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In the foreword to his book "Speaking Frankly," former Secretary of State James F. Byrnes wrote: " I have tried, in short, to give you a seat at the conference table. Some critics may say it is too early for these facts to be made known. My answer is that if it were possible to give the people of this world an actual, rather than a figurative, seat at the Peace Conference table, the fears and worries that now grip our hearts would fade away."
Nations are inclined to be self-centered, quarrelsome and turbulent. Not all, but many; not always, but much of the time. They are easily carried away by fears, frustrations, presumed necessities or real or fancied offenses. While the resultant antagonisms could formerly be localized in scope and consequence, it has become harder to confine the area of conflict.
Editor's Note: This article is part of a book to be published in the spring by A. A. Knopf, to be entitled "The Spanish Story: Franco and the Nations at War."
Author's Note: In the preparation of this article I have received indispensable assistance from J. M. Letiche of the staff of the Council on Foreign Relations. His studies provided much of the factual detail which the article contains, and in addition he contributed valuable positive suggestions and critical advice.
Author's Note: The ideas presented in this article must make their way in the world of controversy on their own merits. They carry no official authority.
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