FOREIGN RELATIONS: A Plateau of Tension

Sir Oliver Franks, Britain's keen, contemplative Ambassador to the U.S., is first of all a professor of moral philosophy, secondly a diplomat. He did such a good job of prodding Western Europe into uniting under the Marshall Plan that Britain allowed him only a short tour as provost of Oxford's Queen's College before drafting him for Washington duty last May.

Last week, Sir Oliver expressed a philosophy of a moderately hopeful sort in a New York speech before the Pilgrims, an old, famed Anglo-American friendship society. Said Sir Oliver of British-American relations:

"We and you together are making a supreme endeavor to...

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