OPINION: The Hopeless Hope

Midway in World War II a slight, intense Chinese woman delivered to the U.S. Congress a memorable plea that turned out years later to have been a fateful warning. She was Shanghai-born, Wellesley-educated (class of '17) Mme. Chiang Kaishek, First Lady of Free China. Her plea—lackadaisically met—was for more U.S. help for China to stave off disaster. One day last week Mme. Chiang, back in the U.S. from Formosa for medical checkups, went to Ann Arbor to accept an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Michigan, there delivered another timely...

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