Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tueidoy, July 13, 1971 Bruce Hutchison Ireland's "peace" Lord Terence O'Neill has laid it on the line. He stated in a news inter- view during the weekend that there are two alternatives for keeping the so-called peace in Northern Ireland. The first is that British troops will have to stay for the foreseeable fu- ture; the second is that they could pull out, leaving the Northern Irish to settle their own problems in their own way. Their way is the way of violence which, says the former Prime Minister, couW only end in the bloodiest civil war in European his- tory for centuries. He prefers the former which of course is no solu- tion at all It is simply that which must be done to prevent vicious hatreds erupting to a point total where chaos prevails. It's an intoler- able situation which has to be toler- ated. Northern Ireland is miserable living proof that attitudes cannot be legislated. A bloody birthday party King Hassan II of Morocco is known as a "benevolent" constitutional mon- arch, although the summary justice meted out yestereday to the rebels in the abortive coup, indicate that his benevolence does not include lengthy trials of murderers caught-in-the-act. The King was within his constitutional rights in dispensing orders for quick death to the insurgents. He is known as an authoritative ruler, who enjoys the support and loyalty of most of his people. Since the departure of the French and establishment of com- plete independence for Morocco in 1956, some progress has been made in bringing the country, still woefully backward by comparison with Euro- pean democracies, in tune with the more modem world to the North. Hassan, who succeeded his father Mohammed V, in 1961, is keen to up- grade educational standards which he hopes will create a vigorous, literate middle class. But in so doing, he has fostered a certain discontent with things as they are. Progress has been slow, and there are some elements in Moroccan society which would hasten it with their own brand of violence. It is probably these leftists with the help of Libyan agitators, who are responsible for the goings-on at the King's bloody 42nd birthday party. It turned out to be an insurrection foiled at tragic cost in lives and some loss of confidence abroad in the govern- ment's stability. Hassan suspended Parliament in 1965, four years after his succession to the throne, and it was not until last year that a new constitution pro- viding for a modified form of parlia- mentary government was restored. The King still has the power to sus- pend Parliament by proclaiming a state of emergency but there has been no indication that he is intimi- dated by present circumstances to the point where he has decided to rule by decree But the insurrection is a reminder that leftists, probably with the help and certainly the approval of the U.S.S.R. must be taken seriously. The monarch, with the best will in the world, has been only partially successful in upgrading the Moroccan economy. He has great hopes for the special arrangements with the Euro- pean Common Market which were made recently. Now he must re- double his efforts to keep the mal- contents at bay, at the same time proving that he can improve living conditions for the mass of his im- poverished people. It's a tail order and it should have the support of the Western powers, who have every- thing to lose by Russian, or Russian- orientated North African penetration in Morocco. Jesus freaks It was bound to happen. Youth, with its irrepressible enthusiasm and impatience with routine has found a new image to adore and it's not a rock group or a stage personality. Much to the surprise of their par- ents and their community they've "discovered" Jesus and are forming their own "church" groups. Large groups of young people are now meeting in homes, parks, halls and empty church basements, to read the Bible and try to live as Jesus lived, emulating his Spartan existence and going about preaching brotherly love. This sudden interest in Christian- ity, which many of the coming gen- eration to now have rejected as just another Establishment crutch, is a startling but welcome contrast to their hitherto hostile withdrawal from society and their preoccupa- tion with drugs, riots and anti-so- cial themes. Theologians, however, are concerned that this switch may be merely another fad, that the youngsters will become disillusion- ed if all the world's problems are not solved in a brief time, if brotherly love does not break down all ra- cial, economic and social barriers. Other generations less sophisticated, less educated and devoid of any ma- terial benefits, tried. But perhaps today's kids have more devotion to justice, more con- cern for mankind, more genuine de- sire to live as Jesus lived and are, through their actions and concerns, more able to heal so many of the globe's wounds than any generation heretofore. They claim they are. Let's hope so for it's one of the most positive outlooks to come along in North America in a long time. YOUTH group gets to do research into transcendental meditation News item. In a matter of minutes after the above