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Tony Snow on FoxNews Sunday mentioned this article from LIFE

Magazine, January 7th, 1946, that has been made available by

bloggerJessica’s Well. Here

is an excerpt from <a

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On Germany, which plunged the Continent into its misery,

falls the blame for its own plight and the plight of all Europe. But if

this winter proves worse even than the war years, blame will fall on the

victor nations. Some Europeans blame Russia for callousness to misery in

eastern Europe. But some also blame America because they expected so

much more from her.

Here are a few excerpts from <a

href=””>the article by LIFE

correspondent, novelist John Dos Passos:

The troops returning home are worried. “We’ve lost the

peace,” men tell you. “We can’t make it stick.” A tour of the beaten-up

cities of Europe six months after victory is a mighty

sobering experience for anyone. Europeans. Friend and foe alike, look

you accusingly in the face and tell you how bitterly they are

disappointed in you as an American. They cite the evolution of the word

“liberation.” Before the Normandy landings it meant to be freed from the

tyranny of the Nazis. Now it stands in the minds of the civilians for

one thing, looting. . . .

When the British and American came the Viennese felt that at last they

were in the hands of civilized people. But instead of coming in with a

bold plan of relief and reconstruction we came in full of evasions and

apologies. . . .

We have swept away Hitlerism, but a great many Europeans feel that the

cure has been worse than the disease.

There’s more where

these came from.


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