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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 8, September 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 8, September 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date September 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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Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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Transcript group in this country. Favorable reaction was so strong that the Presidenl and his Secretar) of State wen- forced to lake slips to help case the tension, lo consider the wishes of our allies, and to express willingness to negotiate the explosive Quemoy-Matsu situation. For all practical purposes we have heul during the past lew months ei cease-fire in the Formosa Straits. I've brief!) sketched the development eis lo how ihe grave danger of war with Quemoy and Mais iginated and later subsided. The thing for us lo keep in mind is ihis: that our commitment is lo defend Formosa, and that Quemoy and Matsu are only incidental to thai. And whether or not we fight to defend Iliciii depends on whether or not their defense is essential lo the adequate defense of Formosa. World P"-'° Korea «". minis!" O", National*' ,,..,',.' Remarks of Senator Jenner: \\ . hene- recentl) had ei somewhat anu'iw del.ale- over llu- question, win should we defend Quemo) eunl Matsu? llie debate has died down, in the emphasis on Geneva, hut the problem is as important as ever. Quemoy and Matsu are little dot- on •he map of the world. They are close lo lhe shore of Asia, thousands of miles -iv. ei v from the United Slates. \\h\ should we defend them perhaps al the risk of a world war? Obviously Americans should not defend Iwo islands oil lhe coasl of China for any reason except lhal their action would benefit America, I do nol mean b) lhal to belittle the importance of Free China, 'luiti- the contrary. I mean lhat no one 'an honestly promise thai the American governmenl will hold to ;i course of action unless thai action will benefil die I nited States. The Free Chinese see 'liai clearly. The fairest wen to ileal wilh other nations i- i<< admit eit once thai enlightened, self-interesl forms the most reliable basis For international cooperation. So. question now -ens. is ii in vineiie.iie interest and America's sell- "Heie-i lo defend Quemo) ami Matsu? we must nol he diverted b) llu- nonessential fail lhal these islands arc "in.ell and l.n .men. Olunu.v eunl Meil.-u ''"'■ small hut so was Bunker Hill. ,'iii'ine,\ .unl Matsu are far awen hut s» wa- Corregidor. They eue foreign ''nii'.ii I.ul so wa- Berlin, when we decided to sel up the Berlin airlift. Wh) an' Quemo) eiml Meilsu import- '"H in connection with American de- ™ 'I a - I ll: II Slgnift: lllll' ll: s III the fact "lat these two little islands are like Tor '"o-ei links in the chain of free nations Jhich -land guard on the frontiers of '" Communisl empire. 'The importance "' a link is not whether it's large or ""'eill. near or fen away. Tim strength of ' chain is the strength of ils weakest fACTS FORUM NEWS, September, 1955 —Wide World Photo A U. S. destroyer patrols the waters off troubled Formosa. Pacific stronghold of the Chinese Nationalist army. link, because if one link goes the chain is useless. If Quemoy and Matsu wen- lost to the side of freedom, the Communists will have a break-through point in the circle which guards the free world. At one moment they are pressing for a break-through in the Formosan Straits, ai another time- in Europe m tlm Near East, hui ihe Communists are always pressing Im a break-through -nine- where. The loss of any territory in the free world endangers every nation which hopes lo keep il- freedom. Quemoy and Matsu an- links which if broken would open lhe way lo Formosa. Politically, Formosa is not an island. I.ut a fortress a main fortress on lhe frontier of freedom. Formosa is the bastion on which ei half-a-million Asian fighting men can find a foothold lo ent a- ei constant lineal to Red China, and lo prepare themselves to recapture lhe mainland. Quemoy and Matsu are ei pari of the fortifications of Formosa. Thev threaten lhe harbors of Amov and Foochow and prevent lhe Red Chinese In.m using them a.- ei jumping-off place lo iii lack I rei- Formosa. They ate also listening posis. They are near tin- main- leiiuls -o lhal guerrillas can gel into Red China eunl perhaps gel safely out. Most importanl of all. liny block lhe efforts of Roil China io ship soldier- emd equipment from North China eunl Korea south, hv seei. China has few railroads. Sill' mUSi Use se-ei mule-. So long els we' can block the short and easy coastal sea roule- from north lo south, we deter Red China from starting new wen- in Korea eunl Indochina. The Communists arc nol making a loud uproar over Quemoy eunl Matsu jusl because they wanl to add to their reed e'sleitc holdings. \ee. Indeed. Thev want Formosa because ii is a fortress wilh a half-a-million armed men. trained eiml eager to fighl for their own soil and their own people. They weml Quemoy and Matsu because these lillle' islands an' the front gates lo lhe lollies- ol Formosa. It is easy lo sec why lhe Red Chinese want those Free Chinese armies driven from their fortress and scattered like chaff in the winds to edl quarters ..I the earth. Can the United Stales stand idly lev while' this army of freedom i- scattered and broken? Obviously, no. If the Free Chinese army does not hold ils fortress on Formosa to block Red China, who must guard the break thev leave in the line? The pianos thai attacked Bataan anil Corregidor started from Formosa. Who sprung into the brooch when the Philippines fell? The little white markers on the graves in New Mexico, in California, in Indiana and Maine toll the story. If the stronghold of Formosa falls, more while crosses will stand upright in the cemeteries from one end of the I nited Slates to the other, ll is all-important for American security to strengthen every fortress in lhe border zone that surrounds the Soviet empire. W horoviT free people want lo defend their homeland they are protecting the entire free world, ll is to the interest of America lo give the Free Chinese everv- thing they need lo defend their fortress. Formosa, and its gateways, Quemo) eunl Matsu. \\ e help ourselves if vve give them a modern navy, a modern air force, and amphibious landing forces. The' Soviel leaders will give Red China lhe mosl modern equipment lei threaten the free world. When we strengthen these island strongholds, we arc taking the only road lo peace by the only moans the I 'ommunists understand. —Wide World Photo A Chinese Nationalist soldier stands guard on a sandy beach somewhere along Formosa's shoreline as Chinese Reds on the mainland continue their threats to attack the island. Page 21
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