U.N.: Threat & Promise

If tomorrow's historians even noted it, they might describe what happened on June 1, 1946 in these words: "A patch work compromise stitched lightly together by the U.N. subcommittee on Spain showed the inherent futility of world cooperation." Or the books might say: "For the first time, a U.N. body reached agreement on a major political issue dividing the great powers ; the report on Spain was weak, but it established the precedent for stronger ones to follow." The subcommittee (Australia, Poland, France, China and Brazil) went along with the U.S.-British view that Franco was not a "threat to...

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