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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 5

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, November 7, 1967
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WASHINGTON Mtny-Go-Roud PEARSON WASHINGTON- Three important foreign visitors have been in Washington this week and last. They and their countries can teach the United States some lessons regarding peace. They are: Gustavo Diaz Ordaz. president of Mexico, a country which occupies 11 the same relation to the United States that Vietnam occupies to China. Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, a city guarding the gateway between East and West Asia, in which live more than one million Chinese. Prince Souvanna Phouma of Laos, a country which has actually permitted the United States to bomb its borders in order to stop the inflow of enemy munitions. Significance behind the visits of all three is that with either them or their countries the United States has made serious mistakes. Yet we have apologized for those mistakes and the admission of error has paid off. This precedent might pay dividends regarding another serious mistake we have made in Vietnam. - o - - MISTAKE WITH MEXICO - Our mistake with Mexico dates back 53 years to the bombardment of Vera Cruz and Tampico in 1914. The U. S. Navy hauled out its big guns and shattered these defenseless Mexican cities in the same way we are shattering the cities of North Vietnam today. We thought we had a justifiable grudge. We didn't, and finally came to realize our mistake. Lyndon Johnson, as a young Congressman, later as Senator, Vice President and President, has helped erase the wounds of those blunders. He helped elect the first Spanish-American to the U. S. Congress, was the first President whom a Mexican president has ever visited on a Texas ranch. For Texas, for many years, was a bad name in Mexico. Now it isn't, thanks in part to Lyndon Johnson and to previous American Presidents who understand that Mexico, like North Vietnam, doesn't want to be invaded by a powerful northern neighbor, yet is anxious for friendly relations with that neighbor. Visitor No. 2 arrived early last week after undergoing one of the most unique experiences in American history. Lee Kuan Yew, prime minister of Singapore, had been offered a $3,300,000 bribe by the United States, refused it, and subsequently received an official apology- It was in January 1960 that our Central Intelligence offered Lee $3,300,000 to release a CIA agent arrested in Singapore for attempting to buy intelligence information. This was in the closing days of the Eisenhower administration, shortly before Allen Dulles sent the U-2 spy plane over Russia just before Eisenhower was scheduled to sit down with Khrushchev to improve USA- USSR relations. Later, during the early part of the Kennedy administration, Secretary of State Rusk wrote Prime Minister Lee an official letter of apology. Lee accepted the apology, forgave the mistake, and last week was big enough to come for a warm and pleasant visit to the country which once insulted him. He has been a good friend of the United States. - o - - WORST MISTAKE - Prince Souvanna Phouma, the third visitor, had been more shabbily treated than any of the others. When he became the first ruler of neutral Laos under the treaty of 1954, our CIA agents conspired to kick him out. They put strong-man Gen. PhoumiNo- savan on the throne instead. It was a serious mistake. Compounding the mistake, President Kennedy started sending U. S. troops to Laos. Finally, thanks to the wisdom of Ambassador Averell Harriman and an assist from Nikita Khrushchev, we reversed ourselves and let Prince Souvanna Phouma get back into power. He has forgiven us the error and has been very cooperative ever since. Last week, the President and Prince Souvanna Phouma sat in the sun discussing the elusive problem of peace. What has disrupted that peace is a series of blunders. The first was made by Eisenhower when he let Cardinal Spellman and Vice President Nixon talk him into sending military advisers and a large amount of American aid into South Vietnam to protect Catholic refugees going South from the North. The second mistake was made by Kennedy when, shaken by the Bay of Pigs fiasco and anxious to recoup his prestige, he sent around 18,000 troops into South Vietnam in September 1961. Later he upped the number to 30,000. The third mistake was made by Johnson in February 1965 when he started bombing North Vietnam. There were then less than 30,000 U. S. troops in South Vietnam and the rate of communist troop infiltration south was about 2,000 a month. Today we have 465,000 a month. From 22,000 North Vietnamese troops in the south in 1965 the number has gone up to 297,000. And the end is not in sight. President Johnson has proved himself a big man by helping to rectify the mistakes of the past— in Mexico, Singapore and Laos. It will not be easy to rectify the mistakes in Vietnam, but it now seems certain that this is the only real way to achieve peace. - o - -"YOU CAN'T WIN"- There's a sort of "you can't win" feeling around Washington. It must be similar to the pessimism that split the nation in Lincoln's day 103 years ago. Outwardly Washington moves on about the way it always has the sessions of Congress, the tourists visiting the shooting gallery at the FBI, the cocktail parties along Embassy Row, the chatter about Lynda Bird's wedding, but it's not a happy atmosphere. The foreign diplomats, most of them friendly to the United States, talk about the war, the division in the country, the peace march. They feel depressed. Most of them represent governments which are tied to the United States economically and politically. They see a nation which they have always admired because of its ideals losing those ideals, becoming cynical, isolationist, drifting. They know when the world's strongest nation drifts, the weaker nations drift too. The United States has been the guiding rudder for Europe and Latin America, even for parts of Africa and Asia. We have fed the world, helped guide the-world, initiated most of the peace efforts for the world. But now we are bogged down in a so-called brushfire war where we can't launch a single peace proposal off the ground. They float from time to time, like the balloons sold to children along Pennsylvania Avenue. Then they burst. - o - - CONGRESS BOGGED DOWN- The House leadership, under aging Speaker John McCormack, has bogged down so completely that the government not only is in a financial bind now but may be in one next year also. Congress has passed only six of the 14 regular appropriations bills that were due last June. This has forced almost the entire federal government to depend on stop-gap financing. Equally important, most departments already are preparing their budgets for the next fiscal year without knowing how much Congress is going to allow them this year. As a result, they are working and planning in the dark. This not only has caused uncer- Tuetday, Nov. 7, 1967 Algona, (la.) Upper Des Moinet— 5 tainty, but waste and inefficiency. Note - The House rode roughshod over its leadership again last week by voting for a meat-axe spending slash, which indiscriminately cut all civil programs alike, without any attempt to determine which are good and which are bad. Secret samplings now indicate that the House not only may override the leadership again when the antipoverty program comes up for a vote, but may actually wipe out the entire program. Former LuVerne Woman Dies In Wisconsin Mrs. Gailard Ericksen, 58, Valley, Wise., formerly of Lu Verne, died Oct. 29 at her home following a heart attack. Funeral services were held at the Evangelical United Brethren Church at Valley, Wise., with burial at Valley cemetery. Surviving are her husband; her mother, Mrs. Mabel Thompson, LuVerne; three sisters, Mrs. Eunice Parsons, Waterloo, Wise.; Mrs. Florence Burgardt, Curlew; Mrs. Nicholas Wolfe, Fort Dodge; four brothers, Rev. Clarence Thompson, Seattle, Wash.; Lawrence, Humboldt; Merle, Columbus, Wise.; ajid Earl, Mason City. Born at LuVerne, Mrs. Ericksen, the former Doris Thompson, received her education there, and was a telephone operator at Renwick for a number of years before her marriage in 1942. Mrs. Ericksen was a member of the Methodist Church. Mrs. Larson, Swea-Eagle, Breaks Hip SWEA-EAGLE - Mrs. Gust Larson fell Wednesday at her home in Eagle township and broke her right hip. It seems she was going down to the basement and turned to say something to her son, Richard, thinking she was on the bottom step; stepped off and fell the last three steps. 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