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THE MICHIGAN DIAILY

SUNDAY, NOvnr1nER 9,.1947--

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Fifty-Eighth Year

MATTER OF FACT:
The Grand Mufti

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By STEWART ALSOP
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8-When both the
Soviet Union and the United States
a mazed the world by agreeing on something
- the partition of Palestine - there was a
general tendency to heave sighs of relief
and assume happily that one problem, at
least, was on the way to solution. This
cheerful view was implicit in the American
proposal last week in the United Nations
that separate Jewish and Arab states be
set up next July 1, immediately after the
British troops pulled out. For the American

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NIGHT EDITOR: DICK MALOY

Exploitation
FROM THE FABULOUS El Dorado of the
Americas, Hollywood, comes a trumpet
blast from one of the major studios an-
nouncing honor awards for the best "ex-
ploitation" photos of the month. The photos
are designed as a promotion stunt, and well
they might be.
For the first time in the recallable past
the movie moguls have told a close ap-
proximation to the truth. They have
reached the stage where a jaded public
finds little attraction to the usual garbage
they produce so freely. Rather than raise
their standards to meet the intelligence
level of mature people, they have embark-
ed upon their promotion stunts which may
be adequately described as exploitation.
The exploitation, however, is practiced on
on an entertainment-starved public, rather
than on the possibilities of a nearly good
film:
We devoutly hope that the time for plug-
ging junk is drawing to a close, and that the
future of Hollywood will be worthy of the
fight to maintain a free screen.
-Jacob Hurwitz
CURRENT
MOVIES
THE LOWER DEPTHS, with Jean Gab-
in, Louis Jouvet and Vladimir Sokolov.
During his varied and busy career Maxim
Gorki somehow managed to find time to
establish a close friendship with Lenin-
or was it Trotsky? At any rate, he is still
remembered in connection with his father-
ly concern for the Soviet state, and his writ-
ings have generally advertised this fact.
When the French scenarists got around to
revising this play by Gorki, however, they
neatly skirted most of its political impli-
cations, thereby producing a film that should
be palatable to Red and Republican alike.
Like the play, though, the film attempts
to capture the mood of a degraded society,
and it is peopled with as sordid a crew as
you'll ever hope to meet. Jean Gabin, for in-
stance, is cast as a petty thief; Louis Jouvet
as a bankrupt nobleman; Vladimir Sokolov
as a fence who runs a flophouse on the side;
and Suzy Prim as his wife. Not a very merry
gathering, is it?
All of these characters are assembled in
the flophouse, where their individual prob-
lems are studied intensely by the camera.
Very little attempt has been made to weave
these problems into a well-knit story. Rath-
er they are left to symbolize a way of life,
each representing a story in itself. In Gorki's
own words, The Lower Depths is a "play
where nothing happens, where the whole
thing is atmosphere, nothing but atmos-
phere." That seems to summarize it ade-
quately.
Two short subjects are shown with the
feature. One is a British documentary deal-
ing with the effects of public opinion. The
other is a Chaplin comedy which was spoiled,
I thought, by some dubbed-in sound effects.
-Kenneth Lowe
Anti-Semitic propaganda follows this pat-
tern: The Jews are all communists, though
they are also all international bankers.
Either communism is just a plot of the bank-
ers, or banking is just a plot of the ommun-

