Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
low tonight 40, high Friday 65 The LetMnidge Herald Vol. LXV No. 225 IETHHRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTION OLYMPIC SLAUGHTER PROBE BEGINS 15 'accomplices' in killings sought By JOHN VINO CUR, MUNICH (AP) West Ger- man police hunted fa? 15 more Arabs today and pressed an in- vestigation into the airfield kill- ing of nine Israeli hostages Tuesday. Bavarian slate police said the 15 wei-o suspected of being ac- complices in the planning and execution of the Arab terrorist attack Tuesday that killed two oilier members of the Israeli Olympic team and culminated In the airfield.Shootout. Five of the terrorists and a West German policeman also were killed at the airfield. A German helicopter pilot was se- riously wounded. Three of the terrorists were captured slightly wounded. THIS IS SUMMER? With 14 days to go be- fore the first day of fall, snow this time of year is both unwelcome and unexpected, to say the least. But the unwelcome, happened Wednesday as Southern Albertans were given a sneak pre- view of things to come in Ihe not too distant future. The first snowfall of the season blanket- ed many areas of southern with Cardslon and Pincher Creek, for example, re- ceiving about three inches of the stuff. And, in some areas it stayed around for quite o while. The pholo above was taken at A p.m., near Cardston. However, things are looking up. The forecast for today colls for 60 degree tempera- tures wilh sunny periods. Friday should be even warmer and generally sunny. Science needed to help curb man's lunacy9 One killed in bombing of RC politician's home BELFAST (AP) A woman was killed in a bomb attack on a leading Roman Catholic poli- tician's home in Belfast early today as guerrillas sprayed Brilish troops and rioting mobs gunfire and hand bombs. As the night of violence spread across Belfast, tunnell- ing guerrillas came within a hair's breadth of slaughtering a Police Act change applauded A Commentary By JAMES RESTON WASHINGTON The tragedy at the Olympic Games is just the latest reminder that there is now a kind of madness in the world, a lunatic strain of an- archy that hinders the peace and order of mankind. The paradox of contemporary history is fairly plain: at one and the same lime, there are hopeful signs that the majority of the human race is just be- ginning to see that the progress of man requires the co-operation of men and women of all nations, hut still the majority exists with the tyranny of the minority. The present history of American presidential poli- tics has been influenced, if not determined, by derang- ed minds. The problem Is not that mankind is incorrigibly villainous, or that it is indifferent to this iniquitous and ruinous slaughtering and murdering, but that the ma- jority has not been able to devise ways of controlling the maniacal and even nonsensical acts of deranged agitators and dunderheads. The plu'losophers, politicians and statesmen have all tried to deal wilh what is obviously an iniquitous and ruinous problem, without success. Even the Soviet So maybe we have to turn lo Ihe sdenlisls for re- lief, or at least for some help, in minimizing the power of the mad minority. Shortly after Ihe murder of President' Kennedy, a few scientists did come forward and suggest to tho government in Washington that the problem of protect- ing presidents as well as spotting guns and bombs at airports or in political rallies or any oilier politically sensitive area such as the Olympic Games could be helped by seeding ammunition and explosive detona- tion caps and guns with radioactive tracers such as co- balt 60, which could easily be picked up by portable de- tectors in Ihe crowd or even trigger an alarm system in banks, airport baggage areas, or post offices. This idea was proposed during the Warren Com- mission inquiry into the Kennedy assassination. Later, the Rand Corporation urged experimentation with this notion on May 5, It was repeatedly brought up during the Congressional hearings on gun control since then, but very little has been done to bring the ammu- nition seeding proposal into operation. There are obvious difficulties. There are now over 90-million firearms in Ihis over one and a halt per family. The number of handguns was increasing, until tho recent legislation against "Saturday night at an alarming rate, more than 2.5 million a year. Vast quantities of nonseedcd ammunition and ex- plosive detonating caps are on hand in this counlry, and without an international agreement to seed ammu- nition with radioactive tracers, foreign ammunition could obviously purchased. Also, handling radioac- tive ammunton and explosvc caps could be an expen- sive business, dangerous to the health of