America in the New Pacific

America in the New Pacific

America in the New Pacific

America in the New Pacific

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Victory in this war depends on knowing what kind of world we are fighting in and what kind of world we are fighting for. The combined attack of the Axis powers upon the world order as we know it, is the greatest issue of our times. The many wars being fought today are part of the conflict between two different ways of running the world, of using its raw materials and labor power, of exploiting its markets and controlling its population. There is no returning to the old world order, there is no choice but to crush the Axis program of conquest, there is no avoiding, therefore, the task of creating our own world order. The things that men are asked to fight for now will decide, in large measure, the things they will live for tomorrow.

The task is to analyze the issues in the many different wars which are going on in the Pacific and to relate them to the general conflict. We are dealing specifically with the American-Japanese struggle for the leadership of Asia. There are plenty of competent accounts of American diplomacy, of military and naval strategy, of economic and political institutions at home and abroad, and of the personalities and peoples who make the headlines. Our problem is one of disentangling from the facts we already . . .

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