THE NATIONS: Peace on the Bargain Counter

Western Europe's Communists moved in on a trend last week. The trend was a backsliding by the crisis-weary people of Western Europe. Judging from its press and politicians, Western Europe wanted peace, right now; a prettily wrapped peace with a money-back guarantee.

A few months before, Western Europeans had been in desperate fear of Soviet aggression. They felt then that a North Atlantic Alliance could not come fast enough. They were willing to make the national sacrifices required by Western Union. There was a sweeping urgency, then, in the idea that the West would have...

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