Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRID05 HERAVD Saturday, Septembtr 16, 197J Roland Huntford ECM vote may turn Norway to neutralism A non-news item In three years of savagery in North- ern Ireland killings have averaged one every two days, bombings two a day. No one knows how many have been killed in Vietnam in Hie last three raids averaged a dozen planes, a fairly conservative figure, the bomb load per raid would have been 360 tons; 125 raids would carry tons. That comes to 750 tons a day for the 60-day period. Or to put in another way, a bomb-load of 90 mil- T ICft years or decades, if it comes to jion pounds, which works out to 150 that There isn't even a good guess. pounds for each man, woman and Recently we were given some idea of the extent of the bombing that has been going on (between 'halts') for the past few years; the Septem- ber 11 issue of Time Magazine car- ried a report on the bombing of the Vietnamese province of Dinh Tuong. During July and August there were 125 B-52 raids on Dinh Tuong, each consisting of from 3 to 36 planes. A B-52 carries 30 tons of bombs. Dinh Tuong's area is about 400 square miles, '1% times that of the city ot Calgary, and its population or Was some of Dinh Tuong. seems likely the military spokes- ___was on the cautious side when tie said, of B-12 casualties, tliere might have been a Every violent death and every bombing in Northern Ireland has been widely reported, most often on the front pages of the world's newspapers. Even if the grisly figures for Viet- nam were known, they'd not maka headlines; Vietnamese casualties just aren't news. Maybe it's important to be and Christian. Britain, Ireland, Denmark and Norway are due to become members of the European Common Market on 1 January, 1973. The negotia- tions have been completed; the Treaty of Rome is signed. But It now seems likely that not all will in fact become members. Denmark and Norway must hold popular referenda before they can ratify the treaty and go Into Europe. 'In both the outcome is doubtful; in the case of Norway, the anti-Euro- pean sentiment is- so strong that a "yes" seems unlikely at the moment. A recent Norwegian opinion poll showed that opposition to Europe earlier on the wane, hadhafdened The ooU show el tafiA jota- cent to 35 per cent. This Is al- most certainly as a result of dissipated erendum would mean his resig- nation. Since his is a minority Government, the implication is 000 voluntary field worken fry. ing to woo the uncommUtod. Behr and May HuTyeaTtte number "n favour increased from 22 per Labour Prime Minister (and a truly convinced European) an- nounced that a "no" in the rei- dum can now be won for the Europeans. The Labour Parly and the trade unions have 30, It's been a long wait News isn't all bad; it just seems that way. And lately the front pages of this and other newspapers have seemed unduly filled with doom and gloom. This unhappy fact may have made it an even greater pleasure to note our recent front-page an- nouncement that finally something is to be done about those acres of derelict cars that haye made a mess of the 2nd Street riverbank for so long. The cars are to go, either haul- ed away or buried. Either way, they'll be out of sight. They won't vanish overnight, of course; it takes a long time to get rid of 2000 decaying automobiles But the first big hurdle has been cleared, with the City's decision to acquire the property as part a land assembly scheme. This area has been an eyesore for a long, long time. A wrecked cat lot since 195B, it was a garbage dump for years before that. Now someone will have to decide upon a new use for it. We trust the planners, or whoever is to make the decision, will be mindful of how enduring an eyesore can be, and ensure that whatever they decide upon will truly grace our western approaches for years to come. Curbing the costs There Was a time not long ago when housewives regarded hot dogs as a fairly economical meal. Not any more. Now with the rising cost food, in- cluding meat, families will come to look upon weiners as the substitute for the Sunday roast. Whatever government takes office after Oct. 30, controlling the rising price of food, housing, clothing and all manner of goods and services will have to take top priority. Obvious- ly methods which have curbed infla- tion previously do not seem to work now, and other techniques will have be investigated and tried in order to cope with the situation. Last year the overall cost-of-living Index Increased by almost 5 per cent, most of the Increase found in two of life's basic needs food and shelter. It is in these two areas that the government should concentrate most heavily. In the United States, also plagued with rising costs of food and shelter, President Nixon applied controls in the construction industry. This may be one course which Canada would be wise to follow though doubtless it would have to be coupled with a broad program of subsidized hous- ing. In the meantime, until some solu- tion is arrived at, taxpayers will be hard pressed to pay the rents on their over-priced housing, and housewives will be equally hard pressed to stretch their food budgets. Weekend Meditation The health of the soul TN THE 23rd PSALM the writer asks, "Why art thou cast down, 0 my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? and he answers, "Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him, who Is the health of my countenance and my God." The psalm- ist turns from fruitless self-analysis to the only place where he can find him. Nothing is more hopeless than trying to pull one- self up by one's bootstraps, or giving the inane advice to oneself or another, "Keep your chin up." Hope lies not in self but in God. The soul, like the body and the mind, has a health of its own. Anyone who lects the spiritual laws of health suffers for it, even as does anyone who neglects ths phyhical laws. But there are other rea- sons for spiritual depression. Schopen- hauer, the great philosopher of pessimism, lived in Europe when it was prostrate from the Napoleonic wars and tragic af- termath in Austria, Germany, Spain, and Russia. He was