THE NATION: Once Too Often

"A diplomat's words must have no relations to actions—otherwise what kind of diplomat is he?" Joseph Stalin once wrote. "Good words are a mask for the concealment of bad deeds. Sincere diplomats are no more possible than dry water or wooden iron."

Joseph Stalin had used good words in a statement which he gave out to the world last week in the obvious hope that they would be accepted as an offer of peace. His real purpose quickly became clear. The good words had been timed to present Soviet Russia as a seeker of...

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