THE NATION: Pax Americana

The world crisis continued; but the first shock of U.S. realization had subsided. The U.S., remembering the danger signals before World War II, mulled over the deadly parallel. By last week, some cocktail-party pundits were beginning to mutter: "Why not drop the bomb on Russia now?"

Would that be a solution? It would be terrifyingly simple. The proponents of such a preventive war (another phrase for it was "anticipatory retaliation") even gave their argument a specious touch of idealism. If a world government is the only way to peace, the argument ran, then a final, coldly calculated war is the...

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