AUSTRALIA: Last Bastion

From Down Under there rose a cry that should have roused the fight in the entire U.S. public. It came from Australian Prime Minister John Curtin, a onetime mild-mannered trade-union journalist who in his country's greatest hour of need found words that rolled like Walt Whitman's: "We have no limits. . . . We have no qualms. . . . We will not yield a yard of our soil. . . . We fight with what we have and what we have is our all."

"Our all" in Australia last week meant just that....

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