The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 10, 1976 · Page 84
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 84

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Friday, December 10, 1976
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Krishna Santas Infringe, Volunteer St. Nicks Say E12-Palm Beach Post, Friday, December 10, 1976 Talking SALT: No Easy Answers ! If I -lLA 1 1 - V? i :y t y r-'-yti j". 4 t www Jl - f 4 r V, ::A is ' , i u' u NEW YORK (AP) - It's Krishna Claus vs. Volunteer Santas in the great battle of St. Nicks, and things aren't all mistletoe and ho, ho, ho. Members of the Hare Krishnas, an American Hindu sect, have traded their saffron robes for Santa suits and are vying for holiday donations with the street Santas from the Volunteers of America. In the battle of the Santas, the volunteers charged that the Krishna Kringles have violated the unwritten code of collectors and poached on their territory. "They've been harassing our Santa Clauses," complained Volunteer Col. Don Schwartz, "standing in the way of our chimney which prevents many people from coming up and making donations." There also have been complaints that the Krishna Santas follow passersby for as far as a block, insistently demanding, "ho, ho, ho. Don't you have anything for Santa?" until their embarrassed targets give in. Roma Pada, 28, associate director of public affairs for the Hare Krishna sect, conceded that there have been excesses "on the part of some of our younger members," but he said it was contrary to the group's policy. And he denied that the Krishnas were trying to get money meant for the volunteers. "Our purpose in wearing Santa suits is not to confuse the issue," he said. "Rather;" he continued, "the essence of our preaching mission is to have people remember God. Santa being the contemporary emblem of Christmas, when people see Santa we want them to think of God." Refusing to be jollied, Schwartz said the public has become accustomed to Volunteer Santas over the last 80 years. "Now all of a sudden our donations have fallen off drastically, as much as 30 per cent in areas where they (the Krishnas) are concentrating." The issues are so complex that answers cannot be quick. But some outgoing administration officials doubt that the Soviet Union will be willing to extend SALT I. Under its terms, every time a missile-equipped Soviet submarine is launched, one of the old Soviet land-based intercontinental missiles must be taken out of commission. Contrary to U.S. thinking several years ago, the Russians have not shown any eagerness to retire these obsolete missiles. If freed of the treaty obligation, they might increase their total strategic delivery systems. AP Wirephoto Hare Krishna Member Appeals ... see us, think of God, they say W5M g&0m 1 i.uii ...I l...ll'IIWiSIS1- 1 ad II m m' i r hir ii h r r XL-100 m a m 1 . mm w m m m . m m, i i i.. 1SEE3 GlinOMACOLOR s- II FAMOUS BRAND iRslSS (c) Washington Star WASHINGTON - Leonid Brezhnev says it. Jimmy Carter says it, too, and so does Cyrus Vance. Everyone seems to agree: There should be a second U.S. -Soviet treaty limiting strategic armaments - SALT II - before too long. But behind that agreement on the desirability of a new treaty, there are some very large problems. Some senior officials who have worked on the subject for the Nixon and Ford administrations are doubtful that a new treaty can be concluded any time soon. One reason is the difficulty in coming to grips with a very tough Soviet negotiating stance. It seems to involve making no concessions to facilitate a compromise of a two-year deadlock so long as there is discussion in Washington about possible changes in the U.S. negotiating position. A more obviously time-consuming reason, however, is the necessity for basic thinking about U.S. weapons. Does this country really need the Bl bomber? Or the Bl and Cruise missiles? Such questions face the Carter administration. They cannot be answered quickly. But until they are, a clear position cannot be taken on negotiating SALT II. For this reason, according to one official who has long been at the center of SALT talks, the United States might have to propose that the 1972 SALT I treaty be extended beyond its expiration next October to allow more time to work out the follow-up treaty. An alternative would be to try to conclude a more limited SALT II treaty than was envisaged in the preliminary agreement between Brezhnev, the Soviet Communist party's general-secretary, and President Ford at Vladivostok in November 1974. It has not yet been possible to turn that agreement into a treaty because it failed adequately to cover the Soviet Backfire bomber or Cruise missiles, small pilotless plane-like weapons on which the United States has a research and development lead. A new treaty that left Backfire or Cruise missiles uncontrolled has, however, been denounced in advance by some U.S. observers of arms control matters as not much of a treaty. And that is only part of a widening problem. Some critics are beginning to focus on additional weapons, such as Soviet mobile missiles, as also requiring inclusion in any treaty. President-elect Carter might have been hinting at a relatively quick treaty covering only some weapons when he said last Friday that "maybe (he would) make an interim agreement relating to the Vladivostok terms." Carter's statement was part of a public exchange of signals between himself and Brezhnev. The Soviet leader called earlier last week for intensifying negotiations, putting "an end to the freeze of this important question by Washington almost a year ago." Carter replied that "I intend to move aggressively to get the SALT talks off dead center." His designated secretary of state, Vance, added that "progress in the SALT negotiations is a matter of paramount importance ... and it will receive aggressive attention immediately." Carter echoed widespread concern in Washington that the Vladivostok agreement permits too many strategic weapons by adding that after SALT II he would "start immediately" on trying to reduce armaments in a further treaty. Vladivostok permits 2,400 strategic weapons delivery systems to each superpower, counting a submarine or a long-range bomber as equal to one intercontinental missile. Only 1,-S20 missiles are allowed to have multiple warheads. The Defense Department argued that the swing-wing Backfire bomber has a long enough range to be counted. The Soviets denied this, and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger's civilian negotiating team was inclined to discount Pentagon fears on this point. Technical arguments about Backfire's capabilities continue within the intelligence community. Ford's inability to resolve this dispute within the administration -particularly in an election year with political pressures not to appear weak with Moscow - made it impossible to present a firm front to the Soviets. The Pentagon obstructed Kissinger's effort to go ahead with a treaty which would have put some limits on Backfire in return for restrictions on Cruise missiles, which the Defense Department is reluctant to give up. Defense's reluctance has applied particularly to the little flying bombs as naval weapons. But they also pose important decisions for air power. Some defense analysts have argued that cruise' missiles launched from relatively cheap planes can do the kind of job for which the U.S. Air Force is seeking the lastly expensive Bl. At the moment, however, the Pentagon is trying to push ahead with both Bl's and air-launched Cruise missiles, aside from the Navy'i development of submarine-launched and ship-mounted cruise missiles. 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