The 'Triumph' of the Hull(1) Havana Program filled Americans with pride that we were saving our "good neighbors"(2) from Nazi machinations. It was a "marked success" in "the moral if not material" sense. (AP, July 28)(3)(4)
"At Havana these last few days orators have extolled the democratic way of life and the liberty-loving peoples of the Western Hemisphere. Dictator Vargas of Brazil, and President Baldomir of Uruguay, to mention only two American heads friendly to Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini, must have laughed up their sleeves."(5) (PM, July 26)
The 'unanimity' announced was in the headlines. The Boston Herald, July 29, explained "Two of the four points agreed on at Havana are important only as declarations of opinion. The other two points . . . will obviously require considerably more study and collaboration by the interested states." And the Boston Transcript, July 29, apologized, "The Act of Havana was so phrased" as to give "Argentina a means of appearing to support American unity while reserving the privilege of doing nothing at all".(6)
Of Argentina's reiterated demand for the Falklands,--of Guatemala's claims to British Honduras, both seized by the British since Monroe's time,--of the recent seizure by the French and British of the Dutch possessions, Aruba and Curacao,--on these the cables were silent.
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Publication information: Book title: Getting US into War. Contributors: Porter Sargent - Author. Publisher: P. Sargent. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1941. Page number: 411.