Pact Making: Pact Making

LOCARNO (Dec. 1, 1.925) set Europe off on a decade tinged with "pactomania." The Locarno Pact and sweet "Spirit of Locarno" (which assumed that Germany had kissed France and made up) produced a diplomatic expanding universe of larger and feebler Pollyanna conferences until in 1933 every nation was represented in London at the World Economic Conference. Among statesmen Benito Mussolini was almost alone in openly predicting Pollyanna Diplomacy's inevitable doom. Said he: "It is absurd to expect even the smallest achievement from 66 nations all talking at once."

While President Roosevelt was hastening...