To the Editor of the Crimson:
Latest unofficial reports from England seem to indicate a shift in opinion. It now appears that a declaration of war by this country would be distinctly desirable from the English point of view for two reasons. One is the obvious psychological effect which such a declaration would have upon the Axis and also upon Turkey and the Balkans. The second is a conviction apparently prevalent that unless this country is put upon a complete war basis very soon, labor disputes and tie-ups are going to have a disastrous effect upon the projected aid so desperately needed by Britain.
I do not propose to give an opinion on the wisdom of the war declaration. I do, however, believe that the matter of strikes, etc., is a serious one, and an unfortunate reflection upon this country. If the unions are to blame, national pressure should be brought to bear upon them. If, on the other hand, it is the employers who are the cause of the trouble, it would be well for them to examine the social trends of the present emergency, particularly as evident in England. They will be able to make their own way much more easily if they anticipate a liberal policy rather than be forced to submit to it later.
I am in favor of the military's taking over if the crisis persists, for some neutral force must step in before it is too late. Such an eventuality is, however, regrettable, and should be avoided if possible. I hope that it will be unnecessary for historian in the future to record that national unity could only be achieved at the point of a gun. N. D. Biddle '44.