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A-6 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Wednesday, November 4, 1981 THE ENQUIRER WILLIAM J. KEATING President and Publisher CKORGE R. BLAKE Vice President, Editor THOMAS S. GEPHARDT Associate Editor HARRY H. BROWNING Vice President, Operations JAMES E. JEROW V kr President. Sales A Cannrtt Newspaper UNITED APPEAL Its huge success is a vindication for voluntarism 23 Reagan's Next Mideast Step the-board cutback in voluntary giving to the 125 health, welfare and character-building agencies that look to the United Appeal for their sustenance? Yet by the time the last of the contributions and pledges were totaled up last week, Greater Cincinnati had not only reached its unprecedented United Appeal goal of $23,750,000, but oversubscribed it by fully 11. To look beyond the grand totals is to see marked increases in employee giving in one major Cincinnati-area industry after another. It is also to see increased corporate giving, to say nothing of generous pledges from other organizations and individuals who had not been in the habit of giving previously. Clement L. Buenger, president of the Fifth Third Bank, who was general chairman of this year's campaign, sees the triumph as the product of thoroughgoing community co-operation labor and management, black and white, male and female, Republican and Democrat, rich and poor, young and old, Catholic and Protest-ant and Jew, public-sector and private-sector. Mr. Buenger can't help wondering what similar collaboration on a national scale would do for a host of other national problems. Cincinnati certainly never had a better illustration of what the spirit of voluntarism can accomplish - not only in carrying one campaign message to every corner of Greater Cincinnati, but also in powering the day-to-day activities of the United Appeal's component agencies. A major part of every agency's work is done, after all, by men and women who contribute their time, their energy, their talents and their purposefulness. The United Appeal cannot and will not rest on its laurels. It will continue its ongoing examination of its agencies to make certain that they are offering essential services in the most efficient manner possible. But it faces the future with a rebirth of hope for which thousands of Greater Cincinnatians in all walks of life are responsible. THE PHENOMENAL success of the 1981 United Appeal was one of those things that shouldn't have happened. The economy, after all, is said to be in a recession. Some wage-earners are out of work, and even those with jobs continue to be burdened by the ravages of inflation. Nearly all are concerned, in one way or another, about the country's economic future and their own. Many of the agencies that depend upon the United Appeal for a share of their revenues, moreover, were gripped by fear as the 1981 campaign began. Their directors and employees had heard and read about drastic cutbacks in federal funding for a wide variety of social-service activities cutbacks that would increase the need but diminish the capacity of social agencies to meet the need. What, accordingly, would have been more natural than an across- A-) ' kit ' CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN Clement L. Buenger would like to see a Greater Cincinnati-style commitment at work on problems of a national scope. BY WILLIAM SAFIRE WASHINGTON: Exactly one day after its triumph in the U.S. Senate, Saudi Arabia raised the price of its oil by $2 a barrel and delighted the Libyans by curtailing production to keep world oil prices up. The U.S. motorist suddenly discovered who would be paying for the missiles, bomb racks and airborne early warning and control system (AWACS) planes in the greatest arms sale in history. Israel, which had given up its Sinai oil fields six years ago in return for a written pledge from the United States not to deal with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), now finds itself pressed three ways: The Future Military Threat: Despite verbal assurances from President Reagan and his aides that Israel would maintain its necessary "qualitative and quantitative edge," the fact is that the edge is being lost. ARAB STATES are not only being massively armed by the United States, but will also buy from France and England; Libya Is sending Soviet-made weapons to the PLO, and Saudi Arabia is reportedly financing Syrian purchase of . Soviet arms. Israel cannot afford to match that combined buildup; even if it could, our only reliable Middle East ally would have to turn Its West Bank into a huge tank-and-plane parking lot. The Psychological Pressure: Suppressed during the AWACS debate was the Syrian victory in keeping its missiles in Lebanon, helping to make permanent its creeping annexation of Israel's northern neighbor. America's Habib mission, which promised Israel the restoration of the status quo ante, has been a failure. We treat our restraining of the Israelis as a great accomplishment, but the Arabs under the protection of a cease-fire know that they have Inflicted a defeat on the Christians and Jews. The Israelis know that the Syrian missile triumph