Towards the end of his farewell address to Congress, delivered on 19 April 1951, General Douglas MacArthur makes the point that the object of war is victory, "not prolonged indecision." He goes on:
There are some who for varying reasons would appease Red China. They are blind to history’s clear lesson, for history teaches with unmistakable emphasis that appeasement but begets new and bloodier wars. It points to no single instance where this end has justified that means, where appeasement has led to more than a sham peace. Like blackmail, it lays the basis for new and successively greater demands until, as in blackmail, violence becomes the only other alternative.
Throughout the address, MacArthur emphasizes that he is a soldier whose view of war is different from that of a politician. MacArthur and his President Harry S. Truman frequently disagreed with each other. In this passage, he makes his case clearly and forcefully. Victory ends wars. Appeasement merely postpones them, and the...
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