FOREIGN RELATIONS: A Light for Free Asians

The surrender this week of Luis Taruc, leader of the Philippine Communist guerrillas (see FOREIGN NEWS), flared like a match in a darkened amphitheater. For the past month anti-Communist forces in Asia had suffered defeat—defeat that culminated in, but has not necessarily ended at, Dienbienphu. In the gloom of Geneva, Britain, France and the U.S. have groped for a settlement with the Communists in Indo-China and Korea, and in their groping made the Communist position stronger. Taruc's personal surrender was a desperately needed light.

To would-be free governments in Asia the surrender said: the President of the Philippines, Ramon Magsaysay,...

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