POLICIES & PRINCIPLES: First Atomic Returns

In worn cliches and familiar postures, international politics last week fumbled for the meaning of the atomic bomb.

¶ Britain's Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin told the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, meeting in London, that "prodigious inventions in the field of destruction have given an air of unreality to the whole organization. . . ." But he deplored the view "that we must either immediately constitute a superstate or the whole world will blow up."

¶ Winston Churchill made a speech attacking Russian expansion (see FOREIGN NEWS) and demanding that the U.S. and Britain hold fast to the...

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