This article first appeared in the September 12, 1959, issue of NATIONAL REVIEW.
From National Review Online, By J. D. Futch
“This damned morality is going to ruin everything!” — Lord Melbourne, ca. 1840
To tell the truth, it doesn’t matter very much to us what “the world” thanks of America and of the West — how Nehru and Sukarno felt about the Hiss hassle, “McCarthyism,” “germ warfare,” and Suez. The oracles of the Establishment set up such criteria as these for our guidance in foreign affairs, but we might do better to begin turning things around and asking what the West thinks of the world, for this question, and not its reverse, will lead us to one of the gravest of all the contradictions in Western attitudes which, taken together, have left us semi-paralyzed and at times scarcely able to prosecute the Cold War at all. What has happened is that since the “victory” of 1945 we have somehow grown afraid of Africa and Asia (this is the Western, not the editorial we). And why the people whom the fathers commanded now inspire fear in the sons is explained by circumstances we should examine.