International: Pattern of Power

In the first five days:

U.S. attitudes hardened and clarified. The biggest development was a new approach to Russia.

It was not a new policy; it was a new, tougher manner, and it had its dangers as well as its advantages. For the Russians, too, could play a tough game. Beyond a reasonable point, mere toughness could wreck the Big Three and doom world organization at the start.

This week the Russians, roundly beaten on the Argentine issue (see below) saw proof enough that they could not control the world's vote in open assembly even when they had a good case. Intelligence and patience,...