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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 10. 1965.

Not The Last

Not The Last

One crisis has passed. It is not the last.

We will continue to educate, to work through, and with public opinion to change attitudes towards war as a weapon of diplomacy, and towards our near neighbours in Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, who must socialise methods of production if they are to achieve a decent life. If we are to join with America in labelling all such attempts as Communist—as in the Dominican Republic—then we are committing ourselves to a struggle which will become increasingly racial.

I conclude with a quotation from Professor Buchanan ("NZ Monthly Review." June): "As a country with no colonial past, as a nation integrating white men and brown men, as a society with a long and distinguished preoccupation with the welfare of the common man, New Zealand is uniquely fitted to act as a bridge and a mediator, between the wealthy societies of the West and the new societies striving to be born, both in our near North and in the rest of the undeveloped world. It is in this field, and not on the napalm-scorched battlefields of South Vietnam, that New Zealand can make its greatest contribution and win the greatest honour …"