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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 57 (September 1946)

Press and radio comment,   pp. 26-27 PDF (1.0 MB)


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is beginning to make very little difference
what policy we have since we are doing
almost nothing to enforce -our plans. These
critics point to the fact that we show no
interest in maintaining in Europe an Army
-good enough or big enough to make our
wishes respected or even carry out a different
program.
"It may be that these critics are too severe.
It's no more than fair to say that the Ame-
rican Military Government in Germany has
done well in getting schools and churches
and other peaceful constructive institutions
back to work in our zone. Whatever rules
we set up for the Germans to live by, there
is one influence that is bound to count heavily
in the success or failure of our teaching
democracy, it is the behavior of our occu-
pying Army."
Words at Paris
Several leading United States newspapers,
while disappointed at the apparent slow
pace of the Paris Peace Conference, have said
in recent editorials that the "battle of words"
has served to bring conflicting views into
the open for clarification and eventual settle-
ment. US Secretary of State Byrnes' speech
was called a firm and earnest statement of
American aims which expressed the Ameri-
can people,'s attitude toward the task of
making peace.
The Birmingham (Ala.) News said, "There
has been little more than wrangling at the
conference . . .  The consequence is that
many Americans have gotten an impression
that the international situation has materially
worsened when as a matter of fact no such
change has taken place . . . There is ten-
sion between the West and the East which
is not doing the business of peacemaking any
good. But it is worse than folly - it is
stupid or hysterial - to translate the un-
satisfactory state of world affairs into an
assumption that war is in the offing . . .
War can be avoided because we are going
to prove that a capitalist society like ours is
capable of removing the economic causes of
war. If we do that, if we preserve ourselves
from boom and bust, if we establish the pro-
position that we are not afraid of communism
and communism need not be afraid of us, the,,
world will have gone far toward the elim-
ination of war from this planet."
The Richmond (Va) Times-Dispatch declar-
ed, "There has been some plain speaking at
Paris which should stem the flow of recrim-
inations and prod the conference into more
fruitful action . . . Mr. Byrnes delivered a
deserved rebuke to the Russians for their
'repeated abuse and misrepresentation' of
United States. He spoke sternly but not pro-
vocatively. There was firmness but not bit-
terness in his remarks. It was a temperate
and dignified performance, but it carried the
force of simple eloquence . . . There was
no self-righteousness in his speech. Rather it
was an earnest statement of American aims
and it expressed the attitude which our
people sincerely feel toward the task of mak-
ing peace."
The New York Times asserted, "The con-
ference has already served a salutary pur-
pose by showing to the world just what the
issues are and where the sympathies of most
nations lie . . . That is what the Conference
of Paris has been called for-to bring the
issues before the world public and to let it be
the judge."
Doing "Very Fine Job"
Praising the work of American occupation
forces in "democratizing Germany," Col.
Charles J. Barrett, Deputy Director of Eu-
ropean Civil Affairs, told the "Railsplitters"
Division Association in Cincinnati that "95
percent of the good things done in Germany
receive little publicity compared with things
of which we are not proud."
Colonel Barrett, former Chief of Staff of
the 84th Infantry Division during its drive
from Normandy to the Elbe River, declared
that each time he visits the US Zone in Ger-
many he finds improvement.
"I   think we are doing a very fine job,
and I believe the Germans are taking it
seriously," he asserted, according to the news
story in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
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