Secretary of State Rusk says followers of freedom and of communism do not speak
the same language. After last week's World Assembly of Youth gathering in Amherst,
the same obviously can be said about the delegates and Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy.
In fact, Friday night's program made one wonder if the youthful representatives
of several nations fully understood what they were saying and voting. Shortly
after they had adopted a resolution criticizing U.S. retaliation for attack,
they cheered the attorney general's statement that U.S. forces in South Viet
Nam are "committed to freedom".
They "deplore the violent confrontation between 'North Vietnamese' and
'United States armed forces'... and the subsequent United States military action",
they voted. But their resolution made no mention of unprovoked attack upon American
destroyers on the high seas.
This is doubletalk and typical of high-minded but single-standard thinking
which so many of these organizations display. They call upon this country for
a high standard of morality. But they seldom pay the same attention to the other
Pressed for reasons, they reply blandly that the United States is a great nation
and supposed to set a standard for the world to follow. The WAY resolution last
Friday night was a good example. Not one word about the Chinese direction and
support of aggression in Asia. Not a single note of condemnation for Communism
and its expansion by murder policy.
Many Americans were unhappy over the Navy's raid on North Viet Nam shore installations.
They realize, however, that failure to act would strengthen Peking's claims
that the United States is a "paper tiger" and lead to far more flagrant
aggression. Two wrongs may not make a right but turning one's other cheek to
the Communists is a sure way to decapitation.
If these young persons want a world of justice and peace they must cease single-standard
argument. Unfortunately, good-will is not enough in dealing with the Marxists.
If they gain enough followers of this line, World Assembly of Youth members
will provide their own doom.