Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDCE HERALD Monday, January 10, 1972 William Gullmann The "other war" Prime Minister Sadat's deadline has run out and that "other war" could begin any time. Few think it will start soon and some think it won't start at all, but if it does it could be a lot more devastating for both sides than the 1967 conflict. There is some indication that the Egyptians are no longer thinking of an offensive across the canal. Ob- servers point out that although the Egyptians have long range artillery guns which could damage Israeli po- sitions on the Bar-Lev line, they could not inflict enough damage to force a bridgehead and certainly not without air cover. The word is that even with Russian assistance and training Egyptian pilots are not up to the job not yet anyway. They could try hit-and-run Commando raids and helicopter landings behind the Israeli forces but this would probably turn out to be ineffective as well as suicidal. They could try bombardment from patrol boats in the Mediterranean aimed at North- ern Sinai, or from positions in the Red Sea against Sharm el Sheikh, either would undoubtedly be a signal for heavy Israeli bombing and mili- tary reprisal.' There is some suspicion that the Israelis, if provoked, might try a joint land and air punitive invasion ill Syria, which is substantially less well defended than Egypt, and where no Sam missile bases have yet been detected. The Israelis wouldn't get much other than the psychological shock value to the Arab world, out of a Syrian occupation, although there they could wipe out airfields northeast of Damascus which could be used as bases for air raids against Israel. The big question .is whether Israeli planes can knock out Egypt's ground- to-air missiles. Before the 1970 cease- fire the missiles did knock down sev- ,eral of the prized Phantom fighter- bombers. Since then these have been equipped with Shrike missiles which can render the Sam's radar useless. But when this is done, the Shrikes are disabled. The Israelis -are said to be working round the clock to solve thisi problem because they know that'in the end, to defend the Sinai effectively they must have com- plete air superiority. And if they can beat the Egyptians in air, de- spite the Sams, the Israelis have the way open for an invasion of Egypt itself across Suez. It's all conjecture, but if hostilities break out the answer could come to the question asked by the London Economist which says, "Guns dom- inate infantry. Bombers can silence guns. Sam missiles can shoot down the bombers unless planes with Shrike missiles can silence the Sams. So can the Egyptians stop the Israe- lis from getting at the Sams that protect the guns that batter the line that Bar-Lev built? A lot depends on how many of those Phantoms the U.S. gives the Israelis. Another great mail robbery Back in 1970 Kates, Peat, Marwick and Company, a management consul- tant company, completed an in-depth study on the Canadian postal sys- tem. Among their many observa- tions they predicted that before the end of this decade Canadians would be paying 12 cents to mail a letter as well as covering a thumping postal deficit of about milieu. It would appear that the consultant firm, was overly optimistic in their conclusions because within the past year postal rates have already jump- ed 2 cents for the average letter rate. And in its annual report for the fiscal year of 1970-71 the post of- fice department revealed a deficit of million, .up some ?45 million over the previous year. At this gal- loping rate of increase, the ?500 mil- lion figure will be reached long be- fore the end of the 70s. Since the report was made, the postal department has tried to up- grade its service by instituting guar- anteed next day delivery and other reforms. But the on-going labor dis- putes not only continue to disrupt service but they add considerably to operating costs. Admittedly, 12 cents is still a pretty cheap price to pay for correspon- dence in this day of escalating costs. The real brunt of the postal price however is not felt by the casual let- ter writer but by businesses where high postage rates and indifferent service are naturally resented. There have been a number of prob- ings into the post office problems and the solution which keeps recur- ring is the suggestion that the whole operation should be turned over to a more effective and efficient type of management than the present one provides. Such management would be freed of the bureaucracy which the sys- tem now contends with, and it would also be able to control its own fi- nancing and run its own labor pol- icy. In the United States the postal ser- vice has been placed under an inde- pendent government agency, and while this hasn't proved to be totally free of problems, surveys show it is a decided improvement on the old system. Canada too would be wise to dispense with the lumbering machin- ery which surrounds its postal ser- vice. Modern weddings wife and I have been living in sin. At least, that is my impression after attending my first wedding since we got knotted. Like everything else, weddings have become more complicated, more ela- borate in their ritual, than in the simple days when we said "I do" and jumped into the ox-cart pulled by giggling oxen. For Instance, when our family arrived at the church we found the vestibule teem- ing with gorgeous young men in white din- ner jackets ushers. I don't remember having an usher for my wedding. Once a guest got past the popcorn machine he was on his own. "Bride or a handsome usher asked my young daughter, offering hij firm. said she. I would have made the same reply. I