoy- ing the ever increasing bene- fits to be derived from the many discoveries brought about through science and automa- tion. Life is better for the human race, although it seems to be in the opposite direc- tion, probably due to short- sightedness and misunderstand- ing or mismanagement of our monetary and economic system, thereby denying the fullest use and blessing of such dis- coveries. It seems our highly educated and well equipped young people of today are de- nied the responsibility of use- ful employment which we tad when we were young. This area Converted to basketball One evening, a short while ago, I listened to the elder Foster Hewitt trying to bring life into an MIL hockey game. T pitied him because a good live checker game would hava provided more excitement. Having reached the age where I have seen and heard more hockey games than most present day fans I reserve the right lo te critical For that reason I have given up TV viewing since the all star hockey game, Ihe Grey Cup game, and the IS'HL finals have long ceased to create any en- thusiasm as far as I'm con- cerned. Probably much of this lack has been caused by over- exposure to these over-rated events. Much publicity, through all possible means, has been given to the so called super-stars. However on Ihe rare occasion on which f have watched them in the flesh they invariably provided a worse show than their less publicized team males. Since the day that lhe horse was lakcn off our streets and has ceased lo provide free pucks, the game of hockey has quickly deteriorated into the worst lype of shinny. There- fore no more hockey for me. clean out a grandstand area after a game will see what I mean. However, I have lately be- come a basketball fan. Not the TV type where a bunch of giants have to bend down to see into the bosket, but the the ordinary amateur kind as played by our high school ath- letes. There are few ot them giants in stature but many of them have the ability and stam- ina to pro-.ide clean and first class entertainment. Therefore in the case of these kids, I have become a basketball addict and no "spec- tacular" they may show on TV can compare with the show put on by local athletes. G.D.LEE Milk River. ThnnJc you If I knew who to thank I'd say a big You" lo who- ever has been responsible for opening Central School to the youth of the city. The times of Bible study and worship have been a great help to me. Also, the "Fishmarfcct" which al any rale has become is a place that's quieter than penalties and silly brawls for the most part- As lo football this has he- come a game in which Ihe main object of each team is to cripple the stars on the other team. This is of course qnilc all right, for the majority of fans who on these gamos as an excuse lo get drunk. Anyone who has walchcd them school and Ihe kids can come in and rap about serious things. I think if the centre was closed down we'd all be scat- tered and wouldn't find each other. This in itself would be a great personal loss. Thanks for lending an car. HLVRY LOU LEPP. Lethbridge. of responsibility was probably the greatest teacher and char- acler builder we had, and kept many of us from burning up much of our energy in mischief. Since modern tools and de- vices have made it possible to produce the necessary goods and services in such huge quan- tities, I feel most people will agree, common sense and sim- ple mathematics (ell us that less job positions have become nec- essary (self employment or With all this going for us, it is my belief that the time is here when one's life span in gainful employment can be shortened but should not in- terfere with the individual's choice and I stroiigiy believe that neither man, woman or so- ciety functions well wrhen free- dom of choice is lost. Therefore, with this in mind, all my proposals were worked out. I do believe that we cili zcns who desire an improved society and better quality of life will agree with the fo.'low- ing plan. We should use what- ever sources of influence or authority lie wilhin our to urge the government of Can- ada lo legislate and institute a voluntary acceptance retire- ment pension plan to replace the present old age pension plan. Such a plan would be paid to only those persons of Canadian citizenship wlm hava reached the necessary age lim- it to qualify and who willingly relinquish all employment for gainful compensation (.self-em- ployment in business or farm included) and voluntarily apply for the benefits of such a plan. Such benefits should IK: equal to an average salary. The age limit where such he- gin (possibly to CO year range! should be set at what- ever age is neceviary lo pro- vide full employment from such age down to the young people who, leaving (.he educa- tion field by choice nr neces- sity, find themselves facing lifo with its many opjMtrlunities and challenges. This plan should not inter- fere with Ihe Canada Pension Plan and should not require a means tcsl. I Ix'lieve this plan is of a nature that would con- tribute much lo our economic structure as well as making a very great contribution In soci- ety and would make firstrdass citizens of all, while leaving our senior citizens with hope, dig- nity and sufficienl resources to control their own lives, homes and other