THE NATION: In the Course of Human Events

One hundred and seventy-one years ago, an American nation started its span of history. Two million Americans issued a call that stirred the political consciousness of mankind.

Last week, 140 million Americans faced the greatest opportunity of their history. Strangely enough, it was of Russia's making, though the U.S. had forced the issue. In Paris, Russia refused to participate in Secretary of State George Marshall's plan for the revival of Europe (see INTERNATIONAL). Russia had withdrawn into a new kind of isolation. The U.S. opportunity was to set Western Europe back on its economic feet, unhampered by Russian participation, bickering, delay...

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