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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta THE IETHHRIDOE HERAID Tocultiy Novcmlirr 3. I'''I llnli-liison The dilemna of democracy identified Advantage in defeat Tiie mio.i >utiernl a hitter anil iuinnhatmu m-tt-m in the I ,nul t'l'uiii Amrnrans lielu'-.i' liiry km sold Ha- IT. IT iiy llirii- nil mis iiiulerManiUilily anil i-iiiotiniial. There are smile I'ar ri-jlit pnlili- I' v. lin uci MS far as with- drav. support I'm- tiie I'.N, hut U is unlikely that -.'ill very far v. nil '.'..rc-ini; MR-ii acinin nn the iiilmin- istratuni. The AiiH-iK'uns knov. that liic is an in.-tniiiieiit. albeit an unptnrrl "he world .iiii! ilevelnpnu'iii as as Inii'aa.iiitar-.iiii relief It is in their intn-e-l 1" suppurt it. The r.S In treaty the I'X I; iMiuiil In-lit Anie: R'a in SMI! its iiiiaue I'1 t'i liuiiur lis nun- initnu-nis he. .'U.-e :t luis sitftered the lusinu' the hall li ;iit he to point out that Xixon is ninv in a heller [uisr.i.Mi in talk to Peking Ihan he uiiiinl been if the had adopt- ed the r.S. two China resolution. 11 tlii> p.iliry had been adopted, the I'l-upk-'s Keptiblii- would have re- fused lo take Us seat in the seeuri'y council or in the assembly. that China lias neen seated, Mr. Nixon v. ill be unlikely to encounter the de- gree ni' hostility be might have had to tan- if Peking did not have re- jiresenKiiiun in New York. Ironic-ally, the IS deleat could turn into a vic- tory n: the long run if the presi- dent control the politieal hostil- ity at v.liich is due not so Miiich 1" the defeat itsell. bill to the o'.-erv.iieaniiig and unexpected deci- rose by any oilier name I-M- pc'upic. kiln'.1 lluil IV- reliisi'd tn sil MI (he ,is l.'ii-j .is was rep- rcf.enk-u cith.-r Nationalist China 1 tliat the riiinj resolution uiis n! i-tii-i" I'm- the expul- A rmc by am other ii.uiie sinolis as sweet. ronnectinn with main- lam! China been tenuous and tuniuUuou.-. '-'i- c-enuines. Its, people are of extraction but the'.- have liiiilt. an "i their own cr.-er the ve.i'.-s. should not be a i "f the Chinese niair.iand than should be considered part of Canada. It is true that during the four years helwciii HI45 and 1SI49 the island was united v. ilh the mainland by force, i In 11147 an uprising of Formosans took place in an attempt to shake oil' the yoke, but it was put down and -jn.111111 islanders were massacred i The Nationalists arrived in and Tar.1, an as a base for their ag- gressive tactics against the Commu- nist regime. They claimed that (hey they alone represented all China. The iruth is thai neither the Na- lionali.-i Chinese or the People's Re- public represent China. The issue is not between Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Tse-tung. It is a question of self- determination for a people. Ethnic origin does not legitimize govern- ment. Formosans should have the right to decide their own sovereignty. Neither Peking, Washington or Chi- ang Kai-shek has that right political- ly, legaliy or bv any other vardstiek. Ignominious strikes! 1 1 Ill on e- piesent- II i i 'he econ- (1 t' III 11 'l Ji> of SO 1 i 'lia there set 'In fid lie- 1'ldlA si lAi'i. oik any type 01 loitunatc to be in of the employed are v. their jobs a list of employers very often cannot meet Strikes. arc hard v. ith and create as main' as the doubtful sue- cesses Strikes m e a n people out v.ork. industries v.eak- encd. Prolonged strikes v-. eiuht io welfare which in Him means higher Yet last week telephone employees in eastern Canada were out on strike, 4.5UI) employees of United Auto Work- ers walked otf the job in Toronto, and teachers in some parts of Alber- ta were returning after several days of strike action And these are only a lew of the obvious, most recent strikes. The federal _uvernment recently announced a billion make-work program to help the country get over u hat looks to he a devastating win- ter in the ol'nng But if strikes con- tinue and price.- keep rising, many o! the projects viii stand idle behind picket lines. The whole thing just doesn't make sense. Don't get losl! By Margaret Luckhursi AtV FATHER to pride himself unduly on liis uniijiit- .-ense of direction. It was unique all nsht for our Sunday drives v.hen I a little girl It ihi'ii took hours in our lo-t to RCI n.