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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 30-35. High Thursday 45-50. "VOL. LXV No. 238 The LetHbridge Herald .-.ETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS> THREE SECTIONS 44 PAGES Middle East moves toward peace, not ivar By HARRY DUNPHY BEIRUT (AP) Passions ignited by the Munich tragedy will take a long time to subside, and more violence is likely in the Middle East. But the general impetus is toward peace, not war. In tho weeks before Arab terrorists struck at tho Israelis' Olympic headquarters, Egypt and Israel show- ed renewed interest in reaching a negotiated settlement of the 1967 war. Egypt fundamentally altered the strategic equation in July by expelling thousands of Russian troops and military advisers. Without them and without new Soviet arms, Egypt would be virtually powerless in a new war with Israel. Until the expulsion, war in some form seeriicd in- evitable. Now it appears much less likely, but this does not mean that peace is just around the corner. The thorny, seemingly insoluable problem of. Pal- estinian refugees and the guerrillas who fight their cause will continue to upset peace efforts, as they did at Munich. Still ivanls peace Israel has warned it will "strike at the terrorist or- ganizations wherever we as in the retaliatory air raids in Lebanon and Syria this month. But Prem- ier Golda Meir added: "The terrorists cannot weaken our desire for peace. They will not alter our peace policy." Thus although Munich has Uirown up a roadblock to peace moves for a while "the dust will 'settle and we can start an official in Tel Aviv said. One key to action seems to be the United Slates and the useful role it can play by using its potilical weight to secure an Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab lands. Perhaps anticipating post-election pressure from Washington, the inner circle of the Israeli cabinet has been informally discussing what frontiers are needed to guarantee the country's security, but no decision ap- parently has been reached. Egypt's primary concern Is getting Sinai back. The only realistic way appears to be the U.S. plan for "proximity talks" aimed at an interim agreement to reopen the Suez canal as a first step. This in turn must await the outcome of the November elections, officials la Cairo beb'eve, The other linch pin in Egypt's position is that there must be no bargaining on the rights of the Palestin- inns, but this is purposefully left vogue. The guerrilla attack clearly embarrassed the Egyp- tian government but the guerrillas are not a major factor in official tliinking about a possible settlement. Palestinian leaders get moral support and the use of a radio transmitter but little else from Egypt, which has almost no resident Palestinian population and keeps tight rein on guerrilla activities. Two years ago the Palestinian guerrillas repre- sented a dynamic new force in the Arab world. Now the movement seems to be on the ropes. The organization called Black September has its origins in a civil war that began two years ago this month in Jordan between King Hussein's army and the guerrillas, who were crushed and eventually driven from the country. That defeat marked the start of the decline of the guerrilla movement and opened a way toward increas- ed peace moves because until then Arab leaders had to take into account the considerable support the guer- rillas enjoyed among their populations. That support has diminished. Today the only major Arab leader' still actively backing the guerrillas is Col. Muammar Kadafi of Libya. Auto deaths seen suicides liy BOYCE RKNSBF.RGER New York Times Service NEW YORK A significant proportion of aulo- mobile fatalities perhaps as high as one out of six may be suicides and not accidents as they are almost always listed, a learn of Houston doctors has found. After conducting "psychological autopsies" on tho drivers in 23 consecutive fatal crashes in Houston, the researchers concluded that fjur approximately 15 per cent were "conscious, goal-directed sui- Tiie proportion matches that found four years ago in a study of 86 fatalities in Kansas City a cor- roboration that suggests that as many as auto- mobile "accident" deaths each year might better be addcl to the suicides recorded annually. The Houston study was conducted by Drs. Alex D. Pokorny, James P. Smith and Jolin R. Finch, all of the Baylor College of Medicine. Their report ap- pears in (he current issue of Life-Threatening Behavior, the quarterly journal of tho American Association of Suiciciology. One case, for example, was that of a middle- aged man who had had three divorces, each caused by his infidelity and brutality toward the wife. During his fourth marriage he became enraged when one of his ex-wives joked about him to her boyfriend. This angered him and he drank heavily through the night. The next morning he went to her apartment and began to abuse her. When she refused lo strike back, he became even angrier and stormed off to his car saying, "I have made a sorry mess out of everything and I wisli I were dead." Three minutes later, his car collided with another at 80 miles per hour. Both drivers were killed. The police listed it ns an accident, but the Baylor doctors said the man must have had a sociopathic per- sonality with impulsive behavior bent on satisfying immediate feelings wilh little regard for the conse- quences. MORE LETTER BOMBS MAILED Arab sabotage rive spreads LONDON (CP) Ingenious letter bombs, similar to the one that killed an Israeli diplomat in his London embassy Tues- day, were mailed to more than a dozen Israeli officials in Lon- don, Paris, Geneva and Jerusa- lem. Eight letter bombs were dis- covered in London, two in Paris, three in Geneva and two in Jerusalem, including one ad- dressed to Israeli Transport Minister Shimon Peres. Bomb experts rendered them harm- less. As Israelis called for tighter security against Arab terrorist murders in Europe, gunfire ex- ploded again across the Syrian- Israeli ceasefire lines. The Israeli military com- mand reported at dawn today that Arab gunners inside Syria opened artillery fire on the oc- cupied Golan Heights, near the border region where Israeli forces invaded South Lebanon on an anti-guerrilla mission during the weekend. There were no casualties, and the Is- raelis returned the fire, the command said. Syrian shellfire has been aimed at the Golan Heights for more than a week, and most Is- raelis regard it as insignificant, but Arab terrorist attacks out- SOMETHING'S FUNNY Progressive Conservalive leader Robert Stanfield, sport- Ing a iurlleneck swealer, obviously said something a girl while mamslreelmg in Yellowknife. New deal for the north Montreal police defuse mail bomb YELLOWKN1FE, N.W.T. (CPI _ A Progressive Con- servative government would protect the delicate northern ecology from hasty develop- ment, Leader Robert Stanfield said Tuesday. Mr. Stanfield laid down the Conservative policy on the north during a surprise one-day campaign stop at the Northwest Territories' capital. He had been scheduled to spend most of the day in the arctic settlements of Inuvik and Tuktoyakluk, but his plans were washed out by foul weather. So he stayed here, vis- iting area mines and meeting voters during midtown strolls. H i s new-deal-for-the-north statement promised improved transportation to help lure more development capital, set- tlement of native claims by ne- gotiation, and fast action to bring true self-government to the territories, still largely un- der federal jurisdiction. The challenge of the Cana- Alberta boosts minimum wage EDMONTON