Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERA1D Saturday, October 24, 1970 No Contest? Prior to the unfortunate "slip" made by Economic Expansion Min- ister Jean Marchand, the election slated for Sunday in Montreal ap- peared to a shoo-in for incumbent Mayor Jean Drapeau and his sup- porters. Has the "framing" of the Front d'Action Politique (FRAP) re- moved any doubt that might have existed about the outcome or has it introduced an element of uncer- tainty that did not exist previously? It might be presumed that the link- ing of FRAP with the outlawed Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ) would be sufficient to cause most people to reject its appeal for sup- port at the polls. The assumption is that Quebecers now know the real nature of the FLQ and do not want to have anything to do with it. But interference from Ottawa might be sufficiently resented to cause Mr. M a r c h a n d's remark to give FRAP support it might not otherwise have received. If the re- mark has given the organization the coloration of a Quebec as opposed to a federal party, the election could become a test of a different sort than should be expected in a civic election. This incident is not simply a les- son on how essential it is for people in public life to exercise great care in their choice of words it is a warning against applying discredit- ing labels. Dismissing individuals and groups by calling them names or giving them unfavorable associa- tions is a practice to be deplored. Bear Hug For Pompidou President Pompidou was given a tremendous welcome when he visited the U.S.S.R. recently and a friendly bear hug send-off when he departed. The reasons behind the mutual ex- pressions of trust and co-operation between France and Russia are not difficult to understand. They both need one another although for rather different reasons. The Soviets are. desperate for a massive injection of Western techno- logical, scientific and industrial money and expertise. They have been falling far behind tlie U.S. in capital development, and if they are ever to catch up economically they meed help and they know it. It was the need of investment capital and tech- nological know-how that precipitated the West German Moscow accord recently. Although the treaty has not been ratified, and Chancellor Willy Brandt is in deep political trouble be- cause of his detente with Russia, it is unlikely that his .opposition would fail to sign the accord if the Chan- cellor were forced to relinquish his tenuous hold on the present Bonn government. But. the Gorman invest- ment is not enough for the Rus- sians. They look to France and to other Western European nations for the enormous development projects they envisage. France has some of the money and the know-how and it will be help- ful in influencing others to invest in Russia. But the warm Russian- French relations are not based en- tirely on economics. The French and the Russians see eye to eye on sev- eral matters of foreign policy, not- ably Vietnam and the Middle East. France has been suffering from a sense of isolation in a Europe which until very recently has looked across the Atlantic for its closest friends. Closer diplomatic relations with the U.S.S.R. is bound to dimin- ish this. It all has a familiar sound a triumph for Soviet diplomacy and a Wow to the U.S. More and more Eastern European investment in Rus- sia is enabling the Soviets to step up its technological and industrial com- petition with the U.S. ironically with the assistance of America's European allies and ideological part- ners. Although President Pompidou reiterated his close economic asso- ciation with Western Europe, and al- though he is not as blatantly anti- America as his famous predecessor, he may prove to be far more effec- tive in achieving what he is after in his own subtle, suave fashion. Weekend Meditation Healing The Memory A MAN came to church recently who claimed to have the power to heal the memory. A blessed gift if he has it, since memory can be a curse as well as a bless- ing. Some lucky people have a memory that, like a sundial, counts only the sunny hours. Others remember wasted opportunities and tragic mistakes. Tennyson quoted a Latin poet who had the opinion that "a sorrow's crown of sorrows is remembering happier things." For some people memory is full of grief. Queen Victoria said of her dead husband, "How one likes to indulge one's She proved this in her own life, indulging her grief until the nation grumbled. Abra- ham Lincoln was crushed by the death of his son Willie. For some time he observed every Thursday as a memorial day of mourning and withdrew on tbat day from public duties. Friends had great difficulty persuading him to give up the dangerous and destructive habit. Resentment and remorse are other devils that haunt the memory. It is very hard in- deed to forget the insults and wrongs that people do to us. George Every an English poetry scholar, says of Wordsworth that he damaged his poetic powers by remorse over a love affair that never achieved the bles- sedness of repentance. He had a love affair with a French girl, Annette Vallon and fath- ered a child by her. This led to the line in The Prelude "the viperous stings of re- morse." Professor Every is right in main- taining that rcmni-sfi is not. a good moral quality, but may be a cheap indulgence which is self destructive. Remorse may reveal the shabbiness of a man's life, but ii cannot