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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 13, 1972 THt LETHMIDGt HERALD SI Ulster situation may lead to another Vietnam By TAD SZUI.C I New York Times Service WASHINGTOON Rep. Og- den H. Ueid, D.-N.Y., warned here that the situation in North- ern Ireland threatens to be- come a "British Vietnam" and urged the United Slates to "of- fer our good offices in some area." Held, who recently met with top British and Northern Irish Pi-olestant and Catholic lead ers in UK Belfast area, said in I an interview here that his con- clusions and recommendations would be included in a report he was preparing lor the sub- committee on Europe of Iho House Foreign Affairs Commit- tee. The representative, who was American ambassador to Israel before .his election to the House, is a member of the committee. Noting thai the troops Britain maintains in Northern Ireland include men trans- ferred from European duty in the North Atlantic Treaty Or- ganization command, Reid said the United States should oppose further such shifts to avoid es- calation of violence in the northern province. Um'er- NATO procedures, con- sultations are normally held when a member government wishes to shift forces from Ihe alliance's command. Heid asserted that only a I "political solution" could' avert new violence leading to a "Brit- ish Vietnam" in Northern Ire- land He said lhal mililary re- inforcements alone would not bring security. A political solution should deal with Ihe underlying economic problems of the Catholic min- ority in Ulster and should end Ihe Brilish policy of inlcrn- ,1 of suspected terrorists, he said, adding that Ihe United States should contribule i I s "good offices" lo all sides in Ihe dispule. Because of the existence-of a large American population of Irish background, he continued, the Uniled States "is already in a way involved" in the crisis. He noted that there were fi- nancial contributions from this country to north Irish groups Beaverbrook remains centre of controversy LONDON" (CP) If any single conclusion e m e T g e s from the ton-en t of publish ed reaction to A. J. P. Taylor's new biography of Lord Beav- erbrook, it's lhal Ihe Canadi- an-bom publisher cighl years after his the centre of fierce contro- versy. "There was something in- triguing and even rather won- derful in this mad old million- aire egotist using his newspapers to give expression to his own personal idiosyn- crasies and pursue his own private wrote crilic Malcolm Muggeridge in summing up his evalualion of Beaverbrook. But left-wing Laborite Mi- chael Foot looked back over his years as an employee and friend of the Beaver and con- fessed in a laudatory review ot Taylor's biography called simply Beaverbrook: "I loved him (B e a v e r- not merely as a friend bul as a second father, even though throughout I had Ihe mosl excellent of fathers of my own." 'However, Richard Cross- Foot, a prominent Labor that the new book provides "the last and crowning example of Ihe most potent and the most po- tentially-corrupting quality which Us subject possessed." This was Beaverbrook's gift for "spoiling talent and mak- ing it his willing Crossman wotc. In this case, the talent under Beaverbrook's continu- ing spell is Taylor himself, Crossman argues in a review lor The Sunday Telegraph. But the MP's party leader, former prime minister IIavoid Wilson, remarked in slill an- other analysis of the biogra- phy that "if I had to find a word (for Beaverbrook) it would be pirate, and in my vocabulary that is not far from a compliment." A surprisingly-sympathetic review of the Taylor book come from Labor MP Tom Driberg, author of an eairlier Beaverbrook biography which aroused the publisher's ire on many counts. Driberg suggests that Beav- erbrook, aged 85 at his death in 1961, was a Jekyll and Hyde character. On the dark side of thai per- sonality, Driberg cites Ihe verbal attack made by Beav- erbrook -on Lord Mounlbatlen, then the chief of combined op- erations, over the abortive Dieppe raid of August, 1W2, which cost Ihe lives of hundreds of Canadian sol- diers. "But whal explains the ex- treme violence of his lan- guage and the later attacks on Mountbatlcn's service in In- dian and Southeast asks Driberg in a review for the New Statesman. Some of the publisher's friends believed they knew what it was, the MP, a former Beaverbrook journalist, con- tinues, It was partly that Mountbat- len "had repeatedly refused to be Beaverbrook's protege" and partly because of what Driberg describes as jealousy arising Jrom a personal mat- ter. That the policy of mass-cir- culation newspapers can bo determined by such consider- ations "casts a lurid light on the ethics of capilalisl press Driberg says. Malcolm Muggeridge, in his review lor The Observer, finds Ihe real enigma of Ihe new book lo lie "nol so much in the subject but the au- thor." Taylor, one o[ Britain's best-known liistorians, is cred- iled by Muggeridge with a subtle and ironic intelligence. How did such a mind, the Observer critic asks, "ever come to be captivated by so preposterous a cacsarkin" as Beaverbrook? Muggeridge, long hostile to Beavorbrook, advances a ten- tative answer to this question. "Perhaps it is just one more case of love being a great de- he says. On the other hand, historian Robert