Soviet Asia, Democracy's First Line of Defense

Soviet Asia, Democracy's First Line of Defense

Soviet Asia, Democracy's First Line of Defense

Soviet Asia, Democracy's First Line of Defense

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In a world become a many-ringed circus of conflict, one of the most glaring spotlights has suddenly been turned on Soviet Asia. Yet, considering the strategic importance of this vast area, very little is known about it to the average American. This is to be regretted. Not only is America's future closely bound with that of Soviet Asia, but the Americans have a great deal to learn from Soviet Asia, both historically and in immediate significance. The economic strength and military potential of Soviet Asia are crucial in the present (Summer, 1942) Pacific situation.

We present our study of Soviet Asia as we have seen it. We have crossed it at different times from the Urals to the Pacific and from the Caspian almost to the borders of China. We know that Soviet Asia much resembles America in spirit. Its size, its high-pitched activity, its youthful exuberance are typically American. But the most important fact about this huge complex new world of Soviet Asia is that--it "works." True, it doesn't function like clockwork. But this is not surprising, considering that even its oldest modern developments are less than twenty years of age. Side by side with inspiring and exciting factories, schools, theatres, there are backward, negative phases that deject the American observer. We saw a great deal of poverty, much dirt, remnants of illiteracy. Yet somehow these were not important--because the Russians themselves are aware of them and are doing their utmost to overcome them. Their scathing self-criticism, as expressed at meetings, in the newspapers, on the radio, has no equal for devastating sharpness--and sincerity.

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