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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 2, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, October 2, 1970 - Forgotten People: Middle East Dilemma By Dr. Balm- Bilgin, University of Lethbrldge Uneasy Peac^ The fires of another, even bloodier civil war in Jordan await only the igniting match. King Hussein did not win a victory - only a compromise and the signs are that the compromise may not last long. The King is not in effective control of the government of Jordan; he has been forced to share a ceasefire agreement signed in Cairo with his mortal enemy, Yasir Arafat, who now claims leadership of all guerrilla factions. (There is oC course doubt that Arafat's claims are genuine, or that he wiU be able to maintain leadership over the proliferation of far left-wing Palestinian commandos.) Under the agreement guerrUla forces have been told to withdraw from Amman the capital city of Jordan, but not from other Jordanian cities. Hussein had hoped that all guerrillas would be forced to concentrate in camps near the Israeli border. On the other hand the guerrillas have lost some of their strategic position because they have been forced to leave the capital which at present is stiU officially under Hussein's control. They have also lost a large number of their best trained men. But there are reports that all the guerrillas have not in fact, departed from Am- man. There are a number of them still around, in hiding, ready and waiting for the first opportunity to shoot again. The Cairo agreement provides for military missions from Arab states to supervise the peace. Tliis is an extremely difficult job, particularly as these troops represent countries whose sympathies are with the feda-yeen, rather than Hussein. They are volcanic mercurial men, emotionally unstable and difficult to discipline. With President Nasser out of the picture, the Syrians snapping at the northern borders of Jordan, and Iraq putting a wet finger to tlie wind of opportunity and a no-government in Amman almost anything could happen. What is certain is that Jordan is not a viable political entity under present circumstances. Unless a national home is found acceptable to the fedayeen, guaranteed by international agreement, they will make further attempts to take over the whole of Jordan. And since the national home the Palestinians want is Israel, the fedayeen will be unlikely to settle for less. Peace has not come to Jordan. The days ahead are full of menace for the entire Middle-East, and for the rest of the world which could find itself sucked into the vortex of the bloody quarrel. New Department Needed Rapidly growing cities in this coun try - as elsewhere in the world - are facing staggering problems. Administrations are having difficulties in providing the services that make it tolerable for people to live in such concentration. Canadian cities are on the verge of an explosion tliat staggers the imagination and must leave already harassed officials blanching. In the quarterly publication of the National Office of the Community Planning Association, the Hon. Robert Andras gives figures showing a projected population for Canada of almost double that of the present in 30 years time. It is anticipated that about 80 per cent of this population will crowd into 12 cities. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver will likely triple in size. There is obviously an urgency about doing some co-ordinated planning to cope wth such growth. Although Mr. Andras said that forming a Department of Urban Affairs may seem like the answer it has to be left hanging in the air. But it should not be left hanging very long. And may not be. it Speculation was rife, before the recent cabinet shifts, that Prime Minister Trudeau might announce the setting up of such a department with Mr. Andras as the minister. That announcement was not made but surely it cannot be far off and may come when Parliament meets again next week. Mr. Trudeau is fully aware of the developing urban crisis and knows it has to be given priority as a national problem. In many ways the major cities have more importance than the provinces. It is this fact that casts a shadow of doubt over the value of the meetings of premiers on constitutional reform. While technically they are the only ones who have rights to attend such meetings, the suspicion is strong that some mayors also belong in the discussion because of the shift in importance of urban municipalities. The setting up of a department and naming of a minister would at least recognize the fact that the cities are important and their problems urgent. It might even be in time to save Canadian cities from the disasters that have overtaken some U.S. cities. Why Bid This By Richard J. Needham, in go your son's Ijeen busted for peddling drugs, or maybe holding up a jug milk store, or maybe setting fire to a chm-ch, and it's in all the newspapers; and there you sit at home with the blinds drawn, asking each other, "Why did this happen to us? Where did' we go wrong? What wiU the neighbors think of us?" Us, we, us. Lool{, sir and madam, it didn't happen to you, it happened to liim -that mysterious creature you brought into being some 16 or 17 years ago, without the vaguest notion of what you were getting. You're legally and financially responsible for what he is or does, but are you Tmorally responsible? It was scarcely your fault that he was born rotten; it may not be your fault if he went rotten somewhere along tlie line. I think we tend to Identify parents and cliildren too closely with each other, giving father and motlier all the credit if the kid turns out well, giving them all the blame if he turns out badly. I won't buy this. I had three children, now grown up. While they were growing up, they did a lot of good things and a lot of bad ones. I didn't glow with paternal pride over the one, or hang my head in shame over the other. I was myself, they were themselves, and I didn't see any great connection. My children may, from time to time, have disgraced themselves, but they never disgraced me. I myself am the only person who can do that-and often have, and still do, and still will. There are so many faults in me that I've no time to brood over any faults my cM-dren may have, no time to search my soul asking if they got those faults from me. I'm too busy trying to reform or at any rate conh-ol, myself. "Why did this happen to us?'' Oh, come on; everything happens to evei7-body, and for no particular reason that I can see. Why did Beethoven go deaf? Why was Mai-lowe killed in a tavern brawl? There's great mystery in misfortune, great mystery in good fortune too. Why do we always ask why? Why do we think there's a reason for everything? I often say to people, "Fill a jar with colored marbles, shake it up for a while, and take one out. It's blue. Why? You lon't know, nobo