By Tara Nored, Bangkok Post
Yesterday, the United States announced its plan to aid in the rehabilitation of the European economy, imposing ‘superpower’ control onto the already fragile economic state of Europe. This U.S. imposition could have adverse effects due to the strings attached to the Marshall Plan in order for nations to receive financial aid.
Since the United States stopped conversing with Thailand as an enemy in peace negotiations, The Bangkok Post has been hard-pressed to gain direct information. However, in light of the upcoming U.N. cabinet meetings and a recently-published white paper, The Bangkok Post has sourced classified information. We sat down with George Marshall, the Secretary of State for the United States, to find out more about foreign relations and the recovering European economy.
“The United States plans to take its best efforts in aiding Europe. Regarding our foreign policy at this time, the United States is not advocating for the creation of a Zionist state, but rather, for the continued trusteeship of the United States in Palestine. It is our hope that improved foreign relations will have beneficial, rebounding effects on Europe. Ultimately, we want to help fellow democratic nations after World War II,” Marshall said.
Currently, the Marshall Plan requires a lessening of interstate barriers and an increase in labor union membership, while simultaneously preventing the spread of Communism. Consequently, many Europeans harbor doubts regarding the motivation of the U.S.
“The Marshall Plan seems to utilize U.S. financial assets to exert more control over the European recovery,” a representative of Belarus said.
Belarus lost over a quarter of its population in the war.
Instead of imposing power over small European nations, the United States would provide more aid by simply allowing economies to recover organically.
Additionally, a Russian newspaper, The Trud, claimed on Feb. 6 that “the United States is planning war against the Soviet Union. Be prepared and do not be fooled.”
Regardless of the intentions of the U.S. in the post-war debacle, it seems that the issues surrounding economic recovery in Europe will, unfortunately, remain murky and unresolved for quite a while. Despite what Secretary of State George Marshall calls the “best efforts of the United States,” the stabilization of European economies will be a long, arduous journey.