FOUR IN AMERICA. By Gertrude Stein.
New Haven: Yale University Press. 1947.
221 pages.
EXASPERATING as her idiosyncracies
may be, Gertrude Stein's posthumously
published book, Four in America, is of enough
interest and importance to warrant serious
consideration. Already avowed admirers of
the late authoress can find much here to
support their enthusiastic claims. Many
others, however, without preconceived pre-
judices, are likely to close the book with a
feeling of disappointment, if not derision.
A rather parlor-gamish but intriguing
idea serves as the thematic hook on which
Miss Stein hangs her musing speculations
concerning Christian names, religion, crea-
tive activity and the American character.
Viewing four prominent Americans in occu-
pations completely different from those
which they actually followed, she discusses
Ulysses S. Grant as a religious leader, Wil-
bur Wright as a painter, Henry James as a
general and George Washington as a novel-
The first section, longest in the book,
is concerned with religion, which, to Miss
Stein, is all bound up with knowing.
Among the ideas upon which Miss Stein
hits after much groping are these: "Relig-
ion is what is alright if they have to have
their ups and downs." "Religion is not a
surprise but it is exciting." "There is no
advice in American religion." "American
religion is what they could not compare
with themselves." Unfortunately, these
statements would be largely meaningless,
were it not for the laborious explanations
offered by Thornton Wilder in his in-
valuable, although somewhat adulatory in-
troduction. According to Wilder, Miss
Stein presents American religion as "very
abstract, and so are the mentalities of the
Americans described here who are cer-
tainly prototypes of the generalized Amer-
ican."
A relationship between aviation and paint-
ing and between painting and acting is dis-
covered by Miss Stein in the second section,
on Wilbur Wright, in which even Wilder
finds difficulties beyond his comprelension,
weakly bequeathing to "devoted readers of
Miss Stein" the task of furnishing "a lexi-
con of her locutions."
Miss Stein pondering on creative activity
is sometimes quite stimulating, but not as
original as would appear at first shock. For
instance, she is very much impressed with
the idea that "one sees much better than
one hears sounds" (from the section on
Henry James).
But after all, Shakespeare said long ago
that "to hear with eyes belongs to love's
fine wit." As a matter of fact, Miss Stein
inadvertently reveals her obligation to
Shakespeare while carrying on a befuddled
discussion of the difference between
Shakespeare's plays and Shakespeare's
sonnets. This discussion is related to Miss
Stein's theory that there are two kinds of
writing, one being "writing what you are
writing" and the other being "writing what
you are going to write." And this too is
simply an eccentric way of saying some-
thing that's been said before-that some
writers plan what they are going to write
and others don't.
The long-suffering reader must be com-
pletely confounded by the fourth section,
which deals with George Washington as the
author of The Great American Novel (yes,
actually!) so confusedly that only the most
patient, the most conscientious reader can
discern any concrete conclusions.
Recalling Wilder's confidence that others
more competent than he will some day help
us to understand and appreciate "the sys-
tempatic meditation which was her life," one
is inclined to speculate on the possibilities
and the significance of such an endeavor.
Might one not quite safely predict that the
ambitious devotion which Wilder seems to
take for granted may never materialize? One

might even be justifiably tempted to venture
the opinion that a writer such as Miss Stein,
whose works must be deciphered to be un-
derstood, can never claim distinction other
than as a most unusual'and colorful person-
ality, a serious and sincere writer who want-
ed and tried to say something but didn't
quite make it. It's been suggested that years
hence all anyone will have to say about
Stein will be "Stein was Stein was Stein
was..."
-,Natalie Bagrow

proposal clearly implied that the two statesI
could be established without being imposed
by force.
Unfortunately those who are closest to
the situation in Palestine and the Middle
East do not share this optimism. On the
contrary, they expect trouble, and very bad
trouble. One source of this trouble is sure
to be an aging, crafty fanatic with a be-
nevolent face and a fierce hatred of Zionism,
Haj Amin Husseini the Grand Mufti of'
Jerusalem.
The chief weapon in the Grand Mufti's
political armory is a very old one - poli-
tical assassination. And the Mufti, ac-
cording to reliable reports, has made his
position entirely clear. Any Arab who ac-
cepts public office or othewise collaborates
with the partition scheme, in either the
new Jewish state or the truncated Arab
state, will not live long enough to regret
his action.
With astute foresight, the Mufti managed
to get a large proportion of his Nazi finan-
cial backing out of Germany even while the
war was still on. He now is known to have
a large cache of gold in Irak, and a consid-
erable fortune in Switzerland, largely in
the form of easily negotiable Swiss watches.
With this money, and with a well or-
ganized, highly paid and fanatical gang
of triggermen, the Mufti's influence is in-
creasingly paramount in Arab politics. But
it is a widely held misconception that Arab
opposition to the creation of a Zionist
state is confined to tie Mufti and his
friends. The Mfti will act as the chief
fanner of the flames of Arab resentment
but the resentment already exists. Ob-
viously all -this spells real trouble; so much
trouble, indeed, that those who are close
to the situation seriously doubt that it
will be possible to complete the projected
great new Anglo-American oil pipeline.
The pipeline could too easily be cut by
the Arabs. This in turn would seriously
affect the shipment of oil to Europe under
the Marshall plan.
Finally, there is the question of who is to
impose the partition. It is difficult to be-
lieve that Belgians or Peruvians would will-
ingly expose themselves to either Jewish or
Arab bullets. Yet if American troops go to
Palestine, Russian troops will go there too;
and the thought of the Red Army in Pales-
tine is not an appetizing one to the American
policy makers. It is an even less appetizing
thought that these explosive dangers spring
as much from the American habit of yelling
advice from the sidelines while refusing to
accept responsibility, as from British bull-
headedness. For partition - the only pos-
sible settlement in Palestine - could have
been firmly imposed by the British soon
after the war, if the British had had clear,
unequivocal American backing and support.
(Copyright, 1947, New York Herald Tribune)
What's on
ilWaX ...
ANOTHER West Coast sensation has gone'
East for a try at the Big City. Accom-
panied by a tremendous amount of advance
publicity, Nellie Lutcher has apparently set-
tied down to a long run at the Cafe Society
Downtown in Manhattan. One of the rea-
sons for her large following is a Capitol re-
lease entitled "He's a Real Gone Guy." Ac-
companying herself on piano, her unique
vocal is displayed to good advantage and is
nicely complemented by a rhythm section of
which drummer Lee Young's brushwork is
outstanding. The pairing, "Let Me Love You
Tonight," is somewhat inconsonant with
the quality of the first side.
It's a shame that the King Cole Trio is
saddled with such material as evidenced on
Capitol's "Save the Bones for Harry Jones."
Most of the space is taken up by an unfunny
duet between Cole and Johnny Mercer,

