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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 12

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.44 .>r''»^" 12 QolaifcKift RiflJstir*MQil, Galisbiifg, III. Monday. April 30> 1973 Bflayed Reaction to •II WASmom (tlf»t) After iO liMnthi» why did the Watergate case suddenly become ah \mtt of burning gjjjceoiicerh^^^^^^^^^^ • lyiwpwBwp.^.yijiMBW Was it because Jatnes McCord suddenly began talking about hlgher^jM, with suggestions that some top people in the White House might have been involved? Does it really seem more ate Blamed iign likely nam than last summer that three rel«tively well-placed former employes of the White House and employes of President Niton's campaign organization were on their own when they broke into Democratic headquarters? The purpose of these questions is to suggest a somewhat ironic answer—that the public did not get excited about the Watergate because it occurred in the midst of a political campaign. The suggestion-backed up by surveys conducted late fast summer in the Syracuse, N.V., area—is that while a large segment of the public was aware of the Watergate before the election, concern about it was directly related to an inflividuars preference in the presidential race. Interviews by Syracuse University political scientists indicated that people who were solid for George S. McGovem thouj^t Watergate was an outrage. Those who supported Nixon either dismissed Watergate as an example of dirty politics engaged in by both sides, or else was a pk>t concocted by Democrats to seize attention. What it boils down to is that voters refused to be diverted by the Watergate. They were focused on Ihe center ring of the campaign-the personalities and profiosals of Nixon and McGovem. Those who deplored, as some new decline of American moral sensitivity, failure of voters to make a connection b^ween the Watergate bugging and the Nixon candhiacy forgot some relatively receht history. Teapot Dome Scandal Calvin Cool id ge became President in 1903 in the midst of the Harding administration's Teapot Dome scandal, and was elected almost 2 to 1 over his nearest opponent in 1824. Not only that, but Reptiblicans gained 22 seats in the House and three in the Senate that year. The Watergate story broke at a time when voters were concluding that McGovern was not the man they wanted in the White House. They were thinking about things like immediate withdrawal from Vietnam; a |1,000 payment to every citizen; about abortion; and about amnesty. They were getting their first hard look at ]\fcGovem as one of two men they had to Chose between for the presidency. What happened Nov. 7 confirms that Nixon followed exactly the right strategy last summer and fall—sat back and projected the image of the dignified statesman, removed from all the thrashing about that McGovern had to go See 'Delayed'(Continued on Page 14) Scandal Is Nothing New to Europeans By RICHARD C. LONGWORTH BRUSSELS (UPl) - Few governments in Europe are wiUlng to point a shocked finger at the United States for its Watergate affair. Most of them at one time or another, have been tarred themselves by scandal. Two nations—Finland and Italy—are suff^ing through scandals right now, the latter a mini-Watergate. Common Points Most of the scandals in Europe have had two tiuiigs in common: First that some high- ranking official lost his job and second that no government ever fell because of it. Perhaps the most spectacular scandal took place in Britain in 1961 when War Minister John Profumo confessed to Parliament that he had lied in drying his affair with Christine Keeler, a 19-year-old redhead. Miss Keeler was carrying on a simutaneous liaison with a Soviet diplomat. Profumo resigned and the government of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan ahnost -^tHit not quite—toppled. Franz-Josef Strauss, West Germany defense minister, resigned in 1962 over his key role in tlie "Der Spiegel" affair. Police arrested several editors of "Der Spiegel" and searched its offices after the weekly news magazine pub- MCflfHER'S m "your personal envoy of good taste" ^ LEIGHTON SUNDRIES Chambers & Berrien lished a report alleging that West German armed forces were unready for battle. Strauss, then an heir apparent to the West German leadership, returned two years later as finance minister and is now a leader of the opposition. Most Memorable Perhaps the most memorable scandal in France was the Rose Pallet case of 1966, in which Andre Le Troquer, 74, a former speaker of the I>Vench Assembly, was sentenced to a one- year suspended jail term for orgies with subteen gh-ls and older men. The government of President Georges Pompidou has been hit twice: Once by the news that Premier Jacques Chaban-Delmas paid no taxes (the premier lost his job), and the second time by the pUbikation by Gabriel Aranda, a high official in the Housing Abnistry, of letters indicating that progov- emment membiers of Parliament sou^t favors for certahi construction companies. Scandal also is a regular visitor to Italy. Ttie current one is a kind of nationwide Watergate in which telephone tappbig and office bugging have become a way of life. An investigation stUl under way has uncovered evidence of taps on telephones of (he presidential palace, the Bank of Italy and scores, of firms and new^apers and politicians. In the mid-1960s, Prof. Felice Ippolito, director of the National Commission for Nuclear Energy, embezzlhig was or charged misusing with 12.4 million. In the 1950s, the Mohtesi case, which began with the discovery Of the half-nude body of Wilma Montesi on a Roman beach, ended with the resignation of Foreign Minister Attilio Piccioni. Bilked Spanish Four Spanish cabinet ministers lost their jobs in the aftermath of