ammunition workers unless special precautions were taken. In any cvcnl, it is fairly clear that the need for con- trol of violence against tlic normal polilical, transporta- tion and business activities of the nation is urgent, and should be pursued with all the scientific knowledge available, and this is not being done. CALGARY (CP> An Al- berta government decision to change regulations in the Po- lice Act regarding the citizen- ship of police chiefs was greet- ed with enthusiasm Wednesday from the president of the Cal- gary Police Association. Sgt. Philip Crosby-Jones said It clarifies once and for all tho terms of reference which the city police commission must follow in appointing Calgary's new chief. The change in the Police Act, approved by the cabinet in an o'r d e r in council, says towns and cities in Alberta wilh a population of or more per- sons may not appoinl a chief unless he is a Canadian citi- zen. Sgt. Crosby-Jones said the decision represents "a univer- sal rule followed all over tho world in respect to police chiefs." squad of soldiers with another bomb. The woman was dragged dead from the rubble of the house owned by James O'Kane, chairman of Northern Ireland's Republican Labor party who was recently released from a British prison camp for Irish Republican Army sympa- thizers. There were fears the attack on O'Katie's home as three of his children lay asleep in bed was made by Proleslant ex- tremists. In the street battles, a soldier was wounded by a hand bomb and three civilians, including a teenragc girl, were by gunfire. Troops arrested 27 per- soiis as the rioting swirled around the mainly Protestant Crumlin Road area of West Belfast. SLAYINGS END LULL, The death cf the women came only hours after three men were killed in Ulster. Tha slayings ended a comparative lull during which no one was slain for six days. The killings brought the death toll in Northern Ireland's three years of violence to 548. A militiaman of the Ulster Defence Regiment died Wednesday in his auto when it was set ablaze by an exploding bomb planted in a parked car in the mainly Protestant indus- trial town of Portadown, 30 miles soulh of Belfast. Late Wednesday nigiit, troops found the bullet-riddled body of a man sprawled in a street in the staunchly Protestant Wood- stock Road area of East Bel- fast, Another body was found in tlie Catholic Falls Road area. Both were apparently victims of the faceless assassin squads on both sides who are terroris- ing the city. The bomb at 0'Kane's home was hurled by two men who drove up in a car after mid- night. One smashed a front room window. The other lit the fuse to a bomb packed inside a duffel bag and threw it into the house. WIFE WOUNDED O'Kane's wife, Josephine, was wounded as she ran up- stairs to get her three sleeping children. But despite her wwnds, she got the children to safety. A neighbor woman was also wounded. Japan said interested in Alberta resources TOKYO (AP) Japanese firms expressed interest in a scries of natural resources development projects proposed by a 41-member economic mis- sion from Alberta, a mission spokesman said today. The provincial spokesman said Ihe mission members held meetings in groups with offi- cials of Marubeni Corp. and Mitsui and Co., two major Japanese trading firms, to dis- cuss Japanese investments for the development of Alberta nat- ural resources. Details of tha proposed projects were not dis- closed. The two sides also discussed ways to increase Japans im- ports of agricultural products from Alberta, the spokesman said. The mission has been holding talks wilh Japanese business executives, including leaders of the Federation of Economic Or- ganizations since it arrived in Tokyo last Saturday for a nine- day visit. Premier Peter Loughced, head of the mission, held pri- vate meetings today with his cabinet ministers and members of the mission at a hotel, Iho spokesman said. Contract talks break oii VANCOUVER (CP) Nego- tiations between officials of the grain handlers union and five elevator companies in the city broke off Wednesday night. Union negotiator Henry Kancs said the union had ac- cepted a concilialion board award of a IG'A per cent in- crease in wages, but the com- panies involved refused to go along. Some 600 workers at eleva- tors of Alberta and Saskatche- wan wheat pools, United Grain Growers, Burrard Terminals and Pacific Elevators have been working the last 10 months without a new contract. No strike vote has been taken among the grain workers, who are members of Local 333 of the International Union of United Brewery, Flour, Cere si, Soft Drink and Distillery Work- ers. Federal legislation which last week ordered striking longshoremen back lo work on West Coast docks also contains provisions for