821.00/1549: Telegram

The Ambassador in Colombia (Lane) to the Secretary of State

1779. From an independent conservative source friendly to the Government, I am informed that it is being recommended to the President1 that he declare war against the Axis Powers, giving as a specific reason the action of Germany in holding the Pope as prisoner. This source stated that the Conservative Party would applaud the Government’s action especially as the Liberal Party has in the past not been associated with a pro-Roman Catholic attitude. It is felt that such a move would not only divert public opinion …but would serve to unite the country.

  1. Alfonso López.