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fft $> ~. • .-,. •..,. BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 194C KENNEDY GENERAL HOSPITAL Memphis, Tennessee March 27,1946 I now find it impossible to conduct an effective political campaign because of a lingering war injury. Therefore I have decided to withdraw from the U. S. Congressional Race in the First Congressional District of Arkansas. But I implore you, the average home-loving, Security-seeking American to wake up and look at the International Situation. One of our Allies in World War II, by her aggressive attitude, is paving the road to World War III. Our appeasement policy is accelerating the construction of this road to Hell and destruction. Some of our leaders have stated that we intend to be firm in our foreign policy but our firmness will mean nothing unless we have an effective force to back up our statements. '!'--' '• The U. S. has been the deciding factor in the past two major wars.and Will be the de- cicjing factor in the next war. Consequently, any aggressor nation which has any hopes of success on a large scale offensive-knows/that it will have, to deal a death blow to the U. S. This will be accomplished by atomic bombs on pur key industrial centers. This wiii paralyze industry and communications and, leave, us : >vithout leadership. This atomic attack will create a panic and will be followed by air borne troops. You can draw your own conclusions from this point. I lived for.tnree and one-half years in hunger and humiliation , in Japanese P. O. W. Camps because of the blindness of some of our leaders before World War .11. My fate and your fate as an individual in World War III are immaterial but the fate of the American Flag and the Democratic way of I ife is another thing. Aggressor Nations do not fight wars to spread freedom. I wish to point out that practically every man, woman, and child will be involved in World War III. Unfortunately, force is the thing that is respected the most in this world of ours. ':'*. " ' ' . - * Therefore I beg you, Mr. Average American, to see that our government builds up an efficient, hard-hitting military force for the preservation of decency and democracy. fe I i . Speck ft l%&ni ;Notc: All opinions expressed are my own persona! views.