estranged from his moth- er. He was disappointed in his career. He lived in a boarding house and was destined to die as he sat all alone at breakfast. One day, walking gloomily up and down, he was asked by a passerby, struck by his odd clothing. "Who on earth are you? Schopen- hauer replied, "I wish 1 Most think- ing men have exactly the same problem. Only In God can a man be sure of hig own self-identity, sure of the future, sura of the victory of good over evil and the coming Kingdom of God. There is so much pain and sorrow in life, so much darkness and sin, that it almost breaks the heart and will unless a man finds hope in God. There is so much moaning In the sea as it breaks on the. shores of life. The old hag care rides hard behind the rider and will not be shaken off easily. At the last men must quiver at the sting of death and be trampled down by the grave's victory, but the man of faith does not go alone and in the valley of the shadow of death he will fear no evil. He knows that faith will live, love will live, hope will live; fear and all her dragon brood will die. He can take up the burden of life with courage and let God's peace rule within. "A downcast spirit dries up the said the writer of Proverbs. Physicians say that there is a vital relationship between the body and mind. So Dr. John A. Schind- ler warns, "Whenever one has such a thick, impenetrable layer of c.d.t. (cares, difficul- ties, troubles) that he can't get up above it into a realm of joy and pleasure oc- casionally, he gets a psychosomatic illness. Paul says that God has not given us tiie spirit of fear, but the power, and love, and a sound mind. Jesus repeatedly told his disciples not to be afraid. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Prayer: Give me a soul, O God, un- darkened by the world and its wicked- ness, a soul that is filled with light and carries light to make life radiant for my- self and my fellowmen. F.S.M. New champ By Dong Walker PULAK, provincial president of the John Howard Society, came down from Calgary to participate In the Leth- bridge tour of homes. He was astounded that everyone who encountered Marie Wylio eeemed to know her. Come on fellas, the ivater's fine [Photo by Bill Groenen) Letters to the editor Misconceptions about Bangladesh clarified My attention has been drawn to the leader entitled "The Sheikh's gallstone" which was published in your esteemed journal of the llth August, 1972. Your comment that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's selection of London as the venue for the sur- gery he had to undergo was politically motivated is clearly speculative. The fact is that hospitals In Bangladesh had been entirely denuded of facil- ities during the occupation period and therefore treatment for the Prime Minister had to be arranged in an advanced centre. What has, however, pained us greatly Is your comment "The Indian army actually brought Bangladesh into It is universally admitted that the whole nation of Bangladesh had risen as a body against the oc- cupation forces after the army strike of March 25, 1971. While the army tried to crush by ruthless force a people which was wholly without arms in ths beginning, within a matter of a few months, more than one hundred thousand freedom fighters entered the field against the occupation forces and the nation unitedly suport- ed them. Students from the col' leges and universities went un- derground in their thousands and joined with peasants and others to resist the enemy. Af- ter twenty five years of denial of rights and exploitation entire people of Bangladesh stood with steel determination to oust the oppressors, what- ever the sacrifice may be. The freedom fighters soon had all the rural areas under their con- trol and the occupation army hardly dared to go out of the urban areas. Military strate- gists agree that a nation o! seventy five million fighting with dogged determination would surely have defeated the occupation forces coming from more than three thousand miles away by sea. The Bangalee people made a sacrifice of three million lives during the liberation struggle and had vast areas already their own control by December 1971 when the aggression of the enemy re- sulted in a response from India. A joint Bangladesh India com- mand was formed at this time and it was to this joint com- mand that the occupation army had surrendered. We are, therefore, utterly disappointed to see that you overlook the immense sacrifices made by our nation and the achieve- ments they already had at their credit. History offers many examples of a nation struggling for freedom being aided by other freedom loving peoples but in our case it was compounded by the factor of aggression at the common en- emy which necessarily result- ed in limited response from India. Hero Is what the "National Geographic" In its Issue of September, 1972 have to say in the matter. "Tens of thousands of young men went to secret training centres, and there they shed their gentle Bengali nature. They learned to handle fire- arms and explosives. They be- came expert at what some called "nights of the long knife" dispatching an enemy with a flash of steel. Indian Arras Aided Freedom Fighters These were Muktl Bahinl, Bengali freedom fighters whose jackhammer resistance chip- ped away at the Pakistani mil- itary effort until December, when India joined the battle as an ally of Bangladesh the help of the Indian army, it might have taken us another two or three years to do the job, but it would have been Mohammed Habi- bul Alam, a 21-year old student at Dacca University, fussed with the moustache that hung from his lip like a black horse- I hope you will appreciate the fact that the people of Bangladesh constituted a na- tion by virtue of their distinc- tive race, language and culture, had succeeded, after immense sacrifices, in ousting the occu- pation forces from large parts of their territory and was pois- ed to crush them entirely when the latter in their desperation precipitated new forces into play. Thus, the people of Bang- ladesh with their own distinc- tive characteristics not only constitute a nation but they, by their