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basic necessities of our situation both in the Amer-
ican hemisphere and, in the North Atlantic, made
it essential that we and other peoples who want
the same things take additional steps to make
ourselves strong enough to resist forces of aggres-
sion. No nation is strong enough to do this alone.
The strength of free men does not lie in military
force alone but in a combination of moral and ma-
terial strength derived from basic principles, free
democratic institutions, free exercise of the right
to differ, and a free economic and social system.
To realize that strength it is essential to develop
unity of purpose and action, particularly when
freedom is threatened by totalitarian unity. The
development of moral and material force and effec-
tive unity requires action at every level; local,
national, and regional, as well as universal.

Until comparatively recently, we were accus-
tomed to dealing with our problems in terms of
the authority and power of the national state. It
is becoming increasingly clear that a world of un-
regulated national sovereignties is unable to deal
with present conditions. The trend of events is
impelling us toward closer international associa-
tion. In the Soviet orbit, the process is imposed
by dictatorship ; in the free world, it is developing
more slowly, but more surely, by the agreement
of free men. This trend naturally develops
fastest among nations having the greatest com-
nuniity of interest and principles. It has long
been evident in the Americas and more recently in
Western Europe and in the North Atlantic com-
nnuiity and is beginning to find expression in other
parts of the world.



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ARRANGEMENTS AMONG WESTERN POWERS

In tlio Aiuericas, tlie rnited States has realized
for 1"J5 years that any attempt by an outside power
to impose its way of life on any American nation
wouhi be in elFect an attack upon our way of life.
In 1!>47, all the American Republics recorded in the
Rio Treaty their realization of the fact that an
attack on any one would be an attack upon each
one. In 194{). tlie United States, Canada, and 10
free European nations reco



Online LibraryUnited States. Dept. of State. Office of Public CoDepartment of State bulletin (Volume v. 22, Apr- Jun 1950) → online text (page 6 of 116)