Memorandum by the Chief of the Office of Arms and Munitions Control (Green)

The French Ambassador called at my Office this morning to discuss a number of matters. In the course of our conversation, he spoke at some length of recent events in Europe. He said that the results of the Munich meeting had caused him as much anxiety as relief; that he could not reconcile himself to the idea that four statesmen representing four of the great powers of Europe should take it upon themselves to dismember a smaller power; that such procedure was a step backward and that, although it might possibly be justified as necessary in this case to preserve Europe from a general war, he hoped that it [Page 708] would not create a precedent for dealing with European problems. All in all, he felt much more distressed at the manner in which peace had been preserved than pleased at the fact of its preservation.

Joseph C. Green