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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wtdmtdoy, November 15, 1972 THt LETHBXIDCI HEMLD 41 AFTER ITS OVER, WHAT? Humorous look at what happens to a campaign A eonmnUry Bj RUSSELL BAKER New York Hmei Service WASHDCGTON-The moving vans had been drawn up at the warehouse all night long and the men, most of them wear- ing gaa masks, were rtlll un- loading the 1972 presidential campaign. "Careful that you don't drop that the foreman shout- ed to a group of men struggling with a vast Incomprehensible mess. "If it breaks open no- body will be able to survive for miles around." "What is I asked the foreman. "The be said. "Do you meu to lay that you're going to store the Water- gate In ttus "Sure do, buddy" be said. "It til goef In here. The whole '72 campaign. This Is a division of the Smithsonian Museum of Unnatural History. They put all these old campaigns in here and fumigate them for years and years, and then somebody comes In and picks around for a few old items fit to put in the display cases for school kids to look at." Several workmen, grunting and straining under a heavy load, shouted for us to get out of the way. "What have you got the foreman asked. "This is the original Mc- Govorn-Eagleton one of the movers said. "Look at the foreman said with awe In lii voice. "The only presidential ticket In the history of American poli- tics that was subject to a fac- tory recall." "Hey, cried a worker who was carrying a tiny plastic box. "Where do you want me to put the per We went over and looked at It. It was curled up inside a tiny plastic box and looked surpris- ingly unsubstantial. "Why don't you put it behind UM foreman suggested. Suddenly the warehouse was filled with a thunderous roar as of heavy waves pounding a coast. As it drew nearer and nearer, we were able to dis- tinguish human voices. "They're bringing In the surro- the foreman called to a mover in the darkest re- cesses of the warehouse. "Open that big trap door right next to Sammy Davis Jr. and we'll march them over there and let them drop right on through to the he said. "That way we won't be able to hear them." In they marched, massed hordes of surrogates uttering statements the White House had given them to read. There was Melvin Laird reading an attack on McGovern's defense policy, and David Eisenhower reading an attack on McGovem's base- ball policy, and the White House plumber reading an attack on McGovern's plumbing policy, and many, many more. Whep the last one had plung- ed, still reading, through the trap door, a worker asked the foreman if they shouldn't stow the Democrats for Nixon down there too. "Better the foreman said. "Somebody might want to use John Connally again before the next four years are out, and they'd never find him down there with all those gates." At the warehouse gate an- other van had just parked, and as the doors opened there was au Indescribable wall of sound that made the strongest mover cringe. "AU right, all the foreman screamed. "Get that thing through here right away before it drives us all nuts, and dump it down the trapdoor with the surrogates." "What was I asked wbea the trap had mercifully restored quiet to the warehouse. "The Sargent Shriver cam- the foreman said. DORMANT VOICANO Cone of dormant volcano Is one of many ipectacular tunic pictures in British Columbia's new Mount Edzlza provincial park. There are no roods into the park and sightseers must either hire a piano to fly over if or hike in. Meir Kahame The turbulent rabbi who worries Israel By ERIC SILVER London Observer JERUSALEM The case of Rabbi Meir Kahane seems to have presented the Israeli gov> eminent with as much of a quandary as that of Myer Lansky, the underworld leader who has finally been ordered out as a threat to the public welfare. Rabbi Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defence League, came to Israel from New York 14 months ago. He brought with him a record of militant na- tionalism. The League had flexed a strong arm in defence of working-class Jews threaten- ed by black violence in the in- ner city areas. It had cam- paigned for Soviet Jewish emi- gration lo the point of threaten- ing to assassinate two Russian diplomats if a sick Jewish wo- man, held in a Soviet labour camp, died far lack of atten- tion. An American court gave Rabbi Kahane a suspended five- year sentence for conspiring (o make explosives. One o[ his aides, caught smuggling guns on a British airliner at Ken- nedy Airport, admitted plan- ning to hijack Egyptian plane and take il lo Tel Aviv. BANNKD Since settling in Jerusalem will] his wife and four children, Rabbi Kahane has scratched old Jewish-Arab wounds in this city and