Last week long-dreaded World War II was six months old (Sept. 3 to March 3).

As the first half-year drew to a close, and a solemn, long-nosed reporter for President Franklin Roosevelt went the rounds of Europe to learn if total war was truly inevitable, spokesmen for both sides restated their war aims more grimly and finally than ever. For the Allies, British Prime Minister Chamberlain said again: Hitler and his crushing "ism" must be wiped out of Europe. For himself and his oligarchy, Adolf Hitler said: he must dominate 125,000,000 Europeans and the...

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