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meaning, would signify something else. The police force of this country does not rule it. It is subject to a greater power; in our case, the army and the navy. In any conflict between the two, the federal authority would be overwhelming, as has been constantly shown in cases of martial law. I do not profess to be an exceptional authority, but, while listening to all the discussions that are going on, I have come increasingly to the conviction that the way for the world to live is to model its post-war plans upon the methods which each of us, as individuals, adopt to live in peace among our neighbors—not to surrender our integrity, not throwing away all our money, not carrying brotherly love to an extent internationally which we would consider ridiculous individually. So also with the police idea. If we, as a nation, are to maintain our national integrity, our democratic ideals, our treasury, we must also in this policing matter maintain a defensive army and navy sufficient to guarantee our safety, despite any world police force. Each nation would do this also. • * • In the "good neighbor" policy which Mr. Roosevelt has established in this hemisphere, he has also set a different example for policing this hemisphere than Mr. Welles seems to be advocating for the post-war world. The President has simply acquired bases—land, air and sea—in strategic parts of the hemisphere. He has done this by negotiation. The bases offer mutual service. Brazil allows our army and navy to use her facilities on the promise that her forces can use ours. Thus, the establishment of bases has become in truth a diplomatic form of a police force on a mutually agreeable basis, without actually intermingling the armies and navies or the air forces of the various countries. Nor has there been created any common hemisphere army. A status quo of existing armies, navies and air forces has merely been accepted by all concerned, on a friendly, working arrangement in which no one sacrificed anything. Whether this would work internationally, I do not know. The current discussion about "international police forces" has been running off into whirlwinds. Before a basis of sensible argument can be established on the subject those who talk about such a plan should define what they mean. (Distributed by Kins Features Svndi- 0 " to fu " ° r ln " parl

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  1. The Daily Telegram,
  2. 12 Apr 1943, Mon,
  3. Page 4

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