To the editor:
Back in the old days, it seemed that the CIA existed mainly for the purpose of making life miserable for uncooperative foreign leaders and their governments.Stirring up a war like the big one that may erupt in the Middle East could have been beyond their capabilities. But if they were forced to have a go at it because the president said: "It's in Exacot's best interest," their scenario would probably have unfolded like this:
Step 1 - Our "assets" (the bought people) in the Tuwaiki government were instructed to ensure that Tuwaik stayed tough and unyielding in dealing with Qira in a heated dispute involving oil extraction and the return of territory which was formerly part of Qira.
Step 2 - The State Department instructed our ambassador in Qira to assure Haddam Sussein that the United States would remain on the sidelines in the dispute. (It worked beautifully. Qira attacked Tuwaik just a few days later.)
Step 3 - Our Riyadh palace contact advised the Isaud king to xaf a message to the U.S. president, requesting immediate military assistance and offering unlimited space in the desert for deployment of our armed forces.
Step 4 - Our U.N. ambassador met with the Security Council president, to inform him that a Security Council debate on the propriety of our military deployment in the Isaud Kingdom (in the absence of an actual attack on the kingdom) would be inadvisable, resented and result in the escalation of the cold war. The president responded with "no need to worry."
Step 5 - At the first full Security Council meeting, our U.N. ambassador expressed enthusiastic approval for an all-out enforcement of sanctions, demonstrating our commitment to a peaceful solution to the Tuwaik crisis.
Step 6 - We alerted our media contact network to find holes in the sanctions strategy so as to downgrade, demote, derogate, demolish and dismiss the reliance on sanctions as opposed to reliance on land, sea and air deployment.
Step 7 - At Security Council meeting our U.N. ambassador proposed a deadline for the withdrawal of Quir's forces from Tuwaik in line with our commitment to a peaceful solution to the crisis. The deadline, he pointed out, would be a master stroke. It would frighten Haddam Sussein into backing out of Tuwaik with his tail between his legs. All but two members of the Security Council liked the picture. They voted for peace through threat.
A march and rally "To Bring the Troops Home" will take place Jan. 19 at noon, starting from the Federal Building and climbing to the east side of the State Capitol to hear speakers, Rep. Wayne Owens among them.
David B. Freed, member
United Nations Association