redeem. Unless a man is led to con- fession, repentance, and faith, be cannot he freed from his guilt. Tims an old saint said a lovely thing about Jesus, "Thou hast made all our yesterdays free from A prisoner of a dark mood is not welcome society. Job tells of his memories of pros- perous, sunny days, and then related sadly, "All who see me in the streets flee from me." Kings used to put to death all who came before them with a sad countenance and the public cuts them dead. It is very true that when you laugh the world laughs with you, when you weep you usually weep alone. Without memory a man cannot be hu- man, nor can a nation. History is the mem- ory of the race. When a nation forgets its history it has no future. Repeatedly Israel is told to remember and "beware lest tbou The recall to traditions and past greatness has been often the salvation of a race. Memory can recall to a man also times when God has been good to hull and he has been delivered from impossible and hopeless conditions. William Penn remark- ed that "as the memory of the just is bless- ed, so to me there seems a blessing upon Uiose that have the right remembrance of them." Similarly is a nation blessed. Paul had many memories which could have haunted and destroyed him. But Paul had too much future in lu's mind for that. "Forgetting the things that are behind I press on toward the he said. Joseph was a man like Paiil. He was sold by his brothers into slavery, and a false accusa- tion by an adulterous woman landed him in goal. But he survived to become Hie sa- viour of Egypt and his own nation. He named his first son Manasseh, "for God has made me forget all my and the second Ephraim, "for God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction." So he told his brothers that he held no bitterness toward them, because their evil had been turned by God to good. That is the way memory should be handled. PRAYER: Give me faith to believe in Thy forgiveness, 0 God, and a grateful memory to recall Thy goodness and have faith for tomorrow. F.S.M. Stupid Cat! By Doug Walker QUR cat to join me every morning during my exercise period. She walks back and forth in front of rubbing herself against my legs. As I do various bending exorcises, I fre- quently discover (he cat's tail in one of my hands. When I straighten up, the cat's hind end is raised from Ihc floor and .she makes sonic protesting noises. I should turn myself in to the Society (or Ihc Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But 1 foci strongly that she deserves some tormenting in retaliation for the times she wakens me in the night wanting in or out of the house. Besides, she's obviously a ma- .sochi.st because after it's all over with she Is invariably purring. William Millinship Americans Test Soviet Intentions WASHINGTON What are tlie Russians up to? This question has teen uppermost in the minds of American foreign policy makers for several months, .and they are asking it both publicly and in private with growing insistence. Are the Soviet leaders prepared to co- operate, with the United States in establishing what Mr. Nixon calls "an era of negotiation" to replace East West confronta- tion, or is the world in for an- other period of cold war? Washington hopes that a cred- ible answer will emerge irom the talks the U.S. Secretary State, Mr. William Rogers, has had in New York with the So- viet Foreign Minister, Mr. An- drei Gromyko. But it will take more than smooth words _ and polite reassurance to eliminate the present American doubts about Soviet good faith. Mr. Ro- gers himself has been severely criticized by hawkish American columnists for allegedly falling too easily for Soviet deceit and will hardly be anxious to give what might be interpreted as a repeat performance at the hands of Mr. Gromyko. The Nixon Administrat i o n, with its overwhelming nuclear superiority accepted co m m i t- ments throughout the world, had ended. The East West nuclear balance meant that neither side could run the risk of a serious confrontation. It was in the long- Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and by Moscow's apparent Will- ingness to help in seeking a set- tlement in the Middle East. As a demonstration of its own restraint, the United States in March refused for tlie time be- al. Officials say they are less concerned about the military balance in the Middle East be- ing tipped against Israel by the introduction of ground to air missiles close to the Canal than puzzled by the Russian motives clearly worried that its whole to'negS- ing'to'supply Israel with the 125 so blatantly breaking an approach to foreign policy has if ...m. fnt- A been misunderstood in Moscow as a sign of weakness, is now is- suing warnings that its attitude will change radically unless the Soviet Union proves that it, too, wants an era of negotiation. If such a change were to be made the reappraisal would indeed be agonizing. President Nixon set down the guide lines to his foreign pol- icy in his inauguration address. A year later, he explained his thinking in a report to Congress with the ambitious title U.S. FOREIGN POLICY FOR THE 1970s: A NEW STRATEGY FOR PEACE. Its basic argument was that the post Second World War era, when the United States tiate their way to a general accommodation of their inter- ests and to co-operate in avoid- ing a Super Power confronta- tion that might arise out of lo- cal conflicts. The "Nixon Doctrine" also called for a greater