HALF OF ONE WORLD by Foster Hailey
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HALF OF ONE WORLD

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A valuable contribution to better understanding of that half of the world we are only too apt to shrug off as not our business -- Asia. A grim picture of misery, permeated with a new spirit that will not be downed. It might well lead to a tragic contest of race and color. It will almost surely lead- if we continue our state of apathy- to Asia falling victim to Communism. In Japan, where alone we have exerted pressures in occupation, we have on the side, he feels (and so does the rest of Asia) in strengthening too soon and too much those potentials of imperialism again rampant. Japan is better off today than the countries Japan overran. Democracy is only a surface take- we scarcely know the truth behind the front. Country by country, the N. Y. Times correspondent presents cogent analysis of conditions today, the processes by which these conditions were reached, the man whose leadership may prove either salutary or disastrous. He sees Korea, abandoned to its own disorders and indecisions, divided, a deficit nation. Russia had a blueprints for its occupation; the U.S.A. middle through, economically, politically, and while leaving an impression in some directions of well-meaning, in the main abandoned a responsibility. In China we supported a bankrupt government, failing to recognize the slenderness of the thread between Chinese Communism and Moscow, until, perhaps, too late. China's social revolution is 100 years old. Chinese Communists need Europe and the U.S. and what we can give, to save them from Moscow. The picture of France and the Netherlands in the Pacific is a vicious one, but the germ of a sound state lies in an independent Indo China, which has asked our support, while the United States of Indonesia has won its own battle, and can prove a new and vital force in Asia. The British in the Pacific are giving Fiji and the Tongan Islands a chance to develop their existent intelligent leadership under the present status. Thailand is still groping, but the possibility of a strong economy is there, once their government is stabilized. The American relationship with the Philippines, while not above criticism, is a shining example of what can be done, while there is room for much better relations with the colonies of Guam, Samoa, and the trusteeship areas. In summary he lists the bad records and urges that the fallacies must be corrected, the policies developed in a positive direction. If the future is not to be sold out to Communism.

Pub Date: April 25th, 1950
Publisher: Macmillan