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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Third Section The Lethbrtdge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, March 17, 1973 Pages 29 -49 Egypt awaits year of decision And waits and waits and waits... By TOM TIEDE OAIRO (NBA) In 1967, shortly after the humiliating Six Day War, Cai r o radio broadcast the opinion that any Arab leader advocating peace with Israel would be assassin- ated. Since then, assuredly, the leaders have heeded the ad- vice. The daily proliferation of draconian "Drive the Jews info the heen matched in its in- tensity only by Egypt's abso- lute refusal to start the drive, The war cries have therefore become a public joke. In 1971, as example, President Anwar Sadat boldly announced: uThis will be (he year ot decision." The punch line is that on Dec. 31 of tiiat year, a still confi- dent Sadat went on national television to inform his coun- trymen what the decision had been: "There will be no 1972." Yet here it is 1D73. Sadat has recently said "The entire Egyp- tian economy is geared .to the war effort." His dittoing prime minister as added, "Tbs bat- tle is near." Shrill jingo Since the Israeli downing of the Libyan airliner last month the jingoism has been esnacial- ly shrill. "It's a says one writ- er, of "War, war, everyone cries war but there is no war." What's more, there is considerable evidence here that the population has stopped be- lieving there ever will be. Except for traces, the public defense disappeared months ago. Cairo's ominous "blueout" of the turn of the where all windows were order- ed painted, where automobile headlights were fogged where street lights operated only in emergencies is like the remnants of the pyramids, a thing of the past. Poster paint peels from most office windows. Other concerns have scraped it away entirely. Some auto headlights remain dim, but most are again white and bright. As for downtown Cairo at night, as much as it can be, it is decorated in neon like any other -capital the main Blast ivall has several values There may not be ffilich protection for Cairo store against an Israeli air raid, should one come. But, 1he brick blast wall has several useful purposes. Some Egyptian storekeepers have adapted the brick walls to display racks for their merchandise. for MEN ONLY! CANADIAN WESTERN NATURAL GAS COMPANY LTD. Presents BARBECUE COOKING Three Wednesday sessions starting April 4, 1973 with remaining programs April 11, and April 18 from p.m. to p.m. GAS COMPANY AUDITORIUM 410 STAFFORD DRIVE, LETHBRIDGE Registration Fee (Includes Chef's Hat and Apron plus a personalized Gourmet Cook Book) REGISTRATION CLOSES MARCH 23 Classes will be conducted by home economists of the Blue Flame Kitchen, Cana- dian Western Natural Gas Co. tld. Registration is limited to 75 men. Send com- pleted coupon together with registration fee. Your application will be acknowledged by mail. No applications will be accepted by telephone. CANADIAN WESTERN NATURAL GAS COMPANY LIMITSO I wish to register for the Men's Barbecue Cooking sessions and enclose (Make cheque or money order payable to Canadian Western Natural Gas Co. Ltd.) NAME (please prfnl) ADDRESS HOME PHONE BUSINESS PHONE Return to Blue Flame Kitchen, Canadian Western Natural Gas Co. Ud., 410 Stafford Drive, Lethbridge, Alberto. quare, containing an elevated circle for pedestrian traffic, las so completely abandoned he one time curfew that it's now known derisively as 'ground zero." Car park At least one air raid shelter las been turned into a car park. he brick blastwalls which still iurvive outside building en- rances have largely given over as display racks for street mer- hants. The sand bags at govern- ment offices, behind which sen- ries still stand glumly, are split open and overgrowing with weeds we should cracks an Egyptian, "is rrigale the bags and grow a noney The needling public is not al- ogether irreverent. Many here, in particular col- ege students, believe the de- erioration of the visible war effort is another embarrass- ment for Egypt. Recent student demonstra- icrts, organized in the name if university freedoms, actual- y had roots in young people's anger over the no war, no- peace status quo. :Sadat is shout- ed ine kid during a picket march as he was overpowered by (and disappeared into) a crowd of cops. Yet for the large part