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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 7

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, November 7, 1968
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Palm Beach Post, Thursday, Nov. 7, 196&-A7 U PI ID I N E1 'S U. S. Resumes Arms Shipments To Greece To Bolster NATO Unit WITTNAUER A PRODUCT Of lattOIMfS WITTSAUC been urging the country's leaders privately to allow more freedom here and some return to democracy. One reason that some weapons are being held back still is to give these officials more leverage when they make their suggestions. But NATO officials are not going to want any weak links In their military chain on the southern flank. Undoubtedly, the same reasons for sending Jet fighters and trainers will be advanced soon for sending tanks and artillery. Then the argument of principles versus pragmatism and the rest will start all over again. , BY NORMAN MOSS ATHENS (NANA) The conflict between principles and pragmatism in foreign policy is exemplified in America's relations with Greece. When the present rulers of Wi It (Elf w Greece seized power from the elected government in a military coup seventeen months ago, the United States suspended all shipments of arms to Greece. These shipments were part of a NATO arrangement. It has just been disclosed that the shipments have been resumed, though some military equipment is still being withheld. Jet fighters, trainer aircraft and small naval craft are coming. Tanks and artillery, also due under a NATO arrangement, are not. Not surprisingly, this is seen in very different ways in Washington and Athens. In Washington, it is seen as a victory for realistic strategic thinking. Defense officials had been pointing out that these weapons were not promised to Greece as a favor, or because ' America approved of the government, but to enable the Greek armed forces to carry out the missions assigned to them under NATO war plans. Furthermore, these officials said, this is no lime to weaken NATO'S defense in the Mediterranean. Yugoslavia is sensing threats from the Soviet Union and standing up to them, and there is a greatly increased Soviet naval force in the Mediterranean. Greek service chiefs, mean-. while, were pointing to the weaknesses in their capabilities, and explaining that Greek air force pilots were being trained to fly planes that were now not available. However, the resumption of arms shipments is not being presented here as a victory of military common sense. Greek government officials are suggesting that the arms shipments show American approval of the military junta. And American approval means a lot to most Greeks. It is not only the government that sees the sending of these weapons as a gesture of support. Most of the opposition see it that way also, and many others who are not politically most wanted watches FOR Hi EN 0 THE GO Go first class with Wittnauer, the watch that has something extra in time. 1. SLIDE RULE. Slide rule rim on stainless steel case. 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