don't recall segregation of friends of the groom (right-hand pews) from friends of the bride (left-hand I didn't have enough friends to make it a fair contest. In his already exposed position, the groom needs no demonstration that his allies are either outaiumbered or too chicken to face the rice. Another thing: the bride put a ring on the groom's finger, f am told that double ring ceremonies are now comiron, despite (he doubled hazard of losing the ring, bob- bung the ring and other traditional ring ding-a-lings. Alsb more involved is today's marriage vow. The old love, honor and obey bit has gone up the spout, of course, but what has replaced it Is a monolotige that would test the memory of Sir Laurence Olivier. This makes it mandatory that the groom be cold sober. Which in turn explains why he is flanked by a full defensive team of ushers, ready to take him if he tries the end run. More surprises awaited me at the wed- ding reception. At my wedding reception we had the toast to the bride and that was it then the serious drinking got underway. At today's reception they have a toast to the bride, a toast to the bride's mother, a toast to the bridesmaids, a toast to the flowergirl, and a toast to anybody else that has squeezed his way into the head table. I yo-yoed up and down in my chair so many times, toasting, that my hams ached from connubila exertion. A person needs a few weeks training with Eagle Keys to cut the mustard at a modem wedding recep- tion. Then there Were the photographers. In my day, the photographer shot a few stills, enough to plump up the wedding album, then went back to his passport photos. Now, batteries of cameramen swarm over the wedding and reception, filming in black and white and color, running off footage to rival "The Battleship Potemkin." Is it enough that the bride tosses her bouquet to the ladies? No, The groom tosses to' garter to ihe gentlemen. Some- thing for everybody, in the way of distri- buting Doom. Plumb tuckered out, I left tho wedding reception with the rites still evolving. (Spoons beat upon glasses, and the groom must kiss the bride till they stop.) No doubt about It, getting married in my day was, comparatively speaking, a piece of cake unwrapped in a silver mono- grammed mpkio. Modern man continues the massacre habit T ONDON The bloody and horrifying events in Dac- ca which became known alter the Pakistani defeat brought the word massacre back into newspaper headlines. No ani- mals behave like this Eo their kind: massacre is a monoploy of man and apparently an in- curable habit. Almost any literate person can jot down a dozen or so no- torious examples from the Massacre of the Innocents by Herod to last year's Attica Pris- on shootings iji Uie United States. The number of victims may vary between many millions and a small number of indivi- duals; it is not necessarily mass killings which warrant the name. Motives range from carefully Ihought-oMt reasons of state to primitive feelings of revenge or blind rage. The type of people singled out as targets of massacre may be deter- mined by race, religion, na- tionality or even the accident of their being assembled in one particular plsce. There is, ap- parently, hardly any limit to the type of people capable of committing such deeds. Not infrequently, the same people have been at one time victims, and at another, perpe- trators of massacre. British women and children were slaughtered by Indians at Cawnpore In 1857, and Indians were gunned down by British troops at Amritsar in 1919. The Greek war of independence started in 1821 with Greeks kill- ing Muslims in the Pelopen- nese; soon afterwards the Turks retaliated by massacring Greeks in Asia Minor. In Ul- ster, in 1641, Irishmen attacked Puritan settlers and were said to have killed of them; eight years later in Drogheda and Werford Cromwell retal- iated by massacring the garri- sons and civilians there with- out discrimination of age or sex. Red Indians slaughtered white settlers in the massacres of Wyoming and Cherry Valley in 1778, and suffered the same fate at Sand Creek in 1864 and on other occasions in the fol- BEITS WORLD "Bar laid near Ksatf WerUr ___. e im NU, "Dan't you Tht pipeline will bring you van trtr TV, a split-fail ranch- itflt homt, a snappy sports ear. a trip fa Hawaii..." Letters To The Editor Marketing bill spells end of an era ior ranchers An era is ending here in West- ern Canada these past few days. The time of the indepen- dent cattleman is beinr; brought to a close. The proud, tough, go-it-alone, feed your own, freeze your-own, and sell-your- own idea that goes back to a day of scraggly long horns, vast open ranges and a spriiik- ling of Texas brands Is being replaced by something our gov- ernments can regulate. The wheat farmer makes not a move which officials can't control. The hogmen, the poul- try producers, the vegetable growers and the dairymen all have their permits and quotas and final payments. There are no private on-the-farm yearly production sales where a pre- mium price goes directly to a premium producer. The age old premium of the market place, top price for top goods, is the kind of thing to make government control look bad. It's been a long day since anyone sold wheat that way, or hogs or anything else. We have to hire a bunch of officials to cut these ranchers down to size and brand the hammer and sickle on their foreheads, their cows and then- beef in the store. Maybe the old idea that good cattle should be worth more than poor cattle did come up from Texas or Colorado or some wh e r e a hundred years ago, and maybe a trainload of good ones does bring the top price at auctions in Walsh, but fifty