Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
SUNNY" HIGH FORECAST FRIDAY 60. VOL. LXV No. 122 war i powderkeg By CY FOX Canadian Press Staff Writer With the .South Vietnamese army in a state of dis- array and United States President Nixon's policy of Vietnamization in deep trouble, the chronic crisis of Indochina has again become the most pressing issue of international politics. For the moment at least, large scale questions like the dangerous rivalry between Russia and China have been recent disclosures that the Sov- victs arc maintaining hundreds of thousands of their troops in regions close to Mao Tse Tung's empire. In similar fashion, the long-term consequences of Nixon's February trip to Peking are no longer matters of pressing public interest in the U.S. and elsewhere. Instead, all attention seems concentrated on the ap- parent triumph of the legendary Gen. Giap's North Vietnamese forces along several key fronts in South Vietnam and on the perennially-sterile peace-making efforts centres in Paris. Much depends too on whether Nixon is influenced in his military decision by the forthcoming meetings between himself and Soviet leaders in Moscow. Moscow factor Some observers suggest that, until the Moscow sum- mit has been held, the president might be inclined to maintain a relatively moderate approach to the Viet- nam situation. There is no certainly, however, about what he might do after the meeting, confronted as he will be with the Vietnam battlefield realities on the one hand and the gathering momentum of the U.S. election ou the other. Ironically, one hopes for a degree of agreement in the current impasse may lie in the very victories be- ing scored by the North Vietnamese troops. Prior to the latest battle violence, say commenta- tors in Paris. Hanoi had rejected American proposals for the establishment of a ceasefire along the lines of the battle positions as they existed in At that time, the main Communist military units vcre still confined to areas ouside Saigon-controlled territory. But now the Communists have achieved major gains deep in South Vietnam and the attitude of the North Vietnamese towards the 1971 American idea for a ceasefire may have changed as a result. Lending some encouragement to this interpretation was the fact that prominent Hanoi spokesman Le Due Tho, on his arrival in Paris to join other Communist negotiators there, did not mention a seven-point peace plan previously insisted on by representatives of the Viet Cong. But within the Communist camp a debate may still be going on about pressing its current military advant- age to the maximum, with the possibility on achieving decisive results in the short term. Certainly the disorderly retreat of many South Vietnamese soldiers encourages this way of thinkmg in Hanoi, great though the risks are that a Communist thrust for all-out victors' might produce a vast Am- erican counter-stroke and, consequently, renewed threats to global peace. An alternative lactic for Hanoi and its guerrilla allies at this stage would be to play the situation in cautious fashion and agree to a more modest settle- ment now as the prelude to a gradual achievement later on of the total victory constantly called for the Com- munists. loses. MIAMI. Fla. (APi _ Outbreaks ol murder may be touched off by the moon tugging on "biological tides" inside the human body, a team of psychiatric research- ers has found. Dr. Arnold Licher, a senior resident in psychiatry at, lhe University of Miami's medical school, said a two-year study had established a "scientifically-sound relationship" between phases of the moon and the murder rale in IJade County. Lieber said a chart of Miami-area homicides dur- ing the last 15 years plotted according to moon phases looks remarkably like a chart of ocean tides. Using computer programs. Liebcr and Dr. Carolyn Shorin of Iho University of Miami, analysed nearly l.iWi murders that occurred between 1956 and 1970. The dale, revealed that the enmity's murder rate lygan In rise about 2-1 hours Iwfore the full ?noon, reached a peak at full moon, then dropped back before climbing again lo .1 secondary peak at the new moon. While Ihc effect of Ihc moon's gravitational pull on bunums is small, Liebor said it may be enough to touch off emotional instability in "borderline" cases. This in- stability is roflLTtcd in Ihc murder rale, which he terms reliable measure of its effect on the general popula- tion. said the makeup of I In; body itself helped him turn lo Ihc concept nf "biological tides" In explain I hi- phenomenon. The is "a microcosm