In the midst of last week's international tensions and uncertainties, Florida's Senator Claude Pepper, fervent New Dealer and able, if not popular, member of the potent Foreign Relations Committee, rose in the Senate to make a cool defense of the Soviet Union and a fiery attack on Harry Truman's policy of "getting tough" with Russia.

His main point: let the Big Three meet again, talk over all their differences, re-establish a basis of unity, and brush away the "web of fear" which, he said, shrouds the U.S., Britain, the U.S.S.R. alike.

Then the...

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