International: HOW CLOSE IS WAR ?

This week, as the Moscow-Berlin-Paris negotiations over the German crisis sputtered to a horrifying stop, men & women everywhere shared a common question: How close is war?

In map rooms, boardrooms, classrooms, barrooms, the question was asked a million times. Britain, which has recently looked upon the U.S. as somewhat hysterical about the danger of war, was swept by a wave of alarm—but not of panic. The London Daily Mirror reported the British people as "calmly bewildered and apprehensively steady." The phrase was very British, but it described the attitude of the Western world...

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