International: Agreement in the West

Monday quarterbacks have been regretting that Eisenhower's armies did not attack Hitler through the Balkans instead of in France. Had the Western powers occupied southeastern Europe, containment of Russia would now be that much farther along. The fact is forgotten that by stabbing as they did, directly at the heart of Hitler's power, the West got a prize far more important than the Balkans. It got the Ruhr.

Until last week, however, the West made little serious effort to use the Ruhr for what it was—the key to Europe's recovery, the key to control of Europe. First the British alone occupied it,...

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