THE NATION: The Bare Chance

In the French Foreign Ministry in Paris last week, the delegates of 16 Western European nations, headed by Britain's Ernest Bevin, put their signatures to a document embodying their ideas on what the Marshall Plan should be. The document was promptly transmitted to Washington.

The Paris document was an effort to show how Europe would help itself to economic recovery. George Marshall had said, in effect: "The U.S. helps those who help themselves." The Paris conferees had now, in effect, replied: "O.K., here it is." The next move was up to the U.S.

Whether or not the plan was feasible or...

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