IV. ARMS AND IDEAS

EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION

After the experience of the Korean war, most Americans agree that the United States and its Asian allies should remain prepared in the event that Communist military aggression strikes again. A more difficult problem--and one that brings conflicting opinions--is posed by situations such as that faced by the French in Indo-China. How do we combat the combination of guerrilla and political warfare that the Communists seem so adept at waging?

If we could find the answer to this question, it would help us to synthesize all three arms of our foreign policy--economic, military and political. If we could help Asians to see the perils of Communist totalitarianism, if we could help them see the advantages and vast potentials of democratic freedom, then we would be reasonably sure that our military and economic aims would be accomplished.

The following articles give a number of points of view-- sometimes divergent, sometimes complementary--on these questions. The first three articles emphasize the need for military strength. The authors that follow tend to stress the problem of giving Asians the will to resist communism and to build and defend their own democratic ways of life.


THE MILITARY AID PROGRAM1

The military aid program is part and parcel of the United States Defense Department program. The expenditures abroad

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From a statement by Admiral Arthur Radford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 9, 1955. In Mutual Security Act of 1955; hearings before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States, 84th Congress, 1st session, on the mutual security program for fiscal year 1956. May 5-23, 1955. The Committee. Washington, D.C. 1955. p97-100.

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