National Affairs: The Pain of Manuel Quezon

The real imminence of war with Japan last week struck Manuel Quezon. In his mind's eye he saw Japanese bombers over Manila and perhaps his own people pointing at him accusingly. In one tense, crisis-ridden night, he made an astonishing speech and tried to put the blame away from himself.

Nobody controls President Quezon, not even Quezon, say the Filipinos. They know. Sometimes they say it with exasperated affection, like Brooklyn people talking about the Dodgers. Sometimes they say it with gleeful malice, as they recount President Quezon's latest prankish maneuver against austere, high-minded...

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