The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 6, 1950 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, March 6, 1950
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MONDAY, MARCH 6, 1050 BLTTHKVTLIjB (ARK.) CUUKIER NEWS the Nation Today — If War Comes—• Democratic Process Hurts Our Chance for Initial Blow in A-War W By James Marlow WASHINGTON, March 6. (AP)—Here's a nice one to think about. ' • • This country and Russia are spending billions on arms and bomb-making. So far as can be seen, they'll continue doing that. In time, both countries may have bombs big enough to wipe out whole cities, one bomb to a city. Scientists say a hydrogen bomb* can do just that. If there's a war, the one which attacks first, will have a big advantage. For instance, suppose Russia In B sneak attack was able in one night to wipe out Washington, New York, Chicago and Detroit. Alter that our chances pi winning the war, or even waging war Very iong, might not he good. True, our bombers, II scattered around, might try to attack in turn. But, having started'the war, Russia would be ready for that. Could Russia tee off on us suddenly without formal declaration of war. which would be enough warning to us? Sure. Only Need Orde? The Russians could get going on on order from above, from Joseph Stalin and his group. But could the Russians actually get their whole war machine going without our knowing? Maybe 60, maybe not. No one can answer that now. ,-We weren't prepared for the Jap- Aise attack on Pearl Harbor. And ."is time, because of the hydrogen bomb, we'd be in a sad fix if our tpy system failed. But there's the problem of how the United States would-go to war. Under the constitution, only Congress can declar war. But, tf \\'C reached a point where Congress gathered to declar war, the Russians would have plenty of warning »nd time to attack first. In the past this arrangement—no war unless declared by the people's representatives in Congress — has worked all right. It was the democratic way, the backbone of this country's way of life. It saved the, people from the nanger of possibly sudden action by one man, the president, who otherwise might have been able to put the people into a war they didn t n-ant. But fimes have changed, as this itory has tried to point out, because of the advantage that would * go, to the one who attacked first with; hydrogen .bombs. Just because times have changed, this same democratic process, the § 3 open declaration of war by gress, might ,.in'- ; the, next war n the end of'the 'republic by giving the enemy a chance to attack first. What could be done to be sure we weren't attacked first? As commander-in-chief of the armed forces (he president, if he thought the danger great enough, might try to save the country by ordering our bombers .to start the war and a'tark Russia without waiting for C. ngressional action. Might Be I nil-hell Vet, if he did so, lie might be reached by Congress. Whether ' :at happcr !• of course, would i epend upon \.iiat Congress and the :ople thought after the war start- Ed. In a case like that, it's possible veaixms impair in a most serious vay the constitutional • power of Congress to declare war. As a democracy we are incapable of launching the first surprise blow. It teem possible that this "very democratic process, slow and wide open to Iht world, coulile mean an end to the republic since It would give an enemy time to attack first." McMahon is head of Congress Atomic Committee. PAGE THREB Black Legal Battle Moves to Court PINE BLUFF, Ark., March 6. (Jf) —The long/legal battle to save the , life of Tommy Bluck, convicted Little Rock rape-slayer, goes into the , Jefferson County Circuit Court to- i day. I Attorneys for Black — who is ; scheduled to die' In the electric : chair at Tucker Prison farm Friday—will ask the court to compel ; Prison Supt. 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