Across the green table of the U.N. Security Council two lawyers faced each other last week. One was Russia's Andrei Vishinsky. The other was the U.S.'s Philip Jessup. They embodied their respective natons' views of the law, and therefore of man.

The Sleeping Syrian. Vishinsky started off by denying that the Security Council was competent to deal with the Berlin issue. For the third time in two days, he repeated the same sledgehammer argument. "There is no blockade of Berlin . . . There is no threat to the peace . . ....

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