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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 17 (November 1945)

Press comments,   pp. 16-19 PDF (1.8 MB)


Page 16


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Press Stresses Need for
Allied lUnitj
Calls for Allied unity in the ad-
ministration of Germany and in
dealing with other world problems and
the ending of the Allies' distrust of
each other held a prominent place in
press -comment during the week.
U. S. press comments on the occu-
pation of Germany continued to show
a critical note, with criticism princi-
pally directed against the alleged un-
fitness of the Army for occupational
duties, and the failure of the Allies
to agree on uniform policies in their
respective zones. Opposition to a soft
peace was again expressed by several
commentators, who declared that the
Allies must occupy Germany until a
new generation of Germans had been
educated to the ways of peace.
"The present crisis is not caused by
the Allies' fear of Germany but by the
Allies distrust of each other," declared
the Manchester Guardian, pointing out
that if the United Nations were really
united and could remain so, "therq
would be no German problem." In the
opinion of another English newspaper,
the London Observer, there is but one
main reason why the great Powers
are finding an agreement so difficult
to achieve: "Irrational and all-pervading
suspicion."
In an even more sharply pointed
warning, Goronwy Rees in The Lon-
don Spectator asserted that the real
danger of Germany at the present time
"is not that millions of Germans must
starve, freeze and die during the win-
ter; it is that out of this misery the
Germans should create an opportinity
for destroying the unity of the Allies
who defeated them."
On the theory that confidencebreeds
confidence,  several British  papers
called for a greater degree of trust in
relations with Soviet Russia. A typical
comment was that of the LondonDaily
Express: "Everybody in Britain knows
that Russia's fears concerning the in-
tentions of this country and of the
United States towards her are ground-
less. It is so strong and so obvious
that some people are tempted to be-
come impatient at Russia's apprehen-
sion. Impatience will not help."
Though the Moscow radio on No-
vember 3rd asserted that "the re-
actionary - insistence  on  the  pre-
servation  of  the   atomic   bomb
secret is actuated by the desire to
pursue- power diplomacy by threaten-
ing humanity with armed action,"
Pravda, six days later, pointed out
that "only the collaboration of the
powers of the Anglo-American-Soviet
coalition can make the international
organization of the United Nations
efficient."
Voicing confidence in the objectives
of Soviet Russia, The New York Herald-
Tribune declared that "her purposes at
bottom seem to be those of all ci-
vilized nations. They are the purposes
of peace and restoration after this
most ghastly of all struggles."
Despite their homesickness and dis-
like for their present assignment,
American soldiers are achieving better
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