the citizenry has put war and na- ional honor behind them. When authorities agreed to install a military recruitment center at one large Cairo university, here was no particular rush of student takers. As for the rest the population, says a diplo- mat here, "they've more im- portant things than war to wor- ry about." Eclipsed. No doubt. To the common wople, Egypt's domestic prob- ems have eclipsed all foreign matters. Since 1963, says one es e newspaper, Egypt :ias been spending as much as million a day on its ques- tionable military machine. Largely as a result, the an- cient curses of the laud pov- erty and official corruption have again reached critical levels. Prices are up and qualities are down. People complain thai too much ot the nation's mer- chandise and talents are being conscripted. "It's not just thai it costs more to buy meat says an Arab newsman, "it hits you in other ways too, I use butane bottles for fuel, for instance. Before, a bottle would last 15 days. Now the same size bottle lasts only 10 That means the govern meni has cut down on the contents They won't admit it, but every body knows it." Thus many people are out al the elbows. are frozen but inflation isn't. One government official here who would be earning a year in a similar U.S. capa oily, says he has made a month for three years, supports five children of his own, three children of a dead brother, a wife and two elderly parents They all live in three rooms He says he sold an old famil; car to get the brood througl last year. As for this year: "I looks like it's impossible." Periodically, the authority K-re calls for even more strin- gent belt tightening he war of course. Anc in a nation where 33-million wople are crowded into about 4 per cent of the land, and a ood salary is a month, and most people earn less than a year, some of the unsatisfied iredictably cut comers. Corruption Official corruption is ram- rant. Even minor functionaries such as government press aides expect gratuities for services endered. Policemen have become so desperate (the average police wage is about a hey openly accept money for Uecal parking, gifts, for "ex- ra and blackmail payments for services render- ed to crooks. In all, says an exasperated Jairo resident, "it's almost like he days of King Farouk here." telephones don't work. tfuddy water seeps from the aps. The electricity fails on :he city's fringes. Meanwhile, government cm- Jloyes concerned with the prob- ems have too often settled into half day working arrange- ments with afternoons, uh iuh, spent. preparing for "the battle" with Israel. That battle, to be sure, is maybe near. "It is says one official. "It is our says another. Even now, at the front line of Suez, a young soldier, pock- ets empty but rifle in hand stares across the canal at the enemy, his head dipping almost to his bunker in snooze waiting for the war of 1971 to begin. J Prijne minister's desk A museum worker looks at ornale desk that belonged to Canada's first prime min- ister, John A, MacDonald, in a storage building in Ottawa. Carved in bold Gothic script across the front of the desk are the words "Dominion Secretary." The desk is one .of thousands of items tucked away in 26 Ottawa buildings that hold the collection of the National Museums of Canada. Pontiac's new little Astre Right on! And priced right in there with the other low-priced little cars! Major staff changes in PM's office OTTAWA (CP) Major staff changes in the prime ministers office continued today with the announcement that Tim Por- teous, an assistant of Mr. Tnideati since 1968, has been appointed associate director of (he Canada Council. Mr. Porleous, 39, wrote many of Mr. Trudcau's speeches afEer joining the prime minister's staff as a special assistant and later became an executive as- sistant. Since the Oct. 30 general elec- tion, there have been changes in Mr. Trudeau's staff and most of his personal aides from the last Parliament now have hwn appointed to new positions. The office is being reorganized by Martin O'Conncll, the former federal labor minister who joined Mr. Trudeau's staff after being defeated in the last elec- tion. Compare the Canadian-built Astre with VW Super Beetle if Dofsun 510 Toyota Corona if Cortina Vega if Colt Pinto if Mazda Pontiac Astre. Price it at ENERSON'S-of course! PONTIAC BU1CK G.M.C. Downtown on 4th Avenue South Telephone 327-5705 ;