Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, 28, 1973 Chilean coup a dilemma for Russians A time to show it Public concern is like a steamroller once it gets going watch out! A suf- ficiently concerned public has squelched high-rise construction, opposed road closures, fought land give-aways and curbed pollution. Bird sanctuaries have resulted from enough people caring about wildlife preservation and clinics have been built by concerned people car- ing about people. It is when public concern is coupled with action that things are accomplished. One lone individual's concern promises to benefit all Canadians, particularly Albertans, proud of their heritage. Since 1966 Tom Kirkham of Calgary has agitated for a viewpoint on Highway No. 3 between Kipp and Monarch, midway between 2 and Fort Macleod at a spot offering a splendid view of the Oldman River valley, the Fort Whoop-Up site and the Fort Benton Trail leading north from Montana's Missouri river. Southwest is the lofty Chief Mountain and east is the site of the last Indian battle. South is the route of the Mounties' trek of 1874 and the first long distance telephone line in Canada (between Lethbridge and Fort Macleod) all major historic landmarks in Alberta's south. The paved look-out, completed two years ago during road1 reconstruction between Monarch and Pearce, and large enough to accommodate half a dozen cars, is to be graced with a four-panel ex- planatory exhibit relating the natural and settlement history of the area. An access road favoring both eastbound and westbound traffic is envisaged. Ac- cording to Hon. Horst A. Schmid, Alber- ta's minister of culture, youth and recreation, an official opening is planned for 1974 to coincide with the 100th an- niversary of the Mounties' arrival in this area. Since the Calgary gentleman has been agitating since 1966 to realize the view- point near Kipp, it seems only proper that Mr. Schmid's department accept Mr. Kirkham's recommendation that it be named in honor of Jerry Potts, the short, bowlegged, monosyllabic half- breed from Benton, whose guiding ability was little short of a genius and who interpreted, advised and aided the tenderfoot Mounties for 25 years and was one of their most valuable employees. Lethbridge area residents, concerned that the viewpoint be named in Potts' honor (he actually worked at Fort Kipp in the early 1870s) should back Mr. Kirkham's proposal by writing Mr. Schmid's office expressing their wishes. This is an opportunity for concerned peo- ple to show it. MOSCOW The military .coup in Chile is going to pose some severe ideological problems for Moscow. The end of Salvador Allende's Marxist government is much regretted here, although the Russians are not surprised because for months past it has been evident that something like this was in the offing. Moscow had no way to prevent it. Nevertheless, the violence of the take-over was a shock. The statement by the central committee of the Soviet Communist party declares that the overthrow of the Allende government "was the culmination of the subver- sive actions of the Chilean right wing." It goes on to declare that ever since Allende took office the right- Peronista prospects Now that Juan Peron is officially head of state in Argentina he can proceed to implement his policies. In view of the fact that the plan of the things he intends to do including nationalization of ma- jor industries bears a striking resemblance to what Salvadore Allende tried to do in Chile there are serious doubts about his regime lasting for Ic Unlike Chile, Argentina has a history of military intervention in government so that the prospect of a coup will be ever present. It cannot be forgotten that the military establishment in Argentina now is anti-Peronista and did its best short of going back on its promise to permit democratic elections to thwart the move to bring Peron back to power. So the stage is set for a hasty removal of Peron from power unless he performs miracles in restoring the shaky economy of the country. And those kind of things don't seem to be happening much in the world today. The new regime may not last long for another reason, namely, that Juan Peron is an old man and in ill health. The vice- president, Peron's wife, lacks ex- periencejn matters of state and does not appear to have much appeal among the people. Thus there doesn't seem much hope of staving off another stint of military rule down the line. A matter of perspective Throughout this crop year the weather in Southern Alberta has been unco- operative. For most of the growing season there was insufficient rain; then, when dry weather was needed for harvesting, it turned wet. In the northern part of the province it was different, but not much better. All through the spring and summer it rained, much more than the crops needed, with little sign of a let-up for harvest time. As a result this year's crop in Alberta will likely fall considerably short of the record years of the past, which is par- ticularly disappointing because this year grain will bring the highest prices in history, and growers should be able to deliver as much as they can produce. Unfortunate as this situation may be, it could be worse; there are places where it is. As of the end of August, this