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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LE7HBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Juno 19, 1970 'Boris Kidel Heath- So much for opinion polls. The Brit- ish voter has shown himself to be less indifferent to his own future than the pundits believed lie may have appeared apathetic, but he did take time out to weigh the gut issues and make his own decision. He observed in spite of Mr. Wilson's cheerful r e a s s u r ance, that tlie cost of living was rising every day, that taxes had doubled in six years and that unemployment had reached its highest point in 30 years. He noted that the Labor government had giv- en in to the demands of the trade unions to the point where he felt that it was the unions who governed the country rather than the Labor party itself. And in spile of all this strikes had become a frustrating fact of life. Then Mr. Heath brought the threat of a further devaluation of British currency into the picture, and al- though Mr. Wilson denied any such intention, the voter did not believe him, particularly when the latest figures showed adverse balance of trade figures for the month of May. Many Britons, it seems, almost overnight ceased to trust the Labor government. In spite of Mr. Wilson's confidence, in spite of his rosy view of economic resurgence, the uncom- mitted voter had serious doubts. He opted for a change in the hope that a "new government which promised less, might produce more. Terrorists And Diplomats The recent terrorist kidnapping of the West German ambassador to Brazil in Rio de Janeiro emphasizes the urgent need for some kind of deterrent, particularly in Latin America where these episodes are becoming a fact of life or death in the diplomatic community. This time the ambassador was -re- leased alive. His colleague in Guatemala was killed last April for the pure and simple reason that the price for his freedom was too high, in both number of hostages demand- ed and cold hard cash payment. In countries where political oppo- sition is stifled by putting the re- calcitrants behind bars without trial, the victims of injustice have growing numbers of friends on "the outside." They have found an in- genious tool for getting their col- leagues out of jail, embarrassing their governments by emphasizing the brutal methods used to stifle op- position, and hence reducing confi- dence abroad in the stability of such governments. Tlie Organization of American States is scheduled to meet at its headquarters site in Washington shortly. One of the first items on the agenda is what to do about the kidnappings. (It is somewhat ironic, under the circumstances that the meeting, originally scheduled to be held in the Dominican Republia had to be delayed and its gathering place changed because the Domini- cans could not provide the neces- sary security. Since tlie Dominican election last May 16 when President Balaguer was returned for a second term of office, terroism has in- The choice of Washington, incidentally does not make the U.S. host to the gathering. OAS head- headquarters there is regarded as extraterritorial ground, much as the UN is regarded in New York. Argentina is taking the lead in trying to find some solution. Ideas could include refusal by OAS mem- bers to extend asylum to terrorists involved in diplomatic kidnappings but this could hardly be very ef- fective because there are many countries outside OAS control will- ing to accept them. It could involve an agreement of flat refusal to re- lease terrorists on demand under any circumstances. This would be a tough stance, extremely hard to put into force because diplomats would be certain victims, although in the end it would probably work. Still that price will probably prove much too high. What solution Argentina will sug- gest is a mystery. It is not likely to include one outlawing jailing members of political opposition groups without fair hearing which is the obvious one in a democratic society. Freedom of speech and of the press in most Latin American nations is not known, and until it is, terrorists have little opportunity to bring their grievances before the public. In the meantime diplomatic representatives in all nations where terrorism is the only answer to re- pression must go in fear of their lives. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON Sunday is Falher's Day and it is not too late to ask: What is a A father is a father regardless of race, creed or color. A father is someone who comes into the house at the end of the day and is greeted by his wife with the question "Do you want to hear what your children dill A father is the person who waits up all night until his daughter comes in from a date, and goes right to sleep as soon as his son goes out. A father is the person the children ap- peal to when their mother says they can't stay up at night. He is also the one the mother refers any problems to that she doesn't want to decide, with "Ask your father." A father is the one who gives children the money to go to a drive-in, where they spend the evening complaining that he doesn't understand them, A father is the person the name of the car is registered in that his son wants to borrow every night. A father is someone who can't stand loud rock music blasting from Ihe bedroom at midnight and who is always shouting "Turn it He is the person who is called to school during the height of his work day to hear that his son or daughter was caught smoking in the washroom. A father is someone who doesn't trust any boy who takes his daughter for a drive. A father is a man who doesn't under- stand why his children don't want to listen to liis war