THE NATIONS: The Ticket Window

Seats at the peace table sold like hot cakes at the price set at Yalta: that those nations actively at war with Germany by March 1 would get tickets to the San Francisco World Security Conference. Turkey and Egypt stepped up to the ticket window,the former making no bones whatever about its motives for declaring war. Several South American countries, warned in advance by President Roosevelt, beat the deadline by a more dignified margin. Now all Latin America, except recalcitrant Argentina, was technically at war.

This influx of last-minute belligerents called attention to...

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