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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta I THE LETHBRIDaB HERALD EDIT OIU MS A disturbing incident Golda's bet on Nixon better pay off A perturbing thing happened on the nay to the Middle East. In supplying the Israeli government with planes and other equipment which enabled it to take the offensive that brought about a the U.S. airlifted equipment stockpiled in West Germany. Although a declared neutral in the Arab-Israeli conflict and heavily depen- dent on oil from the Middle Bonn said nothing until two Israeli ships began loading military supplies at the U.S. docks at when it felt im- pelled to protest to protect its neutrality as well as its oil supply. The West German government was stunned by the ferocious censure it received from both the U.S. state depart- ment and the U.S. defence department in reply to its and by the accom- panying threat of unilateral cuts in military and diplomatic commitments to West Germany. The whole incident has many im- plications but the most interesting is the manner in which the Nixon administra- tion over-reacted. Most observers of the presidential scene in Washington note that President Nixon operates on two different fronts in two different manners. On the inter- national scene there is Nixon the of collected whose diplomatic breakthroughs in relationships with China and Russia are achievements to be admired. On the home there is Nixon the beleaguered politician who lias achieved very little of a positive nature and who lashes out at critics as though they were and responsible for his failures. The reaction of the U.S. to the ship- loading incident was more like a home front as though Bonn were the Washington Post or and it raises the uncomfortable suspicion that there may be only one Nixon after all. The thought that the domestic Nixon might be taking over on the international front is not a pleasant one. It's winter The first layer of snow on the ground is a welcome assurance that the seasons come and go. Lands of eternal sun and eternal to which a northerner oc- casionally looks with never know the counterpoint of the changing scene and the changing environment. Here in the the challenge of the hope of the joy of summer and the serenity of fall all add a depth to existence which is sometimes overlooked. Winter usually arrives in dramatic fashion while the other seasons change with a subtlety that may go unnoticed. But there is always a specific time at which one with unconscious The natural world is still in Winter has its own special sound and its own special look. A landscape under snow is almost painfully pure and crisp winter noises are the most evocative that a land can produce. More than any other it brings ambiguous reactions. A skier lives for a golfer lives through it. Children leap at the others greet it with a sigh. This is the primitive time of the a reminder of the simplest joys of like the physical thrill of sliding down a hill and the sheer delight at being comfor- tably warm. It offers the most primitive satisfaction of all that of facing the challenge and enduring. ART BUCHWALD Hail to the chief WASHINGTON Commander-in-chief Nixon's hopes for a ceasefire on the domestic front failed last week when the press laid down another heavy artillery barrage in reply to a Nixon atack on a division of TV commen- tators. Military observers now feel that the commander-in-chief is hopelessly sur- rounded. With Congress pressing hard from one the courts from another and the press dropping bombs every Nixon is be- ing urged to surrender. How did the commander-inchief get himself into such a Gen. Southerwaite a military gave me his analysis of the situation. in had the strongest forces in the land. There was no opposition to speak and he believed with his loyal officers holding the White House and the justice no one could touch him. His first move was to make a pre-emptive strike against Congress. He impounded their and then he launched one veto after another at them until he had them on their knees. just when victory was in his dissension broke out among Nixon's own of- ficers. Some confessed that they were part of a scheme to destroy the honor of the country. Several who were court-martialed revealed that they participated in illegal acts with the knowledge and complicity of the commander- in-chief's staff. were rumblings among the enlisted men that corruption had reached the highest levels of Nixon's army. under was forced to ask for the resignations of his most loyal aides. trying to straighten out his own ar- Nixon was unprepared for an attack by Congress. Airborne members of the First Senate Watergate Committee dropped behind his lines and started sniping at him from the rear. The which had been neutralized for four suddenly went into action and captured top-secret documents which im- plicated everyone in the high command in some kind of corruption. attack by Congress and the press dis- pelled certain myths that had been built up in the world. One was that Congress wouldn't fight and the other was that the press would flee when faced with the superior forces of the justice department. surrounded Nixon's enemies were demanding that he surrender tapes which could or could not implicate him in treachery. He refused and threatened to use the most powerful missile in his ex- ecutive immunity. But when he launched the it fizzled and fell to the ground with a thud. the several of his officers in the Fifth Justice Department Regiment mutinied and refused to obey Nixon's orders. He had no choice but to fire them. in order to save what was left of his he surrendered the tapes. it was too late. The commander's legal army without discipline or leadership was unable to break him out of the trap he had gotten himself into. Nixon in a last gasp mounted a counter-attack against the press but was repulsed with heavy losses. It was the bloodiest battle so is the Commander-in-chief taking all I asked Sampson. never