Vladimir Putin

Drew, Colonel The Honourable George A.

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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. The speaker's recent trip to Britain, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. The regard with which Canada is perceived. A report on Western Europe, particularly Germany. The situation in Britain. Britain far from finished as a great power. India on the threshold of becoming a member of the Commonwealth. What is going to be the fate of Germany? The future of Western Europe and to a very considerable degree the future of every one of us, resting upon the answer to that question. The destruction witnessed by the speaker in Berlin. The shattered city as a symbol today of the tremendous problems with which the victorious powers are confronted. What life is like in Berlin. The Chancellery itself as the symbol of Nazi rule. The speaker's belief that Berlin should never be rebuilt, but should stand in its present shattered form as a reminder to other dictators. The present task of keeping its three million people alive and in some measure of actual human comfort and human decency. The added complication of the division of the city into four parts under Russian, British, American and French control. The constant fight being waged daily in Berlin between Communism and Democracy. The Russians at arm's length compared to the cooperation between the British, American and French. The boundary of the Russian Zone in Berlin and where it lies in relation to the democracies in Western Europe. Understanding the sense of fear in Holland, Belgium and France. The hostile Russian attitude. Examining the consequences of the Russian military occupation of Germany extending so far to the west. The terror and suppression by the Russians. Allowing Germany to be forced to submit, against their will, to another equally cruel and dangerous form of dictatorship not in the interest of Canada, Britian, or any other free country. The year of 1947 a year of the most fatal decisions ever confronting mankind. The possibility of an enduring peace if the democracies remember the lesson they learned in 1939. Russia's military situation. The hope for peace dependent upon the firmness with which all the democracies deal with Russia. The business of every person in the world today to keep the freedom won. "The choice is still ours." The way that Democracy can work.