THE NATION: Flashes of Light

This week, President Harry Truman gravely confirmed the bleak facts of mounting tension between the U.S. and Soviet Russia. He summoned a special joint session of Congress to hear a report from him in person on the critical foreign situation.

A few hours before the announcement came from the White House, Secretary of State George Marshall had met behind closed doors with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Said Marshall: "The hour is far more fateful now than it was a year ago. By intimidation, fraud and terror, Communist regimes have been imposed upon...

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