FOREIGN RELATIONS: The Year of Decision

No man knows his destiny, nor does any nation. The destiny that lay beyond Yorktown and Appomattox and Manila Bay, that lay mockingly behind a slogan ("Make the World Safe for Democracy") at Belleau Wood, took a new and decisive turn last year. It was in 1947 that the U.S. people, not quite realizing the full import of their act, perhaps not yet mature enough to accept all its responsibilities, took upon their shoulders the leadership of the world.

Some Americans were still unaware of the step their nation had taken. Some knew...

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