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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta U.S. British military sources view Friday, October 12, 1973 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD 19 Strategic balance of war favors Arabs By DREW MIDDLETON New York Tlmei Service NEW YORK, Oct. 10 The dimensions of the Middle East war have expanded eominous- ly and the strategic balance has altered, perhaps tem- porarily, in favor of the Arabs according to qualified United States and British military sources. The Soviet Union's replenishment of the Egyptian and Syrian war machine with supplies carried on Antonov- 22 heavy transports and other carriers may shift the edge in material in favor of the Arab states, these sources said. THIRD FRONT The mounting prospect of Jordan's entry into the war Hussein faces harsh choice in war role Last day in Canada Gary Tupling, a fish and wildlife supervisor checks on two of the four beavers to be sent to China as a gift from Canada. The beavers are being kept at Leitrim, about 15 miles from Ottawa, until they will be flown to their new home from Montreal Inter- nationa! airport. Gov't lacked foresight Armed forces cut rapped By IAIN HUNTER Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The federal government has shown an "appalling lack of foresight and imagination" in reducing the armed forces' capacity to patrol and provide rescue ser- vices in Canadian waters, the New Democratic defence critic in the House of Com- mons charged Wednesday. Doug Rowland (NDP-Sel- plant site area hinted ESTEVAN, Sask. heavy water plant may be built in the Estevan area in the near future. Industry Minister Kim Thorson told a service club meeting here He said the decision is up to the federal government, but estimated that two or three heavy water plants will be re- quired in the next five years for nuclear power production. "It would appear that Estevan stands a very good chance of becoming one of the new sites "We in the provincial government have been in close consultation with Atomic Energy Canada Ltd over the past few months and have outlined both the advan- tages and the disadvantages of an Estevan location. "The low sulphur content of Estevan area lignite is a great selling point. However, it would entail bringing ad- ditional surface water supplies to the area from Diefenbaker Lake, via the Qu'Appelle River system, and that is not an insurmountable objection. "If a heavy water plant were to be located in this area, we can foresee an ad- ditional 300 jobs "Your provincial govern- ment is leaving no stone un- turned to show the advantages of an Estevan location for one of the new plants and we would hope to have an answer in the very near future." kirk) was criticizing the an- nouncement by Defence Minister James Richardson that four old destroyers and a number of Tracker aircraft, suited for patrol, search and rescue work, will be retired under a five-year program to upgrade defence equipment The minister told a press conference earlier in the day that in place of the "freeze" on defence spending over the past five years, the govern- ment had committed itself to a seven per cent per year in- crease in the defence budget up to 1979. The increases would be used mainly to purchase new modern armed forces equipment and facilities. Richardson said. But Rowland attacked the minister's companion an- nouncement of cutbacks to produce savings on expen- ditures during the coming five-year period. The New Democrat noted that new legislation in the field of shipping, fisheries, and Arctic pollution and to assert jurisdiction over the continental shelf demand a greater maritime patrol capacity. "Yet the minister is talking about getting rid of four de- stroyers by 1974. the oldest of which has a projected hull life of six years beyond that date whereas the othei three ships mentioned have a projected hull life of approximately ten years beyond he said. (The ships involved are the Chaudiere, Columbia and SMT. Croix. based at Es- quimalt, and the St Laurent, based at Halifax) Rowland also criticized the announcement by Richardson that the number of Tracker aircraft in service will be reduced by 50 per cent in 1974, "long before Canada has ac- quired a new long range patrol aircraft." He said that the fisheries and transport departments between them have only 48 ships capable of operating 200 miles out from the coast (the limit of jurisdiction claimed by Canada) and that they are already full employed in any case. Rowland said that Richard- son's announcement of ship and aircraft reductions should have been accompanied by the announcement of plans to con- solidate the operational con- trol over all of Canada's sea- going services. "A similar announcement with respect to search and rescue is also long overdue." he added. LONDON (CP) While the Middle East war rages, Jor- dan's King Hussein faces a harsh choice on what his role should be while also warding off mounting pressure for him to jump into the fray im- mediately. The king is seen by many observers as convinced that his contribution might be little more than token on behalf of his Arab neighbors, while Is- raeli revenge could be massive. He lost the fertile food- growing region west of the Jordan Bank and his armed forces suffered devastating losses in the 1967 six-day war. Hussein apparently fears that another similar humiliation might bring an upheaval at home that would knock him from his throne and end the Hashemite dynasty. The irony of his dilemma is that he might well face the same