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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 9, October 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 9, October 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date unknown
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 cesses of the Russians in the construction of advanced models of jet planes, or other weapons of war (to which our attention is continually being drawn by the columnists and commentators who urge us to let our policy be governed by fear I, compensate for the generally low skill and productive capacity of their labor force, whose condition can best be described as that of state serfs. The Soviet Empire, including China, desperately needs trade with the West on its own terms, or tribute in the form of dollar aid or payment for peace, or reparations, in order to surmount the economic difficulties caused by its system, and its ambition to conquer the world. The pound of flesh demanded of Austria by Russia as the price of her freedom, can do little to alleviate the grave economic problems of the Soviet Empire, Nor can Austria's contribution of oil, and machinery or technical skills contribute in any substantial measure to Russia's and China's great need. But, if the Germans could be induced to follow Austria's lead, the Communists might feel assured of eventual triumph over .Vmerica in the struggle for the world. Payment by Germany's seventy million people of a sum proportionate to the 320 million dollars to be paid by Austria's seven million population would give Russia more than three billion dollars. Since Germany is, or was, a vanquished nation, whereas Austria is supposed to be a "liberated" country, Moscow would, no doubt, demand an even larger per capita indemnity payment as the price for German freedom. Nevertheless, a majority of the German people would probably consider twice three billion dollars as a price worth paying for the liberation of their countrymen under the iron heel of Communist dictatorship in East Germany. Since the Germans are the hardest working and most resourceful and inventive people in Europe, they would count upon being able to bear a greater burden than Austrians without collapsing. The mothers and wives of our prisoners in Chinese Communist hands would, no doubt, give everything they possess to free their loved ones. Most Germans in the West have relatives or friends in the East Zone, or in Russian slave labor camps to which they were consigned either as prisoners of war or because they resisted Communist tyranny. It would therefore not be surprising if the German nation would agree to pay huge reparations to Russia if this seems to be the only way in which thev can liberate their countrymen in the East. There is no doubt that the great majority of the German people want to stay with the West; or, more precisely, with tbe I nited States. So long as Dr. Adenauer lives, the West German government is likely to continue to be our most loyal ally in Europe in spite of every thing we do, or fail to do. But Adenauer is mortal and already an old man. If we continue to offer the Germans no real hope of reunification, and al tbe same time arouse their fears that we lack the courage or conviction to resist Soviet threats and blandishments, they will begin to listen to Moscow's siren voice. This will not be because they have any real faith in Communist promises, but simply because they have ceased to believe that American power will be exerted in time to prevent the destruction of what remains of the free world. The law of self- preservation is paramount. Men are ready to die either for the defense of their nation or for an ideal. But no people can be expected to give themselves up as a burnt offering on the altar of appeasement for the supposed benefit of other nations hoping to enjoy "peace in our time" by sacrificing others. As a consequence of their defeat in two world wars through American intervention, the German people became convinced that the United States is the greatest power on earth, and that ours must always be the winning side. Hence their readiness to support Dr. Adenauer who believes that the best hope of his people lies in becoming a full-fledged ally, and junior partner, of the United States; instead of ever again endeavoring to pursue the chimera of world power, either as allies of Russia, or by playing off East against West. The belief, burnt into the consciousness of every German, that whereas they could vanquish every European nation. American power is irresistible, has been our greatest asset. Coupled with the average German's realization that Americans were the least vengeful and most friendly and helpful of her conquerors, (once the influence of Roosevelt heirs and the Mor- genthauists or pro-Communists had been eliminated) ibis facet gave popular backing to the Bonn government's willingness to do anything we required of it. Moreover, in recent years, new ties between America and West Germany have been forged by the intelligent and generous attitude of many American businessmen who, instead of taking advantage of U. S. power as occupiers of Germany, have been sharing their know- how with German firms, and even permitting them to enter markets which they could easily reserve for themselves if they cared to use their financial power to do so. PROFOUND RESPECT FOR AMERICA There is in fact a natural affinity and mutual respect between American and German businessmen, as also between the German people and the American GI's who found the Germans to he clean. honest, hard-working and self-respecting even in the period of their greatest distress in the immediate postwar years. Nevertheless, if American irresolution, or our readiness to succumb to the appeasement influences emanating from Britain and France and India, and voiced by our own pseudo-liberals, pacifists and anti-anti-Communists, were to convince the Germans that we cannot be counted upon to risk war in defense of our allies and our pledges, there would be such a drastic change in German sentiment that Adenauer would no longer be able to keep his people in our camp. In a word, our prestige in Germany. and the liking and respect which the German people have for America, are based on the belief that we are not only the most benevolent, but also the strongest power on earth. If we show evidence of our inability, or unwillingness, to use our power against the Communist totali- —Wide World Photo The Volkswagen Auto Works in Wolfsburg, West Germany, which was a target for bombs in World War II, now turns out nearly 900 automobiles each day. Page 20 FACTS FORUM NEWS, October, 1955
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