self de- fence effort on the part of coun- tries which had previously re- lied heavily on American pro- tection. The Nixon Administra- tion did not promise any spec- tacular progress, but it insisted on the need for restraint. It was concerned at the build- up of Soviet naval strength in the Mediterranean, but encour- aged by Hie businesslike Rus- sian approach to the Strategic jet aircraft it was asking for. A month later it became clear that the Soviet Union was not only supplying arms to Egypt but had also provided Russian pilots. Tlu's came as a shock to Washington and aroused fear that Moscow had misunderstood the mood of the U.S. Adminis- tration. It undoubtedly contri- .butecl to the American decision to attack the Communist sanc- tuaries in Cambodia. It was an even greater shock when the Americans found what they claim to be concrete evi- dence that the Soviet Union had connived with Egypt in breaking the military standstill agreement along the Suez Can- "A Most Ingenious Camouflage Outfit, Letters To The Editor Students Should Protest Real Exploiters I really cannot understand" the philosophy .that lies behind these student protests. It sounds good in theory but in actual practice, it falls short of reality. The students protest the in- volvement of the U.S. in Viet- nam but when Russia invaded Czechoslovakia, not a cry of protest went up among them. I never hear them protesting against the Mafia and other crime syndicates who are ex- ploiting them with L.S.D., her- oin and other drugs. Not a word of protest is said against the cigarette industry that is slowly killing them. Just lately the F.L.Q., a small racist group, murdered one of our citizens and not a word of protest went up against them by the students. In fact, a lot of Montreal University students actually protested when the federal government took action against the F.L.Q. The policemen are constantly getting it in the neck. At every protest rally where destruction is taking place, they afterwards charge the police with brutality which is really funny as they seem to forget that they almost stoned the policemen with rocks, sticks and broken bot- tles. (They were protesting for I am not against protesting, nor am I saying that all stu- dents are involved but I would like to see it done fairly by those who do practise it. If we should protest against the U.S. in Vietnam, let's also protest against Russia (which has said that it seeks our overthrow) in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Pol- and, and other countries. If we must protest against the cur- Most Ignore Law And Order Canada has a martyr. The prime minister has informed us, in tones of carefully con- trolled, cold fury, with his eyes flashing indignation and ven- geance, that we must be calm and remain united. In the per- petrators of this ghastly .crime we now, have a focus for our stored-up hale and and guilt. Our martyr was sacrificed for a principle, the principle of law and order, which has been repeatedly violated by the F.L.Q. with bombings, robbery and murder. This could have and should have been slopped long ago! The principle of law and order is flounted daily by organized crime and its adher- ents, whp also stuff the bodies of their victims into the trunks of cars and terrorize with blackmail and violence. There is no excuse for us to have allowed this; there is no rea- son why it should continue. Tlie lime To Be Canadian "First Generation" (Oct. 17) no doubt reab'zes that the French have been in Quebec for at least 200-300 years. With the exception of the veterans of two wars, the majority of them have never seen or been Lo France in generations, yet they retain their "French tradition." The province of Quebec itself is responsible for its education and living standards. If the French of Quebec feel they are treated as ".second-rate" it's their own fault, for they have practised "separated ness" since (hey arrived here. Most, not all, other ethnic groups mingle their ideas, and customs with other people, thus developing a Canadian way of life. The French have resisted the influx of language, and all else except money. Now they want bi-culturc for the rest of Canada. Through their choice of traditions, politics, religion and bullheadedncss Quebec has been a separate identity. France still exists for those Qucbcccrs who wish to be com- pletely French. Maybe France would repatriate them. In the meantime it's about time the French in Canada tried being Canadian. "THE FOURTH OF SIX GENERATIONS" H. MATKOVCIK. Colcmnn, Alberta. average Joe and Jane Cana- dian ignores the principle of law and order in many small ways whenever it suits their convenience, and if they think that they can get away with it. Tlu's is a fine heritage of moral pollution with which to instil fu- ture generations! S'econdly, our martyr died to save a few paltry dollars, tax- payers that are blat- antly wasted by the millions every year by every level of government and by many of our august and proper institu- tions of higher learning. How can a just society justify such a pusillanimous policy? He died for a point of pride, so that we could keep a hand- ful of people of dubious worth, who would prefer to live in some other country and who could be prevented from return- ing to Canada. The death of this man need not have happened. It would not have happened if our pre- cious principles uf law and order had been practised thor- oughly and honorably