International: Why It Is So Tough

People were getting bored and a little impatient with the San Francisco conference. The goal—security—was so plain and good that the difficulties in drafting a charter seemed remote, artificial, vexingly technical and hard to understand.

Yet every week at San Francisco made it clearer that beneath the rivalries, the petty legalisms and the quibbling in committee rooms lay real problems related to the real world outside. The tough material which the delegates were trying to shape into a world organization had been baked hard in history's furnace. That it yielded at all to the necessities of the future was because every...

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