Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 12, 1949, Winona, Minnesota
VOLUME 48, NO. 277 The Alsops French Need Sense of Security By Joseph Alsop Paris If France means any- France in fact sums up the inner tragedy of our keystone is still missing in the arch of the future that America Is seek- ing to build. For any French re- if French recovery occurs at all, will always be temporary and febrile, until the Frenchman in the street again en- Joys some sense of security. And as long as French- men believe that Soviet armies can march at will "as far as as one hears it put over and over again, no sense of security can exist in France. The foregoing rather obvious statements have genuinely vital meaning for the United States. They mean, first, that the European recovery program will be likely to resemble the Berlin air lift until a sense of security has been re- created here. Like the air lift, the E.B.P. keeps things ticking over. But people who think total disaster occur the next morning are hardly likely to resume long-term invest-! ment and the other habits of the! normal economic life that E.R.P. Is seeking to re'store. AGAIN, THIS desperate need for a sense of security here means that President Truman is blindly tor- pedoing his own program, by so sharply reducing the tempo of Am- erican rearmament. There are likely to be grave repercussions, when Europeans realize that the Presi- dent's budget ceiling allows for only 48 air groups. Instead ol the much- advertised 70, and less than men Instead of more than In the ground forces. President Truman's action Is all the more Incomprehensible because It comes at a moment when the whole outlook Is beginning to Im- prove. Given the absence of any sense of security, the European re- covery program, here brilliantly ad- ministered by Averill Harriman and David Bruce, has thus far accom- plished all that could be reasonably hoped. More Important still, sound steps have already been taken, by Presi- dent Truman himself among others, to recreate that sense of security Is so urgently needed. The President's personal contribution was an order, courageously given in October at the crisis of the political campaign, to release American sup- plies to place the three French divisions in Germany on a better fighting footing. The Job was done In the usual unnecessary hole-and- corner manner. But the fact that these French divisions are 'using Important quantities of mainten- ance and other equipment from us and have been promised further In- stallments of tanks and the like has already significantly affected the thinking of the leaders of the French government and armed services. THE PRESIDENT'S decision (taken on the urgent advice of Gen- eral Lucius D. Clay) is of course only a single Incident in a muph broader pattern. This is the pattern of Western European union and the Atlantic pact. The nations of West- WINONA, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 12, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY EIGHTEEN PAGES Lottery to Pay Bonus Wisconsin Legislature Opens, Leaders Chosen Madlson-W-Assemblyrnan Alex L. Nicol, Sparta, a former Progressive, and Senator Frank Panzer of Oakfield will preside over the 69th regular session of the Wisconsin legislature which Bed in suburban Stickney, Rudolph Loula, right identifies Ray- mond Menik second from left, 19, as youth who wounded him and fatally shot his partner, Policeman Leblcch L they investigated a stolen car last Sunday night. Polenik was reported -med yester- I bffl charging him with murder. Left to right: Ralph DeMichael, court reporter; Polenik; Jamei citek; Stickney Police Chief Edward Law, and Loula.