by all of us, instead of merely being preached. Wo should feel ashamed. We have lost, by default, a valuable Canadian citizen, and also a portion of our humanity. (MRS.) ANGELA DIABLOS Lctbbridge. rent establishment, let's also protest against those who ex- ploit us: the cigarette industry, the liquor industry, and the drug pushers and all others who make a profit of our weak- nesses. Finally, for those who have protested in behalf of the F.L.Q., they are backing a los- ing cause and bad better do some serious thinking about who they are supporting. In a democracy, a racist group has the right to protest but it has no right to enforce its demands on the majority and this is just what the F.L.Q. is doing. I am sure that the Quebec people do. not support them, and if Quebec wants to separate and it is the will of all the people there, I am sure they will do it by peaceful means. To change society is only natural but lets be fair and do it peacefully and not by violent means. JEFFREY L. R. BONDY, A LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT. agreement. The puzzlement and anger deepened during the recent Jor- dan crisis, when it seemed to Washington that Moscow press- ed Syria to withdraw its tanks from Jordanian territory only when the Syrian force had al- ready been defeated. All these incidents appear to have shaken U.S. confidence in the Russian willingness to ne- gotiate seriously. There are hints, especially in the briefings given by well known "high offi- cials who cannot be named nor quoted directly" that Washing- ton "now feels a tougher U.S. line is both necessary and ef- fective. One of these officials said recently that the attacks on Communist bases in Cambo- dia had given credibility to the American show of strength in the Mediterranean duruig the Jordan crisis. In turn, this show of strength had helped to per- suade the Syrians to withdraw. It was this same official who issued a carefully prepared warning to the Soviet Union not to build a submarine base in Cuba. Moscow -has since denied that it is doing any such thing. The denials, issued after a cur- ious delay of two weeks, also indicated that the Russians con- sidered themselves still bound by then- agreement with Presi- dent Kennedy after the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. This response has given some satisfaction in Washington, but has not removed i the suspicion that the Soviet Union is intent on pressing for marginal tacti- cal advantages whenever it has the chance rather than seeking to stabilize potentially danger- ous situations. The designers of U.S. foreign policy, however, have not yet gone back to the drawing board. They still believe that negotia- tion is in the long term inter- ests of, both the U.S. and the Soviet Union. They believe that the Soviet Union does not want to risk a nuclear confrontation, and is too concerned with its conflict with China to want a serious crisis with the United States. But there are clear signs that the Nixon Administration feels it has been too trusting in its dealings with the Soviet Union. It is trying to warn Moscow against treating the Nixon Doc- trine as a sign of flabbiness. President Nixon's flag-waving trip to the Mediterranean was part of this warning process. It has been followed by hints that Russian misbehavior might jeopardize the SALT meetings, which are due to re- sume next month. The American Defence Sec- retary, Mr. Mel.vin Laird, said on television that unless the arms limitation talks succeeded "we are going to have to face up to some hard, tough deci- sions which could require a tre- mendous increase" (in Ameri- can defence He also indicated that Washington would not be prepared to let SALT drag on indefinitely. It would not delay work on a new nuclear submarine construction program for more than a year. Washington hopes that these warnings, combined with the so- bering effects of the recent Mid- dle East crisis, will discourage the Russian leaders from adopt- ing a hard line in their dealings with the United States. But in his latest briefing for the Press the "high official who cannot be named" said that the Nixon Administration was at a crucial point in its policy of ne- gotiations when the other side had to show whether or not it was ready to talk in the same spirit as the United States. (Written for The Herald ami The Observer, London) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD 1320 Cheering news to. the consumer is a drop in the price of sugar. Grocers are now sell- ing 10 pounds for 1930 A resolution was pass- ed at the school board meeting that a plebiscite be held on the question of technical (rain- ing in the schools, to be held at tlie time of the civic elections in December. 1940 A month and a half of day and night bombing of German bases along a mile front was officially dis- closed to have smashed a con- centrated German attempt to invade Britain. 1950 Southminster's youth centre, costing was of- ficially opened October 23. I960 Pocket radios v.'erc used for the first time in To- ronto to co-ordinate tlie move- ments of 100 officers in an in- ternational extortion case. The Lethteidge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lclhbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1305 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and HID Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of circulations CLEO W. 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