Chapter Seventeen
RENDEZVOUS OF THREE MEN

IT IS NOT MY PURPOSE TO FIGHT THE WAR all over again. Our Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force have done their job so admirably that it is presumptuous for a civilian to do anything except express gratitude. Never before in our history were greater feats of courage and sacrifice performed. This "soft" generation about which we, fretted in the 1930's has sinews of steel and stout hearts. We can be proud of them.

Twelve years after the Nazis came to power in Germany --a power that Hitler said would last a thousand years-- Germany lay completely crushed. The Japanese Empire lasted less than four months longer. To the victors there were no spoils, only the strange paradox of having to shoulder burdens of mass starvation and ruin amid the disintegration of much of the world. If any part of civilization was to be saved it was more necessary for the Allies to work together in the post-war era than in the war.

With the defeat of Germany, May 7, 1945, and of Japan, August 14, 1945, it became evident that two giant powers

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