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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-16,Lethbridge, Alberta On the spoor of the B-52 Time to assess those craters in South Vietnam WedrtMday, January 1«, 1974-THE LKTHBMDOB HERALD — 2* Ford says activists out to impeach Nixon i i.; 8 $ *S\ è New York Tim« Service NEW YORK - There is no shortfall of threatening talk in Washington about the resumption of bombing, if necessary, in Vietnam Explaining why more cluster bombs are needed this year than last, an air force general said that the aim of the new stockpiling is to maintain '‘our Southeast Asia contingency capability ” The relation of the heavy bombing of North Vietnam to the peace negotiations a year ago is interpreted in some strategic corners of the Pentagon as meaning that the gunboat diplomacy of the past can be translated into dominant bomber diplomacy today. Such assumptions are natural in military quarters, more than ever the preparedness summed up in the ironic slogan, “Peace is Our Profession," is linked to political diplomatic contingencies. Yet in a civilian • oriented society, the decisions about future arms and commitment of armed forces must, by tradition and law, be made by the people's elected representatives Now is the moment — in the uncertain twilight of the Vietnam experience — to begin to assess the facts and the damage and the lessons. An idea borrowed from a self-critical time in U.S. history keeps insinuating itself the United States Strategic Bombing Survey, remarkably objective study of the devastating nature of the Second World War in Europe and the Pacific Even though it had a martial aim to begin with, in scope it went far beyond the effects of bombing The survey took place oecause, in the autumn of 1944, President Roosevelt suggested: "It would be valuable in connection with the air attacks on Japan and for postwar plann* ing to obtain an impartial and expert study of the effects of the aerial attacks en Geimany." A broad spectrum of talented individuals from different disciplines and professions — social scientists, educators, bankers, lawyers, economists, engineers, diplomats — dug into this project with fervor and vision. This civilian - run show included independent - minded persons who could not be easily snowed, among them George W. Ball, Paul H. Nitze and John Kenneth Galbraith Generals, admirals and military specialists gave of their knowledge, too, in advisory and support roles. The strategic bombing survey examined the role of air power and, for the most part, found it effective in disrupting industry and morale Enemy records were studied and government and military officials interrogated. Some 200 reports across two-and~a-half years led to conclusions and warnings such as this: “If any written evaluation of the war against Japan were to leave with civilian or military readers the impression that another world war may be waged economically and successfully by the United States along Second World War lines, it were better that that evaluation had never been written ” Several relays of White House national security managers might have read these reports profitably during the Vietnam war. A new version of the strategic bombing survey could extend the reach of thought — especially in preventing rather than preemptive war — in many important directions in this age of large-power nuclear standoff and small-power wars The air force has been weighing the effects of its electro-optical and laser-guided weaponry through an internal study labeled "corona harvest" But it is not enough to look only at what one general calls “the art of aerial bombardment.” People live below the art Among the subjects that could be investigated in a major civilian - run undertaking with the cooperation of tbe military are the implications of Eolitical constraints on ombmg; motivations of revolutionary forces and at what stage they threaten American interests, the role of refugees whose lives are smashed by aerial and conventional bombing, the environmental, herbicide and defoliation damage caused by bombing and if these should be outlawed in international conventions; how to report and apply the experience of the prisoners of war into new codes of conduct within the military and by treaties formulated in international organizations. These are military and diplomatic and humanistic matters that could enlist many outstanding talents and embrace many disciplines. At the Pentagon the other day an air force general, with straight face, declared that the thousands of craters caused by B-52 bombing had a positive effect. “We have helped to create a fish farming industry in the watered holes for the Vietnamese peasants," he said. The interpretation of Vietnam’s meaning is too important to be left to generals or technicians of the bombing arts or the aerospace industry. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Vice-President Gerald FoFd said Tuesday a “relatively small group of activists” are out to impeach President Nixon and to drag out the Watergate affair for political advantage. 'It is an all-out attack. Their aim is total victory for themselves and a total defeat not only of President Nixon, but of the policies for which he stands,” Ford told a convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “A coalition of groups like the AFL-CIO, Americans for Democratic Action and other powerful pressure organizations is waging a massive propaganda campaign against tbe president of the United States.” The vice-president urged Congress and the House of Representatives judiciary committee to act promptly and responsibly to bring the matter to a conclusion. ‘They have no right to leave America hanging when so much that is important remains to be done,” he said. The best to you from Palm. ■asfyy» Milk PALM DAIRIES LlMiTEDBUY FOR LESS ot SAFEWAY SKYLARK RAISIN BREAD Fresh Sliced White or Brown 16 oz. net wt. loaf, SPECIAL F O R And Don’t Miss These Specials! Kelloggs Bran Flakes ...................2*89® 14 oz. nel wt. pkg. 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