-tf! rrtiNC'd io inn any faith in map-. aid that guessed lie could man- age with Ihe undershirts he had for a litllo time longer, and anyway his feel, were tired H'.s tin small uoiuier North America uasn'l discovered unlil If the explor- ers had just slopped to ask someone di- rections' (aixl there surely must, have been round here and (here to offer in- loniKiinm and ;i.ssistanee i jnsl thirk how jiuicb further .ihrad ue'd lie bv mm! A XV astute, Canadian, like Hie present reader, for instance, must have boon struck. and perhaps !-'tu- pified, by Ale.xci Kosygin'M re- L'Int remarks in OHaua. For. liuilc unconsciously, ihu HIH- sian prime minister identified the centra! dilemma of dem- ocracy today. These were hi.s astounding words: "If, however, conn trie-; con- duct their policies with the design of undermin- ing the position of oihjrs. of infringing on their legit imale rights and interests, siu'-h a course can only aggravate present work! tensions, make it more difficult to settle issues and produce new fo- cuses of crisis and conflict. No matter what words are used to cloak .such a policy, in bank- ruptcy and the danger it hnlds, even for those countries might attempt to implement it. uiil be revealed." At (hi.s pronounce m IT i frun I lie government thai twice overran Czech -A crushed Hungary and still en- velops most of cr.stern Kur own government, V. gre-'.s v.hai of and ideas arc under- v.ay in the Kremlin'.' Mr. Kasygin's speech is hauming all the same, rot much because it uses the ac- cepted double talk of dictator- ship but because it should force u.- to consider the double talk of ihe free Western govern- ments. Every government is talking double these days, our own included. The American people, after being double-talked to the edge of disaster, invented a name for this phenomenon. Tlu'v called it the "credibility uhich is more polite Jess candid thr.n the lie" perfected by the late Dr. -Jo- seph GoebbeLs b u i really m .'Hii.s the same thii'g. on a smaller and much vicious scale, of cornet1. We expect dictatorships lo lie. Tial has been their in. variable method, their pri- mary weapon, for some live millenia. Bul have as- sumed, until modern tiiiu's, thai deme.cral.ic governments vuuld tell the truth to thoir people aixl if they didn't wo punched them. .V.iw, aiiparent- iy. is no longer .safe. To be democratic don't make a practice of lying but tht'v always make a practice of frankness, either. They !ell the truth as a rule but not al- v.ays the whole truth and noth- ing but the truth when, as they suppose, the public is not brave cr intelligent enough to bear il. There i> no lack of contem- porary examples illustrating the stern economy of truth en- forced by governments that are reclde.-s wiih mere muney. Pre.-iden Jrlmson car.did abcut X' Wr.s P r i m e Mii-istei" Wilscit candici h.1 sought eii'.ry into Kurope and then der.cunced bis sor for carrying through the same policy? Was Prime Min- ister Trmlewi candid when lie said that it would be wong to reduce taxes and did so, a fortnight later? men doubtless will jiriiue. with complete .sincerity, that they had no wish to de- ceive the public but, on the cnn- fiary, were striving to protect it, f accept this explanation as a general rule and believe, af- t e r considerable experience among politicians, that on the whole they are more honest than the men of any other trade. Swimming naked in the illuminated aquarium of poli- tics. Uiey have to be. However, if they are ir.ore candid than most of us who swim in privacy, they are not candid enough to make dem- ocracy safe in our dangerous era. Thi? reader, unless lie is a saint, which 1 respectfully ven- ture to doubt, tells little lies ev- ery clay lo avoid wounding his fellows. Personal life would be sham-red without this innocent lubrication. Tt usually hurts MO or.e but. carried into govern- ment and great affairs, can "I'm sorry, but we don't insure hurt everyone, as it lias dono iilrcndy oil ;i wcirlilwide scale. The really serious damage is nul in specific areas like Vietnam, t'conmr.ic policy and Ihn oilier issues of public de- hale, important as they live. The really serious damage is tin1 csnfiden.