Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 IHE IEIHBRIOGE HERAID Fiidoy, MaicS 20, 1970 Richard Pnrs sc.r Dubious Friends Norcilum Sihanouk, never a dose friend ot the United States, lias been ousted as leader iti Cambodia. 15ut there is not likely to be much re- joicing among American officials at this turn of events. A neutrality of soils was maintain- ed by Prince Sihanouk despite the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese vio- lations in using Cambodian territory in the war in South. Vietnam. Now the rightwing leaders of fhe coup have moved their country into a closer al- liance with the U.S. and the Ameri- can's troubles may have been inten- sified as a consequence. If the new Cambodian adminislia- tion should attempt lo force the Viet Cong out by means of their small ar.d inexperienced army il would likely result in a call to the U.S. for mili- tary help. The U.S. is trying to dis- engage from the Southeast Asia mess rather than get further entangled. There is a possibility, of course, that Hie get-lough policy by Cambodia might result in some immediate ad- vantages to the Americans. The war in South Vietnam would be mads easier for the U.S. generals to wage if the Cambodian sanctuaries used by the Viet Cong could be eliminated. Closing of the port of Sihanoukville to Communist shipping would be an even greater asset since some tons of weapons, ammunition and sup- plies pass through the port every month to the Viet Cong and -North Vietnamese invaders. Considering that China lias been viewed by 1'rince Sihanouk to be Cambodia's number one friend there could be some understandable mis- givings on the part of the Americans about the long-term effects of the recent turn of events. The Americans must be nervous about how China will react lo the new anti-Communist policy in Cambodia. The last thing they want lo see happen is the provok- ing of China into Inking overt action in the area. Rhodesia Hurting Proclaiming itself a republic was a gamble on Ihe part of Rhodesia's rebel regime. .Mr. Ian Smith had high hopes that it would be the means of ending Ihe uncomfortable position of being the only country in (he world not formally recognized by a single nation. The legitimacy of his regime was not even recognized by his sym- pathizers. South Africa and Portugal. Tlie gamble hasn't paid off. Only 11 countries had maintained some form of consular representation prior to Rhodesia declaring itself a repub- lic. Led by the United Stales there has been a quick severing of relationships. Even South Africa and Portugal have announced that they do not in- tend to extend formal diplomatic rec- ognition. In the absence of meaning- ful international support the Rhodes- ian rebels cannot hope for victory. Now Rhodesia, already feeling the effects of sanctions, will really be An international atmosphere of hostility lo the regime will favor the efforts of those especially Ihe British Government who are press- ing for tougher measures to make the sanctions work more effectively. Now that diplomatic relations have been almost completely broken, sanc- tions busting will not be so easy as has been the case. The London Observer's Common- wealth Correspondent, Colin I.egum, says that it is wrong to regard the policy of sanctions as having been a total failure. The truth is that Rhodesia's economy is merely suc- ceeding in limping along. It has been damaged, but not mined. A crippled economy can liavc no long- term future. Rhodesia's position in the confront- ation between blacks and white sup- remacists in Africa has become very dubious. While no change can be ex- peeled one way or the other in the fortunes of opposing forces in the immediate future, there has obviously been no further strengthening of the supremacist position through Rhod- esia having become a republic. A Nix On Annex One of I.ethbridge's many attrac- tions and advantages is what lias been called the "civic centre complex." To have so many Important public buildings in the one area, with enough room for attractive landscaping, is unique and invaluable. Nothing should be done to damage the potential for maintaining and enhancing this area for public purposes. Apparently the cily planners feel a private residential-commercial build- ing on (tie site of the old citv hall Art Buchwald ]VEW YORK One of Ihe many revo- lhat has to be dealt with tliis year is the Women's Liberation Move- ment. Some men are treating it as a joke, but many men are taking it seriously. My friend Rowland said lo me the other evening at a bar in New York City, don't know what to do." I asked. "I love my wife, but I believe in Ihc Women's Liberation Movement." "What do you "Well, Ihc women arc right. Thy say that marriage is wrong and Ihnl no woman should be lied to any