stories. He also is someone who can't fathom why they're not impressed1 that he lived through a depression or started with noth- ing. A father is the dolt on TV who is con- stantly being outwitted by everyone in the family. A father can't understand what the big attraction is to pot and why the kids are turned off by alcoholic beverages. A father is a person whom his young daughter wants to marry if she can just get rid of her mother. One of the main functions of a father is to see that his son gets a haircut. A father is the one blamed by his wife for (a) being too permissive, (b) too strict, (c) not caring enough, (d) taking their side against her. A father is someone who has no idea what's happening to the younger genera- tion and is certain they will make a hash of everything. A father is the party his college son or daughter wires when they want money lo go to a demonstration to protest everything the father has worked for. A father comes in all different colors, sizes and shapes. Believe it or not, he has strengths and hangups and pride and guilt just like everybody else. Scientists threaten that as artificial in- semination methods keep improving there will soon be no need for fathers. This would be a great loss lo the world, because, with all their faults, there are very few people in this world who would want to see fathers go the way of the bald eagle. (Toronto Telegram News SrrvicR) IP I JT i rin laken Into A Imp By Doug IIIY wife and I were members of a head table assemblage during the One Prairie Province Enquiry. Included in the group was the Mayor of Saskatoon, Mr. Sidney Buckwold. I suggested to the mayor that he should mcel my wife, an old Sas- katonian. Tlie mayor, upon being introduced to El- spelh. said he was delighted to meet an "old Sa-skatonian." She quickly pointed out Walker that she was a not an "old" Sas- ka Ionian. Gallantly, Mr. Buckwold agreed that Ihe distinction was valid r.nd then lamely pass- ed the buck by putting the blame oil me for having first employed the expression. I admit lo Ihe offence but you would think a seasoned politician would have learned to avoid being taken into that sort of and him a married man, too! French Maoists Plan Summer Campaign TMRIS President Georges Pompidou and his gov- ernment have emerged vic- torious from their first major confrontation with tlio extrem- ists of France's New Left. No more than to young Parisians were willing to respond to the call for street demonstrations launched by the Proletarian Left, His most aggressive French Maoist or- ganization. Faced by police and repudiated by other left wing the Prole- tarian Left was obliged to abandon its attempt to unleash a new wave of revolutionary violence. France is clearly in no mood this spring to rush to the bar- ricades and challenge the gov- ernment in the style of May Despite police brutality, there was no sign of spontane- ous solidarity for the youthful demonstrators as there was two years ago. In fact, this time public opinion uniformly hostile towards the gangs of Proletarian Left mili- tants smashing shop windows ami selling cars ablaze. Yet despite the failure of the demonstrations, the govern- ment reacted with exceptional toughness. More than 1.000 were detained during the riots and the Proletarian Left was declared banned and dissolved. Although the Proletarian is estimated to have only active members, the authori- ties no longer shrug off the Maoist danger. A year ago Maoist influence was limited to the universities. Today intellectuals and stu- dents are working inside se- lected factories to spread revo- lutionary ideas. Their propa- ganda is beginning lo mnka its m a r k, particularly among younger workers dissatisfied with the cautious policies pur- sued by the political parlies and trades unions. The leaders of the Proletar- ian Left make no secret of their tactics. In a recent inlcr- vcw, Alain Gsismar. one of the heroes of the May HBII stu- dent revolt, who has become the Proletarian Left's chief spokesman, explained the aim was a progressive intensifica- tion of violence. Starting with sabotage in factories, the Pro- letarian Left wants to unleash a guerrilla war to bring down the capitalist regime. By en- couraging subversive action in industry, Maoists hope to create a revolutionary spirit among workers. "We must develop a new type of guerrilla warfare that corresponds to French condi- tions" Geismar said. It was too early, he said, lo slage bomb attacks and similar at- tacks of violence, because in their present frame of mind French workers arc still un- willing to accept loss of life. However, France was ap- proaching a new phase when "problems are solved with guns." Geismar was careful not to predict a quick victory. The People's War might last 10, 20 years, cr even longer. At present the Maoists con- stitute no more than a tiny fringe group of the extreme Left. However, by taking spec- tacular action against the Pro- letarian Left, the government has magnified its importance and above all provided an enor- mous volume of publicity for the Maoists. To the intense irritation of the authorities, Jean-Paul Sar- tre, the philosopher, has be- come associated with the Pro- letarian Left. He has taken over tlie editorship of the Cause cle Peuple, tne group's newsp a p e r, as a protest against the arrest of two suc- cessive editors. Sartre does not identify himself with Maoist ideology but neither does he wish to condemn it. His pur- pose, he says, is to win recog- nition for the Maoists as genu- ine revolutionaries who are de- fending a coherent policy. The rest of France's Left should cease to condemn them as ir- responsible hooligans and ac- cept discussion with them. Taunting