Independent from Long Beach, California on March 17, 1966 · Page 17
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INDEPENDENT--Page B.J; 1 QUITE A DIFFERENT attitude toward Viet Nam is given by the advocates of appeasement and by our men who are fighting to stop Communist take-over of that area. The debaters and demonstrators here operate in safety while the fighting men operate in constant danger and discomforts. But they are probably the greatest diplomatic corps we have ever had. They are building a good will no official policy has achieved in Viet Nam. ·*· * + AN A S S O C I A T E D PRESS wirephoto shows 1st Lt. Gunter Dakse of Albuquerque, N. M., a 16-year Marine C o r p s veteran, bouncing a grinning Vietnamese boy on his boot near his Da Nang perimeter. It is only one of many such pictures and stories telling of the GIs' friendship with the people in the villages they liberate from the Viet Cong. Another letter from Army Sgt. Dan Synovic of Long Beach tells nf the way many thousands of our men make friends by their natural friendliness to children. His letter in part is as follows: "We walked out of the jungle today and thus ended "Operation Nallet" In four days we leave our rest camp and go north to the Michalean Rubber Plantation. Let me tell you about my experience in this war. I think us GIs--as grubby and unshaven as we have had to be at times--have become the best ambassadors of goodwill. "When we sweep through (he remote villages searching for the Viet Cong our a p p e a r a n c e is shocking to the people. The children often become frightened and cry at the sight of us. wearing our week-old beards and grubby u n i forms. "Then down from inside that multi-purpose pack we wear, often filled with dirty socks and extra ammo, come the "C" ration candy, gum and food. The tired, grubby GI bends down and with a smile that reaches back to his child at home, holds the simple gift out to the hungry, dirty, fearful child. "Soon those little dark eyes light up and a smile spreads across ,lhe little Oriental face. A bond of friendship and a bond of love has been born. Soon the children of the village and us bearded, grubby GIs are sitting on the ground eating lunch together. The small child, while eating a mixture of boned chicken and peanut butter, looks up at the soldier and with a smile says, 'OK GI.' "The platoon medic has been treating the sick and the hurt. Peace and understanding have entered this v i l l a g e with these strange soldiers. The Viet Cong have gone, and now their rice crop is safe. Soon word comes to saddle up and move out. As we walk out of the village the children follow us to the edge of the village, smiling, laughing. They have found a new friend. "The long green line of soldiers soon disappears into the jungle. The people of the village know the Viet Cong may come back to ter- C. SAYS GIs Are Best Nam Diplomats rorize them; but they also know that this strange-talking soldier that is called "GI" will also be back. We may fight and defeat the VC but we also must bring peace and hope to these people. If this war is to be won we must also win the hearts and minds of the people of South Viet Nam." * + * THERE ARE many people in this country who feel we should not have gone into Viet Nam as we did. But we are there and it is time we stop giving aid to the enemy by our debates over whether or not we should surrender and leave the area to the Communists. The 235,000 or more of our men there deserve our full support and the enemy needs to know we are giving that support -- until the freedom of choice of government is guaranteed to the South Vietnamese people. Meantime our men in uniform are doing much to overcome the bad impression our debaters and demonstrations are giving. -- L.A.C. IL.A.C.'! rolu.Tin. by I. A. Collins Sr., oidrr rrliimn«; 't A " ' opinion and doot not necessarily r^fUct C""n; dM^a opinion of thii nsw^papffr.] U.S. Tries Policy of ^Disappearance' From Our National Bureau WASHINGTON -- At this moment, the American wish that new nations shall be saved from Communist control is enjoying a dramatically successful fulfillment in Indonesia. That this is so is due at last partly to an audacious experiment in United States policy, never clearly defined for the public and so, hardly noticed for what it was. Its success has potentially great meaning in comparable situations elsewhere. It has a direct and impor- FREDERIC COLLINS tant relationship to the revolutionary i new endowment of authority just conferred upon the State Department by President Johnson. To keep step with the current fash ion for applying labels to everything, the maneuver so brilliantly executed in Indonesia may be called a "Policy of Disappearance." It meant withdrawing the American apparatus from Indonesia