was the United Nations assessment of flood damage in Pakistan: than square miles of land inundated; acres of farm land under water; people homeless, as two million homes have been destroyed or severely damaged; -crops valued at destroyed; than a million tons of stored foodstuffs washed away by flood waters; destruction of livestock, numbers unknown. RUSSELL BAKER Just one more mission Superman is middle-aged. He has every right to be, after all those decades of chasing bullets and flying cross-country without even a windshield to keep his face from chapping. Still, middle age is something you hadn't expected to happen to Superman, and when you first meet him there in the Black Bird cafe you immediately sense why f.he White House must have turned him down. Chuck Colson is said to have told Haldeman, after their meeting with Super- man, "my grandmother could walk over that guy- Superman doei, not take a beer. With his ag- ing athlete's physique, he has a weight problem. The famous blue long John union suit, now faded to the color of old jeans, sags loosely where steely abdominals once stopped speeding locomotives dead on the tracks. The double chin is nearly a triple. On the back of the skull the hair is sparse, and a bit too blue to be persuasive. The Black Bird does not mind his exotic dress, which he always wears after sundown. He believes -it discourages muggers, who shun him as a dangerous eccentric. The Black Bird is tolerant, but charges him beer prices for the rose-hip tea which he takes. A doctor has told him it may help restore his x-ray vision. "I was flying to Atlantic City for my summer he recalled, "and happened to be passing over Washington when I saw a bat light shining on the Washington monument It was coming from the White House." The White House was trying to reach Bat- man. It was that terrible moment just before everybody resigned or became indicted. "As it Superman said. "I had run into Batman at the Mayo Clinic a few weeks earlier, and knew that his arthritis had become so painful that it would be impossible for him to scale the White House fence, much less cope with those fiends in the Congress and press who were unwilling to leave Watergate to the courts. I thought, "is a job for Superman The first interview was not helpful. Being a reporter, even though mild-mannered, he was probably a dangerous Liberal. He dressed funny. As a native of Krypton, he was a security risk. Worse, he was middle aged. The x-ray vi- sion wasn't working right anymore. They had tested him, without his being aware of it. They had taken him into the oval office, and he had kept right on babbling away, totally in- discreet, it was obvious that the x-ray vision could no longer see tape recorders hidden in walls Then came the full presidential disaster. The president needed help. Hearing that he was in Key Biscayne, Superman took off his blue serge suit, jumped into the sky and flew to Florida. There, learning that the president had gone to San Clemente, he leaped back into the sky and took off for California. Suffering the dis- tress of heartburn and acid indigestion, he became careless about his altitude over St. Louis and dropped so low that he nearly collided with the Gateway Arch. He reached San Clemente exhausted. A doctor warned him that at his age flying cross-country nonstop was asking for trouble. But Superman immediately leaped into the sky and headed back to Washington when he learned that the president had already departed for the eastern White House. At Washington he learned that the presi- dent had left for Camp David to make preparations for a trip to Key Biscayne. Superman, who knew about leading a target, headed back to California, expecting to intercept the president at San Clemente and rescue him from Watergate. Then, over Ashtabula, his right thigh the one that is absolutely essential to superman flight developed a charley horse. Superman made a crash landing. The doctor ordered him to take it easy and lose 25 pounds. He drinks the rose-hip tea and calls for more. The muggers stay shy of him. Maybe they recognize the man of steel under the chins and pot. "Maybe I can still get it he says, "just one more mission, that's what I want One more big mission." And what might that be? Superman thinks he might perhaps be able to save the vice president. The bartender at the Black Bird enjoys that. He laughs. "If you can't save him. he says, "nobody can wmg forces, backed by foreign imperialist forces, had been trying to overthrow him. But Soviet denunciation shows that Moscow has many constraints upon its choice of action as well as of words. For instance, most left-wing observers of the Chilean political scene have little doubt that Washington's hand was there m the coup, no matter how indirectly or remotely. This impression has been confirmed by reports from Washington that senior state department officials knew about it in advance. Yet Moscow dare not blame the United States or name it as an architect of Allende's overthrow. This would spoil relations with President Nix- By Dev Murarka, on, something which is totally unacceptable to the Soviet Union. The denunciation of the takeover was somewhat mild, considering the circum- stances and the enormous im- portance of the event in