OPINION

November 11, 1956

BUDAPEST UPRISING: Vienna, 7 – Two hundred thousand armed forces backed by some 4,000 tanks and hundreds of aircraft are continuing to clamp down on the Hungarian people… Waves of Soviet forces have been attacking pockets of resistance fighters hiding in the capital city of Budapest. SUPERPOWER: New York, 8 – Just a few hours after the end of the presidential elections, the US has once more asserted itself as the superpower of the Western world. The long campaign had put foreign policy on the back burner, to the benefit of the Soviet Union, first of all, which has acted in a barbarous manner against Hungary, and secondly to Britain, France and Israel in their attack on Egypt. As soon as President Dwight Eisenhower was assured of his majority, he mobilized the powerful US fleet that is already sailing across the Atlantic. He has also undertaken an initiative to establish peace by means of a strict and unbiased diplomatic stance. He has asked the US allies to withdraw immediately from Egypt, warned Russia that it will not accept any intervention on its part and has put his country’s military forces on the alert.