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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1955
Language eng
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  • 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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Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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Transcript i-:: those pictures emd brought them back with me. BURT: Why is it that the Communists seem to delight in engaging in atrocities? Bishop: It's good propaganda, li frightens everyone else. Combs: What disturbs me about the Latin American situation and aboul the possibility of immediate progress of communism there is the economic dislocation which was exacerbated by our withdrawal of purchasing frnm Latin Vmerica eit the end of the weir. During the war their economy, il not inflated, was at leasl ei pretty solid one because they were exporting a greal deal to the United States. Immediately follow ing the ending ol lhe war Latin America was spending money like a drunken sailor here in the United States. I weis talking recently to em executive of one of our large automobile companies. He told me thai einv automobile would bring seven or pfghl thousand dollars on the markel down there; they woulel pay ridiculous -urns feir American goods. V- a result, ihcir ercelil was soon exhausted. The exhausti f their 1 nited States iredil meant thai the whole of the Latin Vmerican area weis almost prostrated economically, and into such very serious disturbances in the economic equilibrium the pernicious weights of communism would he mosl effective. It's for that reason, plus the broadening of the base of possible conversion, that I'm very much alarmed about it. BURT: What should the United States do to keep communism out of Latin America? Bishop: I ihink that the Communists could have taken over Guatemala if the\ had called themselves the Good Times- Happy Club, ll would have been that easy because all thev would have to do is go In the | er people (and there are more of those than there are of the richer people-1 and say, "We are now going to sec that you gel equitable wages. You no longer are going to make $1.25 per day. You'll make fix i- dollar- a day."' ele. That kind of thing. I think, could have enlisted lhe support of eilnliisl einv- niic who has no knowledge of what communism really is. The' label isn'l important. You could have -old a hill of goods I" lln- people on lhal. BURT: Now this situation applies in Guatemala, but would it apply in the Argentine? Bishop: ^l es, il would apply eilmu-t everywhere else. Secondly, mosl of those people have em iel.51 thai we- are their condescending cousins, emd I ihink thai the' people of the United States who live at a level perhaps ten linn- higher in lhe seal,. „f living than lhe average South American and Central Vmerican should gel more' of a real brotherly feeling nf kinship toward people in Latin anel Si.nili America, rather than "we know what's besl fur you." Combs: ll involves menu delicacies, I must admit, fur we will hi' charged with intervention regardless nl what we die. ll seems lo me absolutely imperative that in Latin America as in all nf the areas nl lhe globe we must recognize thai Ameriiein destiny does nol lie in seeking to preserve the status quo where the present situation is one which militates against ihe economic and social improvement uf lhe people. Therefore il ought to l.e necessary anil certainly obvious wisdom for us In identify ourselves eelwen- wilh those forces which were once called "the Forces of democratic revolution." \l-<e we should associate ourselves emotionally and in governmental policy wilh the ma—i's of the people who .en' seeking in throw off very unpleasant dictatorships in certain nf those Latin \merican since 1910. and they've been the parly ever since. \eew the) go through all nl ihe forms of eli'ineee leu \ eunl they have other parties eunl llie resl nl it. The point is thai this parly always win- the elections and always will. The' poinl aboul Latin Vmerica i- lhal wc mustn't have this doctrinaire concern about democracy as we know it. These people don't know whal democracy is. They don'l experience il. The) don'l particularly want it. Whal we musl do lo lick Communists down there ihis will sound evasive hut llu- besl weiv lo lie k communism in Latin America is in lick the Soviel I nion. Communism will take care nl il-e'll in Latin \miiiia provided it is not coordinated hy a national party lhe wen —Wide World Photos At left soldiers of the Obregon Army "dig in" during Mexican Revolution. Yaqui Indians (right) advance on Vera Cruz from their perch atop freight train. he! up countries, in ever) way seeking to lhe people realize their own selt-tul- fillmeul which, of course, if nol com- pletely throttled, al least very seriously compromised hy lhe type of Feudal dictatorship which exists in main ol these Latin American countries. BURT: Would this require financial aid on our part down there? Combs: It would require substantial financial aid. adroitly administered, nol going In lhe dictators hui righl into the economy of lln- country, which would raise standards nf li\ ing. BURT: Are you saying that we should have a Marshall Plan? CoMBS: OI course we should, einel ei very extended one. I!i 1 klei : I ihink ii i- extremely naive and certainly indicates lhal Mr. Combs hasn't quite done his homework on Latin \merica. The so-called revolutions— the lasl series of revolutions in Latin \merica, which Mr. Combs terms "democratic revolutions simpl) changed lhe form nl government. In lent, it is uei less a dictatorship now than il weis. Let's take Mexico ;i- a cetsc in point. Mexico i- dominated hy a party which even ha- lhe word revolution in it. Par- lido Revolucionario Institutional, and ihi- particular part) heul it- leisi revolution In l<)2,':. I ihink thai wee- the tenth il is today thanks In tin- Soviel Union. If we- could onl) get nursehes ei foreign policy here lhal meanl hu-iiicss will' i, '.Mid lo the Sen iel I nion. then w* wouldn't hem- in worry so much about ii in Latin America. Hodces: I think it's very important for us to recognize thai you've got two problems. One is the long-term position nl the masses. Now I ihink thai as long as they are underfed mosl of them are living on a 1,300 to 2.inn calorie die1 withoul any diversification whatsoever we re lr\ ing to help them on tha*' lli.il - long-term and we've gol to move quickly. li seems to me the other thing is th* Mill ceinnol pick and choose epiile -u" wi' would weint in in regard in people 1 -I wliu eire- opposing communism. they're "agin communism we've gul '" work w ith them. Now lhe point i- lhal we have e in gel Vmerican business in then' ''"' ing more emd more, and the liinin thine i- lhal if vein heul ei Marshall Pla°J George Hamilton Combs, you couldfl use the money which vou Ihink vou ' ei" use. In Other words. I go along wilh )'°\ hui in reverse. \\ e don'l have in -|",|H gigantically. In my opinion, our Lata an- our besl neig" irlel. Anicricein neighbor hors in lhe whole- w We Pajre 14 PACTS FORUM NKWS. .1ugust, ' ".'■'
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