THE NATIONS: High-Water Mark

Russia's tide was no longer rising in expansionist flood. Winds of ambition and intransigence might blow again from Moscow; carelessness or stupidity or complacency might breach again, and wider, the West's dikes. But last week it looked as if the worst had passed, and that Russia was resigned—for a while, at least—to boundaries of power which the rest of the world would consider safe.

Almost everywhere, from Germany to China, Russia and its friends had lost the ball. Secretary Byrnes's great September speech at Stuttgart had clearly announced U.S. determination not to abandon Europe and to work out a constructive...

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