affairs. This plan would also be the means of cur- tailing welfare in most cases, with the exception of Ihe han- dicapped, and would even lessen in that area. There would be less use of, what is in my opinion, the much misused un- employ m e n t insurance plan which may in many cases be- come no more than a character- buster and can contribute in- centive to dishonesty, also in- creasing the tax burden as well as adding factors which contri- bute to inflation. I believe this plan would greatly Ic-ssen Ihe lax burden and contribute much to democracy as a whole. Surely science and automa- tion have done enough and if guided in the righl direction through simple thought and common sense a workable, and responsible type of society which can provide all people with a better quality of life can be brought about. Though this plan may not ciu-e all of lhe ills of our society, I hope it will cause many people lo think and contribule further towards its improvement EABL H. SMITH, Bow Island. support for Hie puppet Thieu regime." Another opportunistic shift in Hanoi's position seems to have taken place in November. On Oct. 25, according to President K'ixon's account, the Commun- ists agreed lo .send Ihcir top ne- gotiator, Lc Due Tho, to Paris for a secret meeting on Nov. 20 wilh Ihe president's chief for- eign policy advisor, Henry Kissinger. On Nov. 17, Hanoi said that Mr. Tho was ill, and no more has been heard of his proposed visit. What happened' Well, on Oct. 29 the aid bill was defeat ed in the Senate. The White House suspects that the Com- munists, feeling that the tide of American opinion was moving favorably, simply decided to stiffen their position. Against that background, Hie numerous signs that Hanoi was planning a February offensive, perhaps to coincide with Mr. Nixon's China visit, look on ominous meaning. Given the likelihood of severe fighting, only a stupid president would leave himself open to opposi- tion charges that he could have avoided casualties by making a political The slcp Mr. Nixon has taken undoubtedly put a crimp in those charges. The repealed trips made by Dr Kissinger for secret talks with the Commun- ists show that the president has been paying top-level attention lo the negotiating possibilities. Moreover, Mr. Nixon can cldm that he did advance without achieving re- sults a quintessential Dem- ocratic proposal for an Ameri- can withdrawal date. In fact, however. Mr. Nixon's actions show that Washington is no more willing than Hanoi to take risks for peace. The lalest American offer includes e proposal for free elections. The Communists have always considered free elections a phony, sure to yield a hostile regime. The offer also includes a pro- vision for a ceasefire and mut- ual withdrawal. The Commun- ists in their current weak mili- tary position regard a cease- fire and withdrawal as tanta- mount to surrender. In effect, the administration has been putting forward an offer vir- tually certain to be rejected. Moreover, in the process of surfacing its version of Ihe rec- ord, the administration has probably queered the pitch for future negotiations. For one more generous offers as the year draws out. But it will take him al least a little while to aller his (enns. And the closer he gels lo election, the less Hanoi will be tempted to accede the more lhe Com- munists will be disposed to wail and sec what happens on election day. Ill addition, there's the qual- ity of the present offer. It is so remote from what the Com- munists have had in mind Uiat il. generates no pressure on Uie other side to come to terms. No foreign capilal certainly not Moscow or Peking can take Mr. Nixon's present offer and argue Uiaf it merits conces- sions by Hanoi. Finally. Ihero is the fact of the surfacing. The hard men in Hanoi are surely going to be- lieve that lhe president did what he did in order to shore up his domestic position. Their elaborate suspicions of Wash- ington only be intensified. To anylxKly who lells [hem lo negotiate, they can s.iy that Uie United Stales betrays secret dealings for internal political advances. In these, condi- tions, the neiLiiialing prospect is now nil. The logic of war has prevailed again and Ihe outlook for the coming year is for hard fighting. Knlornrises, Inc.) Looking backward THROUGH THE IIEPALD 1022 Goods to the amount of were exported to the United Stales through the City of Lclhhridge last year. 19112 Advertisement Choice pot roasts of beef, IS cents per pound; special .sliced bacon. 15 cenls per pound. Six more weeks of cold weather should he expect- ed according lo the old theory about Ihe ground hog's appear- ance. When the ground hog made his appearance (odny, his shadow could be seen clearly. Possibility of sclfle- inent of lhe Anglo-Egyplian dis- pute loday amid in- dications thai Egypt's ambas- sador mijilit return to London. The Lethbridcje Herald Till vSL S., LETimiUDGE HERALD n0. LTD po Publishers Published IMS by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mrill iMr Mcmhor of Iho Canfldlnn Prrss rtnrl llir Publishers' Assonlrilion flnrl Ihe Aucji CI-EO W. MOWERS, frIHnr THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gcn DON PILLING Mnhnolnrj Cdilor ROV T. 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