JAPAN: Remember the Panay

JAPAN "Remember the Panay"

Once when Mark Twain wanted to express the quintessence of complacency, he reached down into his grabbag of artful characterizations and pulled out one of his greatest: "The calm confidence of a Christian with four aces." Japanese statesmen wore just such a cocksure air last week. Their spiritual complacency (the sacred mission of creating a New Order) was reinforced with all the aces and most of the face cards in the Asiatic pack.

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