An Interview: with a Diplomat

Howard Palfrey Jones was United States Ambassador to Indonesia from February. 1958, to July, 1965. His diplomatic career includes service in Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany; Taipei, Taiwan; and three years as deputy assistant secretary of state for Far Eastern Affairs. He is presently chancellor of the East-West Center, a project of the Federal Government in cooperation with the. University of Hawaii. Ambassador Jones came into touch with Christian Science as a boy when his mother was healed of tuberculosis after doctors had given her up.

In the vast overturning among the nations it appears that governments that mismanage power and avert justice will continue to collapse or be overthrown until a higher sense of government is established.

Do you realize that since World War II more than seventy new nations have been born? These are peoples claiming the heritage of freedom that belongs to all. This has brought turmoil, yes, but it is good turmoil. I regard this upheaval as a process of purification and growth. Ultimately governments, regimes, that seem to embody evil will disappear from the earth. But we have to do our part. Surely all right-minded persons agree with Milton's perception of the power of the truth when he wrote, "Let [Truth] and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?" Areopagitica;

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August 17, 1968

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