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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
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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Title File 057
Transcript LB89HHHH In Case of ANOTHER PSARI HARBOR What of our CIVIL DEFENSES? General C R. Huehncr, Director of New York State Civil Defense, who commanded our forces in Europe al the end of World War II, lends authority to ■ discussion of whether our civil defenses are adequate on tlie Facts Forum PanePs regular radio and television program. Commentator George Hamilton Combs, former Democratic congressman from Missouri; Professor Charles Hodges, professor of international history at New York University, and author William Huckley, Jr., are regular panelists. Hardy Rurt moderates. BURT: General Huebner, do you think that the American people are aware of the dangers of atomic attack on our cities and industrial areas? Huebner: Mv answer to that would be yes for the great majority of the people, because much has been written in the news media and broadcast on the air to the people. However, 1 can't say thai ihey have accepted the implications that are brought about in this atomic age. BURT: Well, do you think there is any actual fear or concern or worry on the part of the people in New York, from your position as head of the New York State civil defense—that conceivably an H-bomb could be dropped on them one night in a Pearl Harbor type of surprise attack and they could all be wiped out? Huebner: Well. I'm sure that that is lln- basis of this so-called apathy. It is more a matter of fear and ihe operation "f the subconscious mind rather than of reason. And il can only be handled through proper education. BURT: Mr. Buckley, you travel a great deal around the country and see a lot of the people. Do you think the American people are aware of the dangers of atomic attack on them? Bl i kley: Nothing I've run across would contradict General Huebner's con- clusions nn lhal question, But I do think that llu- American people are less interested in jusl exactly what lhe atom bomb vvill ile>. than whether it's going In fall. On ihis point they eire wholly confused for a number of reasons, one of them being thai v\e have nn consistent foreign policy. And the other one, of course, being lhal all ibis talk of coexistence is at variance with the kind of preparation lhat General Huebner, for example, is urging them in make'. I vvenilil say that ihey are roughly PACTS FORUM NEWS, October, 1955 aware of what an atom homh. fur example, falling in the heeirt uf New ^ ork or in the hearl nf Cleveland would do. bul haven't got any sophisticated or fully developed notions as In whether it's going to fall. Combs: Well, I doubt lhal lhe tortuosities of our foreign policy an- responsible for the lethargy uf our people. But I would agree lhat we certainly as a people have not reached anv inherent idea aboul Ihe imminence or lhe probability of such an attack, and that we have adopted an attitude, as someone' described it. of almost Arab fatalism about it. I thoughl thai General Huebner's comment was verv perceptive, thai in part our apathy is fear, an unwillingness In grapple with the reality, the horrible actuality of a bomb that is so destructive. Bul it seems in me there are Other reasons: one. a somewhat naive belief Iii lhe invincibility of American defense, lhat ours is an inviolable continent, that il will never in any way be molested or raided. And, secondly, it seems lo me lhat our people have lacked direction from the federal governmenl which would cause the program to be presented wilh the real urgency which tin- eleinger seems to require. It's a many- faceted thing. BURT: Mr. Combs, not to deviate from the subject, but as a former Democratic congress- man, are you defending the foreign policy of the Republican administration against Mr. Buckley? (aivms: To lhe extent that the . . . Buckley: That it duplicates llu- Democratic policy . . . Combs: . . . lhe Republican policy has paralleled that laid down by the Democrats, it has been coherent and realis- Buckley: And fatal. Combs: . . . when it—deviates from the Truman-Acheson policy it always gets into trouble. Hodces: Well! BUCKLEY: Mr. Combs' description for a successful foreign policy is one in which we consistently retreat. Is that right, Mr. Combs? COMBS: As a matter of fact, Mr. Truman did no retreating. It was Mr. Truman who blazed the whole trail of defense against communism. BURT: If we had the time it would be a fascinating thing to discuss American foreign policy but we do have an even more urgent topic, if that's conceivable. We need Professor Hodges' opinion as to whether or not he believes the American people are aware of the dangers of atomic attack. What do you think. Professor? Hodces: Well, I would like to emphasize two things. The first is that this problem of coexistence and at the same time keeping our defenses up is confusing. I think, to the American people, because we have this instinctive, you might say, desire to live in peace. When the war is over it's like a football game. Everybody goes home. And if they don't go home Congress hears about it from the "moms" of America and that is one of the reasons we're in this very bad fix, it seems to me. BURT: Are the American people aware of the dangers, though, of an atomic attack being launched upon them? Hodces: I don't think they can be fully aware of the dangers because they're confused by the trend toward coexistence which is being adequately developed, certainly, in Washington . . . Buckley: Hear, hear! Hodces: And. on the other hand, lhe fact that we've got to keep up our guard. Page 55
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