LETTERS

April 26 1982

LETTERS

April 26 1982

LETTERS

In the Holy Land

At first glance, your April 12 cover story, The Struggle for the Holy Land, polarizes the population into Arabs and Jews. On closer reading, the article For-eigners in Their Own Land modifies this impression somewhat when the author mentions his father “. . . an Israeli Arab as well as a devoted member of the Catholic Church . . . .” What goes unnoticed generally is this third element in the Holy Land, the native Christian population. Some are Christian Arabs. The roots of others go much deeper. Sadly, they are overlooked although they are of great interest, at least in some quarters. Perhaps at Christmas you might have an article on this native Christian population. — JAMES LOVEKIN, Colborne, Ont.

Peace: a two-way path

Congratulations to Mr. Barney Danson for his excellent and timely Podium and to Maclean’s for printing it (Placing Blame Where It Belongs, April 12). As one who was a serving soldier throughout his ministry and who experienced the efforts of many of his predecessors during 35 years of regular service, I rate him to be one of the most honest and pragmatic ministers of defence to serve Canada. More’s the pity j that his tenure was relatively brief. I hope that there are few today in our country who will not endorse his comment concerning those “who raise their voices in the cause of peace” in onesided fulminations. The search for peace is a two-way path that is not trod

only by the Western democracies, though all too often we ignore completely that little opposition is raised against Warsaw Pact armaments.

— R.T. BENNETT, Brigadier-General (Retired), Stittsville, Ont.

A colonial eruption

I have just read your Mr. Fotheringham’s April 12 eruption on the return of the Constitution entitled The Sound of One Hand Clapping. Could anything be more “colonial”? —V.H. PATRIARCHE,

Victoria

It is a source of constant bewilderment to me why Maclean’s pays Allan Fotheringham. The West Coast, Vancouver in particular, seems to attract a

mushroom-headed type of Old World stooge. Some snarl semi-Glaswegian aggressions, others write puerile, tinpot nonsense, as in Fotheringham’s April 12 column. Strange how rarely the melody changes and how boring the oftrepeated harmonics are. One wonders if he keeps a dustbin by his desk, turns it upside down every six months, writes everything backward and continues the same supposedly scathing commentaries. Strange, too, that these very AngloSaxon types, whose heritage in this country must be all of two generations, feel this burning need to knock down anyone whose accent is unfamiliar or whose equally official language offends their “cornflaked-boxed” ears.

— HOWARD REYNOLDS, Toronto

Please point out to Mr. Fotheringham that the Queen of Canada cannot be “a foreign queen,” “another country’s representative” or just “an English Queen.” She is, I repeat, the Queen of Canada. —ERIC FERGUSON,

Stratford, Ont.

From unpopular to loved by all

The invasion of the Falkland Islands {Yet Another Assault on the Empire, World, April 12) may have diverted Argentines from dwelling upon their national problems: recession, unemployment and hyperinflation. An unpopular government overnight becomes loved by all. Since we have the same problems in Canada, I wonder what the effect would be if we took over France’s St. Pierre and Miquelon off the coast of Newfoundland? —MARK MINOGUE,

Vancouver

Not to inform, but to enrage

I find Barbara Amiel’s column Recalling El Salvador’s Past (March 29) to be a scurrilous piece of journalism made only more reprehensible by the worthy endeavors of the cover story of the same issue to provide Canadians with some sense of the tragedy of Central America. Let us not confuse editorial Catholicism with calculated provocation, the desire not to inform but to enrage.

—W. GEORGE LOVELL, Kingston, Ont.

In reference to Barbara Amiel’s column, it is ironic that in the same paragraph she states that “America ought to act as a Great Power and play out its role as policeman of the world” and concludes with “America’s aim should be to supervise the election of the most equitable, least authoritarian regime that the traditions of a Latin country with massive social problems can sustain.” I hate to inform Amiel, but America is already acting as a Great Imperialist Power and it is precisely this interference in Latin American countries that creates the social problems which she mentions. —BEV FRIESEN,

Winnipeg

Barbara Amiel may have made a larger leap from fact-gathering to conclusion than those facts called for. I refer to her cause-and-effect equation that the Salvadoran junta (1979 variety) resigned as a body because of guerrillas’ disruption of the country. It was not that cut and dried. The junta resigned, one or two at a time, mainly because of internal politics. Sherlock Holmes used

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to warn Lestrade of Scotland Yard against forming an opinion, then trying to get the facts to fit that opinion. I might relay that message to Barbara Amiel. — ROBERT LA FRANCE,

Birch Ridge, N.S.

The sad thing is that many Canadians choose to believe people like Barbara Amiel, settling back in their complacent ways to “blame it on the Russians,” instead of trying to understand that the real roots of the conflict are poverty and oppression. —G. VALERIOTE,

Guelph, Ont.

Requiem for the grand old game

In his interesting article on curling (Devotion to the Ancient Game, Sports, March 29) Hal Quinn says: “Part of the problem in the West is the tradition of foursomes joining clubs as a rink. If not asked to be on a team, curlers are often out of luck . . . . Tn the East, you join a club and are put on a team.’ ” Until the post-Second World War period, that was the “tradition” on the Prairies. After the war, the younger curlers outvoted their elders and today’s situation developed. Now that these men are, in their turn, facing the inevitable, it is interesting to learn that they have been re-evaluating what their thoughtlessness did to the “grand old game” 30 years ago. — V.L. DUTTON,

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Condemned by time-worn myths

Rabbi Feinberg would do well to read the Bible before he takes the liberty of comparing it to our Canadian constitution (Podium, March 29). Perhaps he despises what “the Bible says” because he finds himself condemned by its authority. Corinthians says: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the

Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The Bible will sadly remain to him “the dross of time-worn myths,” as he has suggested it is. —OLIVE ANTHONY,

Penticton, B.C.

Rabbi Feinberg sees “individual thinking” as the historical guarantee of civilized freedom and progress. Well and good, but let us never forget that Hitler, Stalin and Idi Amin were also “individual thinkers.” Western civilization, or what is left of it, rests very much upon that which Feinberg so despises, the idea that we owe obedience to written law, and that man cannot truly prosper when he is his own god.

— REV. ARIE BLOK,

Chatham, Ont.

Bleating when bitten

Regarding the article Charges of Mayhem on the Beat (Justice, March 15), I would like to comment on Ruth Cohen’s “profoundly disturbing” experience with the police. It occurs to me that the Highway Traffic Act says that a driver must surrender his or her licence when asked to do so by a police officer. Failure to do so leaves arrest as the officer’s only investigative tool. I think a fitting analogy of her actions is a person who teases a dog and then bleats when bitten. —WAYNE SPEAR, Fort Erie, Ont.

Your article was well written and long overdue. Hardly a month goes by without a report somewhere in Canada of police brutality or worse. Not every citizen who is involved is lying and yet in most cases the police are acquitted. If the police expect respect, they have to earn it. —RAY MACDONALD,

Stoney Creek, Ont.

No cuts for Whitehorse copper

The caption on the photo accompanying your article Hard Times Hit the Yukon (Business, March 29) is entirely misleading. The implication that Whitehorse Copper Mines has made “miners’ job cuts,” and furthermore, that our union leaders have accepted them, is totally false. The photo is undeniably of Whitehorse Copper Mines, but the quotation from the text obviously refers to United Keno Hill’s operation in Elsa.

—D. LINZEY, Vice-President, Whitehorse Copper Mines, Whitehorse

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