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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 7. June 25, 1951

Living in Glass-Houses

Living in Glass-Houses

I have not yet gathered quite why our three little friends have adopted such a blatant type of distortion as fathering statements of "Pravda," the Cominform Journal, and the Czech Minister of Education (out of context) onto the World Peace Congress. If it is intended to prove that the World Peace Congress and the Cominform are in effect the same thing, then it is an elementary breach of logical argument known popularly as "begging the question." Try a new one, boys.

Nothing, however, could be more amusing to anyone with a sense of humour than to read Messrs. McIntyre, Cook and Hurley in this article accusing someone else of "repetition . . . smearing . . . abuse . . . emotive prose . . . and lrrele-vancles." Their own article contains nothing uncovered by one or other of these terms.

The stuff they hang out to support these accusations is funnier yet. "Pravda" is quoted as being "similar" to the language used by the World Peace movement I advise our friends to read the "Address to the United Nations," a copy of which Dean Chandler carries about in his pocket.

Fear of "emotive prase" is common with immature minds bemused by Stage I English. There are some things that should affect the emotions of anyone except a cold-blooded killer. The appeal of the Korean women (thrown a gratuitous sneer by our friends) is one such thing.

Believe it or not, Messrs. McIntyre. Cook and Hurley—while you are indulging in the luxuries of eating and sleeping in peace, and going about your remote, insignificant, comfortable, complacent day's work—people in Korea are being maimed and slaughtered, and their land is being turned into a desert.