The Will of the Minority


On the eve of the Security Council vote on Spain last week, a reporter asked Soviet Delegate Andrei Gromyko if anything he said at the next session would create a sensation. Mr. Gromyko thought a second, then answered: "No, nothing sensational." Next day, when Gromyko lifted a lone, serge-clad arm to strike down the recommendation for a General Assembly discussion of measures against Franco, his act was, in fact, depressingly unsensational.

The world had grown used to seeing Russia use her veto power at the drop of a gavel. Russia had insisted on the...

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