seen him he replied. thrives on adversity and expects to be out of his bunker at Camp David by Christ- Taxing the nation's patience By Don NEA service On top of the Agnew scandal and allegations of questionable financial arrangements in the purchase of his estates in Key Biscayne and San the revelation that in two recent years President Nixon paid less income taxes than the average working stiff is likely to arouse little more than a resigned shrug from whose confidence in the integrity of their public servants has. already about reached bottom. Mr. Nixon paid taxes of fTW.81 in 1970 and H78.03 in 1971 on bis salary of less taxes thin family of throe earning this was result of his donation to the National Archives of his personal on which he placed a value of some half-million dollars. All perfectly and who is to insist that the nation's first citizen should strap himself to set some kind of example for the rest or as any cynic will tell would be just as happy to beat out the IRS if be It has been a long time since a man like salary every year to the government. But of was a millionaire long before he was elected. Our latter-day and at least one very recent vice have been forced to try to become rich men DURING their terms of if they were not so before. Even Dwight D. Eisenhower received favorable capital gains tax treatment for his story of the Second World something denied your ordinary plodding author. The na- tion did not begrudge this favor to its much- loved though Ike was hardly In Uie financial straits of a General the publication of whose memoirs saved him from poverty. Still and and even though it may be dis- gustingly old-fashioned these some peo- ple may not help feeling that things which are perfectly legal are not necessarily perfectly admirable especially on the part of those who admonish us about hard patriotism and all those other what was the _ nit VM tfirtUM By Joseph syndicated commentator TEL AVIV betting everything on Nixon and a well plac- ed-Israeli said here in Tel Aviv the other day. Though he is pro American and sup- ports the government Of Prime Minister Golda he said it with something like alarm. For just below the cabinet level hard feelings about President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger are beginning to mount here. There is a grow- ing sense that the president wants detente to offset and is prepared to sacrifice Israeli interests in order to give Americans the feeling there is harmony between himself and the Soviet Leonid Brezhnev. The Suspicion first arose when Secretary of State Kissinger flew off to Moscow a week ago last Saturday. The Israelis had just begun to take the offensive across the Suez Canal. They didn't understand why Or. Kissinger couldn't have dallied in thus assuring more time for the fighting. Some now wonder about the explanation he offered at the time that the Russians were threatening some irrevocable move. Then came the ceasefire worked out in Moscow a day later. There was no consulta- tion with the Israelis on the content of the agreement while it was being drawn up. Though satisfied with the the Israelis were puzzl- ed as to why they hadn't been given an advance text. They have now become a little LMIItU 'I hear we Is history about to be repeated By Dian syndicated commentator MONTREAL This week is the forty-fourth anniversary of the awful stock market 6f 1929 andtUwT Great Depression which accom- panied it. Few economists predicted the crash in 1929. Many more are drawing parallels to it and making ominous predictions for the near future Do such similarities North Americans in the 1920's never had it so good. They lived ate and dressed better than the average family ever had in the history of the world. Sounds familiar. Some cracks had opened to reveal the shaky foundations which propped up the mangificient show of prosperity the five per cent unemployment the ex- traordinary disparity in in- come between the richest and poorest members of the bank the massive instalment buying. That sounds familiar too. And then it all collapsed. Hundreds of thousands of businesses failed. Salaries fell by 40 per dividends by 56 per wages by 60 per cent. One worker out of five lost his job. Fully half the national income vanished without a Could it fhappen 'again Many economists say yes. They point to the similarities just outlined and advise peo- ple to get out of save as much as buy not and generally prepare to live on less. Other economists dismiss this view. They say that national economies can no longer collapse in the spec- tacular way they did two generations ago. They point out that voters are far more influential than they used to be. Political parties win or lose elections these days when the unemployment rate goes to even six per cent. No government would survive if it failed to according to this view. the biggest difference between the economy then and now is the increasing influence of the government sector. Fifty years the economy boom- ed and busted on the basis of private business decisions to invest. with the government accounting for 40 per cent of all it acts as saf stabfHaing force on the economy. It'is becoming evident that its role is an inflationary but many observers believe that it also precludes the possibility of un- employment rising to 20 per cent. As soon as the economy slows down government simply the by spending more. The fact that economists never seem able to agree may leave the ordinary person with a slight sense of apprehension. That is understandable. We are at a point in time when the basic assumtpions of economics are no longer ade- quate. The last time this happened was in the 1930s. Economists had assured themselves that depressions cured themselves and that long-term unemploy- ment was impossible. They were in an unusually awkward position during the great depression. John Maynard Keyn'es came along with a theory that both diagnosed and remedied the situation. He saved the profession from its