bulletin hit me square between the eyeballs, my foot clapped the gas pedal to the floor- board and I burned rubber between me and the nearest office of the federal Opportun- ities for Youth project. My project contemplating my novel is one which, by happy coincidence, requires exactly to cover the re- search. It is a dirty novel, and an author can blow a bundle organizing his material into motels. My making good time to the government office was largely offset by my being un- able to find it. As a rule I can trust my nose to zero in on million worth of pork barrel. But the location of the lard bucket for Opportunities for Youth seems to be a secret shared by those under 30. In fact a young whippersnapper at the unemployment office boldly laid it on me that I was too long in the tooUi to qualify for a grant. At my age, he implied, the transcendence has leaked out of my meditation, and I'm just an old gaffer on the nod. Not for nothing, however, has my zeal for research been favorably compared with that of Banting and de Sade. I harcd off to the wig salon, and was bombed to find that I had been anticipated by a queue ot over-age Maharcshis waiting for a fitting. I was lined up behind old D'arcy Gum- banger, a mouldy hack if ever one put quill to parchrr.cnl. "I'm returning my he sniffed, and I noticed that his pancake make-up, used lo obscure the wrinkles, was streaked Parliament undergoing gradual changes AS REVEALED to Maclean's Magazine by Eric Kierans, the inner working methods of the Trudeau government must horrify the ordinary citizen. At any rate, they horrified Mr. Kierans until tie escaped them and returned to the sanity of private business. But did he understand those methods? It is unlikely because he could not understand the man who in- vented and directed them. In that respect he was no different from his colleagues and the Ca- nadian people at large. They have not learned to understand Pierre Trudeau and probably never will if he can help it. To a businessman like Mr. Kierans government is, or should be, a business requiring tidy, efficient business meth- ods. To a man like Mr. Tru- deau it is something else alto- gether and infinitely more com- plicated because it reflects and attempts to manage the untidy, inefficient raw material of hu- man nature. No more than oil and water will two such men ever mix. Mr. Kierans says Hint in the vast apparatus of government practical business gets los'., de- cisions are made by mysterious mandarins but rarely imple- mented. Asked on television about these complaints, Mr. Tiudeau agrees that business sometimes gets lost all right but only when he wants it lost. The disappearance, postpone- ment or reversal of some pol- icy is deliberate, not acciden- tal, as Mr. Kierans has sup- posed in his innocence. All tills baffles the business- man. For his part the man of politics must envy the comfort- ing simplicities of private life. He must envy all the capitalists who await society's return to normal after a brief detour and all the socialists who propose to cure its ills by law and the mere redistribution of wealth. If those were the sole alter- natives, if cither were possible, how pleasant the life of a prime minister would be! Alas, they are not. No government lead- er, anywhere, can foresee the other innumerable possibilities. He can only pretend that he knows where he is going and what he is doing while he groves blindly in the labyrinth of these times where, literally, no generation before ours has ever trod. No wonder, then, that Mr. Kierans was baffled by the un- businesslike, dictatorial and of- ten whimsical methods of the Trudeau cabinet and fled from it like a sane man fleeing from a mad house. But is there no underlying logic in this pro- cess? Of course there is. The logic of concentrated power, working in business, labor and all aspects of society, works in government, too. We are witnessing not just the eccentricities of a domi- nant and secre'.ive prime min- ister but a basic change in the whole governing system. And clearly Parliament is the first victim of the change (though Mr. Kierans doesn't seem to be much worried on that Until Mr. Trudeau arrived, Parliament was the central forum of Canadian politics, the engine room of government, the high court of democracy, feared by all prime ministers, watched with keen interest by the public and extensively re- ported by the newspapers. Now the prime minister, who fears nothing, seldom bothers to address Parliament and at- tends its meetings briefly, with obvious boredom. If he has anything of importance to say he says it outside, by televi- sion, speaking directly to the people. The newspapers, know- ing where the public's interest by tears. "They did a carbon test on Ihe age of my teeth." We both stepped aside to allow the wig clerk to lug out an elderly member of the Canadian Authors Association who had fainted under the weight of a fake Afro. "It's discrimination, that's what it wheezed Gumbanger. "The federal govern- ment is a bunch of geriatric bigots. To get any money for a project you have to be a skinny kid with marijuana on your breath. We've got the wrong kind of pot." "You mean, you