united effort and sacrifice, gave themselves an Independ- ent homeland. ABDUL MOMIN High Commissioner. Ottawa. they say, have uncomfortabla long-term consequences. On I heir reading, it would not only be a rejection of the EEC bul of Europe in general and a return to pro war neutrality and isolation. Those working against the Common Market are seen as a coalition, cutting across party divisions, to em- brace these forces. Their cam- paign is being led by people of the far with sympathies for disengagement, and a pre- dilection for Sweden, with its Nordic purity, its isolationism, its neutrality and socialism as a preferable alternative. A Norwegian official, In a moment of dejection, said that he feared, on this account, that a "no" in the referendum would damage Norway's credibility abroad as a member of the Western alb'ance. This was in spite of the fact that Norway remain in NATO, what- ever the result of the refer- endum. Indeed many anti-Euro- peans, particularly of the Cen- tre Party, say that they are not In search of neutrality and their main objection is to the intrusion of outside forces: they are simple nationalists. The pessimists, on the other hand, contend that the refer- endum mil have created an entirely new coalition In Nor- way. A "no" would give an un- comfortable impetus to the forces of neutralism which it may be difficult to contain. In the long run what is at stake is not membership of the Com- mon Market but exclusion from the West. Given these undercurrents, the ambivalent attitude of the Swedes has given many Nor- wegians food for thought. As a neutral country, Sweden has refused membership of the EEC, having settled for a lim- ited free trade agreement. And it is no secret that the Swedish Government has never been more than lukewarm towards the EEC, and would not regard a Norwegian "no" as an un- mitigated tragedy. The Swedish Government has of course said that It is not for them to interfere In the intern- al affairs of their neighbours, and that the Norwegians must decide the matter for them- selves. But Mr. Olof Palme, tha Swedish Prime Minister, gave a hint to the contrary by his behavior at a recent meeting in Oslo of Scandinavian Prem- iers. In his public statements! and the wording oi the final communique, he contrived to give the impression of offering Norway an alternative at least as desirable as Europe. Moreoever, there are undeni- ably certain links between Nor. wegian anti European Social- ists, and their colleagues in Swedish Labour movement. There are those Norwegians, in official positions and else- where, who believe that Swedes may be planning to take Norway with them into neutrality, and create a kind of satellite buffer against Isolation. For many Norwegians, by na- ture outward-looking and un- easy with provincialism, the prospect is not happy. (Written for The Herald and The' Observer) Looking backward Another side of the pollution problem "Do you know everyone in Gerry asked Marie. replied Marie, "I know a lot of the people taking the tour because I sold most of them their tickets." And I was under the impression that Lou Wylie was the champion ticket Mllerl TX> comment on your Seplem- ber 1 full-page feature ar- ticle "Are waters harmed by coal While we would hope for the newspaper telling both sides of Hie story, the feature leaves the reader with a num- ber of erroneous impressions. In view of The Herald seek- ing industry comment from CanPac Minerals Limited, it is implied that if anyone is mud- dying the Oldman River water It is CanPac Minerals. While CanPac is a major holder of coal rights in the Old- man River watershed, the fact is that it has carried out vir- tually no exploration activity in the area for 12 months, its work this season being largely restricted to reclamation of areas where it had explored in the past. I might add that If anyona wished to inquire with the ap- propriate officials, it would soon become evident that Can- Pac is considered a conscien- tious operator in terms of ex- ploration and reclamation pro- cedures. We must also object to your choice of pictures for the arti- cle. While the intent was ob- viously to use the pictures to convey the sort of things con- servation groups abhor, the Impression left by the vague caption Is again that this could be CanPac's work. In fact, the upper picture is at Tent Moun- tain, 35 miles south of CanPac's exploration areas and the bot- tom picture is In British Col- umbia, in a different watershed altogether. The mining operations refer- red to in the article in the Liv- ingstone Gap area are not Can- Pac's but those of another com- pany. The Herald has, in the past, done a fairly conscien- tious and fair job of reporting on present and possible future mining developments and Can- Pac Minerals has been only too willing to make itself available for questions on the subject. We can only say that the latest effort is not up to The Herald's journalistic standards. J. G. MATTHEWS VICE-PRESIDENT CANPAC MINERALS LTD. Calgary. Vietnam As one of an endangered spe- cies I would object to bombs being dropped on Mr. Roy Kcitges too if he lived in Vietnam. J. P. GRIFFIN Fort Hacleod Through The Herald 1922 Prof. Fanning, presi- dent of the Canadian Bible School, will arrive in the city on Monday to be present at the Bible convention which con- venes Monday at the Church of the Nazarine, comer of 5th Ave. and 15th Street south. 1932 At the school board meeting Thursday night, Dr. Frank Galbraith, who is inter- ested In health and hygiene work among Boy Scouts, asked the trustees if they would care to sponsor the showing of a number of health and sex hy- giene films issued by the de- partment of public health. 1942 Only women Major- General In the British Common- wealth of Nations, Jean Knox, controller general and director of the Auxiliary Territorial Ser- vice of Great Britain passed through Lethbridge this mom- ing. 1952 Monday's official opening of the new provincial courthouse building in Leth- bridge was brought to a light- heartecl conclusion during evening with a banquet at the Marquis Hotel. 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