National Affairs: Dealing with Kidnapers

"When you have people kidnaped, you deal with the kidnapers." said Secretary of State John Foster Dulles at his press conference last week. "It does not carry any implication at all of recognition." The kidnaped were seven artillery officers of the U.S. 3rd Armored Division and the two crewmen of their big Sikorsky helicopter, which had strayed off course, come down in Soviet-occupied East Germany. The kidnapers were the Russians, who. well aware that the U.S. does not recognize East Germany, refused to send the nine men home until the U.S. went around to the East Germans to beg for them.


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