National Affairs: To Have & to Hold

President Truman gave UNO delegates in London something to chew on. The U.S., he said, is going to hang onto the islands it needs in the Pacific.

His statement, delivered off the cuff at a White House press conference, called for holding the islands under "individual trusteeship," and it gave some hope to friends of UNO who believe that the trusteeship ideal of the San Francisco conference can somehow be maintained. The same words caused some qualms among those Congressmen and Army & Navy chiefs who believe the U.S. should annex Pacific islands outright. The qualms were unjustified.

A trusteeship contract may still...

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