INTERNATIONAL: Difficulty of Declaring War

The U.S. wants to declare war on Hungary, Rumania and Bulgaria. A fortnight ago, a short comminatory note, such as Britain once sent to Finland, was drawn up in three versions. Each note explained that, should the Government of Hungary (or Rumania or Bulgaria) persist in its attitude of contributing to Axis aggression, the U.S. would find itself obliged to consider itself at war with Hungary (or Rumania or Bulgaria). Then an unforeseen difficulty arose: who would deliver the notes? There are no more U.S. representatives in Hungary (or Rumania or Bulgaria); the diplomatic representatives of those countries are...

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