Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Joseph Kraft Toothless In Jakarta As expected, the Asian foreign minister's conference ended its two day meetings in Jakarta this week without taking specific action to stop the Vietnam war. Because particpat-ing countries were nominally unaligned and no Communist country was represented, scope for vigorous action was minimal. Briefly, the conference was born toothless. But the very fact that the conference took place at all is a hopeful development, indicating that Asian countries do want to make some at* tempt to chart their own destinies. The conference appointed the foreign ministers of Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia to commence consultations with the Soviet Union and Britain, co-chairmen of the 1954 Geneva conference. The purpose of these talks would be to re-activate the moribund three nation International Control Commission established at that time with India, Poland and Canada as members. The conference also asked the designated foreign ministers to seek discussions with Secretary General U Thant on possible UN action to restore peace. No immediate results are likely to ensue. But even if the conference results only in renewal of interest in an international meeting to lay down the ground rules for an end to Indo-Chinese fighting, it would have done something. The very call for International action is important. The general feeling of alarm at the demoralizing effects of heightened, tensions in the Asian nations if the war is prolonged, could push the Russians into considering using their influence to end hostilities. After all, the U.S.S.R. wants to extend its trade to the Pacific nations. It would have much to lose if unstable conditions, produced as a side effect of prolongation of the war, were to end in internal chaos in the Asian area. The toothless infant, given the right formula and barring unforeseen accidents, could develop in time to a healthy adult complete with a healthy set of molars. U.S. Regulates TV, Too Regulations calling for higher Canadian content in radio and television programming have been the subject of intense debate in this country in recent weeks. Now the Federal Communications Commission in the United States has invited a similar debate in that nation. It has announced new rules to bar the three major TV networks from supplying more than three hours of programs during "prime" evening time, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., to their affiliated stations in the major market areas. There is a similarity between the regulations in the two countries. It is in the ultimate effect that should be achieved by the regulations. More talent should find it possible to surface in both Canada and the United States because a wider market will be created. Canadian entertainers are likely to get a bigger break than their yet-as-untried American coun- terparts since the competition numerically will not be so keen. Breaking the entertainment monopoly held by a relatively small number of established performers makes sense. If some of those performers find their revenue somewhat reduced because of the new regulations it would be no catastrophe since nobody really requires the astronomical incomes received by top entertainers. The regulations may encourage the wider distribution of the money available in this field and make possible more employment. Perhaps even more important is the possibility that the entertainment value of programming will be improved in the long run. Initially people might resent being deprived of some of their favorite programs but they could become grateful for the freshness of the new offerings in time. Not Over The Hump The story on Biafra carried in The Herald recently jibes substantially with another report in the London Observer by its respected correspondent Colin Legum. Both dealt with conditions in the former secessionist state of Nigeria four months after the end of the war. A remarkable spirit of reconciliation seems to have been shown in the Nigerian handling of the people in what was the rebel territory. Fears of genocide have proved to be unfounded. Apart from a brief lapse of discipline on the part of some federal troops immediately after Biafra's collapse of resistance there has been nothing to alarm the residents in the area. Nigerian officials, as they promised, have coped very well with the biggest relief problem in modern history. They feel it has been so successful that they have terminated the feeding operation except for those in hospitals. There are fears.however.that the cessation of the program may be premature. A high official in the East Central State has warned that more people could die of starvation in the former rebel enclave in the future than the total number of victims in the 30 month civil war. Two major contributing causes of this potentially ominous situation are the lack of currency in the region and the failure to get agriculture back on its feet. Lack of money has already created serious problems for people needing food. And if the harvest is not greater than anticipated there will be a shortage of food. It is hoped that either the Nigerian relief operation will be put on the alert or that international agencies will be permitted to gear up for an emergency. Now that the Nigerians have proved themselves before the world there may not be the same need to exclude others who want to help. Weekend Meditation Life's Loneliest Moments 'F'HE loneliest moment in life is when you say "Goodbye." Have you ever as a young boy or girl been sent off