To the Editor:
I regret to find your report of my remarks at last night's Harvard Forum inaccurate and misleading. I urged for both Russia and America more constructive compromises and greater generosity toward the European peoples now unwillingly caught between the millstones of the Eastern and Western blocs.
I did not discuss Mr. Wallace's proposal that the United States should be more generous toward Russia. I did say that it might be important that such compromises as were actually concluded between the two countries should be generous to the European peoples directly concerned, and that they should be based on a willingness of both sides to see each other grow in prosperity, rather than on a mutual effort to increase each other's difficulties. In this connection I referred to the suggestions after the Paris Conference that a broader approach to peace-making was needed, as expressed by Britain's conservative statesman Mr. Anthony Eden, South Africa's Marshal Jan Christian Smuts, and America's liberal Mr. Henry Wallace. I did not call these men "three good liberals," as you reported.
Like my colleagues on the Forum, Professor Salvemini and Mr. Dennett, I tried to help students to see a complex reality instead of a few crude over-simplifications. I am sorry that, at least in the case of your reporter, we were less than successful, but I trust that your publication of this letter may help to give your readers a somewhat fairer idea of what was said at the Forum. Karl W. Deutsch, M.I.T.