POWER POLITICS: Boo!

The dictators' press got raving mad last week at France and Great Britain. Usually such pre-arranged fits of anger spring from some positive antitotalitarian act, such as France's ordering more warplanes from the U. S., Britain's guaranteeing another country's security, Poland's refusal to give up Danzig. What pained Germany and Italy this time, however, was French and British indifference at the German-Italian military alliance (TIME, May 15), which Count Galeazzo Ciano and Joachim von Ribbentrop ceremoniously signed at Berlin.

Yawns. The dictators had expected the democracies to get scared over this juncture of...