OPINION

April 20, 1954

EISENHOWER TO EUROPE: London, 16 – Today’s message from US President Dwight Eisenhower to the countries of Western Europe that the US will be keeping its troops in Europe as long as there is the slightest remnant of a threat against it, coming after the British announcement that Britain would forge closer military links with the European defense community, confirms the impression that any remaining isolationism on the part of the US or any British reserve regarding issues in continental Europe have been dissolved by the need to defend the West against the threat from the East. This is the deeper significance of actions that are formally aimed at removing the objections of the French National Assembly and satisfying the conditions set by its majority during the ratification of the Bonn and Paris accords regarding the European defense community. The message was delivered by the US ambassadors to the governments of the Atlantic states and produced satisfaction in Paris and an enthusiastic statement from Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in Bonn.