- of UK people in the di-mucralic pro- crvs itself, in Ilirir own sys- tem, their OH n faith. For if that faith is lost, as it was lost in civilizations innumerable from Rome to Hitler's Germany, then all men's freedom- is lost also i whether Mr. Kosygin un- derstands that fact or Eiic-li is the danger now fac- ing democracy the danger of fatal self-deception. And the fault, dear Brutus, is not all in our stars and politicians but in oiii'sulves. While we say that wo want llie truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, are not. always ready to ac- cept it. We prefer lo believe nliat we like lo believe. Con- sequently tiie man who tells the ulislc truth is seldom elected lo ollice. Klec'lions are usually i-.on by the man blurs the liulli. squares the unpleasant circle ar.d promises more than any man can possibly deliver. All this, say, is un- avoidable in the clumsy craft n[ politics which is only human nature roughly cr- g.inizecl under a thin mem- brane of h'W- and order. But i-.en llie untidy, amorphous democratic process has its limits of truth or falsehood lalelv we have come very ch.-c to lirr.its, as the present state of the and our own nation, remind us. we desperately need, as a lest ease, is a politician will not. assert a human- ly impossible consistency but will shock us by suddenly an- r.-nincing that he has been VTCUP, up to now, that he has (hanged his mind and is throwing himself on the peo- ple's nu'i'cy. I believe that the people v, c-.ild net glcat over his ad- mitted errors, that knowing the continual errors within them- selves, the.y would embrace liiat man if h? could be found, elect him to highest office and erect a statue to him on Par- liament Hill. Beside it they might erect a statue to Mr. Ko- sypin. a would like to tell the truth, if the Russian system allowed il and, mean- while in his Ottawa speech, lias unintentionally illustrated the different ideals (if not always the different practices) of democracy and Communism. (Herald Special Srrvicr) Kosygin demonstrators failed their own cause very different types of political exercise v.cre un- derway in Canada in relation to the visit of Kovic i r Alexei Kosygin. There wa.- an orthodox exercise taking place at the government level while at street level, demonstrators representing various groups conducted a highly organized and calculated if more unruly exercise. The motives, tactics and ef- fects of the governments' exer- cise have been studied and as- sessed by the media before and during the Soviet, Premier's visit. No such thorough analy- sis of the protests has been at- tempted. But there is no rea- son why Canadians who partici- pated in the second exercise should not judged by ihu same criteria as the elected politicians. Both exercises were political and both should be judged as rigorously as pos- sible according to their effects on the Soviet Union and Can- ada. As far as results within the Soviet Union are concerned, there is no doubt that the dem- onstrators achieved something. Premier Kosygin gave Prime Minister Trudcaii an assurance last week that he would look into the cases of certain im- prisoned nationalists in the Letter to the editor Human or At one time the Charles Camsell Hospital was a federal hospital providing care for Treaty Indians. the intro- duction of medicare and Treaty Indians' pro-payment of same, the doors of other hospitals were opened to them. Jt then-- fore followed that the Hospital opened its doors to non-Treaty Indians and ''while; people.'' As at ot.hrr C'am.sell has admission fnvm one sp.if! requiring Treaty Number. If the patient does not qualify in that category he is then ignaled "v.hile'' MaliK or, as in my ;i Treaty Indian de.pi ivt-ri f treaty rights of riage lo a non-Trealy ''otlu r." Ouch1 My children ar.d f e I d n ;M U.sit tlir reserve anymore, for the funerals of rela- tives. My moiiiei. is -u hue and has Treaty sIMu.x in a home on the She and my brolbf-r, .md his uife ulm is "while" and lictli have Trraly stalls uill inlu'i il my falhcr'> land. 'I he Sup: eiiu- Cuiu I nf .'ida li.i.s brought do'.vn ;i judge- Land rights inert relieving me and my hus- band, whose mother was a Treaty Indian, and whose fath- er was Metis, and our children of the .status "other." However, uir Treaty relatives, through their political are attempting to impede our human rights by appealing this judgement on Ihe basis of land claims. The judgement, in fact, was mafic on the basis of hu- rr.nn righN and not on the IKJ- is of land claims. I) n re they challenge this judgement if Iliry wish lo re- tain their credibility as a mi- norily rights group'.' 