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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Dick a year after the landslide Peace force Economic reasons why Canada wants to participate By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA Events have changed dramatically since 1956 when Canadian troops were welcomed with open arms to the Middle East peacekeeping force and the then external affairs Lester won the Nobel Peace Prize for his initiative in helping establish it This with the Cana- dian government obviously anxious to troops from this country were held back on the objections of the Soviet which many observers feel reflected the views of Egypt In the process External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp was put in the somewhat embarrassing tion of having to go to the United Nations to try and find a way of getting Canadians in- cluded In the force. It's not only a military ques- tion this time. With Arab oil shipments to Canada ap- parently that did not happen in economic stakes are much higher. Some officials here say it is imperative that Canada become involved in the peacekeeping mission to es- tablish its and thus allay any Arab suspicions that this country has been leaning toward the Israeli side of the long-simmering dispute in the Middle East. While the officials say Canada has been carefully neutral they say privately that some Arab representatives here have felt there has been a more tolerant attitude shown by the government toward Israel in the continuing conflict Objections to Canada's presence this time are related to the fact that the troops would be coming from a NATO country. But officials recall that this was not a problem in 1956 when Canada was even more closely iden- tified with and had even more troops committed to that organization. And the NATO membership was scarcely mentioned during the 11 following years that Cana- dian troops served in the Mid- dle East. The officials say. that fewer political problems would have arisen if Canada had not been asked to participate and then been subjected to a rejection. having indicated our and then receiv- ing the we can only lose ground by not being in- said one official. we don't get on the we'll probably be iden- tified for years as a NATO country unacceptable to the Arabs. this won't help us either politically or KEY Fla. Fresh from a stunning landslide President Nixon emerged briefly from seclusion at Camp David last November to offer an analysis that became prophecy. Appearing before reporters in a helicopter hangar at his closely guarded retreat in the Maryland Nixon said of his second term thoughts and The tendency is for an administration to run out of steam after the first four and then to and usual- ly coast downhill. This is particularly true when there is what you call a landslide victory Year Nixon's words seem chillingly although he did not intend them that way. As he told the reporters at Camp I am trying to do is to change that historical On this first anniversary of his great electoral Nixon again is secluded at a favorite his com- pound in Florida. But the cheers and euphoria of 1972 have given way to talk of possible impeachment or resignation. MANY FIRSTS In just 12 an administration installed with overwhelming public support has been riddled. For the first criminal conduct has forced a vacancy in the vice presidency. For the'first time in a Congress is for- mally considering the possibility of impeachment proceedings against the president himself. As the president and his men have stumbled from crisis to there have been three attorneys three directors of the three secretaries of four Watergate prosecutors and three directors of the Central Intelligence Agency. For Richard little has gone well. Almost all the good news has related to foreign the area that claims Nixon's greatest interest and in which he is most sure footed. In late after saturation U.S bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong prompted Senator William B. Saxbe the latest attorney general to suggest Nix- on had leave of his a peace of sorts was achieved in Vietnam. But the long tired of the dirty saved its emotions for the homecoming of more than 600 American prisoners of an event that symbolized perhaps the only unambiguous achievement of a struggle that had claimed nearly 50.000 American lives. By late public attention had shifted to the hearings of the Senate Watergate committee. Ready to take the stand was Nixon's chief ousted White House counsel John Dean A respite came with the arrival of Leonid first boss of the Soviet Communist party to visit the U.S. since Nikita Khrushchev in 1959. Senator Sam Ervin chairman of the Watergate and his colleagues told Dean to wait a week so Nixon could concentrate on summitry. For eight days Brezhnev pursued his quest for technical know how and detente. At the an agreement was reached to shun nuclear war and avoid provoking confrontations in the Middle China and other potential trouble and both sides agreed to complete negotiations for a permanent limit on offensive nuclear weapons by the end of next year. Then came Dean with his soft.- detailed ac- cusations that Nixon was a party to obstruction of to hiding the truth about Watergate Nixon remained silent and in isolation. His Julie Nixon emerged as his defender in a busy series of public appearances. She gave one interview in which she said her father had privately discussed a possible resignation but discarded the idea. Watergate was not the president's only big worry There was a newspaper vigorously that in- vestigators were looking into Nixon's possible use of Jl million in unreported campaign funds to buy the San Clemente. estate which he uses as the Western White House A White House prompting almost as many questions as it disclosed that Nixon had borrowed heavily from industrialist friend Robert Abplanalp to make the million purchase in then had sold the bulk of the land but not the house to an unnamed Abplanalp invest- ment company for more than million in 1970. FINANCES SUSPECT Then came questions about government financed im- provements at San Clemente. The White House first put the figure at revised it to then produced a sup- posedly all inclusive total of mostly for security precautions that included for for driveways and for walls and fences the government acknowledged spending nearly million at the various Nixon retreats in Florida and Maryland. The public found this but not nearly so dis- turbing as the economy. an advocate of formal wage price had abandoned controls in opting for a voluntary anti inflation program One the biggest inflationary binge in more than two decades a new world money crisis forc- ing the second devaluation of the dollar in 14 for a total slash of 17.9 per cent. It was a year of problems There were boycotts against high beef and a temporary beef shortage With scant advance the country awoke to an energy squeeze. Nixon waited until the first and a curtailment of Arab oil before moving with a show of decisiveness Nixon's dealings with the Democratic controlled Congress created a climate of suspicion and controversy. although legislative relations were more productive than might have been expected Significant compromises were arranged in domestic and with former Represen- tative Melvin Laird carrying the ball as a new Nixon a notable compromise was arranged to halt U.S. bombing operations in Cambodia And the president won a signal vic- tory in successfully defending his top priority military procurement bill against concerted pressure for heavy cuts and against a- strong drive to force reduction in troop strength abroad. HEALTH QUESTIONED Questions were raised about the extent of Watergate's effect on Nixon when a diagnosis of viral pneumonia put him briefly in the hospital in when a display of presidential temper with press secretary Ronald Ziegler as the im- mediate target was nationally televised and when a new Middle East crisis produced a military alert in October On each questions were raised about the state of Nixon's mental attitude. With each new shock during the it seemed in- evitable that the travail of Nixon and the country must end soon But it didn't happen that way. A year after his 1972 Nixon finds himself in a position that has never been more precarious. The White House miscalculations that produced the abrupt departures from government of special prosecutor Archibald Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus brought Nixon to the brink of possible impeachment. 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