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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 4. March 23rd, 1950

Un—or "1984"?

Un—or "1984"?

In the United Nations lies the only hope for humanity; a slender hope perhaps, but that depends on you. And if that hope fails, we must look forward 'to some nightmare world like that portrayed in Huxley's "Ape and Essence." For a popular outline of the realities of atomic destruction, see "One World or None." (Wellington Public libraries).

In those vast views papers which purport to be the "free Press" we see a distorted picture, suggesting that U.N. serves only as a place where Powers called Great can meet to thumb noses at each other. This is a monstrous falsification, achieved not so much by the more obvious lies (as the ranting of Vansittart) as by the ignoring of the concrete facts of the solid achievements of the United Nations, more particularly, of the specialized agencies. The fact that New Zealand has done less than it should have for some of these may be a contributing cause of this virtual suppression of news. We have a duty as citizens to urge whatever government we may have to act in these matters.