General Douglas MacArthur usually sloughs off Soviet gibes at his occupation policies with silent, five-starred disdain. Last week he broke with custom, made a sharp reply to the latest official Russian blast against him—a letter from Lieut. General Kuzma N. Derevyanko, Soviet member of the Allied Council for Japan.

Derevyanko's letter accused MacArthur of permitting the Japanese government to balk democratization of the country by (among other things) crushing human rights with police brutality. Derevyanko's case in point consisted of a series of minor riots last month during which a trade-unionist demonstrator was killed in a clash with Japanese...

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