Obligations of Victor to Vanquished
Hague Convention and Rules of Land Warfare
Congress will shortly be asked by President Truman to appropriate an additional sum of about $1 billion for “government and relief in the occupied areas”—primarily Germany and Japan—during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1949. If granted in full, the new appropriation will be about one-fifth less than the $1.3 billion voted for these purposes in the current fiscal year.
The Appropriations committees of Congress are expected to inquire more closely into the need for and purposes of this year's appropriation than at any time in the past. The large expenditures required for support of the peoples of Germany and Japan were opposed in last year's congressional debates as “reparations from the victor to the ...