Letters, Oct. 19, 1959

The Aftermath

Sir:

To millions of people's peace-hungry minds, Mr. Khrushchev's offer to scrap all armies will look very tempting and reasonable indeed. But I can mention a number of fairly prominent countries where the abolition of the armed forces would mean an immediate and effortless take-over for the extremely well-organized Communistic minority. In such places as Argentina, Indonesia, Iraq, etc., the armies are just holding their own against the subversive forces of Communism, and should the hypothetical case of complete disarmament become a reality, Western countries such as France, Italy and Finland...

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