West 'definitely winning' Cold War, Stevenson says
Stars and Stripes July 11, 1953
FRANKFURT, July 10 (S&S) — Adlai E. Stevenson, 1952 Democratic Presidential candidate, said here tonight "the West definitely is winning the Cold War."
He pointed to the June 17 riots in East Berlin and today's arrest of Soviet Police Chief Lavrenti P. Beria as "examples of a policy which has failed."
In speaking of the news that Beria had been arrested for treason, Stevenson said "this is standard operation procedure for the Soviets to pick a scapegoat."
He said such action is normal with the Soviets "whenever a policy has failed" and for them to "attribute it to the treachery of one individual"
"Whenever one of three men who are the repository of power (in Soviet Russia) is liquidated by the other two you can be sure something is wrong," Stevenson said..
Stevenson arrived here from Vienna on his around-the-world tour.
He left within the hour for Berlin.
He declined to comment on how he thought the Western world and the U.S. should exploit the present situation.
But he said a change in policy is imminent in the Kremlin. He offered no speculation as to whether the change was an indication that the Kremlin bosses would relax their tyranny.
Asked about the situation in Korea, Stevenson said he thought a solution was forthcoming. He indicated doubt that President Syngman Rhee of South Korea would fight after a truce is signed.
Asked whether he thought the West was winning the Cold War, the ex-governor of Illinois answered, "Definitely."
He said a person only has to point to the Beria incident today and to actions in East Berlin, Czechoslovakia, Hungary andother places to see that.
Asked whether newsmen would see Stevenson at the next Presidential inaugural in 1957, he laughed and said he did not know if he would receive an invitation.
As he disembarked from a Pan American Airways plane, he was met by C. Montagu Pigott, consul-general in Frankfurt.