Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Third Seel ion c Herald Allx.'ila, Wednesday, Alay 10, Pages 44 Political crisis exists West German youth identity _. does il nvjan lo he If there were anything resembling B consen- sus among West Germans in an- swer to that question there .Now Wi'sl Germany rcseiii- nothing more, hies many another western in-1 a northerner du.strial worried by in- I kinship with Another found llation. West Germans who can remember the runaway infla- tion of the Weimar Republic would probably be no political particularly regard the rate of crisis here today. vicl one. lie as fell no national ihc Bavarians, himself more at home in Prague than in East Germany. contusion. Twenty-seven years after Ihe SccomI World War, West Germans, particularly the youth, are searching for an Ail the sludenl-s poiiaed out price increases with an innale (he German nalion. polili- fear. It is more than thcjcally. was no older than Can- ada. Yet Ihe short history had iv, o cataclysmic up- In place of consensus there is vramM chancellor .randl' Karl Schiller sorted the nal.ons encrg.es until recently. Finance Minister he.-ivals, leaving behind burden- Such bread-and-butter issues. lunacies, rather than (be foreign policy ol A jn Bonn Lokl of a i earch o fagrec- national historical idcnUty The post-war success of (.he "economK; miracle ah- encr.es u ,l _ i Germans have been indifferent i lo Ihe Ireaty ratification crisis. jibsion il on figure. Th e group was repre- senl alive of the country today. had lo go all the way back Demonslralions. counter-demon- (n Bacj, -we could all ad- slralions and rallies have been i mire acccpt one figure." held ill all major cities I Wes[ how The highest television ratings mxea LONDON (AP) A Brilish commission has reported that B r i t a i n 's projected conslilu- tional settlement with rebellious Rhodesia is definitely unaccept- able lo the people of thai cen- tral African coimlry as a whole. The development, repoi led by Informed sources last night confronts the government. Prime M with a critical choice. This centres on the crucial question of her il should now abandon Ihe plan and go on boycotting the regime of Prime Minister Ian Smith, or whether il should attempt In railroad the plan through despite resistance by Rhodesia's blacks. The report of the Brilish com- mission, headed by High Court Judge Jjjrd Pearce, was handed io Foreign Secretary Sir Alec have gone lo live coverage of Ihc Bundestag debates. Schools have dropped regular classes to tune in. Never before have the advantages of the federal parliament been so bla- lantly obvious. A lot of this in- leresf follows naturally from a national government on the brink of downfall, with (he daily possibility of plunging the comi- Iry into a summer election. Apologists for Ihe Brandt gov- ernment's Ostpolilik have in- deed given Ihe impression that a dark [ale Wesl Ger- many, foolish Some [hey can keep alight the concept of one united German nation when they have systematically .sealed themselves off from East Germany. Thai is the whole purpose of the treaties, accord- ing lo the Bonn foreign office. II is to slop the two Germanys drilling apart while keeping alive all possible contacts in the interests of the two sides feeling as one nation. Then in the dis- tant future, who knows? The forces of peaceful self-determi- nation may come into play. Differences between the par- lies, reflecting tire national con- including a generous agreement on travel between the two t u manys, and practical rccof m (ion for the first time of the Eu- ropean Common Market and West German participation in its development. Prospects that all parlies might reach agreement on the treaties, combining in a com- mon declaration, have declined .since last week. Instead Get- since last week. Instead Ger mans are facing a sharp, dm aivc debate, on the fundamen- tals of their nationhood. After it is all over, with a close win pos- sible for the government, they will be left with the divisions opened up by the treaties The treaties will be open to two or three interpretations then as now There will be a need tor na t.ional consensus then as now. In the long run the consequences of the unresolved German ques- tion could prove of more mo- mentum than a setback in do- Lente which a treaty failure would herald. me tjuvL-iiinicni. of jIrealies of friendship and inistcr Edward Heath aggression with Russia and Po- should parliament, be j fusion, arise from degrees of in- enough to reject the j IcrpretaMon. The prospect, of land. "West Germany would isolated. I was solemnly told, and the whole process of Etist- Wost detente would come crash- ing down, The best if not Hie only exam- ple of humor displayed by the poliiicians came from the Ba- varian arch-opponent of Ihe treaties, Franz-Josef Strauss. Asked what one government set- back meant, he replied sol- emnly, "It means the end of the movement, they have UK? virtue nf forcing Germans lo think hard ahoul where they arc going from here. Judging by ihe debate in the country they have yet. to find their direction. Douglas-Home. world." SECRET ONLY OFFICIALLY Whatever the meaning of the Its contents, pending publica- treaties and the whole Ostpohtik turn in a few weeks, remain offi- cially secret. But. informants who have seen the report said the conclusions address this message to Heath's government; The majority of Rhodesians, meaning the blacks who outnumber whites by lour million to 250.000, have Riven an unqualified lo a deal en- visaging slow political advance- ment toward black rule. The sources declined lo reveal further details of the findings. The Smith regime proclaimed independence from Britain in 1HG5 without London's permis- sion. Since then, the nil-while Salis- bury government lias made Khodesia system of racial apar- thicd or segregation. self-determination and eventual reunification is not much more than necessary theory to the co- alition Social Democratic-Free Domocra'ic government. The opposition Christian Dem- ocrat-Christian Social grouping is more cautious. They the Soviet Union to acknowledge thai the treaties in no way con- slitulc a peace treaty 'i> the Second World War but are sim- ply a modus vivendi, as Chan- celtor Brandt has often claimed. This is notwithstanding the mutual undertaking in the Mos- cow treaty to respect the terri- torial integrity of all states in Europe and to renounce all ter- ritorial claims forever more. The Opposition has been trying to get an undertaking from Moscow recognizing the possibility of eventual peaceful WALKING THE DOGS Carl Boggs needs o bicycle and bicycle (it folds) into his cor each day after work to keep pace with his dogs, Iwo afghans and a saluki, and heacis for the CNE. He claims ihe dogs, which hs during a workout al Canadian National Exhibition in exhibits ol shows, run too fast to be followed on fool. Toronto. A medical technician, Mr. Boggs packs his dogs Bcrllncrs. for example. j perhaps lead- j explain thai their free ur.iver- sily has al traded Wesl Ger- mans (or a number reasons. One lhat they are searching for something more than a full stomach. Or, if you like, they are Ilccinp the economic mira- cle for West Berlin which is forced to have a higher political consciousness as an island sur- rounded by East Germany. IV interesting to listen 1.0 German students in discussions inp lo ronfed oral between the two Gcrmanys. Otherwise, il leaved, the treaty will something quite different in Bonn and Moscow, closing off a perspective irrevocably. So far the Soviet govenimenl has been unwilling to take Mr. Brandt off the hook as it has be- fore Opposition Leader Rainer Bavzel can, some justicc. claim his party's prolonged campaign won significant addi- tional points from the Soviets, FEATURING FULL LSNE NAME CARPETS Wall to Wall Broadloom Area Rugs Corner 3rd Ave. 13th St. N. II s talked about, nearly as much as it's talked upon. And no wonder! Slim, sleek styling. Designed tor either desk or wall. 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