OPINION -- A NEGLECTED INSTRUMENT
By Lester Markel
THE REASONS for this book are these:
that no American program, no plan for world order, can succeed unless it has the full support of public opinion, both at home and abroad;
that at home there are large areas of ignorance and prejudice about foreign affairs; abroad there are large segments of misinformation and suspicion about us;
that, unless we educate public opinion at home, we shall not be impelled to do the job in foreign policy that needs to be done; unless we make ourselves understood abroad, no matter how good our intentions, we shall fail.
The hopes for this book are these:
that it will help spread the conviction that a better informed opinion is vital to us;
that it will bring some light into the areas of information and propaganda -- areas in which light is greatly needed;
that it will prove of some service to the makers of our foreign policy -- in the White House, in Congress, in the State Department, especially among the people -- in this task of enlightenmient.
These are the three overriding facts in today's world:
There is, first, the unity of events. We cannot thrust aside the world role which circumstance has assigned to us; we