Foreign News: War Clock

Retaliations and counter-retaliations, like the pendulum of some deadly clock, last week were gradually swinging Brazil and the Axis toward war.

Brazil first set the pendulum in motion when, during the January conference at Rio de Janeiro (TIME, Jan. 19 et seq.), she broke off diplomatic relations with the Axis. The pendulum came swinging back with the torpedoing of Brazilian ships speeding raw materials to the U.S. Last week, when sinkings had reached four (possibly five) ships totaling 22,231 tons and had caused 51 deaths, Brazil realized that hemisphere solidarity was grim business. She reversed the pendulum, with angry weight behind it.

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