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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IEIHBRIDGE IIERAID Wednesday, Muy W, Assassins feed on flourishing hatred Dirty dealing? Immediately following the mining of Haiplioiiy harbor and President Nixon's demands that the Soviets cense feeding Ihe. North Vietnamese war machine, the betting was that the .Moscow tnp would be off. Presi- dent Nixon lias confounded Ihe spec- ulators, lie's there. Startled and confused, the pundits searched for reasons, and many of them came to the conclusion that there had been a prior "fix" that is a pre-arranged understanding be- tween Mr. IJrezhnev and Mr. Nixon on the degree of Russian reaction to Ihe minings. The suspected under- cover deal implied that the Russians would condone the because it would give them an excuse to dis- "onfinue arms supplies lo Jlanoi and Us socialist supporters might be willing to accept Russia's inability lo increased military support if this threatened escalation of Ihe conflict inl" unclear war. The suspicion that a saw-off be- tween the two great powers was ar- ranged before Hie summit rneeling, has forced I'.S. Secretary of Stale William Kogers, lo categorically deny (he rumors1. Maybe there was no -fix" and maybe there will he no "deal" which would have Ihe effect of making (lie North Vietnamese the scapegoats 01 inlernalional Ijul it is a .sad commonl on Ihe slate of public irusf in Ihe integrity (if its lenders, that a high ol'licial should be forced to make a public denial o[ dirty deal- ing at the lopmost level. Sri Lanka Ceylon has been put to rest. In its place is a new republic called Sri Lanka which has a population oC 13 million people, a variety of reli- gious beliefs and racial origins and a hast of social and economic prob- lems After 133 years of British rule, Ceylon became independent in 1948. Since then she has led a stormy poli- tical existence, leaning to the left in both internal affairs and external relationships. The premier irill con- tinue to be Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaran- ajke, widow of a former prime mini- ster who was killed by a Buddhist monk in the religious riots of 1958. Sri Lanka will continue its member- ship in the Commonwealth, her or- ientation towards the Communist world notwithstanding. The constitution provides for a imi- carmeral legislature, a president as head of state (replacing the repre- sentative of the British crownl. and constitutional courts appointed by Ihe president on the advice of the prime minister. The latter provision means that Hie judiciary will no longer he empowered to pass on the legality of laws enacled bv the national assem- bly. The government has thus fulfilled the main platform in its election pledge of making Ceylon a republic and opening Ihe avenues for putting into effect wide-ranging promises for social aud economic reform. These include a familiar list an end to widespread unemployment and ris- ing pnccs. Ihe beginning of national- ization of industry, agrarian and ed- ucational reform, health and welfare measures and a lengthy list of other costly undertakings designed to im- prove the ot a poverty stricken people. The prospect firm ground lor progress in the new re- public is nut bright. Last year, a Jar-led of predominantly young Marxist forced Mrs. Randar- anaikc to proclaim a state of emer- gency and In ask (lie assistance of Britain, Ihc U.S.. the, India. Pakistan. Yugoslavia and Kgypl. It was promptly gUen. but there is no assurance the rebel movement is totally crushed. .Added lo that Sri Lanka's economy is bordering on a stale of bankruptcy, and her people are ideologically It's not a propllious lime for the birth of a new nation which inevil- ably inherits Ihe problems of (he old spile of what the stars have told an expectant people. ANDY RUSSELL A problem of vertigo ONE day while I was guiding a pro- fessional photographer after goats, we came on two of them at the top of a rock- slide under a two thousand foot face. As usual these animals posed a problem, for if failed lo get within range on com- paralively easy ground, they would take to the cliffs. We made a good stalk and had just begun Lo roll Him when an eddy pf wind gave us away, whereupon Lhc billies elevated their tails, looked very put mil and proceeded to climb up over the next to vertical cliffs. Onlinarily I would have vetoed the idea of following Ihem. but my Friend, Martin. was no stranger lo mountains. lie was and tough as well. Sometimes if one press- es goats in such country they get confused and corner themselves in. a place whcro one can climb right up to them. If kopt on in Ihe direction Ihey were head- ed, Ihey might be hazed inlo n blind chim- ney under an overhang where Ihe rock was as smooth as the side of a howl. So I quickly shouldered the of cameras and led tho way in pursuit. Our hobnails were clattering as wo scrambled after (hem. and being .-inxious lo get close, T hurried, choosing a path liul wilh rare till thn billies worn again in sight. As hoped, Ihey wore look- ing back more than where (hey wore hcad- rd and climlwcl into the blind chimney. 1 lurnctl to urge Martin to hurry, (nil he was nowhere to bu seen, With a sinking feeling of dread. 