Swing (Jan-Dec 1945)

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The JPeopie and the War Arthur Gaeth, a Mutual Commentator, wandered for ten years through Europe . . . understands the reasons why the AngloAmerican leaders may have trouble with the liberated countries. They fight for the same thing we fight for. But we had them once. They never did. ACROSS the nation the film, ±\. "Winged Victory," is drawing huge audiences. The film not only entertains, it relates the story of the air force. It rcenacts what is taking place in the lives and homes of mil' lions of Americans, homes with boys going to war, leaving sweethearts, wives and families, parents and brothers and sisters. Americans hate war but they can wage it. "Winged Victory" shows what these boys, their wives and sweet' hearts hope to realize from the war— not territory and world power, but the right to live decent lives with children, a home or farm of their own — those things for which the normal American yearns. Our Congress realizes that when 11,000,000 men and women return from war they will want jobs; they will want a normal life. That is at the head of the list of reasons why they are fighting. Unless they realize that, this war will have been in vain. If you were to transplant your' selves to Europe — to that Europe so remote and so controversial to the average American (a Europe through which I wandered for ten years) you would find the average European wanting much the same things, except possibly on a smaller scale — peace, a government that thinks of the people, their needs and desires — security, social insurance, the right to own land, to have an apartment, to find a job. Basically, in their desires, those EurO' peans are not much different from our Americans. Yet, they have had a different past. The average Greek, Jugoslav, Pole, Italian, has lacked the opportunities which have been ours. Recently one of my listeners on the Pacific Coast wrote me: "Why do we and the British find ourselves in hot water with the people we liberate and as far as we can learn, the Russians do not have this difficulty. It looks to me as though our governments are afraid of the common people and the Russians are not." There is sense in that observation. We have had our troubles in North Africa, Italy, Greece, Jugoslavia, Poland, Belgium, and other countries. To begin with, in each case, AngloAmerican leaders supported the socalled "legitimate" governments, those which were in existence when the change came. Our governments be