whose humor is beginning to wear slightly
thin. Fortunately, some of Nat's bright piano
manages to seep through the din. The duo
continues to prostitute their talents on
"Harmony," an innocuous Burke-Van Heu-
sen piece accompanied by (of all things) a
nickelodeon solo.
Keynote, one of the better small firms, has
been making consistently good records for a
number of years. A prime selection is Cole-
man Hawkins' "Just One of Those Things."
Co-featured on the Porter evergreen, Teddy
Wilson's dainty piano approaches perfection
while the Hawk delivers his usual polished
performance. Bassman Joe Kirby and Sid
Catlett on drums, ably round out the quartet.
Digging deeper into Columbia's reissue
bag, we come up with a beautiful perform-
ance: "How Deep is the Ocean" by Benny
Goodman. Peggy Lee's vocal is among her
best of this period and the band was in fine
shape at the time of recording; undoubtedly
Goodman's finest aggregation. "My Old
Flame," which completes the coupling, is dis-
tinguished by Cootie Williams' trumpet work
and a highly competent arrangement.
-David R. Crippen

members o h Unierity Noti ces'
f or the Bulletin should be sent in
typewritten form to the office of the
Assistant to the President, Room 1021
Angell Hall, by 3:00 p.m. on the day
preceding publication (11:00 a.m. Sat-
urdays).
SUNDAY, NOV. 9, 1947
VOL. LVII, No. 42
Notices
Student Tea: President and Mrs.
Ruthven will be at home to stu-
dents on Wednesday afternoon,
Nov. 12, from 4 to 6 o'clock.
Extra Concert Series Ushers:
Report at 6:15 p.m. for the concert
Sunday, Nov. 9.
School of Business Administra-
tion: Students from other schools
and colleges intending to apply for
spring admittance should secure
application forms in 108 Tappan
Hall as soon as possible.
Those women students in the
College of Literature, Science and
Arts and in the School of Edu-
cation who are taking the testing
program on November 11 have
late permission until 11 p.m.
Freshman and Sophomore men,
who are single, Residents of the
State of Michigan, now living in
the Willow Run Dormitories, and
interested in University Residence
Halls accommodations for the
Spring Semester 1948 are asked
to call at the Office of Student
Affairs, Rm. 2, University Hall
Nov. 15.
Seniors: College of L. S. & A.
and Schools of Education, Music,
and Public Health:
Tentative lists of seniors for
February graduation have been
posted on the bulletin board in
Room 4 University Hall, If your
name is misspelled or the degree
expected incorrect, please notify
the Counter Clerk.
Faculty, College of Literature,
Science and the Arts:
Midsemester reports are due not
later than Saturday, November 15.
Report cards are being distri-
buted to all departmental offices.
Green cards are' being provided
for freshmen and sophomores and
white cards for reporting juniors
and seniors. Reports of freshman
and sophomores should be sent
to 108 Mason Hall; those of jun-
iors and seniors to 1220 Angell
Hall.
Midsemester reports should name
those students, freshmen and up-
perclassmen, whose standing .at
midsemester is "D" or "E," not
merely those who receive "D" or
"E" in so-called midsemester ex-
aminations.
Students electing our courses,
but registered in other schools or
colleges of the University should
be reported to the school or college
in which they are registered.
Additional cards may be had at
108 Mason Hall or at 1220 Angell
Hall.
University Community Center,
Willow Run Village.
Sun., Nov. 9, 10:45 a.m., Village
Church Fellowship (Interdenom-
inational).
Mon., Nov. 10, 8 p.m., Faculty
Wives' Club. Election of officers.
Wed., Nov. 12, 8 p.m., Creative
Dance Group. Instructor: Miss
Irene Silco; 8 p.m., Creative Writ-
ers' Group. Miss Leslie Cameron
New members invited; 8 p.m., Vil-
lage Church. Fellowship Discus-
sion Group. Atomic Energy In-
formation Series.
Thurs., Nov. 13, 8 p.m., The New
Art Group.
West Lodge:
Mon., Nov. 10, 6:45 p.m., Bowl-
ing League. Willow Village bowl-

