Chapter 3
Some Basic Principles

The best way of meeting Communism is to keep it out.

( LORD HAILSHAM)

IF WHAT I HAVE thus far outlined is accepted as a fair indication of the nature, scope, and tempo of the threat with which we are faced, the next thing to consider is what to do about it. Before going on to submit certain practical proposals and suggest some limited objectives for our strategy, it seems desirable to sketch in a background of certain more general considerations, some broad principles on which I think our policy should be based in countering Communist action and winning the Cold War in Britain, North America, and Europe and in the wider spheres of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

It should first be said that to adopt a tough realistic attitude to the global Communist menace does not mean that we should relax for a moment our efforts to bridge the chasms that divide the world. We must always be on the alert to identify and respond to any genuine modification of Communist policy. As long as the Russians want to be our enemies, then our enemies they shall be; if and when they want to become our friends, we will be only too happy to accept and

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