encourages radical Arabs. THE REAGAN Diplomatic Shift: Most dangerous of all is the apparent W Syria is intolerable; the cease-fire is not a substitute for a solution. Next, it should explore the degree of substance in the promises of strategic co-operation with the United States. Will the Americans position U.S. tanks and planes in Israel, or warehouses of Band-Aids? Is that talked-about squadron of F-15s for Israel, to equal the Saudi purchase, real or imagined? Is the ..co-operation between U.S. and Israeli armed forces to be substantive or cosmetic? FINALLY, ISRAEL should await clarification of Reagan Middle East policy before making any further preparations to return the final quarter of the Sinai to Egypt If Mr. Reagan's Saudi-first begullement continues to downgrade the Camp David accords, Israel would be foolish to hand over the last vestiges of its territorial security. Our State Department is aware that the Israeli ambassador, dismayed at Saudi ascendancy at the expense of Camp David participants, is returning to Jerusalem this weekend to make such a wait-and-see recommendation to his prime minister. Now that Mr. Reagan has expended so much political capital demonstrating his friendship to the Saudis, what should the President do? Before fear of U.S. irresolution freezes positions, he should unequivocally assert the primacy of Camp David as the only track to Arab-Israeli peace. He should immediately appoint Sol Llnowltz to be our representative at the autonomy talks. He should take up former Prime Minister Rabin's suggestion of Camp David II a Reagan-Begln-Mubarak summit, Joined by Jordan's King Hussein. THE SAUDIS, if they felt so inclined, could produce King Hussein. The Saudis could renew financial support of Egypt which has been suspended since Sadat's trip to Jerusalem and direct a few U.S. motorists' dollars to Palestinians willing to experiment with autonomy. If our delighted Saudi friends cannot or will not then what was Ronald Reagan's glorious AWACS victory all about? siles resulting in the elimination of the United States and the Soviet Union, plus also, In all probability, that much of Europe that lies west of the battle line. NOW WHAT is defective, or provocative, in such an analysis? If we bothered to have Minuteman missiles and nuclear submarines, isn't the latent premise that we might use them? Shhh. But obviously the purpose of having them is to avoid having to use them, but Insofar as you subsidize the notion that it is unthinkable to use them, you undermine their deterrent force. Goldwater would probably have done well to use the words "atomic weapons" in no other context than, "I, Barry Gold-water, hate atomic weapons." He had too great a respect for the putative maturity of democratic discourse to go in that way. It is curious that Mr. Reagan's critics would have him act like a novitiate in a society pledged to live out of this world. ODDS & ENDS decision to make Saudi Arabia, rather than Egypt, America's Arab linchpin. America's silent acquiescence in the Saudi price hike and production cut is one signal. Another is the new respect being shown by Reagan aides to Prince Fahd's plan, embraced by Yasser Arafat, to establish a PLO state on the West Bank, divide Jerusalem, give up the Golan and otherwise ensure the destruction of Israel. By "welcoming" the Fahd-Arafat proposals, Secretary Haig torpedoes the Camp David process. Why should any Reagan's AWACS victory may turn out not to have been so glorious after all. Palestinian Arab accept any autonomy deal worked out by Egypt and Israel if the Americans are hinting at a much better deal available through the Saudis, who revile Camp David? The Reagan Saudis-first, Egyptians-second approach does not Induce any Arab to follow Egypt's lead toward peace with Israel; on the contrary, the strange new policy rewards the rejectlonlsts and forces Israel to rethink its riskiest commitments. IN LIGHT of these new dangers, and after Mr. Reagan's unforgettably malign news conference admonition not to seek to make U.S. policy, what should Israel do? First, it should resist its natural inclination to react to the Syrian challenge in Lebanon for at least the next few weeks, or until Mr. Hablb can test Saudi willingness to end its support of the Syrian takeover of that country. Israel should let the world know that frustration of the Hablb mission by Tribune: "GOLDWATER PROPOSES ATOMIC FIGHT IN ASIA." NOW THE exact words used by President Reagan were as follows: "I could see where you could have the exchange of tactical weapons against troops in the field without it bringing either one of the major powers to pushing the button." It isn't easy to fault the logic of this analysis, so that what one comes upon, really, is superstition; i.e., certain words, never mind that they describe a factual situation, ought not to be used, even as when one would say of one's wife that she was homely, even if it was so. The military situation in Europe has, as of the moment, a number of glvens and these flow, one to another, Inexorably. These are: THE SOVIET Union has more powerful tactical strength in Eastern Europe than does the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In the event the Soviet Union were to strike westward, NATO would face two alternatives. These are: (a) to retreat, and ultimately to surrender; or (b) to resist. 