From waging War to waging Peace – not as easy as it ever sounds.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Sec. of State James Byrnes – Report on Paris Peace Conference – Oct. 18, 1946
As a harbinger of things to come, Secretary of State James F. Byrnes returned from the Big-3 Paris Peace Conference with a pessimistic outlook. It was becoming abundantly clear that waging the Peace was going to be more difficult than waging the War was. From plotting out how the Post-War map was going to look to dealing with the human element element of starvation, refugees, the displaced and the homeless. It was going to be a Herculean task, not made any easier by a growing air of antagonism from the Soviet Union.
And so to report on the outcome of this first round of talks, Secretary Byrnes delivered a nationwide address from The State Department, assessing what was accomplished and what remained to do be done in this Post-War period.
Here is that complete address as it aired on October 18, 1946.
Within hours – a war.
Click on the link here for Audio player: European News in English – Aug. 29-30, 1939
With a state of war literally hours away, and all diplomatic attempts failed, the world waited for the shooting to start.
Here are three newscasts, in English via shortwave. The first is from Radio Warsaw, the second is from Radio Berlin and the third from EIAR in Rome, all broadcast late on August 29th and early August 30th 1939. The sound on the Polish broadcast is rough and not complete, but its significant and probably hasn’t been heard since it was first broadcast.
History from the perspective of not knowing the outcome.
Kuwait: August 1990 – murky images – murkier motives.
Click on the link here for audio player: News for August 10, 1990
The sound of sabers rattling and reports of atrocities, chaos and quickly organized summits dominated the news for this August 10th in 1990.
With the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait only a few days old, Egypt opened an emergency Arab Summit in Cairo as a last ditch effort to prevent an escalated war in the Persian Gulf against Iraq. But at the time of this broadcast, very little was accomplished, except when to break for lunch. Iraq sealed its borders to all but diplomats, and reports came flooding in of foreign nationals escaping in the droves, while some were being held in Bagdhad, perhaps as hostages. The ones who escaped gave harrowing accounts of what was going on in Kuwait and it fueled the already growing outrage against Iraq.
Meanwhile, NATO leaders were stopping short of taking collective military action, but they did endorse the growing multi-national Naval presence shaping up in the Persian Gulf. And the U.S. began a rapid deployment of U.S. combat troops to the region, denying reports it would eventually deploy as many as 250,000 personnel to Saudi Arabia.
Back in the States – wild fires were continuing to cause major destruction in Oregon and Northern California, charring some 100,000 acres as of this morning. Yosemite National Park was closed and all roads leading into the site were blocked, leaving many campers stranded. As of this August 10th, there were some 1,000 fires burning out of control in the region.
And that’s some of what went on, this chaotic August 10th in 1990, as reported on The CBS World News Roundup.
Brezhnev and Carter – Doing the curious dance.
Click on the Link:News for July 25, 1978
Not an earth shattering day in history, this July 25, 1978, but a painfully familiar one in the 70’s.
Worsening diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. The State Department announced it was putting a hold on all high level visits to Moscow for the time being. Much of it had to do with the unceremonious roughing up of a U.S. Diplomat in Moscow, but a lot of it had to do with the fact that we just weren’t getting along.
Which was strange, since it was also announced, via his first Press Conference that General Jones was gearing up for resumed SALT Treaty talks with the Soviets. Awkward.
And there was that dock workers strike in Scotland that got London riled up. Seems they were refusing to load the docked British Navy nuclear subs. To which the government vowed they would either do the work or the Navy would. So there.
And at home – it was grumbling on Capitol Hill over food prices, which shot up 16% the past year. Finger pointing in all directions for the unreasonably high prices, but mostly the blame rested squarely on the shoulders of Inflation. Assurances the rate would go down to 8% by the end of the year.
All that and a lot more via The World Tonight from CBS News, this July 25, 1978. Note: apologies for the bad sounding tape. It was damaged.