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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 4, April 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date April 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript fulfilled his assignment bv riding off rapidly in all directions—he also has to reconcile the irreconcilable desires and aims of a multitude of so-called allies. Since it is obviously impossible to pursue' a policy acceptable to both those who want peace at any price and to those who wish to resist tyranny—much less those who yearn to liberate the enslaved peoples of the Soviet empire in Europe and Asia- America's endeavor lo please everybody results in our losing friends on all sides and influencing nobody. 13y endeavoring lo make- the besl of both worlds we are in danger of losing both. "ISLAND-HOPPING RETREAT" In Ihis connection a dispatch from Home, dated March 7. from one of the ablest of American foreign correspondents is of interest. George Weller. whom I knew well in China in 1946, when he weis one of the few Americans who had no illusions concerning the nature and aims of the Chinese Communists, reported as follows in the Chicago Daily News: America's "island-hopping retreat" in the Formosa Strait is beginning to pro .in... results en European public opinion opposite to tlu.se intended by Washington. Instead <.! winning sympathy for moderation, it is causing Communists and f.'lleew travelers to scent the blood of further conquests. It e-eeiis.-s America's eeilie-s t.. eesk "e\!.o next?" The same view of lie- effect which our abandonment "I ihe Quemoy and Matsu i-laiu|s would have' in Europe was expressed by Richard Hottelel of CBS who reported on a TV program that the people- of Berlin were saying thai, if lhe United Stales failed lo defend these Pacific outposts, they would fear lhal they loo would he abandoned, since Berlin is also an island in a Communist sea. Siuh voices as these telling u- the I rue. or informed, reaction of the peoples ..I Europe lo our politics an- rare. For the most pari American correspondents, columnists and commentators, arc wont lo reflect only lhe image of their own desires or whal they think is official American policy in their reporting of foreign opinion. Most of them do iml even -peak tin' language of the country to which they are accredited and therefore depend either mi their prejudices or on I .S. Embassy handouts for their "opinion" of what opinion is. Keelson and logic till us lhat we cannot retain lhe confidence of the forces in Europe and Asia which are prepared lo fight eiml die lor freedom and at the same time placate lln- neutralists ami appeasers or those who. like the British, will fight only when their immediate interests or their own survival are' al slake. We cannot liberate the peoples under communism's iron heel nor even protect what i- left of the free' world, without risking war. We cannot proclaim thai "there is no alternative to peace," and Page fit also expect lhal our power, greal as il is. will he of any use in stemming Communist aggression. We cannol ensure "peace in our time" without agreeing tei the perpetual enslavement of lhe millions of people delivered over to Communist rule at Teheran. Yalta and Potsdam; and also withoul serving notice eeii lhe world lhal those who are threatened by lhe Communists had better sul.mil because they can expect no help from America. Nor can we please the "neutralists" bv minor concessions to the Communists because they will not be- satisfied until we have' retreated past the point of no return. Quoting George Weller again: Indications are that the polie-y of retreat, politically speaking, has im. further dividends t.. offer the United State's in tin- European camp. \or can it offer emv dividends in Asia where our vain attempt to placate' neutralists such a- Nehru is disheartening, or alienating, those who can l.e counted upon to fight wilh us in the' cause of liberty or for their own legitimate national interests. Tin- morale of the Chi- ni'-i' Nationalist eirmv mu-! be destroyed if we compel them to abandon all hope' of liberating their countrymen mi the mainland and rejoining their families there. Il is as unrealistic as il is cruel lo convert them into American mercenaries dedicated only lo the defense of our security or the promotion cd our interests. Yel this is in effect whal we are now living lo do by makiiiL' our support dependent on their renunciation of their own national and personal cause. The end result is likely to be the' ..ne calculated on bv the Communists, namely that they will be able' to lake Formosa from within through the disaffection or desertion of the Nationalist soldiers. CONCILIATE INDIA AND LOSE JAPAN Nor is it likely lhal we shall be able to keep Japan in our camp if our main aim is lo conciliate India, since Japan requires evidence of our determination not lo give way lo Communist aggression iii Southeast Asia where her principal markets are today, while- Nehru wants us to retreal and appease, appease and retreat. Similarly in Europe we cannot expect to acquire the Germans as willing allies while also pleasing France, since' lhe latter wants an assurance lhal NATO will never use il- strength lo roll back Ihe Iron Curtain, while the Germans, if thev arc to enlist wilh any enthusiasm in the European defense fone-. need hope lhal their enslaved countrymen in the East zone will one day he- liberated. Il is all too easy for lhe I nited States to Use the threat of withdrawal of material and moral support from Chiang's and lihee s forces in order to prevent them from taking "offensive" or "aggressive" action against the Commu nists. No great effort is required I" damp down the fires of liberty for the sake' of peace in our time. Bul il will be very difficult, if not impossible, to fan the spark of liberty to life, if and vein'" we decide that our own security require! that we cease to act as firewardens for the Communists. The American people, misled by press, radio and television concerning the real issues, have been lulled into a false- sense of security. Except for a fei. lone voices such as those' of General MacArthur and Senator Knowland. no attempt heis been made to awaken theW to realization of our peril. Most of our newspaper editorial writers and columnists, together with our radio commentators, use our predicament to scare us into a poliev of appeasement. Last year during the Berlin Conference. Fran Reuter, widow eif the 1st* great mayor of that courageous 'itv- reminded me of what her husband ha" seiiel to me when I visited them during the blockade: ''The strength of the Soviets lies in the irresolution of the West' era democracies." Echoing him nearly seven years later Syngman Rhee stated in a speech he gave in Seoul °n March 1. 1955: The greatest enemy eel the free world is not the armed iiieesse-s eef Communist soldiers...but its own feeee liilni'ss and sell" doubt. These two brave- voices, echoing ea1''' other, came from what Mr. Dulles hi}5 called the outposts of freedom, ll '" nol from the front line of the bat"-" field but in the rear—where the Communist menace' is nol understood a"'1 where' tOO many people' hope to savl' themselves by sacrificing others—th» the demand is raised for peace at -"'! price. Franklin Roosevell said that we h** nothing to fear but fear itself. Strange'? enough his greatest admirers arc il"1-1 who now counsel us to be '.'..veined J'! our fears. Generally speaking, those WD urged the I nited States to intervene "' Europe to prevent the victory °l\ e Nazi totalitarian tyranny arc now l""'1 up on the other side and are advocatj™ peine at any price and telling us tW we can do business with the Com"1" nists. „ .Meanwhile' the former "isolationists' or noninlet v iiilioiiisis. are divi''1'1' Some few believe thai the United Si""'" can still retire behind her own defenSj* and abandon the resl of the world '" epe alone with the Communisl men* which America herself eliil so much , create bv the crimes and follies Roosevell and his advisers. Bul , great majority of those who <>PP0?^| Roosevelt's foreign policy realize "!',, America cannot now "go il alone " ". - also opposed to our following the ■"![., of those of our allies who wish us ell . to submit lo Moscow or to defend "" their own particular interests. 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