cents for calves from some remote ranch in the Cypress Hills doesn't win any elections. I'm not too sure that wheat at a dollar twenty wins any either, but if the terminals can be emp- tied in the middle years, then filled immediately before an election, it will be interesting to watch the politicians sort out the details to make it work with cattle. Olson and Trudeau aren't go- ing to dig any pestholes, and they aren't going to send any of their travelling students out to stack bales in the hot sun. We will need at least seven thousand well paid marketing specialists to run a beef board, but there won't be any govern- ment men or government con- Points on 'poJstirrtng' letter A letter of 5 January, headed. Getting thinking straight -on drug situation, is Polstirring and clever. Concerning it, may I make the following points; (1) Latest scientific evidence points towards the occurrence of serious brain damage (at- rophy) in kids, who are contin- uous users of Marijuana (Lancet Dec. (2) Objective evidence from all over the world shows strong indications of damage by so- called "soft not only to the human brain but to society. Yet the writer of this letter im- plies that "hard drugs" are dangerous, while "soft drugs" are rather fun. He ignores the scientific fact that "hard properly used, are still treasures in the treatment of severe pain, thai the "soft drugs" are no such treasures but always potantial poisons. In this matter, the writer shows a sad lack of that grand, scien- tific naivete, so praised by Hal- danc, and even criticizes Chief Michelson for showing some of that quality. (3) Not a sane citizen would disagree witn Judge Hudson's statement "we do not want Lethbridge to become a drug centre." Only tortuous and pot- ty thinking can distort what he meant that we do not want our city to become a central mart or mall for illicit drugs. (4) An impartial observer will have noted extreme leni- ency towards, sympathy with, and understanding of, young drug victims not only in ac- tions taken by the city police, Detective Frank Bathgate and the Crown prosecutor, but in decisions by Judge Lloyd Hud- son. However, such an obser- ver will have noted no like leni- ency, but a harshness towards the mass producers of those young victims towards those who are willing to debilitate or destroy kids' minds for their own criminal and vast finan- cial profit. (5) The statement "Youth is never our burden" sounds dnndy but is utter nonsense, when applied to drug abuse, A kid, thus failing in school, col- lege, university or ordin a r y work, is he no burden? A nine- teen year old with his mind blasted by a "soft drug" so as to become like a ninety year- old senile dementia, is he no burden? A previously healthy, quiet kid, having his mind so deranged that he commits vio- lent assault or murder, is he no burden to his family and to all society? (6) The principles of the Bib- lical father towards his prodi- gal son are excellent in appli- cation to a recovered drug vic- tim. However, applied to a paramoid drug victim, they may prove a tragic way of breakir.g up a family. (7) By his statement "Mari- juana is an enjoyable and often enlightening the writer appears to condone the use of Cannabis, against Cana- dian, let alone international law; finally adding insult to in- jury by subscribing himself "Law-abiding Citizen." C. P. Lethbridge. Short-sighted poisoners A news item states that 1080 poison baits for coyotes have been in the Taber area. How short-sighted can peo- ple get? Hie coyote saves grain and forage that would otherwise be consumed by mice, gophers and rabbits; this to a far great- Campground Unless a drastic change in thinking occurs in the camp of the dictators in Ottawa, those of us who enjoy a few nights per summer sleeping in tent, trailer or camper by the shores of beautiful Cameron Lake in Waterion are in for a surprise, soon. Cameron Lake camp- ground is to be "phased out." You must then drive out of the park or camp at some drab place inside. The fact is that Cameron Lake campground could IK en- larged and a few fish planted into the lake. Anyone interested in main- taining this delightful camping spot should write their mem- ber of parliament now. Per- haps with prodding, Deane Gundlock, MP, could be per- suaded to make a plea in be- half o( some sums action. D. BROADIIEAD. Raymond, er value than any damage he is supposed to do. In years of keeping sheep on the prairie, we never lost one to coyotes, though the flock was under minimum herding protection. There were plenty of coyotes around, too. Mr. W. Phillip Keller says in his magnificent book, "Under Wilderness page 167: "Were it possible to draw up an accurate balance sheet of the merits and demerits of tho coyote as an entire group across the country a very great deal would be found in his fa- vor. After all, few animals equal this little predator in con- trolling the populations of such pests as mice, gophers, rabbits and ground squirrels." Mr. Ralph S. Palmer, In "The Mammal Guide of North page 136, writes: "Unfortunately the use of pois- on etc is often applied where Ihe interests of man do not con- flict appreciably or not at nil." The people farming west of Lacombc can tell you of tho horror of a plague of mice they had a couple of years ago live mice, dead mice everywhere; the swaths bare of grain and gardens denuded; that is whnt the coyote poison- ers may eventually wish on (hose who allow them to alter the balance of nnturc. II, G. PECK. Uthbridgc, trol at daylight of a Sunday morning, thirty below and a northwest wind like the day Perry Yeast and I froze our faces. You will haul your seven loads boy, same as you al- ways