Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Thursday, May H, 1970 Joseph Kraft What Price tforder Raids? Alarm over the broadening of the Vietnamese conflict and the ensuing domestic crisis in the U.S. lias stolen headlines from another area of con- flict where the smouldering fires of hatred could burst into flame at any Middle East. The Israelis, continually harassed by guerrilla forces based in Lebanon have struck back. The recent raid was not a full scale invasion. It was a hit and run affair. But the Israelis themselves have boasted that it was their biggest and most successful thrust ever into Lebanon. The raids are a calculated risk. The Israelis cannot afford to go too far or stay too long. If they do they could precipitate a crisis in Lebanon it- self which would militate against their purpose which is to reduce the casualties inflicted on residents of border areas from Arab based guerrillas in Lebanon. If Israel goes too far and too deep into Lebanese territory, a situation might be created favorable to a government take-over by belligerent anti-Israeli factions in Lebanon. While the recent Israeli raids were carefully calculated so that they would not precipitate a national crisis in Lebanon, it is reported that there was surprising evidence of unity between the guerrillas and the Lebanese army a result that cannot be comforting to Mrs. Meir. As ex- pected the Arabs launched angry pro- tests in the UN Security Council and were strongly supported by the Sov- iets. The confidence and strength of the Arabs is growing as Soviet military support increases. Even within Israel itself doubts are expressed whether she can defend herself by military means alone. The natural conclusion is that Israel might well make further attempts to use diplomatic channels to damp down the fires of animosity. The Great Gamble U.S. Senator Edward Brooks stated the obvious when he said that the President "has undertaken an extremely hazardous policy" which carries obvious and enormous risks." The political risks are already appar- ent. The military gamble is just that a gamble. On-the-spot reports from Saigon in- dictate that the venture has met with qualified success. Enormous caches of enemy weapons, munitions and sup" Slies have been found. One of them icluded a 300 ton stockpile of muni- tions and food in a spot about 80 miles northwest of Saigon. Military sources said it was the biggest enemy store- house ever found in the war. On the other side of the coin, the prime target of the operation, the sup- reme Communist military headquar- ters, COSVN, has yet to be discovered and eliminated. If the highest hopes of the adminis- tration were realized, the operation would cripple the lifeline of supplies to the North Vietnamese so that they would be incapable of prosecuting the war in the southern half of South Vietnam. This would leave them with the hard choice of continuing the war in the North only, or negotiating ser- iously at the Paris peace talks. If the worst fears of the pessimists are realized the Cambodian operation would have no serious effect on the Communist logistical network, other than a delay while they re- build installations already destroyed. The Communist commanders could move their headquarters deeper into Cambodia, thus putting the new pro- Western Cambodian government in greater danger than ever before. As things look now it seems that the net result will come between the two extremes..The enemy supply sys- tem will be seriously disrupted giving South Vietnam an appreciable re- prieve from enemy attack. No one is predicting that Operation Cambodia will be decisive in bringing an early end to the war. Never before, not even at the time of the Bay of .Pigs, has a President's political credibility depended so heav- ily on the success or failure of his military advisers. Canadian Hooligans Canadians have the right to demon- strate against the war in Vietnam If the demonstrations are peaceful and if they take place in Canada. But Canadians do not have the right to take their protest across the border into American territory as they did recently at the crossing at Elaine, B.C. A group of irresponsible Cana- dian hooligans crossed illegally into American territory, engaged in acts of vandalism and added vicious insult to injury by tearing down the Stars and Stripes. It does no good to tell these idiots that they have no right to destroy property on either side of the bor- der. It is tragically useless to point out that they are the kind of Cana- dians Canada could well do without. They have no idea of the ethics of dissent, no honest motive or reasoned concept of what they are attempting to achieve if they are attempting to achieve anything other than their own delight in destruction, which is doubtful. It did not occur to them, that if Americans had insulted Can- ada's flag in a similar manner Can- adians might have reacted in a far less tolerant manner than the Ameri- cans did and with justification. If there should be a recurrence of this kind of incident, one hopes