must be lean in your jeans to have grants in your Gumbanger lunged at me with his cane, so f returned home and reread the Canadian Bill of Rights. It says that there shall be no discrimination "by reason of race, national origin, color, religion or sex" damn, Dief forgot to put in "age." I know that Mr. Tmdeau is trying to keep the kids off the streets and out of the riots ing the summer, but why shouldn't there he a few Opportunities for Middle-aged Taxpayers? Who says we couldn't profit from: a little transcendental meditation, if we really put our backs into it? Ottawa apparently believes that by the time we older researchers have finished earning enough to subsidize the projects for youth, we arc too pooped to transcend any higher than our suphose. Tliis allows young people to corner the market for meditation, playing ethnic music, trail hikes in search of the Cana- dian identity, interpretive dancing and a lot of oilier projects that extract Ihc foct from the Ircadmill. The .lust Society, Mr. Trudeau remember? lies, hardly report parliamen- lary speeches any more while piously deploring the decline of ParEament. The lonely back benchers make excellent speeches to an almost empty chamber but they are buried forever in the silent tomb of Hansard. This shift of power from the House of Commons to the caDi- net, and beyond it, to the non- elected, anonymous bureaucra- cy is plain to everyone. But does the nation care? Apparent- ly not. The public, or most of it, shows no sign of alarm, under the pathetic impression that it is participating in government more actively than ever. Is the change permanent or only a temporary aberration to be reversed by the next prime minister? In short, will Parlia- ment ever regain its old power; The easy answer is to say that it will not, that Parlia- ment would have declined any- how without Mr. Trudeau's ar- rival that the concentration ot power in fewer hands is the price of a brittle, technological society which must be man- by experts and cannot be trusted to the people or their elected representatives. That answer is easy but is it correct? Anyone who has studied its history, long ante- dating the Canadian state, will suspect that the institution of Parliament may still have more life hidden in it than meets the contemporary eye. Over and over again Parliament has sud- denly awakened to rebuke or destroy governments. Over and over again it has brought the strongest prime ministers to heel. At some point, therefore, Mr. Trudeau with all his unequalled brilliance may wish that he had treated Parliament differently, or at least tried to understand it. In the meantime we might use- fully remember the dictum of the late G. K. Chesterton who was just as brilliant as Mr. Tru- deau: "If there is one class of men whom history has proved especially and supremely ca- pable of going wrong in all di- rections, it is the class of high- ly intellectual men. I would al- ways prefer to go by the bulk of humanity; that is why I am a democrat." No doubt Mr. Trudeau is also a democrat and considers him- self more truly democratic than Mr. Chesterton, Mr. Kierans or any of his colleagues. He is desperately trying to find out, by lu's own curious methods, what the bulk of Canadian hu- manity desires and to deliver it, if he can. But he will surely go wrong if he exaggerates the death of Parliament. Like that of Mark Twain, the obituaries may be premature. (Herald Special Service) Roland Hunlford The difficult search for U Thant's successor TJELSINKI U Thant's dc- cision to cancel his trip to Russia and Poland recently, af- ter suffering a dizzy spell, un- derlines his desire to step down from the post of United Nations Secretary-General. Officials in Finland are confident that his successor will be their candi- date, Mr. Max Jakobson, now the Finnish Ambassador at the United Nations. His position as favourite in the race has been assured, they say, by the sup- port of the three Maghreb coun- tries of North-West Africa. This may prove to be the turn of the tide for Mr. Jakob- son. With one exception he has the attributes of the perfect candidate. He comes from a small neutral country that en- joys universal respect. The Finns says he has Kremlin ap- proval. His one handicap, how- ever, is Jewish descent. Be- cause of the Middle East dis- pute, predictably, this has led to Arab disapproval. Until the Maghreb decision however, it was not certain whether he would be faced with united Arab opposition. This would now seem to have been avert- ed. Algeria. Tunisia, and Moroc- co, the three Islamic States 'Crazy Capers' said to be supporting the Fin- nish candidate, have not been so closely involved in the Mid- dle East fighting, and Mr. Ja- kobson appears to have bene- fited from the state of affairs. Hitherto, Arab opposition has been concentrated in the United Arab Republic. It has been dis- creet and unofficial; if it ever crystallises into open hostili'.y Mr. Jakohson will probably have little to fear in that quar- ter. But Egypt is not at all cer- tain to persist in opposing Mr. Jakobson's appointment. In his speech and behaviour he has demonstrated a dispassionate and impartial