The most important Briton east of Dover, as his own countrymen say, is Malcolm MacDonald, His Majesty's Commissioner-General for Southeast Asia.

For over three years, the kinetic son of Britain's first Socialist Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald, has been trying to keep the disparate, restive, unprepared peoples of Southeast Asia within the free world. He is the other "Mac" of democracy in the Far East. He and Douglas MacArthur are the terminal anchors of a defense that loops around an aggressive Red subcontinent for some 52,000 miles, from Japan to Burma.

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