rally, they become suspicious, and
their interest sags.
Czechs and Slovaks behind the Curtain remember those who never compromised with the Communists. They
know that these men are now living in
the West — the Czechoslovak General
of the Army, Lev Prchala, the former
Czechoslovak Minister, Dr. Josef Cer-
ny. and many others, and also some
former members of the National Front
who in the free West started to denounce it - Dr. Bohdan Chudoba, Dr.
Miclial Zibrin, or Dr. Helena Ko/.o-
"ihova. who was expelled in 1946 from
the Parliament by the National Front
■l|icl th,. entire younger generation, led
"V Jiri Havelka, Emil Petiik, etc. The
■Novaks have- their former Minister.
"T. Ferdinand Durcansky and many
"tlieis. The listeners behind the Iron
Curtain cannot fail to wonder why
'""i'- 'il them sends anv "messages
'""in" by way of Radio Free Europe.
Ihe masterminds ol this confusion,
"nose net results represent sabotage
"' the anti-Communist fight — are way
''.'bind the firing lines in New York
-''v and in Washington. They, too,
'["nil themselves in anonymity,
flu- over-all impression, then, is one
!'' cynicism and emptiness, artilicial-
• • and insincerity. Who wants to bu)
"Pples which are rotten at the core?
. '» conclusion, we must ask: What,
,."'". is the program of Radio Free
'""'P'', or has no program been deigned s„ far?
. 'linse behind the Curtain who have
r* time to listen at all, would like to
. "nv in what way liberation may be
j '"veil, and what specific assistance,
I^Vmd mere weirds, the- West might
•'hie- to offer. Radio Free Europe
has not been able to supply any satisfactory information in respect to this
Here, however, we cannot help allowing for valid reasons to excuse
much of RFE's inetfectualness; for
even if RFE were staffed with outright, hard-hitting anti-Communists,
it could not possibly make any promises which the Western governments,
particularly the government of the
U.S.A., were not willing to back with
There is no use in claiming superiority in aircraft or guided missiles if
that superiority admittedly does not
exist. It is not possible to promise an
economic blockade as long as that
policy has not been adopted by the
American government. Radio Free
Europe — or any of the other liberation stations — cannot very well offer
the severing of diplomatic relations
with the Soviet criminals when our
own statesmen meet with them at tin-
summit and have lots of smiling pictures taken, for the benefit of tile-
However, if RFE were really (instead of merely in name) an independent and private organization, and really stalled with intelligent and genuine
anti-Communists, it could urge Western governments to take stronger
liaclio Free Europe might demand
the creation of military units exclusively composed of refugee and expellee
volunteers. It might demand the ousting of Communists from both international and national organizations.
ft might establish extensive contacts
with the underground behind the Curtain, instead of causing its discovery
and extermination by the Communists.
Radio Free Europe might frankly
discuss the present difficulties while
WTJJS WiiKi.li PHOTO
y Willi-. BIIM.II II''
openieter Zenlel, John C. Huges and Dr. Joseph Lettrich, following a 1953 ceremony in New York
kerr,"? a new headquarters building for the Council of Free Ciechoslovakia, of which Zenkl and
MioSe *ere President and Vice President, respectively. The National Committee for a Free Europe
executive committee Mr. Huges headed, sponsored the Council.
at the same time exhorting the Iron
Curtain slaves not to lose hope. The
trans-Curtain people who long for liberty might at least be informed about
where all of us stand. They should
know about a long-range program as
well as what can be done at this time.
Most important of all, Radio Free
Europe should become a clear and
shining beacon to those who are willing to fight for their liberties. This can
only be achieved by throwing out the
clowns and confusionists who want
to fight communism with a Socialist
"people's program." If Radio Free
Europe cannot cleanse itself because
it is from top to bottom infested with
collcctiv ists. internationalists, materialists and decadents, then it would
be better to shut it down and replace
it with an entirely new organization.
Perhaps this great reform cannot be
undertaken as long as even in the
United States the grass roots patriots,
who unequivocally believe in God. the
Constitution and freedom of enterprise, are successfully boycotted and
ridiculed. Perhaps an effective liberation station can only be established
when at last the collectivist corrupters
ol the United States are driven from
their entrenched positions in America's public- institutions, and her means
of communication, and her government itself. f.no
We make these times better, if
we bestir ourselres.
— Benjamin Franklin
// treaties are made infringing
our liberties, it tvill be too late
to say that our constitutional
rights are violated.
— Patrick Henry
A nation's character is the sunt
of its splemlid tleeds; they constitute one common matritttotty.
the nation's inheritance. They
aire foreign powers, they arouse
and animate our own people.
— Henry Ci ay
77ir* prnjter function of a government is to make il easy for
the people to tlo good and difficult for them to do evil.
If we work marble, it will perish : if we work upon brass, time
trill efface it; if we rear temples,
they will crumble into dust; but
if we work upon immortal mintls
ami instill into them just pritt-
ci/iles. we are then engraving
upon tablets which no time will
efface, but will brighten and
brighten to all eternity.
eiiu \i NEWS, March. 1936