THE NATIONS: Tragic Victory

It made sense; yet it meant the world was losing the peace. It was a triumph of intelligent, forceful U.S. diplomacy; yet it was certainly not what Americans had expected or wanted in the postwar world. The agreement to merge the U.S. and British zones of Germany overshadowed the Paris Conference and every other political event since the war's end. As its meaning began to sink in last week the West could take heart because it had called a brilliant Russian bluff; at the same time West and East could take solemn notice that the conflict between them had...

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