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AUTHOR: Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964)
QUOTATION: It seems strangely difficult for some to realize that here in Asia is where the Communist conspirators have elected to make their play for global conquest, and that we have joined the issue thus raised on the battlefield; that here we fight Europe’s war with arms while the diplomats there still fight it with words; that if we lose the war to communism in Asia the fall of Europe is inevitable, win it and Europe most probably would avoid war and yet preserve freedom. As you pointed out, we must win. There is no substitute for victory.
ATTRIBUTION: DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, letter to Representative Joseph W. Martin, Jr., March 20, 1951.—Military Situation in the Far East, hearings before the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, 82d Congress, 1st session, part 1, p. 3544 (1951).
SUBJECTS: Communism