have, because it's only your selling you need done for you. Enabling legislation it is, Ol- son says, and It has taken two years and some fairly high handed and devious finagling to ram it through for something they aren't going to use. En- abling legislation if there's any other kind we haven't heard of it. The new tax law enables them to grab more, and the old one enabled them to grab everything any time they wanted it, and it was en- abling legislation that gave us the wheat board. When you pay your fines for having Alberta manure on a Saskatchewan truck, remember that. A ma- jority there has to be be says, but majorities can be bought and sold, and sold out, and have been right here, close to home. The idea of promising a mil- lion farmers, each with one cow, that the government will guarantee a "just" price, like wheat, at the expense of all the greedy and wealthy "big" ranchers, will go over big at election time. If any doubts re- main, remember that Olson really had nothing to do with it anyway. His depart m e n t drafted the legislation of course, according to Trudeau's ideas and instructions. But Mr. Olson then introduced amendments. He didn't bother to vote on them, but he introduced them and to the very last he was going to exclude cattle and beef. The east put it through as he told them to, since those Que- bec Liberals don't have to find their votes out here. L. K. WALKER. Milk River. lowing decades. Jews were, through the ages, fte tradi- itonal victims of persecution and in the Nazi extermination camps were done to death by the millions; but even they committed the same crime when in Deir Yasin in April in the course of the strug- gle from which the State of Is- rael emerged, Jewish terrorists killed some 200 Arabs men, women and children. Turks massacred Bulgars in 1876 and Armenians in 1895, 1909, and 1915. Russians mas- sacred Poles in Warsaw In 1861 and at Katyn early in the Sec- ond World War, Britons were slaughtered by Afghans in 1841 and by Afghans again and Zu- lus in 1879. The Second World War brought the Nazi massacres at Oradour in France, Lidice in Czechoslovakia, and Marabot- to in Italy. Muslims and Hin- dus made an orgy of killing each other after the partition of India in 1947. South African police mowed down an Afri- can crowd at Sharpeville in 1960, and 1968 s-aw the mas- sacre of My Lai by the Ameri- cans in Vietnam. One strange aspect of mas- sacre is that often killers and killed have been lath and kin. In the infamous night of the long knives in June 1934 Hitler murdered, besides scores of other Germans, some of the men who had been bis most intimate friends and faithful collaborators, among them the Captain Roehm, who gave his name to that purge. French- men killed thousands of Frenchmen when the Paris Commune was suppressed in 1871; Russian citizens peace- fully demonstrating, were slaughtered by Russian troops in St. Petersburg on Bloody Sunday 1905. And gangster kill- ing fellow-gangster was the event that has passed into his- tory as the St. Valentine's Day massacre of Chicago in 1929. The suppression of political opponents, the elimination, of rebels or suspected rebels by the authority which is in power and determined to defend that power, is the most common motive of such acts. Mao Tse- lung's, Stalin's and Hitler's eli- mination of opponents in their millions are probably the great- est massacres on record. The killings during the French Commune, the Russian Revolu- tion of 1905. Sharpeville, Am- ritsar and Peterloo (the name given to the massacre of St. Peter's Field, Manchester, when citizens demonstrating in support of parliamentary re- form were charged by yeo- manry 'and "hussars) can be classed in this category. Massacre may take the form of genocide, the extermination of a whole race or nation, or a particular group of people not so much for polUcal as tor so- cial or emotional reasons. Hit- ler's mass-murder of Jews and Gypsies comes under this head- ing as much as his killing of handicapped people for eugenic reasons. So does the above- mentioned Katyn murders where the purpose was to eli- minate the Polish elite and to deprive Poland of their future services. (Even if, contrary to very convincing evidence, it was the Germans who were re- sponsible, their motives would have been the same.) In cases which arise from authority acting against real or apparent opponents, demon- strators and hostile crowds, it is often fear, even panic, a blind obsession with law and order and the safety of the state which cause its defenders to go to the extreme of brutal and insensate killings. Unless human nature changes there is little hope that the slaughter will ever cease. Dac- ca is not the end of the mas- sacre road. (Written for The Herald and The Observer in London) Looking backward THROUGH THE HERALD 1922 Feeding steers and calves corn imported from the corn belt of the United States may be seen for the first time. 1832 The twenty-sixth an- nual convention of the temper- ance and prohibition forces will be held in Edmonton this year. 1942 Another carload of eggs will roll out of Lethbridge in about three weeks, destined for Great Britain. 1952 The latest Hung in railway locomotion, the dlesel electric, paid its first visit to .Leuibrldge last night. 1K2 An exhibition bl con- temporary art by eight Ontario artists, including a native of Lethbridge, Dennis Burton, opened at the south branch of the library Monday. The Lethbridge Herald 5M 7lh St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALI) LTD., Proprietors and Publishcrl Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. 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