so completely that, as one official put it, "there was nobody left for the Indonesians to ,get mad at." * * * THIS POLICY, it may be noted, is the direct opposite of "United States policy in Viet Nam. To try it in Indonesia took a great deal of nerve. It required the winning of a long hot argument inside this government. Indonesia has the fifth GEORGE RORESOIV :: :': : ': : %5SSflfi!J^^ . : .. j : .. Private Initiative Triumphs, Sort of WELCOME TO ANOTHER heartwarming episode of "One Big, Happy Family," the continuing story of how individuals and departments within the "City Family," as City Hall is known heart-warmingly, get along together. Through thick and thicker. In our last episode, we saw em- ployes of two city departments argue good-naturedly over who owned some salvage timbers that had washed up on the beach. We saw the good-natured crime reports of the incident, filed with the police and city prosecutor's office. Today we see city detectives puttering around their newly-leased parking lot, whipping it into shape, as city inspectors putter around the detectives. Police, like you and me, have had a rough time finding a place to park their own cars downtown when they go on duty. So the Long Beach Police Officers Association leased a vacant lot across the street from the cop- shop, to be paid for with the $4 a month they would charge association members who park there. They got 70 tons of asphalt at a discount from a paving firm. They ringed the lot with wheel-abutments which, in reality, were power-pole crossbars donated by the Edison Co. The Public Service Department boys dug post-holes in the lot and installed tall posts to hold "No Public Parking" signs. * * * THAT'S WHERK the trouble began. Somebody complained, perhaps a commercial parking-lot owner, and the city ordered the posts removed. The police bought four new posts from a lumber company and took them to the Public Service Dept. to replace the four city posts. But the city didn't want identical posts, it wanted its very own original largest population in the world. It has a crucial strategic position in the geography of the globe and the geography of power. It had a huge Com munist party, muscular, mihtam and wily. It 'was well on the path to an association so clo-c with Communist China that a .l;;i:arta-Peking axis loomed as a menacing probabhly. Some kind of action seemed imperative. There were a n t i - C o m m u n i s t ele- ments in the country The conventional canons of United States pohcy in countering Communist expansion in the whole period since World War II suggested thai these elements should be given every kind of help that could be mustered for them. That, indeed, was done. Experience showed, however, that in practical terms, the American operation proved more of a burden than a help to the anti-Communtsts. As MEimit; AMI voi By BEN ZINSER Medical Science Editor RESEARCHERS have found fur ther evidence thai a chemical factor is at work in the mental disorder nf schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a severe emotional disorder marked by retreat from reality, regression, delusions, hallucinations and emotional disharmony. There are several types of the ailment. Now, a University nf Liverpool scientist has confirmed an earlier study which shows that a lah test sometimes indicates "pink spots" in t h e u r i r c ;,' v i c t i m s of schizophrenia. The spots are an indication of the presence of DMPF.. a chemical s i m i l a r In mescaline. The latter can cause t e m p o r a r y schizophrenia in some persons. In a report in Nature. British sci- e n t i f i c publication, researchers say that pink spnts were found in more than 80% nf victims of nonparanoid lype schizophrenia. In this type the patierit may suffer hallucinations or catatonia (alternating between imm«- bility and excitability). * * * SOME WOMEN remain infertile after discontinuing use of birth-control pills, three San .lose doctors report. In n report in the .lournul of t h r American Medical Association, t h e physicians say: "Let's he hnnesi ahom t h e pill and i n f o r m childless women and those with only one living child of the poss i b i l i t y of being r e l a t i v e l y i n f e r t i l e for u n d e l e r m i n a t e periods of t i m e follow in« d i s c o n t i n u a t i o n of oral r o n t r a r e p lives." Some doctors question this f i n d i n g and t h i n k that these women would have been i n f e r t i l e anyway. often as anyone raised a voice in iia- sent against the course charted for Indonesia by President Sukarno, h» was promptly labeled a "neo-colonialist." There was nothing vague about that term. The reference to a new colonial power meant the United States. A year ago. the situation had be-. come critical from the standpoint of