THE NATIONS: Nice

At Augusta, Albany or Annapolis, the state legislature drones along for weeks without much apparent advancement until the closing days. Then committee reports come in, chips go down, deals harden and the sergeant-at-arms stops the clock, while bills are passed by the basket-load. In the closing week of the U.N. Assembly and the Council of Foreign Ministers, a lot of Americans failed to recognize this familiar final phase of political bargaining.

All was not suddenly sweetness & light between the great powers; they were, however, registering in a single week the very considerable progress toward compromise made quietly over the...

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