Blake credits Beaver- brook with being "an adept tweaker of Establishment noses" and goes on to praise Taylor's book in The Sunday Times as "fascinating." "If Mr. Taylor had done nothing else in this absorbing book, he would earn Hie grati- tude of Beaverbrook's friends by finally scotching the sto- ries about his financial crook- edness in Blake says. "In the boom conditions of Canada in the early 20th cen- tury, a shrewd operator in this field (of buying and sell- ing companies) was certain to do well." But the promotion of merg- ers "is bound to make ene- mies and in Canada politics complicated the Blake adds. He also suggests thai "no one will be able to write about British political history in the 20th century without referring to this book." The major complaint in Ihe review by Crossman, a for- mer Labor cabinet minister and an ex-editor of the New Statesman, is that Taylor's personal affection for the Bea- ver prevented the biographer from extending his abilities as a "debunker of myths and de- flator of bogus reputations" into the new book's verdicts about such Beaverbrook pa- pers os the Daily and Sunday Express. along wilh inslances o( gunrun- ning. American government sourc- es have estimated privately thai close to million in con- tributions to Northern Irish Calholic militants have come from the United Slates, usually by friendly visilors, in the last three years. Gun-running to Northern Ire- land is under investigation by a federal grand jury in Fort Worth, Tex. Reid said Ihe United States should "inform ilself of the situation" in Northern Ireland and seeek to be "helpful' n ways ranging from quiet diplomacy to technical assist- ance in creating equal employ- ment opportunity commissions With unemployment running up'to 40 per cent in some "pockets" in Ihe Catholic areas the region's average unem ployment is about 8 per cen fair employment practices were an immediate priority, hr said. Speaking of the Nixon ministration's refusal to be- come involved in the Northen Ireland crisis, Reid said "no body can remain indifferent.' He added that the "path c total indifference will not rerv mankind." ATTRACTING STARES A bottery-powered wheel- choir that can go up and down steps is demonstrated at- 29th hospital exhibition in Essen> West Germany. Women agents named by Gray By TOM SEPPY WASHINGTON (A P) After taking over the top job in May, the fingerprints pf L. Patrick Gray III are clearly noticeable on the structure of the FBI. As expected, much of the change has been in style of leadership only, hut Acting Director Gray, 56 this month, also has made some moves that may presage major changes. For instance, a former nun and a former woman marine officer were sworn in in July, becoming the first two fe- males to start special-agent training. G r a y 's predecessor, J. Edgar Hoover, refused- to per- mit women agents during his 48 years as head of the agency Ijecause lie thought tracking down lawbreakers was too dangerous. The United States Equal Employ- ment Opportunity Act. passed 10 years ago, did not faze Hoover. But Gray made Ihe recruit- ment of women of the first orders of business when he look over May 3. He nfeo established a new office to help recruit more minorities Americans, Spanish- Americans, American Indians ant! Asian-Americans. IMPROVES MORALE He also improved morale by relaxing dress and hnir codes. But he said he would not erafc extremism. "I don't judge the perform- ance of fi perscn on Ihe basis of the color of his shirt, for Gray said. "I don't judge a person on the typo of suit he wears, or the length of his hair, or his hair style." Citing the agency's pasl record of exemplary dress and conduct, Gray added: "I say to our people Iliat, even with the modifications lhal I am making in the grooming and hair standards, I do not expect the FBI to become an organization wearing beads and frayed blue jeans and lhat sort of thing." Since moving over from the juslice department's civil di- vision, Gray has kept a high profile. He has criss-crossed Ihe U.S. on speaking engagements and, as he promised upon lak- ng office, he has kept his door open for interviews. In contrast, Hoover rarely made niblic appearances in his lat- ter years and never gave in- erviews. Sorielimes if wril- len questions were submitted in advance, he returned writ- ten answers. Gray has proven his ability to handle one of the most de- manding roles in the govern- ment, perhaps because of his strict Annapolis Naval Acad- emy training and experience as a submarine commander. He has reached a good working relationship with the FBI's senior establishment, even Ihough some of ihe top Hoover assistants retired shortly after the death of their leader. LASHES LIBERAL He demanded changes, but at the same time made it clear that basically he meant to leave the institution intact Hoover had moulded it. He said: "Now, 1 can't foreclose (he possibility that there may be some major changes in the offing, but if (here arc, they will be in furtherance of my objective lo build upon and enrich the legacy of Mr. Hoo- ver." Gray can sound- like a hard- line law-and order man, as was Hoover. In one speech, he gave a tongue-lashing lo for- mer attorney-general Ramsey Clark, a literal who was often criticized by Hoover and Ms aides. 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