attitude on the Middle East, and indeed on all international issues. The Fin- nish Government, in canvassing UN members, has been at Letter to the editor pains to emphasize that he is a Finn and whatever his ancestry he acts as one. And as if to emphasize the point and back his candidature the Finnish S'o- cial Democrats took a marked- ly cautlic view of Israel at the recent meetings of the Socialist International in Helsinki. The action was remarkable because it was unexpected and uncalled for. But the Social De- mocrats belong to the Finnish Coalition Government. Indeed, as the largest single parly in the Cabinet they are in some respects the Government. Therefore, in acting as they did at the Socialist International, they were able to show Arabs (and the Russians) that Fin- land was not pro-Israel. If it was the Machiavellian exercise it now seems to be, it was prob- Corrects terminology Nexll T would" like to straighten out, through the medium of your paper, YIP's confusion with regard to and "Technocrats." It appears, from his lor her) letter in the July 8th issue of The Herald, that the two terms are inter- changeable. Such is not the case. lie, for u.so.s the ferni spelled with a small in place of the word, "technician." a technical ON- pcrl. A Technocrat, spelled with a capital is not nc- ncssarily a technician, lie, along with other citizens of the North American continent in all walks of life, such as house- wives, clerks, nurses, etc., all of whom are members of Tech- nocracy Inc., are the only in- dividuals entitled to the name, Technocrat. For your correspondent's fur- ther information, Technocracy Inc.. is not n political organi- sation or government, such as democracy, theocracy, com- munism, fascism, etc., but is a North American social move- ment engaged in study and re- search of the North American society, intended to reveal the benefits of science applied to the social order, in relation to balanced production and con- sumption; and the inefficiency of the price (or money) sys- tem to cope with a distribution of abundance. (MRS.) K. MacDONALD. Lethbridge. ably successful. Most Arab States call themselves socialist, and they would trust a frater- nal party. K is notable that the Maghreb action took place af- ter the meting of the Interna- tional. The Finnish Government b e- lieves that Mr. Jakobson now enjoys the confidence both Washington and the Kremlin. Officials say privately that they cannot see any other accept- able candidates. Neither the Americans nor tiie Russians are expected to come out in favor of Mr. Jakobson (or any other candidate for that matter) un- til fairly late in the day. But that is one of the rules of the game. In the light of Mr. Jakobson's position, there is some interest in a speech on the future of the UN that he delivered to the re- cent meeting of the Interna- tional Press Institute here this month. It was interesting be- cause it was clearly a piece of canvassing, and it contained policies which the Soviet Union wants to endorse. The Finns are past masters at divining Soviet wishes and anticipating Kremlin pronouncements; it is one of their secrets of survival. Mr. .Jakobson dismissed all suggestions of changing the UN Charter, such as have been made from lime to time when the Organization seemed to be more ineffectual than usual. They have largely (though not exclusively) centred on the in- stitution of the veto in the Se- curity Council. It may be safely assumed that the Soviet Union, and doubtless the other Great Powers, oppose the abolition of a device whereby a single "No" can stop an unwanted majority. The other significant passage in Mr. Jakobson's address re- ferred to the tasks facing the UN during the next few years. He put the admission of the two Germanics as the most impor- tant and difficult issue to re- solve. In other words, he was talking about international re- cognition of East Germany, something that must lie close to the Russians' hearts. Oddly enough, he dismissed the ques- tion of Communist China as if its admission to the UN had been decided and nothing re- mained but the voting. It would seem that Mr. Ja- kcbson is indeed in a very strong position. It is not so much that he has the qualifica- tions (although he has those loo. As a former journalist he knows how to deal with the Press, a quality conspicuously lacking in the three previous Secretary-Generals) but that he lacks the disqualifications. He has avoided suspicion of Ihe Eastern bloc and the Third World. And, in the strange, rarified and complex world of the UN that is more than half the battle. (Written for The Herald anil Tile Observer in London) So They Say It's a sad state of affairs when we have to try to pass laws to get motorists to lock (heir cars and remove the igni- tion keys. If people don't care aliont their property enough lo take simple precautions, what can law enforcement agencies or the insurance industry hope to accomplish? L. liarton, special agent for the National Auto- mobile Theft Bureau. The Lethbridge Herald 501 7lh St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905-1051, by Hon. W. A. 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