Tokyo as Munich

June 1941
New Republic;6/9/41, Vol. 104 Issue 23, p780
Focuses on the appeasement of the U.S. with Japan. Speculation that some sort of agreement between the State Department and the Japanese Foreign Office was on foot; Report that the Americans are still shipping her essential war materials; Letter of Cordell Hull, U.S. Secretary of State to China saying that the U.S. is ready to step out of China after war; Information on three grounds for appeasement; Statement of Matsuoka that Japan is still allied with the axis; View that the core of American policy in the Far East must be a strong and democratic China, free of foreign domination and intervention; View that if the Japanese refrain from taking the Dutch East Indies it will be because they fear to extend their military and naval lines that far rather than because Americans are giving them oil; Reasons for the need for the American help to China; View that to appease Japan is to betray the deepest meaning of democratic defense.


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