the Matesa case, a scandal centering on the Matesa Textile Machines Co., which allegedly bilked ^e government out of $142.5 million in export loans through phony ej^rts. Industrialist Juan Vila Reyes spent three years in jail, but the money is still missing. The Communist world is not inunune to high-level shenanigans. Yugoslav President Tito fired Vice President Alexander Ran- kovic, the interior minister, the secret police chief, and 15 other officials in 1966 after he discovered the extent of police surveillance. The real break came when Tito found his own telephohe was tapped. One Bulgarian minister and eight leading industrialists were fired in 1969 hi a case reportedly involving embezzlement of millions ot dollars from Texim, a Bulgarian C(Miglomer- ate which, among other things, was responsible for introducing COca-Cola into the Balkan nation. Rare Case A rare scandal has even hit Fhiland, where the justice minister has charged the presidential chief of staff, the World EyesBugg ing Developments By RICHARD C. LONGWORTH BRUSSELS (UPI), - A survey by UPI correspondents around the world has shown that the Watergate scandal could hurt President Nixon's reputation abroad and undermine his ability to carry out his foreign policy. An important segment of officials and politicians, however, disagreed. Keephig Calm Governments of some of Ammca's major friends and foes — espedally the Soviet Union, Weat Germany and France — are trying hard to keep the scandal from upsetting their relations with Washbigton. The Soviet-American detente appears mtle affected. But attempts to build a new relationship with Western Europe and Japan might be damaged if Nixon's reputation is badly tarnished by the affair. These conclusions are still tentative. The scandal's clhnax probably is yet to come. The survey was based on a statement by Heray A. Kissin- need you m If you can spare some time, even a few hours, we know lots of folks who need your help. Lonely people. Kids without parents. Old Folks. Vets in hospitals. It's fun to volunteer. So call your local Voluntary Action Center today. Or write to "Volunteer", Washington, D.C. 20013, Bkberd Sixon ger, Nixon's chief foreign policy adviser, that 'a great deal depends on how foreign countries assess the degree of authority" retained by Nixon after Watergate. Kissinger himself said he did not believe Watergate would affect foreign policy. Not one government spokesman was willing to make an on- the-record conunent regarding Watergate, saying the situatira was too delicate and admitting candidly that most other governments were, not exactly without sin themselves. Few politicians agreed to be quoted by name and most spokesmen merely called the scandal "an internal American affair." Some Views Here are some of the views expressed country by country on Watergate: —The Soviet press, which once made the most of American crime and corruption, has ignored the scandal and Soviet officials refuse comment. —In France, a diplomat said, "I don't think this will affect American relations with France, including Nixon's forthcom- \^needyoJ^ Tlie IVational Center for Voluntary Action. liu CQotfibJiili<t <9r am piUblic «Qo4 in cooperation witb MtKril m nut immSmii «*w«Pip«r Advertisim imiitim mmnm mum rwwN* • FrMtMdiMur $149^ DAVE'S Schwinn Center Henderson & North Ph. 342-3812 Hemry Kisiinf er ing meetuig with Pompidou. It is completely outside our sphere. It is an uiternal American affair." But French new^apers—like the rest of the European press—began playmg up Watergate this past week. In Japan, Trade Minister YasUhu-o Nakasone passed off the scandal, saying, "there are always Uicidents in the world of politics, and if we allowed ourselves to be affected by them all, we could not carry on normal relations with any country." Tokyo's Mainichi newspaper, however, wrote: "The (American) people believe that the political ethic of fair play has been trampled upon ... There is no doubt that Nixon's administration gave the impression of extreme secrecy, of ulterior motives..." —In West Germany, a highly- placed government source said, "we can see no reason why Nixon's international image should suffer." —In Britain, a member of Parliament from the ruling Conservative party said he thought the whole thing was a "trial by press," but added "If key staff people are convicted, then I don't see how the prestige of the presidency and the President himself can but suffer." —In Yugoslavia, the newspaper Borba predicted that "Nixon will survive ... but not without serious scars from the wounds of Watergate." —In the Netherlands, Hans Van Mierlo, parliamentary floor leader of the left-wing "D66" party said: "You can bet your life that the affair hurt the reputation of the President enormously in the Netherlands. Everybody here believes that Nixon knew about it." —In Belgium, the financial newspaper Echo de la Bourse said that, if Nixon is to build a new relationship with Western Europe, "he must try to erase the nasty impression left by this scandal and wash his hands clean." —In Sweden, the Newspaper Dagens Nyheter said Nixon's aides "have demonstrated that they do not claim to serve a respected and just regime." —In Austria, Herbert Kohlmaier, general secretary of the opposition Conservative People's party, said, "there is no doubt that the affair is beginning to hurt American prestige worldwide. Greater damage can only be avoided by a fast and complete investigation. I don't know if President Nixon was involved, but cannot imagine him knowing and approving of such actions. Prince Relaxes HOUSTON (UPI) - Norwegian Crown Prince Harald spent Sunday afternoon relaX^ ing and sailing with friends on Galveston Bay and attended a private dinner Sunday night. 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