KissingerCommissionReport1984

- New York Times Summary downloaded from Lexis-Nexis Copyright 1984 The New York Times Company The New York Times Thursday Late City Final Edition

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KissingerCommissionReport1984 New York Times Summary, downloaded from Lexis-Nexis. Copyright 1984 The New York Times Company The New York Times January 12, 1984, Thursday, Late City Final Edition SECTION: Section A; Page 14, Column 1; Foreign Desk LENGTH: 13483 words HEADLINE: KEY SECTIONS FROM STUDY OF LATIN REGION BY KISSINGER PANEL DATELINE: WASHINGTON, Jan. 11WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 BODY: Following are key sections of the report of the President's commission on Central America, which was made public today: 1. Introduction Most members of this commission began with what we now see as an extremely limited understanding of the region, its needs and its importance. The more we learned, the more convinced we became that the crisis there is real, and acute; that the United States must act to meet it, and act boldly; that the stakes are large, for the United States, for the hemisphere, and, most poignantly, for the people of Central America. In this report, we propose significant attention and help to a previously neglected area of the hemisphere. Some, who have not studied the area as we have, may think this disproportionate, dismissing it as the natural reaction of a commission created to deal with a single subject. We think any such judgment would be a grave mistake. It is true that other parts of the world are troubled. Some of these, such as the Middle East, are genuinely in crisis. But the crisis in Central America makes a particularly urgent claim on the United States for several reasons. First, Central America is our near neighbor. Because of this, it critically involves our own security interests. But more than that, what happens on our doorstep calls to our conscience. History, contiguity, consanguinity - all these tie us to the rest of the Western Hemisphere; they also tie us very particularly to the nations of Central America. When Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed what he called his ''Good Neighbor Policy,'' that was more than a phrase. It was a concept that goes to the heart of civilized relationships not only among people but also among nations. When our neighbors are in trouble, we cannot close our eyes and still be true to ourselves. Second, the crisis calls out to us because we can make a difference. Because the nations are small, because they are near, efforts that would be minor by the standards of other crises can have a large impact on this one. Third, whatever the short-term costs of acting now, they are far less than the long-term costs of not acting
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now. Fourth, a great power can choose what challenges to respond to, but it cannot choose where those challenges come - or when. Nor can it avoid the necessity of deliberate choice. Once challenged, a decision not to respond is fully as consequential as a decision to respond. We are challenged now in Central America. Perhaps the United States should have paid more attention to Central America sooner. Perhaps, over the
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