WAR & PEACE: Reaction

Last week the U. S. felt suddenly defenseless. The hurricane that had struck Europe, the gathering clouds in the Three Easts, had come, with nightmare speed, close, real and threatening. The reaction was profound —broad and deep. As in few times of peace the Nation spoke as a whole and the voice came clear to Congress: Arm. Arm the U. S. for what may come.

There were cool heads. Deeper than the widely reported hysteria was a grim determination to prepare for anything. One tremendous shift was apparent: the rising wind of world events had for a time at...

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