keeping the grain handlers on the job. They are vital to the cleanup of a back- log of some 30 million bushels of grain which piled up during the four-week longshoremen's However, these provisions have not been invoked. They in- sure that grain would be kept moving while negotiations con- tinued toward a settlement. Tlw legislation expires Dec. 31. The Ihree captives were Iden- tified as Ibrahim Badran, 20, Abd Es Kadir El Dnawy and Samer Mohamed Abdulah, both 22. They said they were stu- dents mid last lived in Jordan and Syria. A Bavarian court official said they faced multiple charges o( murder. They were being inter- rogated at an undisclosed loca- tion. MAXIAIUM IS LIFE The court has until tonight to issue formal charges. The max- imum penalty for premeditated murder is life imprisonment, there being no death penalty in West Germany. The Olympic competition, suspended 12 hours alter tho first Israeli was killed in the Olympic Village, resumed lale Wednesday with big crowds. But at least four Dutch and 12 Norwegian team members de- cided to abandon further com- petition. They said they were shaken by the killings of the Is- raelis. The first two Israelis were killed when the terrorists in- vaded their quarters at the Olympic Village before dawn Tuesday. Late Tuesday night the Arabs and their nine hos- tagcs were taken to Fuerslenfeldbrueck military airfield in two helicopters where a Boeing 727 was wail- ing, ostensibly to fly them to the Middle East. The Arabs said Ihey would free Ihe hos- tages if Israel released 200 guerrillas jailed in. Israel. But the inferior ministry said German authorities were con- vinced that "a flight out of this country would have meant cer- tain death for the athletes." Afterward Premier Gold a Meir of Israel expressed approval of the decision lo try to kill the terrorists and free the hos- tages. The circumslances of the Bhoolout at Fuerstenfeldbrueck were still unclear, and the West German government said it investigating. POLICE OPENED FIRE The Munich police initially said the first shots were fired by one of the Arabs who reac- ted hysterically when lie saw police waiting at the airfield. But the police later retracted Ihis and said further invesliga- lion showed police sharp- shooters opened fire when two of, the guerrillas showed them- selves in an especially favor- able position. However, the po- lice said the sharpshooters were unable to knock the two Arabs out of the battle they got off shots of their own. The police said the visibility also was was about 11 S.m. and the airfield was not the sharp- shooters using telescopic sights to fire at shadows. Germans accused of BEIRUT, Lebanon The German government was ac- cused Wednesday by some Arab radios and newspapers of double-crossing the Palestinian guerrillas who were lulled along with their Israeli hos- lages during a gun battle with the German police. Radio Damascus called.it a and referred to the 'martyrdom1' of the comman- dos, while Baghdad radio con- demned the German atlitude as "treacherous." The Arab nationalist press also expressed anger at the Germans for first assuring the guerrillas of safe conduct out of Germany, and then ambushing them at an airport near Mu- nich. Pro-commando Al Mohar-. rer headlined: "German-Israeli conspiracy." The guerrilla radio from Cai- ro, "voice of the Palestinian Wednesday recall- ed that the guerrillas at Mu- nich had warned the Germans that foul play on their part would mean the commandos will have to in Ihe future re- taliate at German interests in the Arab world. Several slates, including Egypt, recently r e-established diplomatic relations with Bonn after a break of seven years. The break, in 1965, was over West Germany's decision to ex- tend recognition to the state of Israel. Press comment here said the political goal of the guerrilla assault at Munich was to un- dermine the proposed Egyptian diplomatic offensive in West Europe in general and West Germany in particular for the purpose of bringing about a middle east settlement. The mass circulation Al Nahar noted that Chancellor Willy Brandt could not under the circumstances extend aid and loans to Egypt and other Arab states. On the other hand, It is be- lieved that the commandos would not take any action against the West Germans here for fear of embarrassing the Lebanese government. The guerrillas ir. Lebanon are slill sticking to tiieir promise made last June to freeze all ac- tivity from Lebanese territory. All guerriEa groups here have maintained stony silence about the Munich affair, refusing to make any comment. Montreal games to be reassessed By NEIL AMDUR Israeli athletes back home JERUSALEM (AP) The surviving members of the Is- raeli Olympic team returned homo from Munich today with the bodies