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LETTERS: Youth Will Be Served, No Nukes, and Joe O'Donnell a Victim?

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LETTERS: Youth Will Be Served, No Nukes, and Joe O'Donnell a Victim?

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Editor & Publisher welcomes and appreciates your feedback on the reports and columns we deliver each day. Here are some of the most recent reader missives.

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Duck and Cover, IndeedThank you for the reminder of the world's stockpile of nuclear weapons and our first-strike, "nothing off the table" policy.

Every time AP repeats their stylebook propaganda headline of Iran's "defiance" of the UN, I remind the folks here at the paper who the primary violators of the non-proliferation treaty are. I never see that story begin with "US defies non-proliferation treaty, proposes new nukes."

I was born the year before the atomic bomb, and for most of my life have argued the case against Nagasaki, which I still consider a field test of an entirely different A-bomb rushed into use before the Japanese could surrender. (Much as the Russians rushed to declare war before the Japanese could surrender).

This "duck and cover" boy sure doesn't feel any safer now than I did in those early Cold War days.

Best Regards,

Jerry KleinerMiddletown, N.Y.

Photog Joe O'Donnell a Victim?I worked for International Press Service of the United States Information Agency at the same time as Joe O'Donnell. The agency was very, very leery of letting any of its employees receive credit. Yoichi Okamoto, chosen by Johnson as his personal photographer, also worked for USIA. Both of these gentlemen were stars and under normal circumstances they would have been treated as such. I wrote columns on foreign affairs and on communist affairs under two different assigned bylines -- Paul L. Ford and Benjamin E. West.

As "West," I analyzed communist publications and broadcasts recorded by the CIA to arrive at conclusions totally at odds with the CIA. I suggested in January 1950 that Josef Stalin was ill and that his associates were preparing for his death. The CIA insisted he could not possibly be ill. He died two months later. I predicted the power struggle between Stalin's successor, Khrushchev and Malenkov, beginning in late 1955. In 1956, on the morning of the day Khrushchev took power, the CIA station chief in Moscow denounced my forecasts as false; "collective leadership" was the order of the day. As Paul Ford, I covered the decade's foreign ministers' and summit conferences. It was a ridiculous situation and I got out it, totally frustrated, in 1960. My journalistic colleagues had no idea who Paul Ford and Ben West were. …

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