Below the Fold for Oct. 19


Words of Post-War

Rummaging through the Internet, I came across an alarming dispatch from the war, bearing the headline: "Americans Are Losing the Victory..."

The upshot was that just seven months after the end of hostilities, things are a complete and deteriorating mess. Here are some of the more depressing details. A soldier says, "We've lost the peace. We can't make it stick."

The writer observes, "Never has American prestige in Europe (search) been lower. People never tire of telling you of the ignorance and rowdy-ism of American troops." The French warn that, "our policy is producing results opposite too those we planned." Meanwhile, some troops are tired of talk about grants to the war-torn nation. Says one, "Let them pay for it. It's their fault."

And finally, this: "A great many Europeans feel that the cure has been worse than the disease... The time has come for our own future security, to give the best we have to the world instead of the worst."

Sound familiar? The author of the piece: John Dos Passos. The source: Life Magazine. The date: January 7, 1946.

A tip of the hat to the Jessica's Well Web site for this item.