Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 27, 1974 · Page 12
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 12

Panama City, Florida
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Thursday, June 27, 1974
Page 12
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t NEWS-HERALD, Panama ,Clly.i, M ^fliiiftMtav. Jfel*M f i m Aid Crucial Question ON TRAIL-Retired General William C Westmoreland on the campaign trail in South Carolina. Westmoreland, commander in Vietnam at the height ot American involvement is running in the Republican campaign. (UPI) Was Tour Success? Arabs Have Doubts CAIRO - It should have been a visit with echoing historic resonances. That the President of the United States should come to the Arab Middle East ought surely to be a monumental landmark, a turning point comparable, almost, with the irruption of Alexander the Great. Yet the Arab reaction to Mr. Nixon's entry into their world is very mixed, tending towards wry cynicism. The low key of this private, as distinct from public, welcome does not mean that -the Arabs, governments and governed, are unaware of the visit's significance. It is something, after all, that the head of a state which has long been regarded as an inveterate enemy of the Arab cause, and which only eight months ago was rearming the Arabs' foe in mid-battle, should now trust himself to Arab friendship and hospitality and that this friendship and hospitality should be forthcoming. Then there are the more obvious political reasons for Arab selt-congratulation. It is the American leader who is coming to meet the Arab leaders and not vice versa... The two days he spent in Cairo plus the briefer spells in Riyadh, Damascus and Amman, are contrasted with the bare 24 hours that he spent in Israel. There is also the fact that he visited Syria even in the absence of full formal diplomatic relations, now restored. All this emphasizes America's new pro-Arab tilt, a depreciation of Israel in its political calculations. Even so, and despite the welcome of Faroukian extravagance he received in Cairo, Amman and elsewhere, some Arabs have not been able to avoid the temptation to ask: what sort of American President have we welcomed? Despite traditional Arab politeness to guests, the answer comes back: a dis­ hevelled politician in search of an external diversion. The sudden possibility of Kissinger disappearing from the scene has produced the shocked realization that the peace plan he has been working on is exceedingly fragile; a huge inverted pyramid balancing perilously on a tiny point — Kissinger himself. How did secretaries spend afternoons before they invented typewriter ribbons to change? SAIGON ~ The non-existence of the Vietnam ceasefire has never been more apparent than in the flat, open scrubland 25 miles up the road north from Saigon. The battle that has been raging for about three weeks around the district town of Ben Cat has developed, into the biggest confrontation between the South Vietnamese army and the regular battalions of the North Vietnamese army since the "ceasefire" came into force in January, 1973. The destruction the fighting has wrought to this formerly placid area close to South Vietnam's capital is incontestable. Hundreds of soldiers from both sides have been killed or wounded. A village called An Dien has been battered into a smoking ruin. Fighting on this scale is also a heavy financial drain on both sides, but particularly so for the hignly-me- chanized South Vietnamese army, which with 1.1 million men in arms is the fourth largest army in the world, and which is having great difficulty in shedding its extravagant American military tactics. In its efforts to throw back the North Vietnamese troops infiltrating into the Ben Cat area, the army has mustered a considerable force of infantry and airsupported armor. South Vietnamese lets ha've been regularly flying more than SO sorties a day, and the artillery booms day and night sending thousands of shells, costing at least $75 apiece, crashing into the communist lines. What will happen if the North Vietnamese manage to continue this level of fighting for six months or more? A planning officer in Saigon shrugged his shoulders helplessly. This question-mark hung over President Thieu's recent speech, the most forceful he has yet made on the delicate topic of American aid. The president compared American generosity to war- ravaged Europe after the Second World War, and in the 1950s to South Korea, With what he termed an abdication of responsibility towards South Vietnam. 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For the South Vietnamese gov WASHINGTON (UPI)-Rep. Bill Gunter, D-Fla.,. urged creation of a new federal agency to coordinate research and. development of solor energy. Gunter joined Rep. Mike McCormack, D-Wash., in introducing legislation to create a solar energy coordination and management project, drawing on the skills of other agencies that deal with energy. Gunter^ said he was afraid "the limitless potential of solar energy may be ignored by executive agencies more accustomed to thinking in terms of traditional energy sources." . He called the bill a logical extension of the house's action in passing legislation to put $50 million into solar energy development in the next five 'years. Gun ter said the administration over the past few months had indicated it regards solar energy as "posssibly some sort of exotic, far-off future possibility we might possibly think of developing spmetime-but not ertiment, this is a period of dwindling options: it is having to cope with a deteriorating military situation, and roaring inflation, at a time when the United States is showing great reluctance to deliver the goods. It is not pretty picture for a president to put before a war- weary population but Thleu was still applauded when he said that if .America evades its responsibilities, or uses economic pressure to force what he called South Vietnam's surrender to the communists, then the country would be obliged to "fight to the last bullet*. The point is that the link between Saigon and the White House is much weaker than it once was and now it is Congress rather than President Nixon which may have ;the last word. , ; ? now.' 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