Last week was the 27th and most critical of World War II. There were signs of peace. The Allies had done nothing to start the three-month struggle between Finland and Russia, but paradoxically the indications that that struggle might end totted up as a disaster for them.

Certainly the week's activities had all the fog and confusion of a great military defeat. Important missions wound up in blind alleys or off in an entirely different direction. Important people were reported in one place, turned up in another. Amateur diplomats pinch-hit for professionals....

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