National Affairs: A Simple Document

"What we are about to do here," said Harry Truman, "is a neighborly act. We are like a group of householders, living in the same locality, who decide to express their community of interests by entering into a formal association for their mutual self-protection . . .

" He spoke this week as the Foreign Ministers of twelve nations gathered in Washington to sign the North Atlantic Treaty. The greatest network of short-wave stations in history beamed the ceremony in 43 languages to the world. The pact is a simple document, the President continued, "but...

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