to school? Wasn't there a lump in your throat when your father or mother said "Goodbye?" As you get older, it gets harder. The uncertainty of life becomes more acute. Also you are more aware as you get older of the importance of the moment. Time flies by and you will not see one another. It makes the pioneers of the former centuries more heroic. They could not fly back as quickly and casually as one does today. When they said "Goodbye" it was for a long long time. The hardest and often most devastating "goodbye" is said at death. The sense of loneliness can be appalling. Just before his own death Jesus tried to reassure the disciples. If they only knew what awaited him after death they would rejoice. Also they would see him again. He was going ahead to prepare a place for them. He would not leave them alone. Finally they would have the blessed unity with him and one another through the Holy Spirit, who would strengthen them. But for all that one is aware that the humanity of Jesus demanded that he feel, as everybody else feels, the pain of departure, the sorrow of saying "Goodbye." In her column in the British Weekly Rita Snowden quotes a poem by her friend, B. H. Grenville, on waving goodbye. "The gesture is classic, Older than man may know, How many countless millions Have stood just so At their own particular, tragic Point of time, Performing this reluctant Pantomime? Moscow Challenges U.S. In Middle East WASHINGTON - The quaint " conceit that President Nixon'r Cambodian plunge strengthens this country's global stance encounters reality in the Middto Bast. And the result of the meeting is dismal. For Russians are blandly deepening their penetration of Egypt ir ways that cause Colonel Nasser to flex his muscles anew. But the United States faces this challenge from a position of weakness unmatch- ed since the Moscow-Cairo axis atarted a building is years ago. The basic facts are well known. In the paat few months the Russians have become the mainstay of Egyptian air defence. They have set up new surface-to-air missiles-the SA-3-around Cairo and Alexandria. They have supplied crews to man these weapons. In addition, Soviet pilots are flying MIG-21 Jets on operational, as distinct from train- "At the door of the heart Etched deep by love they stand, Waving hat or handkerchief Or naked hand, Crying courageous jests To mock their fears, Facing the long, long miles And longer years." How often one gets a letter saying, "You would not know the old place now. So many of the oldtimers arc gone. You walk down a street and hardly know a soul any more. The church is changed too." Francis Thompson, writing of Daisy, tells how she went "her unremembering way." "She went and left in me The pang of all the partings gone, And partings yet to be." We must come to terms with this loneliness without morbidity. Life is a lesson in the art of saying "goodbye." Partings are inevitable. Unless we reach a wise resignation, feel grateful for each friend and loved one, thank God for the meeting the friendship, and the love and not resentful that men are "strangers and pilgrims on earth," then the result is mental disintegration and emotional despair. Everywhere multitudes can be seen trying desperately by trial pursuits and foolish, destructive habits to escape life's essential loneliness. Thomas Wolse said in one of his novels, "The central purpose of Christ's life is to destroy the life of loneliness and establish here on earth the life of love." Yes, and that was quite wonderful. One of the most glorious parts of the Creed is the "Communion of saints." So there is more than this life: "I will see you again, said Jesus. Prayer: Give me courage, 0 God, to say goodbye, knowing that for the believer in Jesus there is no final goodbye. -F.S.M. "We carry the latest fishing equipment - Geiger counters, mercury content meters/ phosphate level indicators . . ." tetters To The Editor Abortion Reform: Facts Overlooked Recently the Herald published a picture of a demonstrator for abortion reform with a sign about her waist to the effect that "the government does not own this uterus." The implication being, I suppose, that in fact she is the owner. Be that as it may, the fact the abortion reformers are overlooking is simply that while they may own their uterusefi, in the event that there is a human life present within them, they certainly do not own that life and thus do not have the right to dispose of it as they see fit. In fact, going a bit further, no indivi- dual or group of individuals own the life of another human being. Moreover, this has nothing whatever to do with the right to control their own bodies. There are a number of human activities, whether they be social actions or bodily functions The Right To Demonstrate I take exception to your editorial "Canadian Hooligans" which can only be categorized as a diatribe. You say that Canadians have the right to demonstrate as long as it is "peaceful" and takes place in Canada. I'm Incomes Without Work The demands for an annual income without work will bankrupt us. The welfareites shout, "more welfare or we will riot." The militant welfareites are threatening to take to the streets unless they get enormous increases. The family allowance for children is a major cost. The way that and welfare works out, it promotes illegitimate children. Thus we are manufacturing a welfare population. The social planners see nothing wrong in this. This philosophy is really promoting corruption. Many mothers use the welfare money meant for their children on vices and luxuries. They are now unionizing. This