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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta f> THE IE1HBRIDGE HERAtO Tuesday, November 17, 1970 Pierre EUioll Tnideaa Levesqiie's twitchings The recent TV appearances of Mr. Rene Levesqtie, lender of the Quobec separatists, have done very little lor the cause which he says is so dear to his heart. Wild-eyed, chain smok- ing, twitching, he looks like an intol- erant revolutionist, rather than a reasonable man heading what he be- lieves to be a reasonable cause. His latest venture into the realms of unreality is to tell the Americans that "until 1960, French speaking Quebec children were given only six or seven grades of public school edu- implying that this is the fault of the federal government. Mr. Levesque is well aware, al- though he hopes that the Americans ave not, that education in Canada is strictly a provincial matter. The province of Quebec has rejected edu- cational subsidies from the federal government. While Mr. Levesque is loud, in his denunciation of the FLQ, the kidnap- pings and the terror in Quebec now, he took his own sweet time to de- nounce the guerrillas at the begin- ning of the crisis. It is true that prior to the appearance of the FLQ on the Quebec scene, the Quebec separatists numbered about one fifth of the population. The ratio is prob- ably far less than that today. China's new openness has lured some people into entertaining highly unrealistic expectations. Tiie Vatican, for instance, recently expressed hopes for the eventual revival of Christian- ity in China. This has been described by a China watching churchman in Hong Kong as "the product of over- heated imaginations." There simply are no grounds for thinking that Chinese leaders have changed their minds about Christian- ity or altered their attitudes toward the church. To adduce such a thing from the establishing of diplomatic relations with Canada and Italy as well as an expressed interest in mem- bership in the United Nations is to- tally unwarranted. Pragmatism alone explains China s re-entry into the world. Her own in- terests can be furthered in tills way. It makes trade easier and opens the way for promotion of world revolu- tion. The idea of missionaries being al- lowed to return to China to teach doc- Wishful thinking trines in opposition to those of Mao Tse-tung is untenable. It reveals a complete misunderstanding of the Communist revolution in China. Christianity did not "take" too well in pre Communist China in the first place. There were only five million Christians in a population of over six hundred million, when the mission- aries were forced to leave. Some of these were doubtful Christians at that. Then it has to be faced that the soil is far less receptive now than it was before the revolution. Chinese minds have been thoroughly brain-washed. In some countries Christian mis- sionaries are still welcomed because of the contributions they make to edu- cation, health and agriculture. But China does not seem to need help in these areas so that even this sort of opening is not to be expected. Under the circumstances any opti- mism about the re-introduction of Christianity into Clu'na can only ap- pear unrealistic. Men strike back The men are striking back at Wo- men's Lib an inevitable, ominous move against the greedy ladies who want to eat their cake and have it too. The Men's Movement of Canada says, in effect, that women who want to liberate themselves from the bonds of marriage, generally get too much out of the deal. Courts usually award children of the union to the wife, even though she may be the guilty party; and the wife gets a handsome chunk of papa's earnnings too. One might add that the husband is by law ex- pected to provide a living for his wife and Ms children. She is not held re- sponsible for the family livelihood but he is. If Women's Lib crusades keep It up, wives are going to find themselves taking on financial responsibilities that a lot of them not all, but the major proportion are unwilling to accept. One can sympathize with the equal pay for equal work concept and a numher of other tilings the wo- men are asking for. But militant la- dies might be reminded that the back- lash is just around the corner and if the campaign against "discrimination against men" picks up momentum, women stand to lose a lot more in the long run than they gain in the short one. Oil gobblers Bacteria that will gobble up oil and then quietly die off that sounds like wishful thinking. But scientists at Florida State University claim they have developed potent strains of just such bacteria. Professor Carl Oppenheimer _ is quoted by American Press as saying that scientists knew that certain types of bacteria have been break- tag down oil for millions of years. All that researchers had to do was find promising strains of bacteria where oil had been spilled for a long time and then fortify and enhance their natural appetities. The professor says that the prod- uct of two years of research is sev- eral strains of bacteria that destroy "Bunker C fuel oil, one type of Cali- fornia crude, and one type of Louisi- ana crude." Mass production by methods similar to those used to make penicillin, can he employed and the bacteria can be frozen and stored until needed to combat oil slicks. As usual, seeing will be believing. Until there is an effective demon- stration of oil gobbling, most people are likely to be skeptical. It sounds too good to be true that the worst ocean pollutant may no longer pose much of a threat. Mrs. Kim returns By Joyce "Mrs. Kim is coming Sat- The news rippled through Severance Hospital's medical records de- partment. Older staff members were excited. She was one oE them. She, who had served as their acting director for n year, had been sent off to Canada to receive professional training in her field. The young students nervously giggled be- hind hands cupped tight over their mouths. They'd heard about her. Now she, the first Korean to receive the title "Registered Medical Record was returning home. In a short while, sha would be directing their school. The present director was both pleased and anxious when she heard the news. She had been sent here on a three-year pro- gram by the United Church of Canada's Board of World Mission. In the past twelve months she had capably taken charge ol the department and started Ko- rea's first school for MJi.L.'s. It still re- mained for that school to receive govern- ment recognition one of the first tasks she and Sirs. Kim could work on together. But, how would they get along together? Would thrre be conflicting loyalties? She the outsider, Mrs. Kim the recent gr.