2a above is rejected by the very existence of NATO, which is pledged to resist aggression, and by the underlying commitment of the people of Europe not to yield their freedom, won at so high a cost in two world wars in this century. Accordingly, given the tactical inferiority of its defenses, Europe would need to stop the Soviet Juggernaut by the use of theater nuclear weapons. In such a situation, It Is clearly desirable that a military confrontation designed merely to preserve a single frontier in Eastern Europe should not evolve into an exchange of nuclear mis Reagan: Tricks With Words under scrutiny at a symposium in Washington this week - clinical nutrition. The occasion is the first annual Bristol-Myers Symposium on Nutrition Research, and participants will explore the impact of nutrition on patients suffering from cancer, burns, renal disease and liver ailments. Says one of the symposium participants: "Nutrition was viewed In the past as a science that required months or years to observe end results, but modern methods of diagnosis and treatment can provide results within a matter of hours." If the medical world is willing to explore nutrition as a factor in the treatment of the critically ill, the day may be coming when it gives more than passing attention to nutrition's role in keeping us well. Most medical practitioners still give short shrift to nutrition, even though our dietary habits probably have more to do with how we feel and how we function than any other single factor. THE WALL STREET Journal, in a lead story the other day about Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown's political prospects, quotes the governor as saying that running the commonwealth of Kentucky Is easier than running Kentucky Fried Chicken. Why? "Because you aren't competing every day." There are some governors who might not agree. Riverfront plan, food and disease, easy governing THE RIVERFRONT Advisory Committee is answering a genuine need with Its proposal for planning the development of 22 miles of Cincinnati riverfront from California to Sayler Park. No one expects that every part of the proposal will be eagerly embraced by city council or the residents of affected neighborhoods. But that is inconsequential. The important point is that Cincinnati has an updated master plan from which to reach for a , consensus. But while the plan gives a great deal of attention to the recreational possibilities along the Ohio River on Cincinnati's east side and to the industrial potential on the west, the centerpiece still warrants more attention. The area just west of Riverfront Stadium, partly owned now by Hamilton County, is probably the most valuable piece of commercialrecreational real estate in the Midwest. With some of the railroads moving out and a system of lnterstates providing alternatives for basin wholesalers, it is time to begin working earnestly to see what can and should be done with the city's southern gateway. it it it A NEW MEDICAL specify Is coming BY WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR. IN 1966 1 WROTE, "It may in fact be that to bring up a particular subject before a particular audience results in a dialectic whose meaning is a function of time and place." I was talking about Gold-water and the use of atom bombs in Indochina. The current example of that kind of problem is Ronald Reagan, who said casually that he "could see" a limited nuclear exchange in Europe. Goldwater's experience continues to be wonderfully instructive. At a press conference early in his campaign for the presidency In 1964, a reporter asked what might be done in South Vietnam about the Communists' supply lines, which were moving under cover of the forests and the Jungles. Goldwater had answered: "There have been several suggestions made. I don't think we would use any of them. But the defoliation of the forest by low-yield atomic weapons could well be done. When you remove the foliage, you remove the cover." LEADING AMERICAN newspapers featured this much as some European .newspapers ("NO EUROSHIMAI") featured the calm remarks of President Reagan. From the simple, declarative four sentences above, we got: From the New York Herald Tribune: "GOLDWATER'S NUCLEAR PLAN TO WIN VIET." From the New York Times: 'GOLD-WATER URGES NEW VIETNAM AID; WOULD USE ATOMIC WEAPONS TO CLEAR RED SUPPLY LINES." From the Washington Post: "A-AT-TACK ON THE VIET JUNGLE PROPOSED BY GOLDWATER." And (the best of the lot) the Chicago THE ENQUIRER (USPS 1 1 3-200) 417 Vifw S.. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 BY MAIl Dally one year. . S124.M Sunday one year. . 144.20 TO SUBSCRIBE CALL READER SERVICE (513) 651-4500. Second Claii Pottoo Poid at Cincinnati, Ohia The publisher reserves the right to change subscription rates during the term of a subscription upon 28 days' notice. This notice may be by mall to the subscriber, by notice contained In the newspaper itself, or otherwise. 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