For exactly eight days—between the Paris Conference's end and the convening of the U.N.'s General Assembly in New York—the world had a chance to draw breath, to look both backward & forward along the rough road it was traveling. The peacemakers and world rebuilders were, most of them, in transit (see below). The world's troubles rode with them every mile.

Looking backward, the most important event of the year, between the United Nations Assembly meeting at London and its second sitting this week in New York, was the clarification of U.S. foreign policy. A year ago neither the friends nor the...

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