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Col. Laurence E. Bunker '26 said last night that E. Herbert Norman was "a man known to have close associations with men in Communist circles," and that "one doesn't commit suicide under those circumstances unless something is about to catch up with him."
Speaking on foreign policy to a public meeting of the Harvard Young Republican Club, Bunker made the statement to illustrate how the exposure of such former associations can put strong pressure on high officials. He asserted that no sane person would commit suicide unless such pressure was very heavy.
Bunker, a former aide to General Douglas MacArthur, is a candidate by petition for the Board of Overseers.
Attacks Summit Conferences
He also attacked recent presidents for participating in "summit conferences," saying that in so doing, they "get exaggerated ideas of their own power." He proposed that at least two senators, one from each party, take part in all negotiations with foreign powers, saying that the Senate has "abdicated" its power in making treaties.
Bunker asserted that the U.N. is "based on unsound and thoroughly un-American principles," since it does not represent the people of the member nations. He asserted that if some nation had introduced a resolution in the U.N. to expel Russia after her action in Hungary, it might have been successful.
Bunker asserted that the "cold war" is a "civil war of civilization" over the question of whether the people should control the state or the state control the people. Failure to recognize that foreign policy must be based on taking one side of this question uncompromisingly, leads to the principle of "expediency" in determining policy.
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