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•# f H • -k 1 _• BJP * L 4 t i. The Golden Calf •or EDITORIAL Comment • r and eview it- Nixon Overlooks Sure Weapon Human there's a foolproof way President Nixon could take the wind out of the Ervin com- 9 * It i mittee's sails, cut the ground from under his detractors and bury the subject of Watergate once and for all* Instead of getting up on his High horse of executive privilege in answer to the com- v i mittee's request for tapes of White House conversations, and certainly instead of taking it as an attempt to "get" him personally or poltically, he ought to commandeer three hours of prime time on all radio and < television networks and proceed to play the darned tapes — unedited, just as they were ground clatter of doors opening and closing, pencils drumming on desks and papers being shuffled. To be sure, listening to a president's private conversations would be a fascinating thing for a few minutes. But to endure all the urns rumphs the long stretches of dullness there must in- •. 1 r r evitably be, to attempt to make sense of cryptic references in White House verbal shorthand to people and things the average person never heard of in hopes of hearing something really exciting would require the stamina and dedication of a truly born eavesdropper. L r h Most Americans would be asleep before , 4 the first hour was up. And there would be no reruns of the "Watergate Tapes." Japanese Premier to Visit Here THE ADMINISTRATION will have an- r other opportunity to add its already impressive diplomatic record when Japanese Premier Kakuei Tanaka meets with President Nixon in Washington for two days of talks starting Tuesday, Close observers generally agree that Tanaka will • forego the passive role traditionally assumed by Jap?n in such ta}ks, and for understandable reasons. In recent months, Japan handsomely fulfilled its promise to help reduce the once huge U. S. trade deficit. It also complied with requests to liberalize investment opportunities for U. S.-firms and to devalue the yen. Instead of reciprocating to reward Japanese efforts, the United States slashed soybean exports, a vital farm commodity for the Japanese, Then it unexpectedly withdrew its top delegates to the annual U.S.- Japanese economic conference on July 15 in Tokyo, The explanation .was that the dele- 4 gates' expertise was needed more acutely at home in preparing the Phase IV economic program, ASIAN SCHOLAR Edwin Reischauer describes the resulting state of U. S.-Japanese relations on the eve of Tanaka's visit as one of '"drastic deterioration." Other experts speculate that the Japanese are not so much miffed at the administration as they are concerned about the possible decline of its authority in the wake of Watergate revelations. In any event, the topics of overriding mutual interest certain to figure prominently in the Nixon-Tanaka agenda will include farm commodity exports and the energy t problem. The Japanese want assurances on preferred export treatment from the United States, which in turn appears eager for Japanese commitments on joint petroleum and uranium exploration. With §14 billion of bilateral trade at stake, egos will, doubtless ^ be massaged. r Greece Goes to the Polls ALTHOUGH the outcome is virtually foreordained, Greek voters will decide in a referendum scheduled for Sunday whether to convert their country from a monarchy to a presidential republic. The regime of George Papadopoulos, which announced the abolition of the monarchy on June 1, has i implied that a "yes" vote may lead to lifting of martial law in Athens and parliamentary elections by the end of 1974. A " no vote, on the other hand, could mean that tanks misunderstood, former Premier 'anellopoulps warned that he did mechanism which could protect the country from tt quences of a general This impossibly x state politics has fallen. The editors of on< partially muzzled opposition news papers, CftristiasiW zens say M no the P^9poul0i minister, prime minister, regent, and president. How kind of him that he did not let himself be appointed king." IN A RECENT interview, deposed King Constantine said he held "the strong belief w that the overwhelming proportion of the Greek people and the armed forces are against the regime." This impression is confirmed in some degree by foreign,observers who have