Wednesday, 1 December 1999

From "Aid or Development?"

By Willem Gustaaf Zeylstra, p. 31.

In 1947, President Truman and his advisers feared that communism would gain ground and eventually win control in the countries of West and South Europe, unless the threatening collapse of these economies could be warded off. A third struggle for power in Europe could be lost in this way even before reaching a military confrontation. This danger could be averting only by means of American economic support. "Relief", the supplying of the immediate needs of these countries, was no longer sufficient. A new program of assistance on a much larger scale was needed, directed towards "economic reconstruction and recovery", that is towards removing the causes of the deficencies.

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