that the full force of the law will be brought against those responsible. If we must have louts among us, let our shame be hidden behind the walls of our correctional institutions, in the fond hope that psychiatry may be able to do for them that which their parents were incapable of bringing about. If you're in an extreme emotional state, don't get behind the wheel of a car. If you have to get somewhere, let someone else drive. William Asher, professor of education and psychology at Pur- due University, naming psycho- logical stress as the major contri- butor to automobile deaths. The Education Overburden By Louis Burke "BUILDING pretty pyramids do not an educational system make. In fact, the overburden on the classroom teachers and students today is nothing more than a series of steps into the education factory set-up. It's mostly in the name of effic- iency and education per se has hardly anything to do with it. It all starts with department heads: goes on to counsellors, then climbs up to the level of vice-principals and principals. What: schools without principals! Why not? From this plateau, a completely new level has been added in recent years. In the school board offices one finds a whole host of advisers and assistants, and directors, assistant superintendents and the crowning glory of the lot the superintendent himself. AH these people rush around trying to justify their own existence, making work for each other, and dreaming up wicked little tortures for classroom teachers to do. They are the paper blizzard people, really. But Lethbridge had added a new, rather unique level to the overburden to pretty up the pyramid. These are known as co- ordinators who will serve faithfully under the superintendent. There are three of them, no leff and at fifteen thousand each, r.t least. It appears that these plum jobs are to go to 'imported' personnel. too. All this is quite demoralizing in the eyes of well-trained, competent local teach- ers who have served city schools for years. Upon reflection, the salaries of the newly created co-ordinators add up to a smack- ing sum of forty-five thousand dollars and possibly more. For that amount, the public school board could hire seven or eight new classroom teachers by this fall. With austerity on our backs and larger numbers of students in our classroom, the pretty pyramid ought to be shook up and for a few years. From the top to the bottom and in the middle the education and teachers are in for trouble. Morale is severely shaken by the distinct possibility that the principal designate of L.C.I, will be appointed from outside the system. There are half a dozen men from within tile city more than qualified and com- petent enough to take on the task: and there are some women, too. Moreover, statistical sidewinders are being used to color the picture on class- room loads for next fall. Teachers of core subjects will be asked and expected to carry impossible loads. Everyone is aware of this a fact of six per cent, or of overburden? Many teachers believe they have excel- lent window-dressing democracy in cily schools insiead of the real thins. Let's hope they are uroiie. That's what I like democracy! A Second Chance With Public Opinion WASHINGTON Millions of ordinary Americans are plainly disturbed by what has been allowed to happen in Cam- bodia. So those of us who op- pose the war have that rare thing in second chalice with public opinion. But campus protest and Con- gressional manoeuvre can easily blow the chance again. More than ever, the require- ment is to engage in majority politics not minority mili- tancy. Good evidence of tire stale of opinion comes from the Gallup poll taken immediately after the pres i least 19 police bar- racks in various parts of Ire- land were wiped out in the course of widespread destruc- tion of public property by bands of armed and masked men. the Ontario Di- vorce Court bill passes the Sen- ale, Quebec will be the only province in Canada whose citi- zens must apply to the Dc- rniriion Parliament to obtain a divorce. railway fares be- tween all stations in Canada have been 'announced by both railways for the Victoria Day holiday. Fares will be one way and one-quarter for the round trip for the five-day event Hospital board has approved a proposed plan of SI per day hospitalization for the city of Lethbridge as recom- mended by a committee, which has been set up to study hos- pital construction and operat- ing grants. Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Alberta's Orderly Payment of Debts Act: is invalid. In its unanimous judgment the court said that the legislation is invalid be- cause it deals with bankruptcy and insolvency, fields of juris- diction granted to the federal government under the BNA Act. The LethMdge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mull Rcglrtration Number 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspiptr Publishers' Association and tin Audit Bureau of CLEO W. MOWERS, EfliUiF and Publisher THOMAS H. 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