union insists that welfare is a right. The idea that the able bodied among them be forced to take work will be denounced as slavery. This union promises more demonstrations. It is also spreading across the country. One ridiculous aspect is that the federal government provides funds that encourages this sort of thing - last year's gift to Nova Scotia's Black United Front. The goal of the welfareites is the destruction of the present local - province - federal system. They prefer that the far away federal government handle all welfare. Thus they can pressure only one government. If the number of people on welfare continues to increase we will end up with a decisive voting bloc. Their votes could determine elections. There is no doubt what they would be after. They threaten a "welfare revolt." The question is . how long will the taxpayer tolerate this? Edmonton. H. BAGOT. Lovely To Look At? From The Edinburgh Scotsman TiffEN'S formal evening wear has always been superbly simple. Although traditionally approached with low moans of despair, it is dependable, uniform, classless and impeccably black and white. It does not matter whether is has been handstitched by a cast of thousands, passed down from a grandfather, or hired. It serves its purpose admirably. But now, with the announcement that an evening gown for men has hit the scene, the whole comfortable status quo is threatened. When the first handsome devil in your social whirl descends the ballroom staircase guttering and gorgeous in his ankle-length creation a distinctly unsettling evening will be on the cards. How, for instance, docs oi� man, wearing dinner jacket, salute another who is wearing a ball-gown? Normally, the dinner jacket would probably have shaken hands heartily, slapped the other on the back, elbow or shoulder, or punched him playfully in the pit of the stomach. Obviously, be can hardly do that now, even if he felt like it, which is doubtful. The inclination would probably be to bow stiffly from the waist and run, still slightly bent and with head averted to the nearest bar to jostle thankfully among lots of other dinner jackets. However, what if the gowned man happened to be the bank manager? There'd be no running away then. Not only would he have to be looked squarely in the eye, but something appropriate would have to be said. "Good evening Sir," might be a good start. "How beautiful you look tonight. I had no idea you had a chest - a chest like that, I mean, all hairy. Of course, you always have your clothes on at the bank haven't you? I mean it's difficult to see your chest there. Not that I want to see your chest, you. understand, although it is a most impressive one and I think you should show it more often. Wonderful chest that. And how is Madam tonight?" At this stage it might be wise to direct all the conversation at Madam and try to get off chests for a while. In fact, if looks are anything to go by, the dash to the bar would seem in order now and you can forget all about that loan, < pretty' sure that there is no law other than your own which says that a national of one country must confine his demonstrations to the geographical limits of his own country. We see Chinese demonstrating in Moscow, Arabs demonstrating in Ottawa and Canadians demonstrating in Washington. You say they crossed illegally? Do you know that as a fact? I don't but let's inject some doubts. The CBC National News (11 p.m.) the night of the incident am? the following evening suggested that the march "started peaceably enough" until residents of Blaine asked mem what they were doing". (Do you know what they were doing?) This suggests to me that American immigration allowed them in. You neglected, I believe in your dishonesty, to say that those people were to hike twenty-two miles (I wonder why the hike was not completed) into the U.S. to symbolize the twenty-two miles that Americans imposed upon themselves in their violence against Cambodia, (a promise incidentally which within ten days America had violated.) You talk of "justification" when one is invaded. Yes you are right here. When your country is invaded you are justified in repelling the attack. You see 'that when Canadians make a symbolic "attack" upon America, Americans are justified in expelling mem. But perhaps you cannot see that South Asians are justified in repelling real American violence, that was the point of their action. Are they "idiots"? I would suggest that people who cannot understand their action and see it as nothing but achieving "delight in destruction" would more closely fit the term "idiot". Carl Rowan discusses your error in the column right next to yours. You should have read it before putting such an irresponsible editorial next to it. I too deplore what happened and what is happening. People fighting is a terrible thing and it upsets my stomach. But please let us understand what is going on and why and not add to it. JOHN MACKENZIE. Lethbridge. or whatever for which, once initiated, the initiator does not have the right to interrupt. For example, a surgeon who leaves half-way through an operation is not simply exercising his right to control his own body; in this case, there is quite obviously much more involved. Society, justifiably, demands an accounting for his actions. Similarly, the classic example of a person yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre is not merely exercising his right to do with his body whatever he wants. Exercise of the right to control's one's own body is a perfectly valid principle provided this is done within the framework of one's