Seldom since the war had a diplomatic document been drafted in greater secrecy. For more than six months, in Washington and London, experts of seven nations, like diligent sculptors, had chipped away at it behind closed doors. They were still not ready to unveil their handiwork, the North Atlantic Alliance. But last week, the State Department started a sales campaign to tell the U.S. what its general form would be. To newsmen, the department handed out a 4,000-word brochure, titled "Building the Peace—Collective Security in the North Atlantic Area."

The proposed alliance would link the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, France, Belgium,...

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