Peppery General Sir Gerald Templer, Britain's High Commissioner for the Communist-bandit-ridden Malayan Federation, flew in to London to report to the British Colonial Office on his first tour of duty in the rubber-rich equatorial peninsula. In machine-gun tones, he rattled off his news:
¶ The average monthly killing rate of Communist terrorists is 93, and going up steadily. "This," said Templer, "is a most heartening sign."
¶ Casualties among the 250,000 British and Malayan security troops, who are stalking the Reds, are down 30%; the rate of terrorist activity has fallen 18%.
He was confident,...