t h e United States and other powers winch share i t s interests in that part nf the \vnrUi There was even some consideration, very brief, of sending a m I' .TV iv.Y-c.hti'in to Indonesia. Tne alternative chosen was "dis "jc · .ie diplomats, the propagandists, and the spooks -- the CIA L. ))! -- ,.,K. "the; i.icmbers in the C.SM "f 'hi 1 -' n i n r r an "presence" were ordered home Thr embassy was cut 'lev i ' i h i , e n i i i i n i u r . i nf observ- IT MUST BE acknowledged that Hi · . .. . s..iiis helped by doing their be.st in burn down American structures and throw Americans out. That does not alter the fact that a positive I ' m l e d Slates |*licy, nf a novel kind. was carried out. Freed of the stigma of "nee-colonialism." of acting as agents for the United States, the leaders of the anti- C n m m u n i s t forces were able to work more effectively. After a year, the t r i m s i if t h e i r endeavors are now conspicuously visible Systematic efforts I" break the Communist political pnu'er are under way, Peking's disciples have been driven from the gov- e r n m e n t or rendered impotent, and at present, at leas; it appears that Indonesians have succeeded m breaking the cnnnoction w i t h Peking. In t h e process, the argument in favor of United States non-involvement in such a f f a i r s has been measurably strengthened "I'd toy you feel withdrawn because you're running out tf thingt from which to wHMraw!" posts back. City workers arrived at the lot, removed the posts and even filled in the holes again. ' So the detectives took back their posts, got a post-hole digger, dug the holes and installed the posts, and painted them. They did it right after, duty-hours one day. In their suits, i Meanwhile, other off-duty cops; were trying to paint white lines on the 1 lot for diagonal parking, but found; that geometry was not their strong suit. Some of the parking slots were' five feet wide, some seven feet wide;, some lines were diagonal, some were not so diagonal. Now t h a t the lot was ready for wide, narrow and odd-shaped automobiles, a city building inspector, dropped by and claimed several things were not quite as he would like them. It began to look as though the onh'i good thing the city would say about! the do-it-yourself lot was the absence of a live volcano under the pavement. 1 ·*· + + i THINGS ARE pretty well squared, away at the lot now, except for a j couple of wheel-abutments that have popped up and have to be cemented, and the police association wound up; with nearly 150 applications for 4.V parking spaces. We should congratulate these men who have done their part to alleviate' their own parking problem against the, usual hopeless odds in the Big. Happy! City Family. And hope the volcano doesn't erupt. THOUGHTS For as in Adam oil die, so also in Christ shall all be, made alive.--I Cor. 15:22. There is only one way to get ready for immortality, and that is to love this life and live it as bravely and faithfully and cheerfully as we can-Henry Van Dyke. American clergyman and poet. J-'or / have given vou an example, thai, you a/so should do as I have done to you.--John 13:15. Example is not the main t h i n g in life; it is the only thing. -- Albert Schweitzer, famous physician and humanitarian. "Bui. man is horn In Irouh/p os /he sparks fly upward."--Job 5:7. The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles. -- Bernard Banich. adviser to U.S. president'. Bear one another's burdens, and .so fulfil! the law of Christ.--Galatians fi:2. Give what you have. To someone 't may be better than you dare to think. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet. Now faifh is the assurance of Ihings hoped for, the conviction of filings nof seen.--Hebrews 11:1. Man cannot live without faith because his relationship with the future is an affair not alone of thought hut also of action: life is a continuous adventure into the unknown. -- Harry Emerson Fosdick, American clergyman. , Whafs stopping you from having a telephone planned home? It cant be the cost Since w h e n . ;,ou may ask. has an extension phone become The telephone is today's creates barpain. Extra phones one of the inexpensive pleasures of life 11 are the next bet buy you c,;n find. And a wonderful rea- Smce now. Because each extra phone \ r : your home sou for you to call ou; 1 Bu-inos Oflice. We'll help you w i l l COM \ o u Icvs per day t h a n n i a i l i n a a letter. So w h a t X holding you back from ;hc Comfort, t o n \ c n - iencc and privacy extra telephones ji\c? As we say, it can t he t h e cost. That's why many new homes are pre- wired, w i t h phone outlets in several key spots. w i t h the planning. GENERAL TELEPHONE ~' A M«mbf of fht G T «£ fomr'yof Cooiponid

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