National Defense: Lash to the Mast?

"American youth does not intend to lay down its life in shell holes around Shanghai or Timbuktu. The program of the American Student Union states that 'we will not support any war which the United States Government may undertake' for we recognize that such a war would be imperialist in character."

These words, written in 1937, came back last week to roost on their writer, apostolic Joseph P. Lash, onetime boss of the left-wing student union. They also brought uneasiness to the U.S. Navy. For 31 -year-old Joe Lash, having split with his pinko friends, had shucked his antipathy for war....

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