'MKS K. ANDKKSON. Kdnuiiiion. SV; They Say The of auto insiimnce ill serves Ihe acci- clenl victim, HIP in.suring pub- lic and society at large. II. is basically mellicienl and MVC, incomplete and slow It overburdens the courts and Ihe legal syslem It. does lillle if to car erjishes. I'.S. Secretary of Transporta- tion John A. Volpe. Ukraine. At his press continual demonstrations, aspirations and the aims of the ence in Ottawa, the Soviet created a sense of fruslra- demonstrators. In reality, the mier provided details about in Canada that has not main hope of any oppressed creased J e w i s h expressed in M> many groups within the Soviet Union from R ussia It is but that is quite deep. lay not in the demonstrations to suppose that this demonstrators' main im- or in the misguided assault on has permitted partly was not on the Soviet Premier Kosygin but in llie cause of pressure exerted or on the offical talks in kind of international relations Jewish communities in but on the aspirations that both Canada and the So- the Canadian people. The de- viet Union honestly seemed to But it is also evident that of Canada to function, us a want to establish. If Canada degree of achievement nation on the world succeeds in opening up broad slight. Looking at the was almost completely avenues between the two coun- in the Soviet Union during the visit tries, if trade brings them some ally, it was obvious before demonstrations which had day into mutual dependence, if premier's visit that, to do with Canadian in- tourists move freely between more than this would Many Canadians re- them, this type of progress will achieved regardless of the this interference in liberate everyone in the Soviet tensity of the same way that they resent- Union more effectively than The Soviet authorities are the De Gaulle "Quebec any amount of placard-waving. going lo [jcrmil the kind of intervention in .Montreal Canadians who supported, or- lionnlistic actKity in 1 h in the same way that punized and took part hi the I'kraine is customary Gaulle's statement in Hi'iT demonstrations during t h e Quebec, for example, and particularly relented bv Kn-Agin should ask lhnm- altitude on this is not going Jewish Quo- selves whether the scale, intcn- be changed by Ihe sjly and duration of the demon- young Canadians of the most iinfortu- strations risked thwarting a C'a- origin who have no result of the demonsira- nadian achievement which is in knowledge of modern has been to perpetuate the their own interests in the long in the land of their parents idea HKTO is a con- run. grandparents. The Jewish between Canada's national (Tunmlo Slar Syndicate) tion in IJussi.'i also is primarily to the national self-interest of the larger nation, backward is the Arab qmsiion in The comparison is inexact The Herald lals were included in Ihe list many points, of course, bul Jack Demsey, world's of approved hospitals in both cases, demonstrations fighter, will appear the United Stales and Canada. side Ihe country are the "l''ight of a I !I5 1 Interest is directed at cant when they are in opens at the Kings The- the Del t'onila field, where n tion In national on Wednesday. promising well has produced which appear obvious lo The board of trade of 'J.V) barrels of oil in seven hours. ma.jonl.ies within Island has passed a Hifil Lomond school requesting that the addition was officially opened. The effect of grade between Bow Island The new addition provides for slraiions on Canadians has Medicine Hal be gravelled s i x additional classrooms, ;t be considered in relation the winter by the farm- gymnasium, a library, a home- Ihese slight el'feel.s within as relief uork. room, an industrial Soviet l.'nioii. Kor reasons llolh Lolhbridge lms.pi- arts room, and a laboratory. self-interest and idealism, Canadians approve of their government's efforl io trade and other rel.ilions Uthbtidgc Herald the Soviel Union. Without lurn-ing a blind eve lo ifussia's 7th St. S., Lelhbridge, Alberta ord of nalional nnnjiiest HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers iipprr.Miir. r.f its imii minor her: A. iU'CIlANAN' ties, before and aller the Mflll RcciiMrntir-n No 031? volution, Canadians prefer of Thr Prrsi ,inn UK- dniiv Nowsp.ipflr Publishers' Asocial inn