recently returned from Greece. They report that, for the first time since 1967, opposition to Papadopoulos is consolidating within the country. Exiled opposition leaders are urging their countrymen to cast blank or invalid ballots because the very act of voting "no" would, in effect, legitimize the referendum. But the Athens correspondent for the Times of London reports that the regime has the means to falsify the returns should such action prove necessary. If anything brings down the present regime, it probably will be the soaring rate of inflation, not the entreaties of the opposition in exile. Get a load of the following whimperings, b a w 1 i n g s and blubberings from the Lust Lobby. Subject: Last June's Supreme Court decision returning to local communities their ancient and immemorial right to proscribe pornography. "It's a denial of civil liberties." Mark Rob&>n, director of those two high-minded and uplifting motion pictures, '.'Peyton Place" and "Valfey of ttie Wis." IT'S A DISASTER. "-Robert Aldrich, producer of "The Dirty Dozen." (This character, incidentally, went on to denounce the Producer's Assn. for-"not educating the public in the difference between "X-rated" and "dirty." That's like selling old John Q. on ..the difference ber tween a polecat and a skunk.) "We abhor the decision." Writers Guild of America. "It's a terrible Wow against the basic constitutional rights of every individual." Robert Wise, president of flie Directors Guild. AND SO IT goes on, far, far into the night, complete with b r e a s t-beatings, Macedonian cries and eyeball-rollings, until the uninformed observer would swear with Chicken Little that the sky itself was falling. Just think: The smut salesmen aren't going to be quite as free to squirt their sewage all over the rest of us as they have been for the past 10 years, and thedr poor dirty little hearts are breaking. Isn't that just too darned bad? OF COURSE, the obscenity establishment soft-pedals the real reason for all this anguish, which is the painful certainty that the high court decision is bound to zap them right in their pocketbooks. Instead, their it WASHINGTON (NBA) - Pks lure a President Nl*on who sMnr gett through Watergate but later (Ms himtetf be* s« fiflrejjg",JMfr ***** energy crises wftieh «tftfc» right into American i this uwettUftg Watergate ng and summer, the Prtifei* dent has Ms bitter critics, ft widening number if the polls arc correct. But he also has Ms defenders, ^ho are growing in* creasifigiy aftgry as the inquiries progress. THE NEWSPAPER, the National Observer, has been deluged with a furious fusillade of pro-Nixon mail from some of these defenders, since it car- ritd a column by the perceptive, graceful political writer James M. Perry which boldly declared that much of the press views Watergate as proving the validity of Its long-held suspicions of the President as a devious man. \ Yet it has been suggested to me (and some others) that Mr. Nikon's support from these people might dwindle to an incredible minimum if a worsening economic and energy dilemma confronts him later on. SUPPOSE he seeks to meet thfse difficulties with new, tough control measures which smack almost'of wartime austerity. Suppose my knowledgeable informant Is right and his By 4 spokesmen caterwaul about constitutional privileges and freedom 'ot egression; lor all the world as though the Founding fathers had written the Bill of Bights solely to protect Marion Brando's liberty to copulate publicly. To hear these scoundrels scream, you'd think our fundamental American freedoms had suddenly gone down the tube. And naturally some of our more vocal and virulent left- wing commentators are trying to whoop up a protest movement to persuade Justice Burger et al to change their minds. Tvte got news for these i pie: FREEDOM of speech and freedom of expression have always been profundly limited in this country, both by our legislatures and by our courts, with no noticeable damage done to anyone except criminals and perverts. For example, free speech was never intended to permit some nut to yeU "Fire " in a crowded theater,, as Justice Holmes once commented. Crossword Puzzle Aftfvtr H fmkm huh ACROSS 1 Feminine nickname 4 Musky perfume 9 Shakespearean queen 12 Sindbad's bird (myth.) 13 Idolize 14 Pub brew 15 Tough- wooded tree 18 Flower part 17 Aunt (Sp.) IS Competed 20 Roman bronze 21 Followers. 