THE NATIONS: Words & Pistols

The world could not get used to Russia's new idea of Russia. Shock and deepest pessimism resulted whenever the Russians (sometimes with skill but never with tact) revealed their conception of Russia's place in the postwar world.

Last week the U.S.S.R. was throwing its weight about as never before. It persisted in treating eastern Europe as a special Russian preserve and at the same time extended its claims far south into the Mediterranean and Red Seas. Only in two areas—Germany and the Far East—were relations between the U.S.S.R. and the Western powers undisturbed. Significantly, these were the areas of paramount importance,...

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