1 back- irailed around n steep bullress and found him safe but .sproadcaglcd on the rock faco I had just passed at a scrambling run. Ili.s face had a whilish, pale groon lint, bi.s eyes light shut and lii.s knuckles while wilh the strain of hanging on. Me wa.s in Ihe tbrw.s of vcrligo. a Kind nf nervdii.s cnnrlilion thai can allaek a per- son in a paroxysm of fear. I bad a problem on my hands ,-md .sim- plified il by fnrgo.Uing all about qoals. Sprakim; lo him cjniMlv In calm him. T look a nijH' off my pack before slnuhu! i! ;i 'i.'ifr place. one end of il annniil liWi, I p.'i.vsnl rw-l "f il around .T lillla tree anchored firmly in a crack in the rock, letting it hang down past him. Then holding the doubled rope I !ricd In talk him into moving, but he only groaned and hung on desperately. So I literally pried him loose Lo slide him down to another ledge paying out rope as went. He groaned some more, breaking his finger- nails as he tried lo hang on, but I got him down in spile of his hesl efforts lo re- main immovable. A nubbin of rock pro- vided another belay and again i pried him loose to move down ID Hie next lo'in1-'. So it went v.iih me performing like a monkey on a siring, cajoling and persuading until v.e finally reached a ledge 12 or feet over the sofi. loose, .steeply pitched talus. In spile of a cold breeze I ua.s sucal- infi like a bull, for be had me oul weighed by -3d pounds. There was no'.iniig to beiay my rope lo so i igbL then1 1 left off being flipliMJKjfic. There is our way lo cure ver- tigo and lhal is to make (he patient bhr.- ing marl. So drawing on .some vocabulary lea rued around cow cainps, called my friend every kind of yellow cov.ard, in- structing him to or hill the rest of (he or f would proceed In kick him down. He reacted as peeled anil before cry was daring ,ii inc. his red aimer. Hegisleniig ulk r di'-guM al my unniulh manners, he liirni'd his back and ualKed down Ihe resl of Ihc v.ay ;i> 1 hough I In: place ua.s filled wilh IUH v.brn ho saw me preparing In climb back fur Ihc cameras be came bark in U'll me In them v, here tiny v. err No man. he si id, going ID rii-.k bis life for anvlhing be- longing lo him, Ix'avo thein there, for there were more when: Ihey came from. 1 grin- ned al. bun and prucn-di fl lu climb baek up, for m if IIP v illinr. lo fnriy t of I bad .1 Sid ruck- .sack up I here lhal I vanlrd In >pi1o. df Miinn lemporary difference.! of opinion, ue remained fiieiid.s, (or nat- urally he r ;i m c lo riMljyr my inirnhnn.j urn- all Id Ihe I'.ut I Icanird a gr.'inlcd on ;i wiih di.s- maying, self-renewing in- lensilv, I lie ''iirst: of political and Micial violence continues, wilh each plunging (his nation deeper into a miasma o[ fear, haired and recrimination. Tsmc has scarcely covered Ihc crnoiinnal scars left by Iho killings of Ihe Kennedys, of Dr. Marl in Luther King, of Mcdgar Kvers, when a young would-bo assassin guns down Alabama (lov. (ieorge. C1. Wallace. Now once again we sec tho anguish of a whole nation of p c o p I e who loved George and I hose who despise his social and racial views ask- ing one voice how we ever reached (his point of madness where l be mo4 outspoken men in p u b 1 i c life become aulo- jiKilit' inrgvls fur gunmen. We have bar! Ihe shameful spectacle of a president of Ihe United Stales, Lyndon n. John- son, sneaking about Ihe conn- try liKc a thief in the nighl, so great was the [car of violence. Now we fear Iho disgrace of candidates for the presidency wearing bulletproof rests as they stand behind bulletproof rostrums at rallies where ev- ery musl be viewed as a potential murderer. So we search our hearls and minds, looking (or (he source of this social malaise that af- flicts us. We see our prisons bulging willi l.liOO.OOO inmates and the n u in b e r growing larger, and these prisoners be- coming more hoslilc daily to- ward a society that preaches rehabilitation a n d practices vindictivencss and retribution. see our mental institu- tions grow more crowded, even as the suicide rate In Ihe whole society climbs. We sec slrugglc-for-powcr murders in organized labor, g a n g 1 a n d killings in city streets, a profusion of hired slayinfis of unwanted husbands or wives We sec the corridors and campuses of high schools scar- red by mass violence, class- rooms defiled by sludcnt at- tacks on teachers. And the cry goes up: "How did we gel lo be such a violent .society''" This deplorable shooling of Wallace is another warning lo us to face up lo Ihe truth that from the topmost levels of gov- ernment through every stra- tum of this sociely poisonous hatred and prejudices have spewed forth into Ihc national bloodslream. When a sociely ridicules its poor people as as- sails and alienates its young people, demeans its blacks and other minorities, Die inevilablc result is a violence of the spirit thai sires Iragedy after tragedy. There can be no redemption until Americans face Ihc fact that there has been a re- surgence of narrow, mean prejudices in Ihis country. More than 200 years ago Frederick the Great wrote to Vollaire: "Chase prejudices out of the door and they re- turn through the Have we not seen the hitler truth of this? Prom Ihe end of the Second World War, ami especially from 1354, right on through the great civil rights march of IOCS and the civil righls bills that followed, Americans were chasing racial prejudice oul [ho 1972 kj WA, "Well, we've run oul of lime. Thank you tot pouring your heart oul and telling us your very touching now a message about dog food guess you could say she's really art 'old-fash- ioned know, preoccupied with material