22 Enlist 24 Pressing 26 Discern 27 Tears asunder X Small shield 30Rooffinial 31 Slight tAsU 32 Coterie 33 Grivet monkeys 35 French health resort 38 Father, for one 39 Backless 41 Winged, 42 Ampere (ab.) M Alaskan city 45'RottW 46 Palm cockatoo 48 Ignited 49 Chemical suffix 50 Kind of sore throat (coll.) 51 Epoch 52 Streets (ab.) 53 Property Hen 54 Scottish sail yard DOWN 1 Indian warrior 2 Dyestuff (var.) 3 Those who suffer pain 4 Head cover 5 Pattern of perfection 6 Cast a ballot 7 Rubbings out 8 Far off , (comb, form) 9 Entangled 10 Foreigners 11 Animal UH *j|auu-;i ?)M Mini 1 MUM 12! Mi — MiruiM n(*M i:)MMl£l MM 1=1 19 Race result forecaster (slang) 21 Act of igniting 23 Ancient language 25 Feel regret 29 Parvenus 33 Special aptitude 34 Harangues 36 Prison (slang) 37 New York city 38 Capital of France 39 Frolic 40 Bristles 43 Planet 4C Xing of Judah (Bib.) 47 Suitable i - Mwr# ill *m him - ftrtng Kgfder than ever at *«J5*gE Cflrgrca, blaming m, ornrUts tiff part hdmic troubles, chopping tvari r * f * * J - J al speA American _ . . tetmen and iiKhtstrialist I; f- - _ 7 * pitting <heif Uitefes^ MORE ITTILL source r r cfil present angry backers, feeling the pinch tbrectly as they do hot feel Watergate, largely desert him. How will he react? Says a Eepubtbcan sensitive to the President's make-up: "Hell get angry* He'll get madder. If he tods he suddenly has no defenders, he'll defend himself by lashing out. . "HE'LL RESPOND the way he did when the Senate rejec his second U. S. Supreme Court nominee, Harrow Oarswell, the way he did when he labeled as '(hose bums' the students who rioted against his 1970 decision to Invade. Cambodia.'' This Republican adds that, should he find only Richard "He'll challenge all these to get up off their back* sides and .do something, arguing that as President he's doing everything he knows to meet the crises and should not have to stand alone in such times of national crises." By hacking away in this manner, it is, suggested, the President might hope to regain at least his standard core of sup- part, which ranges generally just above 40 per cent of voters -though in rare 1972 he swamped a widely unacceptable Sen. George McGovem with Ms 61 per cent total. VET, SHOULD the President's script run along these lines, It would contain what seems an utterly absurd contradiction. Flailing about so broadly in his sc'f-defender's role, he would in effect be going over the heads of the people to win back some of the people. And f^you're going to accuse me in print of beating my wife, you'd better be darned sure Ws not the other way around before you publish your screed or I'M sue you for your shirt. -Ever; since Magna Charta, end firobabiy a long time before, local dtizmrie^ have been ailttwed; to decide what ma- tenuis dmiidted in their midst were offensive to public decency and what weren't Regardless, it's pretty hard to docu­ ment'any allegation that pur were less free than •f i _ we are today; they were, however, notably more dean minded, as a quick took at comparative figures for rape and other Sex crimes will amply demon-* strate. i THE ^ PEOPLE themselves' are tbeXonly pDssible judges of what is permissible swi what is pnuient, because in a democratic society based on local sell- government this is the name of the game. The only possible alternative to such democratic control would be (a) to let ^ 1 everybody print, portray and perform in public anything and everything the most diseased imaginations could conjure up, in which case the sheer stench K would drive society right up the wall, or (b) to let some federal bureaucrats make the decision, in which case we'd probably face an infinite series of pornographic Watargates. No, the Supreme Court's decision wiJl stand, and our so- called drama will have one more chance to craWl out of the gutter and take a much-needed bath, NOW THAT the Hollywood hacks know that their produc- + _ tions won't run in Podunk if they're fuJi of four-letter words and emetic perversions, perhaps we can expect a rehim to decent dialogue, attired actors and praiseworthy plots after a decade of wallowing in a the* atrical and literary cesspool. My heart goes cut to the poor pornographer, though. But then, >ston Stnangler. -4 Inn 'That's right! 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