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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, June 6, 1972 Joseph Kraft Greatness not tied to being a colossus Capital of protest When the UN conference on hu- man environment, currently taking place in Stockholm, was first pro- posed about four or five years ago, world concern about pollution was in its infancy. The infant has grown beyond recognition. Originally the conference was expected to deal with measures to control air and water pollution, to prevent further deterioration of urban environment in developed countries, and to work out methods whereby areas of nat- ural beauty, animal and plant Ufa could be preserved for posterity. It seemed then a manageable area for consultation and eventual co-opera- tion between governments. But cone en) about the environ- ment has exploded. It has become an international passion involving political issues which had not been dreamt of originally. (The confer- ence could very well be snowed un- der by the relevant documents, 20 tons of All kinds of fringe groups have turned up ;n Stockholm to hold dem- onstrations and meetings of their own. One of these is a radical pop- culture organization which doesn't approve of the UN because it claims the world body is wider the con- trol of wicked industrialists. To it, the only way to control pollution is to finish off the capitalists. The capitalists counter by holding meet- ings of their own, because they be- lieve that the conference is being beastly to business. There are many other non-participant groups. Stock- holm has in fact become the capital of protest in an atmosphere that is hardly conducive to calm delibera- tion, let alone solid achievement. The developing countries ara bound to be heard from. It could well be that the fear and distrust of the wealthier nations by the poorer peoples of the world, who are nu- merically three times greater, will emerge as the paramount issue. As the poor see it they are being asked to reduce industrialization on which their healthy survival depends, at the expense of the rich. The devel- oped countries, they argue, have demonstrated, by their develop- ment, a special right to salvation and perpetuation thus passing on to the more numerous underdeveloped peoples the responsibility for creat- ing the necessary space on earth. In short the conference has be- come embroiled in issues far beyond its original intent Nevertheless the very fact that it is taking place at all, and that these divisive questions will be discussed, though they are almost certain to remain unsolved for years to come, is a success in itself. ]VfOSCOW "To retain great- ness we musl cease to be a Talleyrand once said, and that epigram defines exactly the American Interest in the Big Two summit meet- ing which recently concluded here In Moscow. Co-operative war One of the most welcome results of the Moscow summit meetings is the stepped-up program in the ex- change of scientific and technological information. Already arrangements have been made for increased co- operation in the vital field of cancer research. Although there has been a world-wide exchange of develop- ments in this field for some time, it is apparent that the co-operation agreement will mean much closer liaison between Russian and Ameri- can research scientists in the effort to discover the cause and cure of cancer. The newly appointed director of the National Cancer Institute in Washington, Dr. Frank Rauscher, has already announced that there will be mutual exchange of some promis- ing anti-cancer drugs, and a wider exchange of technical journals. Add- ed to this there will be an exchange In Peace? "yHBRE must be thousands of students -1 all over Canada collecting dur- ing graduation weekends. H you "IP" stands for "in and if you happen to be a parent of a teenager, you may be in for a rude awakening for once your kid has got these two mysterious let- ters to his name you no longer rest in peace. There were few graduands I know of who did not, after school ceremonies, converge in cars and anything else on wheels to- wards one or another private party desti- nation. While most had attended their graduation, looking angelic, filled with pride and nostalgia for their vanishing childhood, now all they had in mind was to enjoy themselves and celebrate "adult- hood" together with their final release from twelve or more years of school, which to many, represented years of bondage. In retrospect, these years may hold nothing but happy memories; right now they were something to be drowned in oblivion. Therefore, most vehicles were loaded with cases of beer bought with money innocent- ly contributed by proud parents in lieu of a graduation bonus. You may give the youthful driver the benefit of doubt if he claims he has both hands on the steering wheel and that only his passengers were impatiently anticipat- ing festivities by opening a bottle or two while the car was in motion. It is still the driver who is responsible and takes the rap. Flashing llghls and walling police sirens soon teach them that, maybe, they were not very adult after all and that in any case they have not yet achieved the kind of independence that enables them to pay for their sins. By now, you will have guessed that "IP" means illegal possession of open bottles of alcoholic beverages. The fine levelled in court later on may vary from to or imprisonment in case of non-payment. While I do not condone boozing for grown-ups let alone teenagers, I suggest that this kind of punishment hits society By that standard, Mr. Nixon has scored a significant hut partial success. In relations with Russia and Europe the Moscow summit has opened the way to a safe shrinkage of what has been a grossly exces- sive American military effort But In the rest of the world, thanks to Vietnam, the U.S. re- mains a giant with feet of clay. The American need to set limits and define commitments at this point hardly needs ex- planation. The Vietnam catas- trophe has eroded public sup- port for the role of world policeman affected, it not actu- ally played, by the United States for many, many years. Some reduction of American military might around the world and at home Is now in- evitable. The trick is to wind of virus samples which have been found to cause cancers in animals, but have thus far not been shown to produce cancer in man. American scientists are anxious to receive samples of. a vims which the Soviets say they have discovered in leukemia patients which has proved capable of producing cancer in baboons and monkeys. These viruses have proven extremely difficult to preserve, but this problem appears to have been overcome, whether by Soviet scien- tists or American researchers, Dr. Rauscher did not say. This is only one field of medical research which stands to benefit enormously from international efforts at detente. If, in the years to come, it is shown to be a major factor in the effort to eliminate cancer as a threat to human survival, the trip to Moscow would be worth it for that reason alone. By harder than the young offender. Perhaps one in twenty of the kids have the courage think to confide in their parents and these are probably the lucky ones. No parents would want to see their child In prison, lumbered with a criminal record ruining his future for something that in the opinion of many, amounts to no more than youthful exuber- ance or stupidity. So they pay the fine and impose, if they are sensible, some restric- tions which the youngster accepts as well deserved and which might teach him to keep his nose clean in future. What about those kids who are afraid to go to their parents for help A few find a spare time job and can pay the fine themselves. For them a fine is no deter- rent to repetition. Some will borrow money under fake pretences to buy their freedom and a few will, in desperation, get caught up in the money-making rackets of drug pushing or shop lifting and thus may be launched on the ever downward spiralling road to crime. I would not want to see naughty kids go scotfree to remain a menace to them- selves and others but I could think of a lot more effective deterrents than monetary fines: Withdrawal of driving licences for those in charge of cars for example, and as the passengers are usually just as guilty if not more so, some form of enforced community work for all Involved. Such a court order would certainly support the au- thority of the police who, after all, are only trying to protect kids from themselves. Yet police efforts are repeatedly frustrated by ineffective fines handed out in courts. For the to help for In- stance, the very old, the disabled, or the very young in any number of ways could involve them in projects far more satisfy- ing than the illusory happiness of drinking at weekends and the misery of the inevit- able price they will have to pay. More im- pressive measures could also mean that "IP" may once again take on its logical interpretation of "In Peace" instead of its modem implication of "Illegal Posses- sion." Lay off, Lu By Dong Walker SPORTIMS GOODS "Nw, you lee, ibal's wfww we Utter. I don't think of it as 'defacing ike building' but as a manifestation of my search for ptrstnal Utntityl" "Halt