one man.1' "Is lhal what they "Of End if you see it from their point of view, v.hy should only one woman huve access to rr.c, when there are so many others that are just as I said, "arc you sure thul the Women's Liberation Movement was formed lo share "Certainly. Most ol us have been treating other women with .'benign neglect' for years, ami row we're paying the penally. By the status Patrick Oy Donovan "Haven't told you a thousand times the Oldman is on Ihc streets, wlieie its pres- ence has already been felt in- cluding by this writer, who lost a pair of teeth while observing youlh pouer in Ihe Quebec streets late last year. Mr. Bertrand's National Union government is behaving in many respects as though the Parti Quebecois, rallier than the opposition Literal paity, was the biggest threat. It portrays Ibe Parti Que- becois as hying to lead Que- bec in an adventure inlo Ihe un- known, and itself as best able to defend Quebec's inlercsls within Confederation as long as this, remains possible. Hence the powerfully nationalistic na- ture of the National Union cam- paign as il has developed so far, w i t h llireats of ultimate separatism if all else fails now dripping routinely from the lips of government ministers. Sep- aratism if necessary, the gov- ernment seems to be saying, but not necessarily separatism. Mr, Bcrtrand says he will keep negotiating with tte federal government and Hie rest of Canada "until Ihe end" for the division of powers lhat he feels Quebec must have. This is portrayed as a Que- bec-Iirsl policy, a neulral and sensible middle ground be- tween Ihe independence-first movement of .Mr. Levcsque and Ihc unquestioned federalism of Robert Bourassa's Liberals. Ihe slightest cmry of the fed- eral Liberals into tliis cam- paign on Mr. Bourassa's side will result in a redoubled on- slaught liy the National Union against the provincial Laterals as federal slooges. And every indication is lhat government spokesmen will try to goad some French Canadian federal minister Jean Marchand or Prime Minister Trudeau him- self into making a speech de- fending Ihe federal position against attacks on it. One such speech will slarl Ihe fire. Mr. Bourassa, trying des- perately lo convince Quebecers that Ihe primary issue is economic and not nationalistic, is caught short by Mr. Ber- trand's fasl moving and power- ful speechmaking Mr. Hour- assa is incapable of making a powerful speech in a province where oratory is traditionally valued and by the short dur- ation of his party leadership and a dearth of candidates. The Liberals will have lo move fcst to save the day. They could be undercut by Heal Caouette's Credilisles, who are an quantity they won't even choose a provincial leader until next have a strong natural following in rural areas where voters may well be fed up with both Hie "old parlies" but unwilling lo vote for independence. It is, at I lie moment, a hash. (Herald Quebec Bureau) Makarios: The Indispensable Archbishop jVICOSIA The allempi to assassinate President JIakarios was a threat to more than the life of an archbishop. H was one of those acts of vio- lence which could have slarled a chain reaction with no pred- ictable end. The President Archbishop who was once regarded in Brit- ain as a sly and despicable man, the old-fashioned personi- fication of Greek and clerical duplicity, is now an essential in- gredient in the slability of this part of the world and, of course, an cider statesman ar.d wel- come anywhere outside Turkey. His tactics and aplomb are curiously similar to those of President (le Gaulle. If he had been killed, there would have been Wood and chaos in Cyprus. There is at present no alternative to his rule. Some form ot civil war would have been inevitable and the Turks would not have watched idly while they still have a self-segregated and cm- billercd minority on (he island. The Greeks loo would have had to react. And apart from a very likely repetition of the tradi- tional and disastrous wars tre- twcen (he Greeks and the Turks, UiC soulh-casl of NATO would have heen in unpiclurcs- que ruins. It is slill uncertain who or- ganized Iho firing of Ihe II coultl have hren Ihe pros- cribed National Fronl that slill dreams of Grivas ar.d Kncsis and the brave davs against the British. It couW have teen the extreme right-wing political op- position lo Makarios, and it could have almost any dis- gruntled faction. In fact the case is being treated in a most sober and English mnnner. No wild official statements, no trial by press rV'in-htr w the Canadian Duly cf Cl.F.O W. VOWEHS, EJiltr ir.d PablMer THOMAS n. ADAJ1S, Ccrdil ManJJrr JOE trilJ.MM HAY Napagir-f Kdi'.sr KHi'or ROY I'. MILKS IVIUCI1.AS K MltlUr.r.1 Macastr ta.loilal Pago Editor "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH"