THE NATIONS: How Safe?

Ailing Ernest Bevin set off on the Queen Mary last week to be present in Washington at the solemn signing of the North Atlantic pact. Before he left Britain, speaking in the House of Commons, Bevin reviewed the position of the Western community in its struggle with world Communism. His incautious conclusion: in Western Europe, at least, the cold war has been won.

Said Bevin: "It has been suggested to us that we have been losing this cold war . . . that time is running out, that we have been beaten back . . . Just over two years ago...

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