The Berkshire Eagle, 16 April 1947, 8.
home speech that an and give of democracy Moscow of our that immunization to been infectious which We of as a then on need Lett Modern Witch Hunt TÂ» thÂ» Editor ot THE BAOLE -In -In the 16th and 17th centuries a curious type of unreason took possession of the populations of Europe and, indeed, America, notably in Boston and Salem. It called "witchcraft." Somewhere in the Bible it says that you shall not suffer a witch :ive. What a witch was, nobody ever clearly understood. Insane oeople were sometimes considered bewitched and from this the idea grew until it became a convenient way to rid yourself of some of choice enemies--accuse them of witchcraft and if any got away alive, it was a wonder. Of course, in that period of insanity the churches--Protestant and Roman Catholic--took an earnest and active part. Nobody could find a witch quicker than cleric. Well, the world became ashamed of itself after killing hundreds of thousands of people for good reason and gave it up. But the ideas of that time are not entirely dead. In Germany before and during the last war the Jewish people were accused by of similar vague evils that called for extermination. So another holocaust of devilish torture was let loose upon a world that had become nearly sane. And now the madness is being imported into America. How history history docs seem to repeat itself! The witch hunt is on. The tom- toms are boating. The ecclesiastic? ecclesiastic? are whispering, the oil men talking behind closed doors The President is extending bribes to Turkey and has had Mr. Pauley bring back more news about foreign, oil wells. This time it is Russians who are the witches. witch is not supposed to live, the Good Book says, and indeed, they won't if we get our atomic bombs on them that we are itching to use. So Secretary Marshall no doubt was told by Mr. Dulles, the lawyer of New York and a friend of big oil interests, to be tough with the Russians. In business business deals as in diplomacy, it is said that a kindly politeness coupled with a keen mind goes far, that it is not a good way to insult your client. Well, Mr. Marshall, after being In Moscow for over 30 days, only went to the Kremlin yesterday. Even Mr. Bevin, the Englishman Laborite, knew enough of the amenities should exist between gentlemen visit Mr. Stalin weeks ago. At the great international trial of German statesmen and generals in Nuernberg, a new conception of- international law was born, namely that any person guilty starting another war should have to answer before the bar of mankind. Mr. Taft says that this is not good law. The high International International tribunal at Nuernberg it is. Knowing what he does, it be that Mr. Taft'a neck feels uncomfortable? But when Henry Wallace says that the crowd that is back of Marshall means war, most of newspapers try to tear him to pieces. We think with Walter Lippmann and Henry Wallace war should be made impossible with any other nation on the of this earth. We have our Nations which we ardently can be made the death of all crafts and all war. What would it profit us if we gained the whole world? G. F. MacKAY, M.D. Dalton.