International: The War of Words

In Paris, before the world's microphones and camera lenses, the U.S. had a great chance to demonstrate the justness of its cause. The U.S. was missing that chance. After a good start, it had permitted Andrei Vishinsky to take the initiative. To millions who feared war, Vishinsky made it seem that the West was stalling on disarmament.

Russia had suggested a cut of one-third in armed forces and armament for the Big Five, and a "control" system of atomic energy. Since the enforcement of both programs would be in the veto-bound hands of the Security Council, the plan would, in effect, give...

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