ing alley.
Tues., Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., Fenc-
ing; 8 p.m., Volleyball League.
Wed., Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Duplicat
Bridge.
Fri., Nov. 13, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Starlight Serenade Dance, West
Lodge Orchestra, free admission
transportation furnished girls from
Ann Arbor who sign up at th
League.
Sat., Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Listening
hour - Michigan-Wisconsin foot-
ball game.
Sun., Nov. 15, 4:3016 p.m., Cof-
fee hour; 6:45 p.m., Michigan-In-
diana football pictures.
Lecture
French Lecture: Prof. Rene Tal"
amon, of the Romance Languag
Department, will open the serie
of French lectures sponsored b3
Le Cercle Francais with a "Lec
ture Dramatique," Tues., Nov. 11
4:10 p.m., Rm. D, Alumni Memor
ial Hall.

tary of the Romance Language
Department (Rm. 112 R. L. Bldg.)
or at the door at the time of the
lecture. These lectures are open
to the general public.
Members of Le Cercle Francais
are admitted free upon presenta-
tion of their membership cards.
A cademic Notices
English 31, sec. 18 (Weimer).'
The examination on Monday, Nov.
10, will be written in the West
Gallery, Alumni Memorial Hall.
Algebraic Geometry Seminar:
Tues.. Nov. 11. 4:15 p.m., Rm. 3010,
Angell Hall. Dr. N. A. Wiegmann
will speak.
Chemistry 55-169E: Students in
the second half of the accelera-
ted laboratory program will report
as follows for assignment to desks
and for a preliminary discussion.
Section D-M,W,F - Monday,
Nov. 10, 1 p.m., Rm. 400.
Section E .-T. Th - Thursday,
Nov. 13, 1 p.m., Rm. 151.
Classical Representations Sem-
inar: Mon., Nov. 10, 4:15 p.m., Rm.
13010, Angell Hall. Mr. Arnold
Shapiro will speak.
Physical Chemistry Seminar.
Mon., Nov. 10, 4:15 p.m., Rm. 303,
Chemistry bldg. Prof. V. Scho-
maker, of the California Institute
of Technology, will speak on "Re-
cent Electron Diffraction Studies
of Molecular Structure". All in-
terested are invited.
Orientation Seminar: 7 p.m.,
Mon., Nov. 10, Rm. 3001 Angell
Hall. Miss Jean Smolak will talk
on Boolean Algebra.
The Graduate Aptitude Exam-
ination is required of all graduate
students who have not had the
Graduate Record Examination or
the Graduate Aptitude Examina-
tionhbefore.
The examination will be held at
6:30 p.m., Nov. 19, Rackham Lec-
ture Hall.
The fee for the examination is
$2.00. Each student must buy an
examination ticket at the Cash-
ier's office and present a receipt
in the office of the Graduate
School at least three days prior to
the examination. The student will
be given a receipt to keep which
will be his admission to the exam-
ination.
Veterans will have a yellow Sup-
ply Requisition signed in the
Graduate School office before go-
ing to the Cashier's office. This
will permit the purchase of an
examination ticket to be covered
by Public Law 346 or 16.
Medical Aptitude Examination:
All applicants for admission to
medical schools, who wish to be
admitted during 1948 and who did
not take the Medical Aptitude Ex-
amination on Saturday, Oct. 25,
1947, must take the examination
on Monday, Feb. 2, 1948. The ex-
amination will not be given again
before the Fall semester. In order
to be admitted to the examination,
candidates must fulfill the follow-
ing requirements:
1. Candidates must register for
the examination before Saturday,
r Nov. 15, Rm. 110, Rackham Bldg.
2. Candidates must bring to
the examination a check or money
order for five dollars payable to
The Graduate Record Office. No
candidate will be admitted to the
examination unless he pays his fee
in this way. Cash will not be ac-
cepted.
Candidates who register will be-
gin the examination at 8:30 a.m.,
Monday, Feb. 2, 1948, Rackham
Lecture Hall. The examination will
be divided into two sessions and
will take all day.
Inquiries should be addressed to