in Hebron so that eventually he and 19 followers were banned by the military governor from enter- ing the occupied WosL Bank of the Jordan. After the munlcr of 11 Is- raeli Olympic sportsmen, Ire be- gan campaigning for Jewish terror to counter Aral) terror. A cache of weapons, grenades and explosives was discovered at Lod airport. Tlio Jewish De- fence League ndmittcd dis- patching them Ifl Now York for use apiinst Arab institutions In the Unllcd States. flic Israeli government has sot its sights against, frecbool- Ing counter-terror. The minister of police, Shlomo Illllcl, said that the League's activities must be nipped In the bud. Rab- bi Kahane and five alleged as- sociates were detained for ques- tioning, then released on condi- tion that they forfeit their passports. Any decision to prosecute will evidently be taken at Cabinet level. There are increasing sus- picions that ministers are wor- ried about stumbling into a pol- itical trial. THREAT Rabbi Kahane, whose appli- cation for Israeli citizenship has still to be answered, is al ready proposing to form a par- ty to fight next year's general election. Public confidence in the government's response to Arab terror is still shaken. The danger of a pro-Kahanc back- lash is probably small, but it cannot be written off. Rabbi Kahane is the kind of extremist who starts from position that most of his "con- stituency" (in this case Jews) would find unexceptionable, llien stretches it to a logical limit. The subtleties and com- promises of social living, not least for Jews, are swept im- placably aside. "The moral imperative for Hie Jewish Rabbi Ka- hanc says, "is lo survive." To this end Jews have an obliga- tion lo help each other in limes of crisis, regardless of national frontiers. Israel, ns a sovereign stale, refuses to fulfil this ob- ligation to those who are not its citizens. It may lobby for them, but it will not fight for their lives. So far, few Israeli or Diaspora Jews would contradict the tur- bulent Rabbi. But that Is not Lho end of the Jewish Defence League's argument. The Jew- ish obligation, Rabbi Kahane insists, demands that Jews be prepared to break the law In the cause of their brethren. he Bays, of thn Icwlsh response to Hitler, "did lews do (ho kind of thing that later blacks did for tholr own or indeed Jews did for blacks. For Jews, Jewish mAIems must come firsl. The Jew lias got to loam tat no one gives i damn for UM Jow." The object of violence seems to be twofold: first publicity, and secondly an answer to oth- er people's violence. Rabbi Ka- hane glories in the fact that the League "put the Soviet Jewish question on the front pages" by violence. The Rabbi may, as Israeli ministers claim, be a danger- ous amateur, but his attach- ment to violence is more than rhetoric. He is prepared to kill, if he sees no alternative. If the choice, in lus eyes, is between a Jewish life and an enemy's life, he will- pull the trigger. There is, he argues, little mora" difference whether it is a state or an individual loing the deed. Rabbi Kahane, who is 40 and received his diploma at the Mir Yeshiva in Brooklyn, acknow- ledges no conflict between his religion and his advocacy of violence. He says (correctly) that the commandment forbids "murder" not if it is accurately translated from the Hebrew. He invokes Ecclesias- les for the injunction: "Do not overly righteous." And the Talmvid for: "He is merci- ful unto the cntcl is destined some day to be cnicl to the merciful." It is a doctrine of the synagogue militant that is one, but only one, strand in the history of his people. Copyright) Siuisliiners meet Nov. 23 MILK RIVER (HNS) A meeting of (.he Senior Sunshine group, which was to have been held Nov. 10, has been post- poned to Thursday, Nov. 23. It will bo held In UK town hall at 8 p.m. TWs group run grown lo a membership of 30. It now ro- luires fnlrly r o o my premises [or Its meeting. The Christmas pnrly, which s to bo held in tin elementary school at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. will bt held at planned. SIMPSONS OcdIS Great Leather Fakery just heaped with real lamb fur '56 ea. new pussycat? Soft, cuddly pant coats ta curl up in, that's what! These little 'purr-sonalities' really Icnow what winter's all about. They're made of leather- look polyurethane-coated 'cotton outside. Inside, they hava lamb-look body linings of DuPont acrylic. .As if that's not enough, they're absolutely laden with real long-hair lamb fur! One has bright braid trim front and back. Deice or tan. Sizes 9 to 15. RCR'd Can.T.K. ladies' Conll Quality Costs No More at Siinpsoiis-Sears STORE HOURS: Opon Dally 9 a.m. fo p.m. Thursday ond Frldoy 9 o.m. fo 9 p.m. Conlre Village. Telephone 328-92J1 ;