Vladimir Putin

Sulzberger, Arthur Hays

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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Royal Canadian Institute. The time of year for self-examination. Canada and the United States asking themselves a few questions: How are we doing, each country in its own way? What more can we do to promote the objectives and ideals we share? How can we improve the conduct of our international affairs in the year 1952? The times in which we live. Looking for our "shaft of life, our hope and our promise." Changes over the last eleven years when even the English-speaking world was divided in the midst of a mortal conflict. A revolution not only in policy, but in our thinking about the responsibilities of power. Mr. Churchill and the United States 11 years ago, and now. The concern over the growing power of the United States. The great accomplishments of the free world in the last five years. The range of our common interests, which are now world wide. The impossibility not to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations and why that is so. Creating a coalition and the difficulties of so doing. The defense of North America being planned as a single unit. The standardization of weapons between Canada and the U.S. Civil defense along the great boundary moving ahead as if no boundary existed. Joining together to face the Soviet tyranny as the greatest menace of our time. Agreeing on our own shortcomings and thereby doing something about them. Examples of the speaker's practise of conducting one-man polls. The question on his mind now: how will we react to the constant provocations of the Russians when the military goals now before the North Atlantic nations have been achieved? The increasing relevance of this question as each year passes. The question as to whether our moral strength will keep pace with the growth of our physical strength. The Canada Government freeing the Canadian dollar from its wartime and postwar restrictions as an example of what the speaker has in mind. Currency manipulation and currency controls as weapons of economic warfare. The Bretton Woods program. The philosophy underlying the Monetary Fund. The relinquishing of these controls by Canada a proof of fiscal integrity and a sense of responsibility. Looking at the language of diplomacy in the last few years. Korea as evidence of American courage and American restraint. Fighting a limited war. The spirit of the town meeting remaining strong in America. Provocations in the future. Belief in the inevitability of general war already strong. The concept of "preventive war." Trying to create a force that will persuade criminals that crime doesn't pay. The speaker's belief that respecting the police force, and hence increasing the general understanding and support of U.S. foreign policy will gradually be accepted.

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