The Chief Examiner, Bureau of
Psychological Services (Ext. 2297)
G raduate students are reminded
that courses dropped after noon
of Nov. 15 will be recorded with
t the grade of E. Courses dropped
, prior to this date will be listed as
a dropped but no grade will appear
e -
Physical Education - Women
g Students: Women's physical edu-
- cation classes for the indoor sea-
son will begin on Mon., Nov. 10
- Any late registration must be done
- before that time.
Concert
The University Musical Society
-will present the Cleveland Or-
e chestra, George Szell, conductor,
s in the Extra Concert Series, Sun-
y day, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Hill Auditor-
- ium. Maestro Szell will play the
, following program: Schumann
- Symphony No. 4; Strauss' Dance of
the Seven Veils from "Salome";

EDITOR'S NOTE: Because The Daily -t-
prints - every letter to the editor re-
ceived (which is signed, 300 words
or less in length, and in good taste)
we remind our readers that the viewsI t
expressed in letters are those of the4
writers only. Letters of more than
300 words are shortened, printedeor
omitted at the discretion of the edi-
torial director.
Pickieting t]
To the Editor: p
i1HE LETTER by Al Shapiro ins
Thursday's Daily explaining his t
action on the picket line I find in-i
adequate and not altogether un-t
amusing. Mr. Shapiro is quiteb
amusing as well as ambiguous1
when he constantly reiterates his
oppositionto "violent" picketing
methods, in the light of the facta
that he "stooped" to these same
methods himself, creating a much
greaterifuror than the odd picketsg
themselves could have ever con-f
jured. He is not so amusing in thet
light of the effects of his action.s
Mr. Shapiro might have beenv
surprised to know that I too op-
posed the picket line for essent-
ially the same reasons as he gives.
I also believed that it would be a
bad tactical move. However, in
spite of my opposition, I did not1
intend to compromise my feelingE
that the Dutch policy in Indonesia
constitutes another example of im-t
perialism in action. From Mr. Sha-
piro's behavior in the press con-
ference with Ambassador van!
Kleffens, I assume that he too i
not completely satisfied with theF
Dutch excuses for their action in
the Far East. t
Mr. Shapiro's recent action as
the "preux chevalier" of the picket<
line has been much blown up by
the press particularly by a met-
ropolitan newspaper, to the detri-
ment of all the liberal elements
on the campus. By his behavior on
the picket line, I would assume
that he is much more interested in
Imethodology than in results. If
Mr. Shapiro were really sincere
about his liberal beliefs would he
consistently compromise them by
his illiberal methods?
John. H. Sloss]
* *
Film Cutting'
To The Editor:
I BELIEVE that it would be of in-
terest to those who saw "Open
City" at Hill Auditorium to know
that the original film contains
some scenes which have been cut'
in the English version. These cuts
seem to have been motivated by
reasons other than mere economy.
For example, the scene in the
torture-cell is far more prolonged
in the original. The horrors of the
torture alternate with the glimpses
of the comfort in the German Of-
ficers' Mess and the haunting mel-
ody of the piano. At the height of
this sequence the Gestapo officer
emerging from the Mess enters the
cell. His victim is unconscious, his
head slumped forward. The offi-
cer has him revived by an intra-
venal injection and then visibly
moved, bends over the mutilated
face and says: (quoting from
memory) "I admire your courage.
You have suffered immensely. You
are a Communist-do you think
that the Monarchist officers of
Badoglio who are advancing with
the armies of what you would call
... er ... liberation-do you think
and the Beethoven Symphony No.
S7.
A limited number of tickets are
still available daily at the offices
of the University Musical Society
in Burton Memorial Tower; and
after 6 o'clock Sunday in the Hill
Auditorium box office.
String Orchestra Concert: 8:30
p.m., Tues., Nov. 11, Lydia Men-
, delssohn -Theatre, under the di-

