As long as hunger and despair haunt hundreds of millions of people, said the President of the U.S. last week, in a far-seeing foreign-policy pronouncement, "peace and freedom will be in danger throughout the world. For wherever free men lose hope of progress, liberty will be weakened and the seeds of conflict will be sown. In working together to create that hope of progress, we raise barriers against tyranny and the war which tyranny breeds."

In Seattle to address a meeting of the 18-nation Colombo Plan, set up by the British Commonwealth in 1950 to foster economic development in Asia,...

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