the Latin American context. The Russians are caught in an acute dilemma. Even before Allende came to power in 1970, Moscow was preaching that the correct road to socialism in Latin America and elsewhere was through constitutional means. When Allende took office with Communist support Moscow was in the forefront of those welcoming his success and hailing it as an ex- ample to other Latin American Communist parties. If Moscow denounces the coup too sharply it would imply that the Soviet Union is calling for the violent overthrow of the new regime. The whole Soviet ideological approach to Latin America is tied up with these developments. Moscow has been a persis- tent critic of those Com- munists, Maoists and Leftists who have argued that the con- stitutional road is an illusion and that the entrenched bourgeoisie and the overwhelming presence of the United States in Latin America would never allow such an experiment to succeed. The coup in Chile will now make it all the harder for the Soviet Union to argue against "Tennis anyone Nary a first move for love or money By Carl T. Rowan, Syndicated commentator WASHINGTON Well, Ms. Billie Jean King finally taught Bobby Riggs what all dirty old men of 55 eventually learn: playing with 29-year-old women is a losing proposition. Mr King gave a real lacing to the longest tongue this side of a tennis shoe, leaving half the world still chuckling over the most painful blow for middle-age male sanity since the Profumo scandals. But the outcome was so utterly predictable in the pre- warmup hijinks before that most ballyhooed tennis match of all time Ms. King gave Riggs a pig as a commentary on his obnoxious chauvinism, and with pork prices what they are today, simple justice dictated that she win the jackpot. But there was the cocky Riggs. ever the huckster, presenting Ms. King with a gigantic lollipop or what we, in the simpler days of my Tennessee boyhood, used to call "an all-day sucker." It was as though Bobby was reminding us what suckers we all were to let him con us into making him the best known tennis player in the world three decades past his prime. Riggs had parlayed absurd- ly excessive male chauvinism and supposedly harmless sex- ist bigotry into the most lucrative hustle since Hadacol Not everyone accepted the as the ul- timate social commentator when he recommended that women be kept pregnant and in the kitchen. But most of us had begun to believe that women's tennis was just a patsy charade of the real game as men play it es- pecially since Riggs's "Mother's Day Massacre" of the great Australian cham- pion, Margaret Court. And doubly so since Riggs Letters Saved from hemorrhage Now that the dust has settl- ed from the recent whirlwind political tour it is a good time to assess the results. I wish to deal only with the so-called energy crisis created by the imposition of a federal export tax which re- quires some background infor- mation to be intelligently un- derstood. Briefly, in the Alberta oil industry there is a capital outflow of over million over and above what is spent by the industry in Alber- ta. If the proposed 40 cents per barrel increase for crude oil has gone to the industry a further loss of million would have occurred (minus a 20 per cent The federal government has saved the Canadian economy from a quarter of a billion dollar hemmorhage and the export tax has averted a price increase in heating fuels and gasoline. Why on earth should the Alberta government com- plain, especially if the federal government rebates the province's share of lost revenue from royalties? Federal conservatives have been screaming about price and wage controls for over a year. Now the provincial Conservatives are screaming because we have price controls on oil owned by the people. We have been spared from paying more for our own resources and our provincial government doesn't appreciate it! I also find it difficult to con- done the two threats resulting from cabinet reactions to this Why should we be saddled with a sales tax when it could be that Albertans will be better off financially because of the export tax? The threat of a snap election is equally absured. Elections are expensive in money, time and effort. But what really distrubs me is that if a snap eleiction were called would the Alberta Conservative par- ty rely as heavily on campaign contributions from the major foreign owned oil companies as it did in the last election? Just how democratic is our present political system? American laws forbid cor- porations and foreign in- dividuals from contributing to election campaigns. Surely it is time our election laws were overhauled if we wish (o re- tain any semblence of grass- roots democracy in this province HAL HOFFMAN Lethbridge had vowed to leap off a bridge if Billie Jean beat him. Well, some of us hope all those highfalutin sponsors who shelled out a minute to bring us the tennis match will also see that the bridge-jumping is televised. Although I suspect that irrepressible con-man Riggs will collect another half- million bucks for his second straight suicidal act, only to have us discover that the bridge from which he leaps is his own false teeth. Ha, ha. As much as I've laughed since Ms. King sent all those backhands hustling past the supreme