rection x-of ,Gilbert Ross. The pro-
gram will include the 17th and
18th century music of Purcell, Leg-
renzi, Boccherini, and Mozart, with
Norma; Swinney Heyde, soprano,
and Oliver Edel, cellist, as soloists.
The public is invited.
Exhibition
s "Natural History Studies at the
Edwin S. George Reserve, Uni-
versity of Michigan," through
December, Museums Bldg. Ro-
tunda.
Events Today

hat they would suffer as much
'or you?"
To this profundly cunning poli-
ical temptation the victim replies
by spitting in the Nazi's face.
In the English film we see this
ast action but are not told the
words which preceded it.
Yet in fairness, one must say
that some of the other signifcant
scenes- which were cut when the
picture was shown in England,
seemed to have been restored in
the version seen at Hill Auditor-
ium. Anyone interested in the de-
tails may find them in the article
by O. Hollander in the Oct. 1947,
English magazine "Our Time."
To sum up the words of Mr.
Hollander, "I suggest that it was
a very blue pencil that vetted
'Open City' for British (and Amer-
ican) audiences. Inview of the
great merit of this prize-winning
film (in my opinion the finest ar-
tistic product of the war). I
strongly object to any tampering
with Rosselini's original."
-William C. Rohn
.Propaganda
To the Editor:
LO! The propaganda chief of the
USSR is vindicated!
He always said he could make
the Americans go around yelling
"Fascisti," if fie tried long enough,
hard enough, and cleverly enough.
And he's done it. Not that we're
using that word always, but words
are only symbols for ideas, and it
is that same idea that buzzes in
the back of our minds when we use
words like un-American, police
state, etc., in criticizing recent
events.
We are amazed at the folly of
the current "Red witch-hunt."
Consider for a moment the foolish-
ness we are engaged in in witch-
hunting ourselves. We go about
flaying at our own shadows! We
criticize ourselves for our ("Fas-
:istic") tyranny, crying to the
heavens for release from regimen-
tation, even thought control. And
our very vociferousness, which
brings no authoritative reprisals,
belies the significant- existence of
the practices we angrily decry.
True, America has many faults.
Some are inherent in the system,
many more in the people them-
selves. But a point I think worthy
of note is that the American way
at its worst gives more to its peo-
ple, both in material goods and -
more important -- in personal lib-
erty, than the Russian way at its
best. If America is what we need
criticize most, 'tis truly a wonder-
ful world.
Russian leaders practice a
tyranny like this country hasn't
seen since the Revolutionary War,
and I hope never sees again. And
we spend our time defending her
"right" to do it, and criticizing
ourselves!Why?
It may be against the American
principles to suppress even an op-
posite ideology like totalitarianism,
but that is no excuse for not crit-
icizing it severely.
The greatest possible threat to
world peace is the existence of a
powerful dictatorship that pos-
sesses a clever and vast propa-
ganda machine.
-James E. Duras
Dutch Actions
To the Editor:
FOR AN HOUR and a half Mon-
day afternoon Ambassador Van
Kleffens discussed with a group of
us the position and actions of the
Dutch in Indonesia.
A skilled diplomat, he presented
very reasonable justification for
the Dutch actions. Lacking con-
trary information, I am inclined
to accept his explanation. Yet, the
picture he painted raised one ques-

tion in my mind which is unans-
wered, either by the Ambassador
or by Fred Schott's editorials of
Friday.
Van Kleffens contends that a
small totalitarian minded group
currently controls the government
of the Republic with arms taken
from the Japanese. This group,
he says, refuses to hold an election,
continues minor warfare against
the Dutch, intimidates the Indo-
nesians, and holdsseveral thou-
sand Dutch hostages. The Dutch,
he contends, simply want to estab-
lish a democratic government and
permit the area to assume domin-
ion status.
Fine! The problem now is break-
ing the stalemate by means other
than military subjugation.
My question was, "Why doesn't
the Dutch government ask the
United Nations to assume juris-
diction?"
There is no United Nations Com-
mission in Indonesia, Mr. Schott.
The two parties have agreed to
work with a group of three in-
dividuals in arbitrating the mat-
ter. But the United Nations has
refused to consider the matter of
jurisdiction!
In his morning address, Van
Kleffens urged that law should
take precedence over emotion and
the arbitraryuse of force. Yet
the Dutch insist upon their right

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