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During the winter of 1946-47 the worst in memory Europe seemed on theverge of collapse For the victors in World War II there were no spoils In Londoncoal shortages left only enough fuel to heat and light homes for a few hours a dayIn Berlin the vanquished were freezing and starving to death On the walls of thebombed-out Reichstag someone scrawled Blessed are the dead for their hands donot freeze European cities were seas of rubble--500 million cubic yards of it inGermany alone Bridges were broken canals were choked rails were twistedAcross the Continent darkness was rising Americans for the most partwere not paying much attention Having won World War II most Americans justwanted to go to the movies and drink Coca-Cola said Averell Harriman who hadbeen FDRs special envoy to London and Moscow during the second world warBut in Washington and New York a small group of men feared the worst Most ofthem were like Harriman Wall Street bankers and diplomats with close ties toEurope and a long view of Americas role in the world They suspected that in theKremlin Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was waiting like a vulture Only the UnitedStates they believed could save Europe from chaos and communism With sureness of purpose some luck and a little convincing these menpersuaded Congress to help rescue Europe with 133 billion in economicassistance over three years That sum--more than 100 billion in todays dollars orabout six times what America now spends annually on foreign aid--seemsunthinkable today The European Recovery Program better known as the MarshallPlan was an extraordinary act of strategic generosity How a few policymakerspersuaded their countrymen to pony up for the sake of others is a tale of lowYet their achievement is recalled by many scholars as a historical blip amoment of virtue before the cold war really locked in A truer if moregrandiloquent assessment was made by Winston Churchill The Marshall Plansaid Englands war leader from his retirement was the most
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