May Man Prevail? An Inquiry into the Facts and Fictions of Foreign Policy

May Man Prevail? An Inquiry into the Facts and Fictions of Foreign Policy

May Man Prevail? An Inquiry into the Facts and Fictions of Foreign Policy

May Man Prevail? An Inquiry into the Facts and Fictions of Foreign Policy

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There is little disagreement among responsible political leaders that the United States and the whole Western world are passing through a dangerous period. Even though opinions vary on the degree of these dangers, there is a widely shared conviction that we have a clear and realistic picture of the situation, that we are meeting it as adequately as we can, and that there is no essentially different course of action we can take. The premises on which this opinion of the world situation is based are largely the following:

Communism, represented by the Soviet Union and China, is a revolutionary-imperialist movement out to conquer the world by force or subversion. Its industrial and military development has made the Communist camp, and particularly the Soviet Union, into a powerful rival, capable of destroying our human and industrial potential to a considerable degree. This bloc can be restrained from executing its wish for world conquest solely by the knowledge that any such attempt would be met with a counterblow that would destroy or cripple its human and economic potential. In this deterrent capacity lies the only hope for peace since Russia will abstain from her attempt at world conquest only because of fear of our deterrent. As long as we have a sufficiently strong deterrent power and military allies around the world, peace is secured.

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