Once, in the old dead days of the isolationist debate, Britain's devout Lord Halifax stopped to chat with an American mother picketing his hotel with an anti-war banner. He listened gravely to her story of her nine sons, said quietly: "I, too, have sons," shook hands, walked on.

One of his three sons, Lieut. Francis Hugh Peter Wood, 26, was killed in Egypt last November. The U.S. would never have known, save for dispatches from London. Nor could anyone who met the British Ambassador last week, or worked with him at the Embassy, or watched him listen to the President's speech...

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