-id. In a h.iff Mrs. Kim have enough to take over belli the department and the school? Yet, all skepticism was laid aside as the new arrival hurst through the customs g.itc at Kitnpo International Airport, At once shy, and gloriously h.'ippy. die !ir.-t caught sight her family a little M the icfl, Siitcrs ran up, ;md Ikrcw Uicir Sasse arms around her. Brothers reached for her bags. Her mother, gracious in her floor length Korean robes, stretched out her arms, and tenderly drew the girl into her bossoni. Her first daughter had come home. A full year of concern and loneli- ness suddenly found release. She hadn't lost any She was lovely. She did well by her family. They would take her home until her husband returned, next year, from his studies in Japan. In the brief tea-reception that followed, my heart went out to these people. They gave so fully and freely of themselves. Words were not enough, for the Korean is born with a melody on his lips. The stu- dents crowded around her on the floor. They sang the beautiful ballads of Ko- rea _. their voices rising and falling in descant, as the warmth of the room en- veloped them. Their teacher was no more a stranger. Few ol us could hold back the tears as her brother and sister sang, "Home, home There's no place like So many do leave these countries "to study." But study becomes a mere excuse for emigration. They lay aside their na- tional identity. They lose their sense of de- dication to linm' homeland. They try it) ig- nore the pangs of loneliness for their fam- ilies. The drcarn is to become an Ameri- can A Canadian! liut when even one returns, the joy is very deep. The celebration is very great. Wilh people like Mrx Kim al the helm, the field of uxotxls in Korea has T, U'.ry uroDiiuuK future. Thoughts on man and politics Editor's Note: Ik-fore Iio entered feslcval polities, Pierre Elliott Tnideau wrote many important articles on the nature ol justice, democ- racy anil tho limits of elec- toral power. These excerpts are taken from Approaches lo Politics, a book being pub- lished next week by Oxford University Press (edited ami translated by I. M. Owen) which includes some Impor- tant thoughts on the nature of the political process. WHEN you. teach tlie people to obey authority, you ought to add that it is possible to disobey it with an equally good conscience. If you did so you would find, on the one hand, that the rulers would grow rather more respectful toward the governed; on the other, that the latter would be- come more sensitive to the no- tions of. liberty and justice. No government, no particu- lar regime, has an absolute right to exist. This is not a matter of divine right, natural law or social contract: a gov- ernment is an organization whose job is to fulfil the needs of the nien and women, group- ed in society, who consent lo obey it. Conseq u e n 11 y, the value of a government derives not from the promises it makes, from what it claims to be, or Ivom what it alleges it is defending but from what it achieves in practice. And it is for each citizen to be judge of that. Even though it is the duty of citizens lo moke conscientious judgments on the value laws and tlie integrity of rulers, it would be a mistake to conclude Uiat every citizen is automat- ically entitled to break the laws and knock off the leaders lie dislikes. Assassination of tyrants and civil disobe- dience are clearly excep- tional measures, to be under- taken only as a last resort against illegitimate and tyran- nical governments. Citizens must take care to delegate to (the stale) no more authority, no more force, than are strictly necessary to estab- lish a just social order, protect that order from harm, and make sure it will progress. If the only sure way of re- constituting a just social order Is lo stage a revolution against tyrannical and illegal author- ity _ well, then it must be done. Tyrants always claim that their social order is founded on the common weal, the welfare of the race; but they reserve the right to define this welfare themselves, and their laws re- quire the citizens to act accord- ingly. It is utterly useless to preach electoral morality to a people while minimizing or ridiculing the idea of popular sovereign- ty. You might as well preach Christian morality after ridi- culing Christ, The great lesson to draw from revolutions is not that they devour humanity but rath- er that tyranny never fails to generate them. Democracy is the only form ot government that fully re- spects the dignity of man, be- cause it alone is based on the belief that all men can be made fit to participate, direct- ly or indirectly, in the guid- ance of the society of which they are members. Personally, I dislike violence. Assassination is a very weak political instrument. an interview, he is a bad ser- vant and ought to be fired. The only good action, of real moral value, is a voluntary ac- tion, chosen by the enlightened thinking ot tire person who per- forms it. When authority in any form bullies a man unfairly all other men are guilty; tor it is their tacit assent that allows the au- thority to commit the abuse. If they withdrew their consent, authority would collapse. Tlie statesman may well think differently from his fel- low-citizens on certain subjects, he can try lo convey his spe- cial wisdom to theni; but in the iinal analysis it is the general will that must prevail, not his own will. The people are free, nnd can be ruled only so tor as they agree lo obey. The slate must use force only to the extent that individuals or organizations try to use it themselves against Ihe com- mon good. If it is true that in the last analysis the state must retain the monopoly ot force, the purpose is less lo use it lhan lo prevent someone else from usurping the thunder- boils. H is intolerable Hat one man should claim lo know better lhan the majority' what social and political order is good for them. It sesms that at all times and under all systems there is a tendency for the few to use the stale to enslave the many. When a prime minister re- fuses for four months to receive the delegates o! univer- sity students who politely seek "It really makes you feel old when ttey say fltf-