fate if he hangs back, despite the prodding of other Arab leaders and even some of his military advisers. In other words, he faces the Hobson's choice of dangerous discontent at home whether he goes in and gets burned or stands on the sidelines, which many Jordanians consider a humiliating posture in the current situation. Hussein's position is made more difficult also by his recently widely with Egyptian President Anwar Sa- dat and President Hafez Assad of Syria, who restored official relations at a Cairo meeting last month. Despite this, special atten- tion is focused on Jordan because it already is suspect as the Arab county with par- ticular ties with the West. Its rebuilt army includes, for in- stance, some 400 tanks from Britain and the United States. To add to the complexity of his situation, many military observers feel Hussein is serving the Arab cause best by the position he had adopted so of a Jordan watchful and readv but not a participant. VOTE "NO" ON NEGLECT GIVE THE UNITED WAY Thanks to you Its working arising from King Hussein's call of reservists threatens Israel with the opening of a third front and the diversion of forces from the Syrian and Sinai battles to meet the most skilled of the Arab armies. Iraq's announcement that she intends to throw her 224 combat aircraft into the battle increases the tactical problem of the already hard- pressed Israeli air force which, according to British sources interviewed by telephone, has lost about 60 planes. These sources estimated that "well over a quarter" of the Israeli pilots had parachuted to safety and will live to fight again Sam-2 and Sam-3 missiles are expected to be the most important loads carried by the Soviet transports These will be sent to bolster the defenses of the Egyptian bridgeheads in the Sinai and to inhibit further Israeli air strikes into Syria and Egypt. Military sources pointed put that the Soviet intervention raises the danger of a widen- ing of the war. Israeli in- terception of the transports, rational to a country fighting for its life, could provoke more emphatic Russian measures in support of the Arabs Jordan's call up of reser- vists may indicate, the sources said, that King Hus- sein is buckling under heavy Arab pressure to enter the war. Jordan's entry would force Israel to reinforce the three brigades now reported to be covering her frontier. In the event of war Jordan's problem would be more dif- ficult than in 1967. Then Jor- danian territory included east Jerusalem and their forces had only to smash into the Israeli sector to begin one of the fiercest and most costly battles of the war. Today the Jordanians would have to fight their way through Israeli occupied territory, cross the Jordan River and drive up the hills of the west bank before nearing important territorial targets. The Israelis consider the" Jordanian army the best trained and led of all Arab forces. The University of Lethbridge Alumni Association ANNUAL DINNER and DANCE will be held Friday, October 26 at Ericksen's Family Restaurant The no-host bar opens at dinner be- gins at p.m Tickets for dinner and dance are per person. All interested Alumni members are re- minded they must make arrangements for tickets through the University Registrar's Office, BY OCTOBER 22 Following the dinner and annual meeting, the FRANKLY BROTHERS will provide dance music. If you'd like to we'd like to hejpyou by keeping Canada jmmigration Centres open evenings and Saturdays and until CAREER WAREHOUSE SUPERVISOR required by ASGROW CANADA, LTD. Brooks, Alberta This is a working position responsible tor receiving, processing and shipping pea seed, quality control and machinery maintenance. Applicant must have some supervisory experience with an agricultural background and mechanical in- clination preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Full company benefits Reply with full resume including education, experience and salary expected in strict confidence to C. OLIVER QREEN Box 38 BROOKS, Alberta Suppose you were in this country by November and have remained here since, as a visitor or without legal status. During the sixty days of grace ending midnight, October 15, you may apply for permanent Canadian residence under very relaxed rules. If you're living successfully in Canada, you're likely to qualify as a landed immi- grant. If you apply before midnight, October 15, you will not be penalized because you entered or remained in Canada illegally. And if your application fails, you may still appeal to an independent appeal board. After midnight, October 15, you cannot qualify for landed immigrant status while in Canada, and have no appeal against deportation. Before then, we'd like to help. We'll go half-way. We'll even keep Canada Immigration Centres open to receive applications weekdays from am to pm, and Saturdays from am to pm. And on Monday, October 15, they'll stay open right up until the deadline at midnight. You can walk in anytime, nnd pick up literature that gives full details, ana no questions will be asked. We invite you to make our country your country. For further information, phone, write or visit your nearest Canada Immigration Centre, or, if there isn't one near you, your nearest Canada Manpower Centre. (Services given by Canadian Immigration Officers are free.) Canada Immigration Centres arc open to receive applications weekdays from am to pin and Saturdays from am to pm, and from am to midnight Monday, October 15. Manpower Main-d'ceuvre and Immigration et immigration Robort Minister Robert AndfAS) ininistfQ V88S64 ;