comprising essentially the same rlcmcnl.s mid in similar propor- tions as Ihc earth's surface -npproximalcly (10 per cent water and 20 per cent be said. "I feel thai, eventually we arc going to show that any organism, human or animal, is an inlefir.il part of lhe universe and responds lo changes like variations in the solnr cycle and the cycle." When Ihc moon mid sun are in proper posilion lo rxcrl their greatest. force on Ihc cnrlli, I.ichor lidded, their .seoms lo he even RCMP highway patrols in Alberta this month will begin using a speed- calculating device which can nab speeders from a moving patrol car. The new system, called vas- car for visual average speed computer and recorder, is an electronic device that enables an officer to check a car's speed coming and going, behind or ahead of the police vehicle. An Edmonton RCMP spokes- man said the new system is a vast improvement over lhe old radar method which in most cases, required two patrol cars. Also, "radar sites were quickly detected by motorists and then lost, iheir value." The new equipment, less ev pensive than standard radar, operates on the principle of speed equalling distance di- by time. An officer can measure the time it takes a ve- hicle to cover a certain dis- tance and from the measure- ments, the device automatical- ly computes the average speed. The system has been used ex- tensively throughout the United States and in Nova Scotia. Ottawa in flap over Kootenay rail hassle sir! Someono jilHwt (to sco By PAUL JACKSON llc-ralil Ottawa liuromi OTTAWA Federal govern- ment politicians, lawyers and top civil servants have been thrown into a slate of bewilder- ment by the Supreme Court of Canada's decision that the C.i- niHliim Transport Commission erred in rejecting Ibe Koolenny and Elk Railway's bid lo movo into the rich coal market in southeastern British Columbia. Transport Minister Don .lamieson has admitted in the House of Commons that Mr. Justice Ronald Mainland's writ- ton decision is a complex docu- ment, lie says he bus already hud two professional hut con- Hiding assessments of what it all mentis. And it is known that Canadian Transport Commission officials themselves are by what to do next and how to Interpret the document. One thing is sure, comments made earlier Ihis week by Root- enny and Elk's counsel Jack Alloy that the Supreme Court's decision bus given the railway (ho "green lighl" lo go ahead with its plans are not being taken as gospel by Ottawa. "That comment would seem to be a vast over-simplification of the said one Ot- tawa official closely connected with lhe aflair." 1 do know that lawyers and other experts arc closely studying the case to try find roach somo firm conclu- sion. Hut n quick assessment hardly possible." Only one tiling appears cer- tain at the moment. That is thai while Kootenay and Elk can build as much line as it likes in British Columbia, until the CTC has considered the Supreme Court's decision am! heiml the railway's longstanding appeal not one ounce of coal, never mind 5.7 million Ions a year for 15 years, will move across the northern U.vS. roulo to Brink. Koolonay and Elk had applied to the CTC with an application involving construction of an 81V milo rail link from Lino Creek, lo linosville Wosl, mi the U.S. Ixtrdor. The lino would link up with tracks owned by Burlington NorUicm Inc., a U S. line and would have provided an alternative and competitive rail line for transporting coal from southeastern B.C. to Roberts Bank for export to Japan. CP Rail vigorously fought the application, saying that lo transport, the coal through the U.S. rather than through Can- adn would mean a loss of up to ?'I69 million in wages nnd tnx revenues to Cnnnda over the 13 your period envisaged. Mill K o o f o u a y and 101k claimed that if Iho application was rejected, the coal might not be mined. This could mean a loss of SIM million for Canadian coalfields. Much of Ihc argument in the original hearing oonlrod on .1 rontroversjal half-inch gap oe- lu'ocn the Koolonny and and Burlington lines at the in- ternational boundary. It was s u g g c s f o d thai because the linos, while meeting, do not ac- tually join, a federal charter was unnecessary. In the CTC decision, the com- mission the Hallway Act prohibits a common carrier from interchanging traffic with a oompr.ny i> i.o! a com- mon t'liiTiiv. is n coiviiiion and Elk is not. Koolenay imd Elk and Bur- lington Northern originally ap- poa'od lo Iho commission in November. lor permission lo huilil the hue whieb would h.v.o erosM'd the cp Unil line, north ol NaUil, B.C.