the government Sartre has said that he de- serves arrest as much as his two predecessors in the Cause du Pcuple's editorial chair. President Pompidou has no in- tention of making a Maoist martyr of Sartre at the present stage. During the Algerian war, Sartre was allowed to campaign with i m p u ni t y against the government. Although Sartre's image has become somewhat tarnished in France durng recent years, his name still exerts fascina- tion. His solidarity with tha Maoists has enhanced their re- spectability. Thanks to Sartre a number of other intellectuals including Marguerite Duras the novelist, and Jean-Luc Go- dard the film director, have come cut in support of the Cause du Peuple. it was in 11153 that Maoists made (heir first appearance in France. To mark their dis- satisfaction with Hie policies of the Soviet Union and t h o French Communist Part y, some members of the Franco- Chinese Friendship Society set up Marxist Leninist study circles. Their influence remain- ed negligible until 1866, when the Communist bVudents Union expelled left wing deviation- ists pressing for a more revo- lutionary party line. Some of these students became Maoists and joined the Union of Marx- ist-Leninist Youth, while others turned lo tha Trolskyites. Dur- ing the May revolt of two years ago, both factions played a decisive role in mobilizing the rest of the students against the government. In June, after Uie collapse of the uprising, all extremist left wing move- niens were banned. Only three Maoists surfaced again under the name of the Proletarian Left. By insisting that violence is the only method to change con- ditions in France the Maoists have separated themsel v e s from the other New Left groups. This spring they aroused violent hostility by im- porting gangs of hoodlums into the campus of Nanlerre Uni- versity to terrorize students be- longing lo rival left wing or- ganizations. Today even other Maoi s t groups condemn the tactics of the Proletarian Left. "That the Proletarian Left should fright- en the bourgeoisie is fine, but that the Proletarian Left should also frighten Ihe masses is catastrophic" [he newspaper Vive La Revolution wrote the other day. The orthodox Com- munists, always extremely sen- sitive about the danger ot being outflanked from the Left, have denounced the Maoists as "adventurers, alien to the working class, who are acting objectively as accomplices of the police." During the coming months the Maoists will try to exploit every manifestation" of discon- tent to stir up trouble. Last month in Grenoble they formed an improbable alliance with protesting shopkeepers and went into joint action against the police. The "wild men" of the revolutionary Left, it is feared, will increase their acts of violence during the summer. Their next target, they have said, will be luxury holiday es- tablishments. (Written for The Herald and The Observer, London) Carl T. Roivan News For America's Low-Income Group A S HIN GTON Senator Strom Thurmond took a delegation of textile tycoons to see President Nixon on June 8. That is bad news for Ameri- ca's poor people, if the presi- dent promised what Thur- mond's office says he did and if Congress approves a bill to limit the export of textiles and shoes from some of tlie poorer nations of Asia. Wealthy South Carolina mill owners, already sporting record profits, want to ban items like the drugstore shirts (made in Korea) and the bargain basement shoes (made in If these items disappear from the shelves, it will mean a sharp rise in the cost of living, especialiy for poor families and young families with several children. Letters To The Editor But give Thurmond credit; he seems to think Nixon's debt to him is endless, and he does not hesitate to use it in behalf of that more privileged part of his constituency. Maybe the president is too busy to see Wally Hickel, but Thurmond arranged a session with Mr. Nixon along with Com- merce Secretary Maurice Stans, the president's chief foreign political advisers Henry Kiss- inger, his top adviser on do- mestic political manipulations Harry Dent (a formed aide to and Under Secre- tary of State for Political Af- fairs, U. Alexis Jo'nnson. Thurmond's office says Nixon promised not to veto the im- port quota measure (known as the Mills bill, and now facing hearings in the House) if it is passed. Mr. Nixon said he would instruct Stans on what stand to take in testimony be- fore the House Ways and Means Committee. The American Retail Federa- tion is up in arms over this possible rollback of imports of textile products and shoes (these imports make up only 4.2 per cent of U.S. consumption in dollar value and 8.5 per cent in "Hardest hit of all would be low-income groups struggling to maintain'marginal standards of says the federation. "Imports ir.ake it possible for these families to clothe them- selves decently." Also disturbed are American farmers who are convinced that foreign countries will retaliate by limiting imports of agricul- tural products from the U.S. John Scott, Master of the Na- tional Grange, said recently: "Certainly American farmers Liberty And Freedom I wish to write to the young folk represented by the lad who commented On my sub- mission to the Educational Planning Commission. While I said, quite rightly, that I had stated or im- plied that the schools should turn out regimented students allowed only to learn what was thought best for the commu- nity without being able to re- search beyond known facts, since that would eventually destroy our civilization, I was not given an opportunity to comment on the thing we did disagree on liberty to choose for yourself and be entirely free. There is r.o possibility what- ever that you can be any such thing. Those who tell you so either haven't any better sense on the subject or deliberately lie to you in order lo wreck us You are never free. You are either a parasite or a re- sponsible citizen. Your only Gambling Casinos On TV recently it was an- nounced that gambling casinos were to be in Lcthbridge dur- ing (he fair. Only Aid. Fergu- son had the fortitude to void against it because she didn't believe in gambling and couldn't condone it. Thank good- ness for people like her who stand for decency and principle. Now reading (lie article on gam- bling in Weekend Magazine are the people going lo stand for it? If they do, there should bo ,in immediate election antl some men and more women of prin- ciple elected let me quote from the article: "If gambling casinos become legal in Canada you can bet (hat when the opening gong sounds and the first dice goes rolling down that long slim ta- ble, the underworld will be somewhere in the wings with (heir grubby liltlc upturned palms wailing to be filled from the green felt money pot." Is this what you want Lclh- bridgc read the whole ar- ticle, give Mrs. Ferguson a huge vote of confidence and listen lo her. FOR A CRIME-FREE COUNTRY Raymond. choice is whether or not you accept a small percentage of the responsibilities thrust on you. First you must eat. Sec- ond you must get along with others. In either case you must give up some of this freedom in return for a little security, a little comfort cr just because after all, you love your follow men enough lo serve, oflen without thought of any reward. The result 99 per cent of the lime you will have to do some- thing you never dreamed of doing: the only question will be whether you are capable of serving well cr just being a drag en others. While it was not mentioned between us. to many "free- so miscalled, in sex and drug use did come up. If you believe in God, your body is his toir.plc to you: if you do r.ot, then your body is the _ only Eemplc you have if in either case, you defile that temple, you have damaged yourself and must live in filth and many stink lo high heaven who have defiled themselves and are a disgrace and a bur- den to Ihe nation. Yet we have those who wish lo make it easier to create more -of them J. SPENCER Jlagralh. are In no position to lose sub- stantial parts of then- foreign markets, as they surely would if textile and other proposed im- port quotas are imposed" "We can III afford to risk these exports so that indus- tries already registering record sales and profits can become even mere profitable at the ex- pense of U.S. consumers and exporters." The textile tycoons and tex- tile labor unions argue that they need to be protected against "cheap labor" products coming in from abroad. Kissinger and Johnson were involved, no doubt because there are serious foreign policy implications to the Mills bill. The countries that wculd be hurt most by U.S. textile im- port quotas are Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, In- dia, Pakistan, Singapore, Mal- aysia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexi- co, and a few other Caribbean and Latin American countries. It would be a- serious blow to these countries if, while the U.S. reduced foreign aid lo a third cf 1 per cent of its gross national product, it also closed its markets tn the poor nations. In his trade message to Con- gress last November the presi- dent emphasized the need of poor nations to have better ac- cess to the markets of Indus- trialized countries. He pledged that the U.S. would press for "a liberal system of tariff pref- erences for all developing coun- tries." Critics of the Mills bill point out that it may win enactment, however, because the poor con- sumers who would be hurt most don't know what is going on. These same critics pooh-pooh the textile industry's wails of hardship, asserting that sales in the textile and apparel indus- tries rose from billion in 1961 lo a record billion in 1969. Profits for (he textile in- dustry rose from S589 million to billion, and rose from million to million for tlie apparel industry. Considering all the facts and factors involved, it would be in- teresting lo know what selling job Thurmond used t> get the president to vow not lo use the veto on a measure of such doubtful merit if indeed the president so promised. Meanwhile, it would serve the causes of national and interna- tional justice if the Congress quietly 'killed this little exercise in the enrichment of Strom's friends. (Field Enterprises Inc.) LOOKING BACKWARD THllOUGII THE HERALD 1920 and nation- alist forces staged a two-hour gun bailie in Londonderry, Ire- land, last night. The New York stale athletic commission today rec- ognized Max Schmclling as heavyweight champion of tlie world by virtue of his victory over Jock Rharkcy last week. mo President Roosevelt toak steps to form a coalition cabinet Icday by submitting the names of two Republican men for the secretary of the navy and the secretary of war. The first kidney trans- plant from a dead woman to another woman has been per- formed in Chicago. The recip- ient is in fair condition. Unemployment has dropped by 230 in Lelhbridge from lasl week. 504 7th SI. S., Lethbddge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and PuDllsnen Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Class Mail Member of Tlia Ca I'ublijners' Ass W. MOWERS. .ration Number 0012 tlio Crnr.iliaii Daily N'rwspa nnd tlio Audit Hurcaii of Circulation! end Publisher TlluMAS H. ADAMS. Gel JOE [1AU.A Managmfl Kdiler HOY F. .MIIXS Advertising Man.wr "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" WILLIAM T1AY Associate Editor DOIHJMS K WALKHH Editorial i'afio EdUcr ;