of 10 of their team- mates killed in the Arab terror- ist atlack Tuesday. The United States Air Force was taking Ihe body of the IHh Israeli victim, weightlifter Da- vid Berger, back to his former home in Cleveland, Ohio, for burial Friday. Premier Golda Meir put aside the personal sorrow of her eldsr sister's dealh earlier today and headed the official party that met the El Al 707 jet. Walter Scheel, West Ger- many's foreign minister, and Will! Daume, the chairman of the organizing commitlce for the 1972 Olym- pics, had seen the Israeli team off at the Munich airport. Security guards surrounded the plane at Israel's Lod Inter- national Airport and sealed off various areas. MUNICH The tragic ey- enls that marked the Olympic Games Tuesday may have a profound effect on large inter- national athletic events in the future, including the 1978 games in Montreal. Canadian Olympic commit- teemcn, here to observe and absorb procedures and plan- ning for their production, had talked about adopting a "re- laxed, informal" theme and atmosphere for 197G. Such far-reaching concepts as an Olympic Village without fences, co-ed housing and inte- grated dormilories that would be shared by athletes of differ- ent nations were among the ideas that Canadian officials thought would bring "a strong- er sense of reality" to their pro- gram. "In view of what happened last one Canadian sports official said Wednesday, "f would think there might bo some reassessment of some of these thoughts." Politics has always played some role in inlernalional alh- letics, even at the expense of purists who preach that the playing fields should be off- limits to the politicians. "What scares me is that the political pressure on sporls is going to Jack Gauldie, a Canadian water polo player from Hamilton, said Wednesday in the Olympic Vil- lage. "I think you'll see more of the type of demonstrations you saw yesterday, the terrorist1; got so much publicity out of it." "I can't see the Pan Ameri- can Games in Chile in 1S75 go- ing lie went on, "and I can't see the Olympic Games in Montreal going un- disturbed. Unfortunately, sports is involved now more than ever." The Israeli tragedy sent a wave of short-term shock through the Olympic Village. But it is unlikely that the ev- ents will curtail the games af- ter W76, unless another series of controversies surface be- tween now and Montreal. Seen and heard About town 7VEWLYWED BOD Barllelt denting and whistling in his office Kent Jesperson, special aide lo Agriculture Minister Bud Olson, claiming hail got most of the crop and then expressing hope that the same thing won't happen to the upcoming federal elec- tion. Still some obstacles, but; Westbridge development moving along swiftly 'I was recalled car theft.' By RICHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer Interior streets will be carved out of the Westbridge subdivi- sion starting Monday and lots will be slaked out next week. City Manager Tom Nulling said Wednesday. Speaking al a meeting of Iho l.clhbridge Housing Association, Mr. Nulling said development plans should be ready in time for house foundations to bo poured before the winter freeze, but indicated there are a num- ber of obstacles yet to bo overcome. Discussions between the cily and Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, to confirm that the city's development standards for Westbridge coin- cide with federal are expected lo be completed this week, Mr. Nutting said. BRIDGE An announcement on a con- struction date for the 6th Ave. bridge is expected from the provincial government hi Sep- tember, he said. Questions concerning schools and emergency services on the west side should also be an- swered in the near future, he added. Brochures outlining the de- velopment plans and lot zoning standards will be available next Thursday for public distribu- tion. The city will begin accepting letters Sept. 25 from persons interested in purchasing land across the river, Mr. Nutting said. Prospective buyers will ba asked to list their lot prefer- ences. Lots will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchase agreements will likely include a buy-back clause, which the city would invoke if construction on the property has not started within six monlhs of the lot sale. INTEREST Mr. Nutting said the city has received between 50 and 75 wrillon and verbal indications of inlerest in Westbridge. Of the 51 lots to be sold, six will go for SfiO per front foot serviced. The balance will carry a lo SI 10 per front, foot price tag, Mr. Nutting said. Applicants will know within 60 days of sending their letters whether the city will sell them a Westbridge lot. Mr. Nulling slressed Ihe name "Weslbridge" only refers to the first development stage of West Lethbridge.