things, social standings and door. Church people, college people, govern menl people seemed so committed lo Iho fight against bigolry lhaf Am- ericans j- c- a IJ y dared lo be- lieve they could create a multi- racial society of equality and justice which would be a model, an inspiration, for the. world. But prejudice crawled back through (he window, weiring Ihe cloak of "law and the disguise of "forced busing" or some times a brazen bed- sheet labeled "backlash." There has been a resurgenca of naked racism in America, manifested unashamedly by (hose opponents of court-order- ed busing who say openly: "I don't want my children lo go to school wilh niggers." Many Americans have spent Ibis week expressing relief or surprise that it was not a black man who shot Wallace, who for so long has symbolized opposi- tion to the black man's quest for full cilizcnsbip. That it was a while youth garbed in Ihe cloth of "patriot- festooned with "Stan d Up for America" buttons, who committed this' senseless act is a reminder of the directionless dangers we all face once the social bloodslream is poisoned. Haired is a bommerang. It corrodes Ihe very vitals of a sociely, eventually destroy i n g those who unleash il. I wish wilh all my heart that I could believe this nation will learn something from the Wal- lace tragedy. But Ihc politicians in tho Senate here who would take bread out of the mouths of wretched children just to prove how tough they are on "welfare doles" will be around next week and next month, appeal- ing lo Ihc deepest meannesses nn election year can produce, Racism and class snobbery will continue to make busing the most volatile issue of tho year. Unhappily, it seems, Byron was right when he said that: Haired is by far the long- est pleasure: Men love in haste, but they detest at lei- sure. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) iutlionv Wfslvll The time may have come for a bold gamble 'ITT External Affairs over office to Trudeau. Prime of French Canadians will for S h a r p and others lo sug- rassed when the liny MinMer Mitchell Sharp Minister Lesler Pearson set in repudiate the I rend toward gest Ibat only Trudeau and Ihe wing of Iheir parly, encc PP. ri-vnliilinn reject Ihe more Liberal uarlv can preserve na- by the radical Vvafflers riTTAYVA External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp was probably correct when he said recently that the coming general election will revolve around the perennial Issue of national unity: which leader and parly can hesl keep Can- ada together? lie obviously Ihoughl thai Ihe answer of Hie voters would have lo be. "Pierre Trudeau and the Liberal because they do appear to be more na- tional Hum their rivals in (be sense that Ihey have strong support in both English and Frctich Canada. But the events of the last few weeks in Quebec surely open Ihis proposition lo serious question, along these lines. While it is not clear how much supporl Ihc militant trade unionists have among Ihe Quebec people, the lide of na- tionalism and separatism seems still lo be rising. There is a revolutionary spiril abroad in the province which may aid Ihe extreme left nr proi'oke Ihe extreme righl. but is cer- tainly mil encouraging to sup- porlprs of conventional polili- cal parlies. Rene Lcvcsquc and the I'arli Qucbecois seem lo be mosl m tune with the mood ol Ihe limes, which is hardly what Canadians expected when they clc-clcd Trudeau in 19W1. As his lasl major initiative before rcnring and handing Letter To Trie Editor over office to Trudeau, Prime Minislei- Lesler Pearson set in train the federal-provincial ne- gotiations lo write a new con- slilulion for confederation, pri- marily to meet Ihe dissatisfac- I i o n s of Quebec, and he said: "Here the road forks if we lack the courage lo choose, or if we choose wrongly, we will leave lo our children and our children's children a country of fragments, and we ourselves would have become Ihc failures of Confederalion." Trudeau and Ihc provincial leaders chose Iheir policies at Victoria last June, and as a rcsull Ihe constitutional nego- tiations, so hopefully begun, ended in failure. Or at least, no settlement has been achieved. So what has gone wrong on the Liberal road (o National Unity? To be fair to Trudeau, the journey may nol be finish- ed or, if il is, the blame for gelling lost may nol he his. Unlike mosl previous prime ministers of Canada who sought lo avoid confrontations and clear decisions. Trudeau has invited a showdown wilh separatism in Quebec. As he, has said, he likes people to stand up and be counted. He does not think dial many peo- ple are going lo stand up for Ihc trade union mililanls. and perhaps lie will bo proved right. It may be lhat the mass defunct parly l! uuulij .sreni Iliat the now nearly defunct Social Credit pmly v.ill :-lnwly die n living deafh n Credit Ml.As con- tinue In brimi forlh the kind of items that we have liearil or read about since Oc- tober 11171 Tliey have tried lo I rap Ihc prcscnl government inlo unrealistic situations and rcen linic Ilirv fl o Iheir maiKji'UUTs backfire since the lasl government is icspnn.siblc for in which wo lind ourschrs loday. Imagine our own MI.A, Mr. II I) thai '.peril limils ;-buiild be in- creased making a blanket sl.-ilemeni Mini "speed dws not kill." What trivia! And Ihc idea ol issuing credits to par- ents so Iliat Ihey can chooso thru' (AMI Tlmnls- tin- illl- li'irmei l.ilinn duller up