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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 9. 1962.

N.Z. and Defence

N.Z. and Defence

Sir,—I want to protest against the fallacy that we ought to do our share in Western defence. If the Americans are taking a disproportionate share now, this is only right and proper considering their highly profitable isolationism during large chunks of two world wars and the twenty years in between. If the U.S. had not black-guarded the League of Nations, if It had not wrecked the economies of Western Europe by demanding repayment of war loans In the twenties, and the abandonment of the silver standard, and so on, the second world war might not have occurred. No country has made a higher percentage of human sacrifice in two wars than N.Z. The U.S. is bound to do its share now.

I therefore regret the purchase of another £7 million frigate.—Yours, etc.,

J. C. Ross.