FOREIGN POLICY: A Familiar Rumble

To Douglas MacArthur's alert military ear, the Communist sweep through China carried an ominous and familiar rumble. Only seven years ago, in Manila, he had seen the gathering storm of Japanese conquest. He appealed for reinforcements which could not be supplied, hopelessly watched the envelopment of the Philippines. Could Japan become a latter-day Bataan?

In his Tokyo headquarters, the 68-year-old Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers took a seasoned soldier's look at the Red tide now lapping down over his map of China. Last week he sent a 16-page radio report to...

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