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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol.5, No. 8, August 1956 - File 008. 1956-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 27, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1469/show/1407.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol.5, No. 8, August 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 008
Transcript 1,1 Americans realize that these allies are now spending six dollars from their own budget to match every dollar's worth of U. S. assistance they receive from us. All told, they are contributing about $12 billion a year to the common defense program."4 Dollar costs in other countries are not the same as in the United States, cither. For instance, some European soldiers are paid only 12 cents a day. Added to their financial contributions, the Europeans are contributing industrial and economic resources, and land for the bases and extensive radar network. Another word of explanation about the importance of NATO defenses is given by General Gruenther. He says that one of the main reasons the Soviets are against NATO is that the European NATO countries furnish areas for bases. In the traditional pattern of strategy, a nation that operates on interior lines has a great advantage. But in air war this isn't true. A nation operating on interior lines, with bases surrounding it, can be hit from 360 degrees. Russia now is tbe interior nation, and we have an effective base system. General Gruenther continues by saving that people who want to "defend America with Americans only" do not take into consideration the fact that these bases do not belong to 'Murphy, op. cit., p. 6-17. Americans, and that some system of cooperation is absolutely necessary.8 During the past year the free world has witnessed what seems to be a drastic shift in Russian policy. The demi-god Stalin, with all the brutality and evil which he represented, has been dethroned, and the new collective leadership is putting forth every effort to assure the West that they are reasonable men — that we can do business with them. In foreign policy, instead of threatening violence thev speak of peaceful coexistence and economic aid. They smile and go on good will tours instead of locking themselves up in the forbidding Kremlin. They are making a terrific bid for acceptance in respectable Western circles. In domestic affairs the sway of the secret police seems to have been somewhat curtailed. Red leaders would have us believe there is greater tolerance of independent thinking and that individuals have a greater sense of freedom and security. Soviet doctrine and history are currently being rewritten, literally as well as figuratively, for Russian school children are excused from taking examinations in history; no one yet knows the "correct" answers! Countries living just over the border from the Red menace are even more aware of these changes than the rest BGruenther, op. cit., p. 106. of the world, and want desperately to believe that the "new look" is real What effect is this having on NATO? Has the lessening of international tension erased the need for such an elaborate collective security system? Iceland, vital to NATO defenses because of its strategic position as j warning station far to the north and because of its important role in the sea lines of communication across the Atlantic, finds some attraction in the idea of neutrality as being safe, plan5' ible, and considerably cheaper. It h* never had soldiers within its border* before, and now this little country <•' 125,000 people hear and read that the Soviets are smiling. Why, they are asking, i.s it necessary to have all thow soldiers in their country now? There is, of course, a very substantial element in Iceland that feels, along v*atj> the other NATO nations, that neutr* ity in an interdependent free world * too delicate a situation to maintain and that a good look in perspccthf would reveal the Russian smiles to & a clever ruse to lull the free world in" relaxing its vigil. A growing spirit of neutralism • evident to some extent also in NorW*j and Denmark, and perhaps in sonic ° the other nations. There are many people in «* United States, too, who believe thi1 Russia does not want war — not tW she has swerved in the least from tl" to V al i i On I t>n An American Lie" tenant Colonel l(° ground) gives th's class of officers >< North Atlontic Treaty Organi"' p nations instructi"" the use of the 75 mm. and 57 nH»j recoillcss rifles ° Fort Benning, &' , The men repres* j seven of the NA countries. ■ Wini: WORLD I'H" Page 6 19 Facts Forum News, August, ;"<' nai >y oi ?
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