A slur on our lads
Having served in undeveloped countries for many years both as a soldier and in a relief organisation, I believe I know a little about the subjects you have been covering, I think it was the ‘mendacious’ article that irritated me most On page 15 the reference to Argentine troops, with its assumption that all troops become unclean tramps in war is simply untrue; and is a slur on our own lads and those of many other countries who know that the maintenance of cleanly habits is essential in combating those dehumanising factors that are certainly not only present on the battlefield.
On page 24 it is suggested that the use of the word ‘deter’ is mendacious. The sooner we all realise the simple fact that the horror of nuclear weapons has deterred aggression in Europe for longer than ever before, the safer we shall be. The ‘ties of common funk’ may not encourage the pride of the humanists, but in our desire to get rid of these awful and wasteful weapons, we must not forget that it is just those nations who do not possess a nuclear deterrent that have suffered most from war since World War II —Afghanistan, Korea, Vietnam, Iran and Iraq to mention a few.
Tax fiddling vs welfare fiddling
Love, love, love
As for the Gay Movement, this portrays the degradation of mankind, for the Bible states that homosexuality is an abomination before God. But then this distorted world has made the Bible an irrelevant backnumber.
Jim Cairns concludes with the admission that he is only at the beginning of the process of personal growth; some people never make a start.
The sad price of sex
What has given rise to female exploitation is as much the fault of women as men. Both sexes have become victims of sexual usury purely due to economics. Just as it is expedient to put a price on a cup of rice, so it becomes pragmatic to charge for sexual pleasure or any abstract emotional need in a society fragmented by the hostility of competitiveness. What any individual craves is exploitable in a society based on money and profit.
I am a man through chance and not heinous intention. I experience the desire for warmth, affection, trust and empathy with a kindred spirit whom I wish was female. By stating this I feel like a heretic because I am told that I am a victim of the so-called ‘growing awareness’ of militant feminism which delights in my feeling threatened.
Not only is the vaginal orgasm myth a frivolous distraction but so are the whole gamut of sexual politics and the dissection of them. The sad price which Western society places on commercial sex is nothing but pathetic compared to the price of a cup of rice to a Cambodian peasant.
Report from the front lines
As pastor of a parish in Chimbote, Peru where Foster Parents Plan had a large operation for many years, I have witnessed the truth of your presentation of their work. It has been very discouraging to see the extensive publicity campaigns here in Canada by ‘The Plan’ based on very dubious factual grounds. I would argue that the arguments presented against these sorts of organisations are true in every respect. It is unfortunate that so many in the First World are seduced by their appeals and do not investigate before making such large financial commitments.
Father Richard Renshaw,
No interest in Canadian Indians
Ironically, in Canada, I have observed children dying from malnourishment on Indian Reserves where conditions are often as bad as those in the Third World. And the Indian poverty is imposed by the Canadian government However I have been unable to persuade any Canadian sponsorship organisation to sponsor children on the Reserves.
Dr C. Bagley
To test or not to test
I am surprised that an ‘aware’ magazine like yours can be so oblivious to the rights of animals. You rightly criticise exploitation of Third World peoples; but why is it any more acceptable to exploit other species for our own benefit’?
Policing the drug companies
Editors note: the International Organisation of Consumers Unions, P0. Box 1045, Penang, Malaysia is presently establishing a ‘consumers interpol’ on the inappropriate marketing of drugs in the Third World.
To rename or not to rename