Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
52 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, May 16, 1973 Want more routes Canada and the United States are expected to meet late this month to continue negotiating new air route agreements. Transport Minister Jean Marchand told a press conference Ortawa wants more routes into the U.S. from Western Canada and a few more routes from Eastern Canada. "We have an agreement now that is working against the Canadian he said of the present air agreement signed in 1699. Map shows cities in the United States and Canada connected by direct flights across the borders. SIMPSO bears Montreal FLIGHTS ACROSS THE BORDER GASOLINE i Winnipegi TL B v Thunoer Bay EVERYDAY LOW PRICE Airlines U.S. Premium Use Your Simpsons-Sears Summertime! 5 H.P. RIDER 6 h.p. Shredder Bagger 3 co. Wheelbarrow Reg. 34.98 29" Sears 5 h.p. Roto This Craftsman rear engine rider will j make a 26" wide cut, floating cutting 15 h.p. Tracfor Req- 114998 pan prevents scalping. Manual start. 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Assessments vary, but the range is only from "frankly, the climate is not gocci" to "this is a time of transi- tion; things are net so bad as they appear." Talks with many influential people of different nationalities produced a clear consensus that this is a time of change on both sides of the Atlantic, that nothing irrepar- able has happened to the rela- tions on which the western world's safety and prosperity hsve been based for more than a generation; that serious irri- tants have developed and that it will take conscious and skill- ful effort to avert real danger. Nixon is expected to make what he has called a "grand tour" of European capitals some time in the fall, though no date has been fixed. Mean- while, in place of his planned spring trip, several European leaders have been invited to visit him, a reversal that has added to the grumbling about Washington's lack of diploma- tic delicacy. Tne cleavage in views about what has gone wrong and what should be done about it was not nearly so geographically neat as public governmental pos-r lures might indicate. Some Europeans and some Ameri- cans expressed much under- standing of the Trans-Atlantic position and criticism of their own country's demands, so that the over-all impression was that the divisions had not become rigid. But there was also the sharp impression that Sir Christopher Soames of. Britain, new the common market com- missioner for external affairs, made ths crucial point in his speech before .The European Parliament in Luxembourg earlier this month. Sir Chris- topher's theme was that an overriding political will to agreement was now required to prevent arguments on spe- cific and even technical issues from dominating the relations. No change in policy The question is, is the U.S. trying to break up the com- mon market, or. anyway, has it changed its poiicy of support for the market? The unanimous answer was no. But it was pointed out re- peatedly that the question, un- thinkable a few years ago. is now asked frequently and has aroused a degree of suspicion. One official pointed out that at. the time of "the latest dollar crisis, American policy-makers took note of the fact that the float" of most common market currencies, varying against the dollar but fixed in relation to each other, would strengthen the European com- munity. It was reported that Ameri- cans asked themselves, "Do we really want to do The answer was yes, but it was noted here that the question was asked, and that in any case the U.S. had little choice at the moment of crisis. Another official, expressing his conviction that there had been no fundamental change in American policy, said that he felt that there had none- theless been an important change in the process of ap- plying that policy. The original basis for Ameri- can encouragement of Euro- pean unity was that the poli- tical and security advantages to the United States would well outweigh the economic and commercial disadvantages. "But how are decisions made in Washington The offi-' cial asked. "We have the im- pression that the people who are concerned with political and security problems are pre- occupied with other areas, and the people who are concentra- ting on western Europe are the ones who put trade and money first." Hoggin In the circumstances, the narrow interests tend to hog the scene and the murky steam they provoke becomes the cli- mate. How did the clarity of purpose get so polluted? GIMMICK MONEY AND TRADE The shift was grad- ual and awareness came sud- denly. The U.S. is no longer rich, big daddy to an impov- erished and war-ravaged west- era world. "We must negoti- ate as adults said a Eurocrat. GIMMICK VIETNAM It preoccupied the U.S. almost to disinterest in Europe, drained its wealth and its self-confid- ence. At the same time, it bad- ly tarnished what was prob- ably an overly glowing Ameri- can image in Europe. An offi- cial said, speaking of multina- tional corporations: "Workers are no longer so pleased to enter a factory gate where the U.S. flag is flying alongisde the national one. We hear about the I.T.T. in Chile and all that. Yes, we still want the jobs, but there are other thoughts to balance the satisfaction." GIMMICK DETENTE A generation of peace in Europe has largely erased fears of war and occupation and the sense of need for trans-Atlantic solidarity for sheer survival. NATO's secretary general, Jo- seph M. A. H. Lums warns somberly that "prosperity is no substitute for security." Some listen: many shrug. GIMMICK SOCIAL CHANGE This Is probably the most The longstanding American, argument that there is no real point in trying to deal with Europe except more or less on the traditional country-by-coun- try basis because "Europe has no voice" provokes a pained complaint from Europeans. "It is said one. "We are struggling and groping for our way in this effort to build Europe. At this point, trade is the only issue we can negotiate with the U.S. as a European unit. You must have more patience with us." The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is suffering an identity crisis exacerbated net only by detente but by the enlarging dcmiD-anee of eco- nomic issues in Atlantic rela- tions. Its central concern now is focused on the future of Amer- ican troops in Europe. U.S. offi- cials concede that Was-hing- ton doesn't know exactly what it wants. The Europeans agree that all want the troops to stay, but they can't get togeth- er on a firm proposal that would oblige the U.S. to react and clarify its own ideas of just what it means by "burden-shar- ing." The complaint about lack of leadership is widespread and profound. It is an old problem much of a push repre- sents an intolerable attempt for hegemony; too little push and il results in disarray. It is nonetheless real. Men, big men larger than life, count in politics and per- haps even more in interna- tional politics where there is so little of tradition and insti- tution to firm the ground for doubters cautious of stepping ahead. Nobody looms large enough new to be trusted as the one who recognizes and puts common interests ahead of narrow interests. the scene important and most difficult, factor involved. It is put in many ways. For example, mobility of lab- or in the common market has made a broad public aware and concerned about what life is like in neighboring countries and less concerned about the U.S.. which no longer exercis- es such direct influence. For example, the swelling demands for social justice are going to prove expensive. They force European governments to look inward, and resist poli- cies that would please the U.S. at the cost of providing .jobs. Above all, it is a matter of new perceptions: "We are concerned about the environment, about human so- cial relations, urban problems, the industrial treadmill, tba quality of life. The U.S. doesn't hrive the recipes to solve these questions. It has the technolo- gical formulas for economic ex- pansion. But we have learned a I PI of them and that isn't what we're looking for any more. We have to beat our own path through this new wilderness. You den'I know the way any better than we do, so why should we keep following The speaker happened to be French. He might as easily have been Danish, German or Italian. European opinion has caught up with American opin- io.i on probing the future for tha good life. No society offers a model any longer; no society holds the illuminating torch.