embarrassing and in the words of one commen- a rallying 5point for generation of fcbnomistswho refused to putt up with But economics is flounder- ing again. Theory tells us that high unemployment and infla- tion cannot exist side by side. Theory cannot explain the im- balance between private affluence and public squalor. Neither has it told us how to eliminate poverty amidst our plenty. It has not prevented the destruction of the en- vironment. Nor has it found solutions to the disarray in the international economy. The questions now seem to be whether governments can ever affect real changes in the and whether or other forms of organization can do it before it's too late. BERRY'S WORLD skeptical of the given by Dr. Kissinger when he stopped that com- munications were bad. After that there was the af- fair of the Russian threat to send military force to police the ceasefire. The Israelis were pleased by the alert President Nixon ordered in response. But they noted that the Russians had a technique for intervention for which there was no American counterpart. Most recently there has been the matter of the Egyp- tian Third Army Corps which the Israelis surrounded just after the ceasefire. The Russians used the encircle- ment of that force' as the pretext for the threat to intervene. In response to Soviet the United States prevailed on Israel to allow food and water through to the trapped Egyptian soldiers. Since no arrangements had been made for Israelis held prisoner by the the passage of food and water to Egyptians still able to fight was felt to be particularly un- fair here. Throughout all Mrs. Meir has remained steadfast- ly faithful to Mr. Nixon. She has waved away officials who told her about the impact of Watergate. She has refrained from asking hard questions about the timing of the ceasefire. She has put down critics in her own government. She has cut off all but a tiny handful of trusted advisers from infor- mation as to what is going on. But more pressures are building up The treatment of Israeli prisoners and the ending of the Egyptian blockade against Israel at the mouth of the Red not to mention the eventual territorial are all at issue here. there is an under- tone of discontent in the country Many people feel that the government was caught unprepared for the that Israel suffered unnecessary casualties as a and that the fighting was stopped on the eve of a Thus Mrs. Meir and if her bet on the president and Dr. Kissinger doesn't pay off in peace she will be in trouble. Not only Mrs. moreover. For waiting in the ready to take over at the elections now set for the end of this year or better still to force the government's hand now is a group of hard line hawks led by the hero of the Suez Gen. Ariel Sharon. There is already talk about treating Washington the way General Thieu of South Vietnam did. If their influence mounts Washington's influence will decline and then a new outbreak of fighting .cannot be excluded. Letters to the Editor Such courage is My congratulations for the article in The Herald entitled coyote bitches won't howl We should be grateful for such a graphic description by word and picture of what has to be man's finest Those great white using only their skill and augmented slightly by various motorcycles and managed to seek out and conquer at great per- sonal risk two ferocious coyotes which must have weighed at least a quarter of the weight of the hunters. Tru- ly these are great heroes to be worshipped and glorified in the public eye. Such sport- smanship and courage is un- It's odd that Alberta coyotes are such destructive creatures. The ones of my Saskatchewan childhood were objects of friendly cohabitants on our land with our cattle and oc- casional and if we were too or to drag off carcasses of dead or lock up our poultry at occasional raiders of our bar- nyard. It's also odd that biologists' studies showing that UM cavotM' diet consists of berries and insects don't apply to the Alberta-type coyote. there were always ducks on our geese on our and partridges and sharptails were constantly ex- ploding from under our horses' hooves when we rode. Mule and whitetail deer were plentiful so were the antelope. I wonder if its because no one ever told our coyotes what bloodthirsty wild animals they really were and so they satisfied themselves with jack etc. instead. It's interesting with all our coyotes around that we never saw a fox. I wonder The Herald should be com- mended for bringing this destructive sub species to our and for glorifying the brave protectors for their valiant efforts. I would very much be interested in knowing if a stomach analysis had been done on these coyotes and if so what it showed. I wonder if it would be possible to find HELEN SCHULER Lethbridge br IK No smoking in library I want to add my support to the non-smoking library patron October by vehemently condemning the chief librarian's suggestion that smoking be permitted in the new library. If this gentleman feels It necessary to smoke on the job he should confine his practice to his own office. I have never seen any other members of the tuff violatlu the oresent rule prohibiting smoking in the library. It seems strange that the chief librarian should suggest that smokers be per- mitted to pollute the air for the non-smokers. It is to be hoped the board will disagree with such a retrograde step and Insist that signs be prominently displayed In the new building. TAXPAYER AND LIBRARY PATRON LeUibridft everybody Is upset about but aren't you carrying your little personal food boy- cott too the Lethbridge Herald ET 504 7th St. Alberta LETHBRlDGe HERALD CO. LTD.. Proprietors ind Published By Hon. W.A. BUCHANAN Second data Mill No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Association and the Audit of CLEO'W MOWERS. Editor and Publisher THOMAS H General Manager DON PILING WILLIAM HAY Editor Associate Editor AH DOUGLAS K WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Editor HERALD SERVES THE ;