hustler, I find myself compelled to treat the matter seriously. For it was no laughing matter for millions of Americans, as was evident to anyone who heard the bitter (and disgustingly obstrusive) commentary of ABC "ex- perts" Rosemary Casals and Gene Scott. Some people watched that tennis match because they love tennis, or are among the millions who have recently got hooked on it. The incredi- ble press and TV publicity lured others. But millions watched for sexist reasons because they either wanted to see male supremacy re- illustrated or because they wanted Ms. King to glorify their contempt ;and disgust for Riggs. You can bet your last lollipop that for a long time to come Billie Jean King will be liberator for all those young women who are told they can- not rent certain apartments because they'are single; or they cannot make the same business deals with borrowed money that men make all the time. Ms. King will be heroine to those young couples who re- sent bitterly bankers saying that they will' lend mortgage money only if the young wife will swear never to forget to take her birth control pill. We've had our entertain- ment from Bobby Riggs, and this observer quite frankly hopes that Ms. King disposed of him forever. For he wasn't as harmless as some pretend. He fostered the myth that all women are weaker oi psyche than all men and that he could "psych out" Billie Jean the way he turned Mrs. Court into an inept emotional wreck. Billie Jean King proved that to be just one of the mean and stupid generalities and stereotypes which perpetuate racism, sexism and all the other bigotries that burden this society. Who fell apart? It was Riggs who, with the Astrodome crumbling in on him, couldn't get a first serve in for love (which he now needs) or money (which he doesn't) So could we now simply accept the fact that women tennis players are fantastic performers and entertainers, too, and give them equal prize money? And let the ones who want to get pregnant, or cook, do it their own way? But please, please don't let that dirty old chauvinist lure Chris Evert out for a million- dollar rubber match 'f this line. Indeed, it is quite possible that the tragic events in Chile will be a setback for all Moscow-oriented Com- munist parties in Latin America, unless they can come up with a new and con- vincing analysis of the failure of Allende. However, when the dust has settled it is most likely that Allende's government will be blamed for lack of. firmness and too much attention to con- stitutional niceties: At the time the Chilean Communist party and the Soviet Union supported him in this position. In retrospect, they may decide this was an incorrect strategy and abandon it. Most important of all will be the coup's impact on Cuba. Fidel Castro has been rather a late and reluctant convert to the constitutional road to socialism. Will the fate of Allende now cause him to revert to his old line? If he does, will it cause yet another rift between Moscow and Havana? If he does not, how will he explain the failure of the Allende experiment? These may appear to be academic questions. But un- less the Communist move- ment in Latin America finds clear-cut answers it is unlike- ly to attract the support of revolutionary youth in the continent.' There is also the question of the Chinese. They often poured scorn on Soviet ideas as revisionist heresy, though in the struggle for loyalty of the Latin American Left Pek- ing did rather poorly. The death of Che Guevara was a blow to the.Chinese- it was felt by many that Che failed because he was on the wrong path. An immediate conse- quence of the Chilean counter- revolution may be to revive the Guevara ideology and thus to help'- Peking's image in Latin American revolutionary cricles. While'Moscow is aware of these deep cross-currents in Latin America its own choice of action is limited. It cannot support the outright revolutionary cause because that would go against the grain of its previous ideology. It cannot switch the Com- munist movement back to total struggle against im- perialism, partly because the Communists are now more harassed by domestic reac- tion, partly because Moscow can no longer even name the main source of imperialism in Latin America, the United States. It will have to be satisfied with vague, insub- stantial denunciations of im- perialism in general. This Soviet approach is un- likely to arouse much enthusiasm among the Latin American Left. Indeed, the danger from the Soviet Union's point of view is that the Left will associate it more and more with the domestic and external Establishment an ironic outcome of the fall of Allende. rg 1973 by NEA, Inc "You misunderstood the challenge, Mr. Riggs. I'm a wrestler, not a tennis player." The 504 7th St S Lethbridge. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO LTD Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon WA BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration No 0012 v Member ol The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEOW MOWERS Editor and Publisher THOMAS H ADAMS General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Fciitor Associate Editor ROY MILES DOUGLAS K WALKER Advertising Manager tditonal Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"