UNITED NATIONS: Dangerous Sedative

"One of the two votes against this proposal," rasped Council President El Khoury of Syria last week, "was cast by a permanent member. . . . Therefore, he frustrated the proposal." This time, El Khoury was not talking about the Russians, who have cast 18 vetoes. He meant Alexandre Parodi, delegate of France, whose only previous veto had been a joint affair with Andrei Gromyko more than a year ago. Last week, on his own, Parodi had parodied Gromyko.

Judged by assurances at San Francisco that the veto was really a last resort, Parodi had gone rather far. The Russians...

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