“Welcome to Freedom Village”

Helen Mears

MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN about the failure of the West to gain the “minds and hearts” of Asia. The major reason for this failure, however, is ignored: the extreme divergence of U. S. practice from U. S. ideology.

Consider the Korean prisoner-of-war episode. For two and a half years of war, negotiations for a truce were delayed ostensibly because the Western powers insisted on the humanitarian principle of “voluntary repatriation” which our press interpreted as meaning that prisoners of war, when released by their captors, should be “free” ; that they need not return to “death and slavery” ; that they should become civilians with a “free choice” for their future.