social-moral-ethical beliefs and does not at the same time abrogate the basic natural rights of another individual in the process. Thus the time to exercise self-control (with regard to the specific issue at hand) is before there is a question of violating another individual's right to life, i.e. before conception takes place. This, of course, must be done in accord with the convictions of those involved whether it be ebstinenece, via contraceptives or whatever. In no case can abortion be justified by the false claim that this is a denial of individual rights or because this is eater and more effective than some other method of contraception or the other typical red-herring arguments that abound. For ultimately what it really comes to is simply the murder of one individual for the convenience of another. Lethbridge. FRANK J. PAPP. ing, missions. While the exact nature of these missions is in some doubt, the Soviet pilots are rising whenever Israeli pilots penetrate Egyptian territory beyond the Sues Canal zone. In effect, the Russians are protecting Egypt's hinterland. Thus protected, Colonel Nasser, after the usual fashion of the gambler, has had a sudden access of confidence and courage. He has stepped up the attrition raids which take such a heavy toll of Israeli manpower. "We've been here for seven thousand years, and we'll be here seven thousand more," he boasted fo one recent visitor. . The Israelis have so far been cautious in response. They have not flown sorties in the area now patrolled by Soviet pilots. Defence Minister Moehe Dayan has expressed interest in getting a cease-fire. But this restrained attitude will be maintained only if there is some indication that Israel does not stand alone-that she has American support. As to Washington, nobody here doubts that the latest Soviet move represents a challenge and a potential threat to the peace. Nobody doubts that Israel will once more act alone if some kind of American help is not forthcoming. Nobody doubts that if Washington sits on its hands there will be some further Soviet move to penetrate Egypt - perhaps the stationing of the SA-3 missiles and their Russian crews in the canal zone within easy range of Israeli guns. But with all these dangers implicit in inaction, Washington has been looking the other way, dodging conclusions, playing for time. Thus a massive intelligence analysis is under way to determine exactly the nature of the new mission assigned to Soviet pilots in Egypt. Moscow was asked by Ambassador Jacob Beam - who doesn't exactly have the clout to make strong demands - for an explanation of the new assignment for the Soviet pilots. When the first explanation was found to be too vague, he was sent back for more. In the long run everybody concedes that the president will be obliged to take some action. The best guess is that Israel will be offered more planes and credits, and perhaps a closer working arrangement in defence. But this will be done quietly and with little public stir-slipped over the transom, as it were. What this means is that the American response in the Middle East will be a weak response-slow in coming and almost invisible. No doubt there are gooj reasons for this weak-neS Delay is necessary because the Nixon administration has been too obsessed with Cambodia to think about anything else. The Congress and much of the country have been so upset by Cambodia that any blaring forth of new undertakings would excite a hostile reaction. But that only says that the weak response in the Middle East is rooted in conditions created by the Cambodian strike. One weak response, to be sure, doesn't mean the end of] the world. But it shows that the claim about Cambodia's strengthening the American hand around the world is con-i temptible. It is, in fact, only slightly less contemptible than the suggestion that the blame for this country's weakened condition should fall on those who protested, rather than those who undertook, the wholj ly unnecessary move in Cam! bodia. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD 1020 - Sixteen school fairs will be held in southern Alberta this year, with approximately 5,000 students actively competing in them. 1930 - Assurance has been given the Lethbridge Board of Trade that there will be no unnecessary delays in undertaking the construction of the Lethbridge Terminal Elevator. 1940 - Nylon stockings, the newest laboratory answer to women's greatest problem, have made their appearance on the United States market. They are made from air, water and coal thread. The new yari is undergoing experiments it Canadian hosiery mills. 1950 - A rioting crow* of youths numbering some 30 stormed the United Ukrainiai hall in Calgary, hurling rock! firecrackers and eggs an fighting city police in a dent onstration against the peac rally being conducted by th Very Reverend Hewlett Johi son, Dean of Canterbury. mo-The Lethbridge Pars and Recreation Commissi^ and the City Board of Healt will meet to discuss publj bathing at Henderson Lake. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 - 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN ' Second Clin Mall Registration Number 0011 Meaber of Tat Canadian Prut and the Canadian Dally NewaMp. raMlffeafl* Aeeoelalioa and the Audit Bureau of ClrcaUUoaa CLEO W. MOWERS. Editor and Publiebar THOMAS a ADAMS. General Manager JOE BALL.A WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Aatociata editor ROY r. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER MverUatal Manager Editorial Pag* Bitter . 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