Messersmith, G.S., [Washington]. To [Cordell Hull, Washington].

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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Reports on developments in Europe and Far East; major problem is Germany; struggle not so much between "haves" and "have nots" as between differing ideologies; in dictatorships is witnissed a reversion to doctrine of force; U.S. is ultimate object of attack and if concessions and compromises continue, by the time the "lawless" nations are ready to attack, the U.S. will stand alone; not only is territory in question, but ideas and forces opposed to democratic concepts and ideals; Nazis plan: (1) complete control in Germany, (2) absorption of Austria and Czechoslovakia, (3) political, social, and economic hegemony in Southeastern Europe, (4) acquisition of the Ukraine, (5) isolation of Russia, (6) weakening of France through breakdown of Soviet alliances, (7) disintegration of British Empire, and (8) the way is open to the U.S.; no lack of proof, but truth is being ignored; dictatorships hope that fear of war among the democracies will lead to further concessions and will permit them to gain piecemeal, but steadily, their ends.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.